Immerse yourself in the true history, cultures and people of the island - beyond just beaches (although they play a big part!).
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Africa6 days / November 2019
Highs & Lows
Hike up Le Morne Brabant for an amazing view of the "underwater waterfall". Also, street food. Get into it.
Public transport can be a little limiting.
Mauritius is a jewel in the Indian Ocean best known as a romantic beach destination, and with good reason. Beyond that though, the people of the island and their unique mix of cultures and histories are what really make Mauritius. This itinerary is a great introduction to the soul of the island.
There’s some city and beach life, food and rum to enjoy and cultural influences from China to Mozambique to France to India all merged into the Mauritian identity.
I recommend at least a week in the country to get a feel of different sides of the island – even if you stay in one place every night, no two points are further apart than a 2-hour drive. Day trip heaven.
Q & A
What would you have changed?
I would absolutely spend more time exploring the interior of the country more for more nature and hikes - it's also cooler (if a little more rainy) in areas like Curepipe.
Anything go wrong during the trip?
I hopped on the wrong bus at Curepipe station and would have been headed to the opposite direction had the lovely station master not come to my rescue! Feel free to ask any of the ticket officers exactly which bus to get on to go where - you can pay for most trips with cash once you're on the bus.
How was the food?
Give as much street food a go as you can! I enjoyed dholl puri, gateaux piments and dumplings (Chinese-style) the most.
Pack a combination of light and waterproof clothing, particularly if you'll be spending time inland.
Download the app Yugo - Mauritius' home-grown cab-hailing app for quick trips. There are also plenty of fantastic car rental or private transfer providers on the island for more flexibility. If you're feeling more adventurous or spontaneous - look up the bus schedules on ntcmauritius.com and mauritius-bus.com.