‘Mauritius was made first and then heaven, heaven being copied after Mauritius’. -Mark Twain
The above quote is true as the view of the entire Mauritius Island is breathtaking. I always wanted to go out of India and I figured, my honeymoon would be the perfect excuse. My husband and I chose this place for our honeymoon because of its sapphire-blue waters and powder-white beaches.
I was extremely excited about this trip, since my passport was getting stamped for the very first time. I was about to cross the boundaries of my country and travel into another county surrounded with beautiful ocean views. The feeling and excitement was just like a dream come true. We took a planned tour from Thomas Cook for 6 nights, 7 days in December 2017. I know, I am late in writing this post but I was not sure until now that I would start a travel blog.
Top Tip: Take out your currency in Mauritian Rupee from the ATMs directly instead of converting it to Dollar and then to Mauritian Rupee. You will be charged conversion fee only once then.
Day 1 – We had an early flight from Bangalore and upon reaching Mauritius, there was a long queue for Visa stamping and other processes. Once done, we were greeted by TC’s representative and led to a van along with other honeymooners. It was a 3 hours journey from airport to our hotel: Le Grand Bleu at Trou Aux Biches. We checked-in and spent the rest of the evening in leisure, exploring the place near our hotel. There was a beach right in front of our hotel and it was mesmerizing.
Day 2 – We went to Ile Aux Cerf Island for our fair share of water sports. Who doesn’t love to parasail/sea walk under the sparkling sapphire waters of Mauritius? I had a blast with my husband in parasailing. The only thing we regret was not taking pictures from up there. But we learned from our mistakes and got a photo CD done for our amazing under water sea walk. This is a miniature of scuba diving and of very less time but its still as much fun.
Day 3 – We were whisked away to the isle’s South tour. We were taken to Floreal, which is the “Beverly Hills” of Mauritius. We saw amazing hand-made ships and precious diamond jewelry in these custom-free factory outlets. The art of ship modeling was brought to Mauritius by various sailors who visited this island long back.
Our next stop was Trou Aux Cerfs crater, a dormant volcano at about 650 meters above sea level which you can admire from hilltop. Here we enjoyed a beautiful panoramic view of the island.
We then went to visit the Ganga Talao – Grand Bassin, which is a crater lake and a place of worship for Hindus in Mauritius. We saw 108 ft tall statues of Lord Shiva and Goddess Durga. This pace has many small temples of Lord Shiva and a huge parking lot for worshipers. During the Maha Shivaratri most of the devotees leave their homes and start a journey to Grand Bassin on foot.
Lastly, we visited the La Valle des Coulers Nature park. Here you will have option to either take a jeep/car safari or ride a dirt bike. We opted for jeep safari as I was not very much confident on my husband’s driving. We saw a natural waterfall and a tortoise sanctuary. But the main attraction of this place is the multi-colored earths.
Day 4 – We hopped on the van to explore the northern region of the island. Our first stop was Fort Adelaide – Citadel at Port Louis. From the vintage point, you will find old buildings standing in juxtaposition to the modern skyscrapers. On our left, was the Champs de Mars, hard to miss for it is the only green patch in the busy city of Port Louis.
Next we went to Mall of Mauritius – Bagatelle, a leading shopping mall of Mauritius. We stocked up on our drinking water and snacks for our way back to hotel. Its strictly prohibited to eat or drink in the van. Finally visited Le Caudan Waterfront – shopping complex & craft markets. Walking through the waterfront, we saw a special performance by the locals and tried to capture our beautiful afternoon under the umbrellas. You can spend a lot of time wandering around the stores.
Top Tip: You will get the souvenirs for very cheap here in comparison to other parts in Mauritius.
Day 5 – We decided to spend this day at the Casela Nature Park. I have added the link to my page dedicated to Casela Nature Park here.
Day 6 – We have heard about the Blue Safari Submarines a lot and decided to take an incredible two-hour under-water excursion. This place is opposite to our hotel so transportation was not an issue. After getting safety instructions, we were taken to a ship from the mainland. We were greeted by beautiful fishes, corals and a shrunken ship under-water and had an overwhelming experience. Read all about it here.
After our lunch, we walked to the nearest shopping area around Trou Aux Biches and looked around the shops. My husband wanted to buy a fishing net so as to catch some small fishes near the bay. He couldn’t wait to hop on a public bus to reach the hotel and go for fishing. Sadly, all the fishes he caught died soon after bringing to hotel room.
We had gala time at the New Year party thrown for all the guests in the hotel. There was amazing dinner buffet, fireworks, music and champagne fountain.
Day 7– We had some time before we need to move to airport for our flight. So, we hired a cab from right in front of our hotel to visit Grand Baie (Bay) beach. We spent some hours on the beach, basking in hot sun and while coming back, we hoped on a public bus to our hotel.
Sadly, we then bid adieu to Mauritius and boarded the flight back to Bangalore. Mauritius is one of the most amazing places I have ever visited in the world.
Top Tip: Traveling in the month of December could be expensive, so plan ahead. You might save some bucks and get good places to stay!
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