A holiday at Mauritius is a dream come true considering the pristine beaches, crystal clear water and a backdrop of lush green foliage and mountains regions. This tropical paradise is a nature lovers dream and an adventure junkie’s high. Although the landscape is pretty much the same throughout the island, the tourist places in Mauritius has something for every kind of visitor. The climate is almost never a problem as each season has its perks in Mauritius, however, it is best to study the weather before planning your trip as certain activities are possible only at certain periods.

While you can sip on your cocktail and enjoy the scenic views of the turquoise blue water and just relax, you can also indulge in the most adrenaline rushing activities in the region. A perfect blend of relaxation and fun is served to you during your visit to Mauritius. There are plenty of activities to indulge in onshore and offshore in this island. Needless to say, being located in the Indian Ocean, the water activities are in plenty given that the region is gifted with pristine water. While you can enjoy calm catamaran rides on the surface of the water, underwater activities like snorkelling, blue water submarine, etc are very popular here. Apart from the water, sky diving, parasailing and many more adrenaline rushing activities await you at this island.

The people of Mauritius are extremely friendly and the cuisine is a fusion of several other dishes and ingredients from other countries put together, you are more likely to feel at home over here. Offering the best tourist places in Mauritius, this places needs to be in your bucket list. A trip unplanned is a trip wasted and thus it is important to have planned your trip to this beautiful tropical island well before you take it. Here are a list of frequently asked question and answers on holidays at Mauritius:

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We booked this honeymoon package to Mauritius from Delhi for around 6-7 days. And it was the first time both of us visiting Mauritius. We got time to travel and get to know one another. We had the best time with the team and a lifetime of memories to cherish. Cheers to the team.
I booked a trip to Mauritius, travelling all by myself it wasn’t going to be easy, so rather I decided to go with some experienced operator. And it was the best decision as the trip was undoubtedly awesome. Thanks for making my trip worth remembering. Wish to travel more.
A great trip I would say had so much fun with my sweetheart. Explored the beaches, did some activities and clicked a lot of pictures. Had the most amazing itinerary made, just perfect for us. Thanks to the team for making our trip an amazing one.
We went on this Mauritius trip last summer on July 18th, 2016 through Thrillophilia. Arrangements were done very well. The package was also very decent with everything included as they have mentioned. There are quite a lot of places with beaches and water activities. We did some water activities like underwater sea walk, scuba diving, and snorkeling. My wife did some shopping at the duty-free shops in Floreal. Our afternoon drive to nature park of Black River & Plaine Champagne was another best part of the trip. We saw the usual seven coloured earth when we visited the Chamarel, never saw anything so beautiful and unique before. We also explored the oldest horse-racing club, Champ de Mars another beauty here. Food and accommodation during the trip were really great. Thanks to the team for making our honeymoon a memorable one.
Our honeymoon tour of Mauritius was filled with so many water-based activities and sightseeing. All of them made us feel enthusiastic and urge to do more. It was less crowded when we visited except some pubs and casinos opened till late night. Drinks and food were available in plenty everywhere, basically sea food items. We stayed in a perfectly decorated room and of course the candle light dinner at the resort was fantastic.
Booked this tour through Thrillophilia and it turned out to be one of the best trips I have ever done, location, meals, everything was just great, in this price it was a bit surprising for me and was happy with it.
Recently we went to Mauritius, and it was one of the best trips we have ever been to. The place is so beautiful and mesmerizing, the beaches are so alluring. The nightlife is so lit there, We even had fun exploring the historical sites in the city, and we even went to the temples. The entire trip was so well planned, we had to worry about nothing. All the facilities provided on the trip were so good, rooms were cozy and comfortable, the food provided was delicious, the driver given to us was also amazing he was quite knowledgable and was very helpful. Thanks Thrillophila for the great trip experience.
We totally enjoyed the trip. A must trip for all the honeymooners
I am very much satisfied with the overall booking i got the best quote and all things were manage nicely. guide and drive both were professional
Last year, I went to Mauritius for having the fun of the tour of this charming destination. I booked my tour package from thrillophilia, one of the leading tour and travel operators of India. All the services, which were provided to me, were very good.

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  1. Travel Advice

    • Cyclone season of  Mauritius runs from November to May. So, it is better to avoid making a visit during that time. On the other months of the year, you can check a weather report before you make a visit to the beach.

    • Touts must be strictly avoided.

    • Do not indulge in drugs of any form.

    • Never consume liquor more than you can't handle.

    • Avoid traveling in secluded places during the night

    • Girls, please ensure that the clothes you wear are not indicative of any wrong intensions.

    • If you travel during the night hours, go in a group.

    • Avoid carrying too much cash with you.

    • Do not let anyone mislead you.

    • Attain sufficient information about any new destination you are traveling to.

    • Do not flash your valuables or cash in public.

    • Beware of the cheap and fake liquor.

    • Never drink water from the bottle that has its seal broken.

    • Do not leave your valuables in the hotel room.

    • Make sure you keep your visa and passport safely.

    • Do not get over friendly with your guide or the hotel staff.

    • Cross check the bills before paying.

    • Opt for a metered cab or a prepaid taxi only.

    • Don’t entertain the beggars here.

  2. Drinking Laws

    The legal drinking age for drinking in Mauritius is 18 years. However, you may have to display your ID proof before purchasing alcohol here.

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    Black River Gorges National Park

    Located in the southern west corner of the Mauritian island is the Black River Gorges National Park. It is one of the most fascinating attractions of the city and indeed is one important place to see. Spread over an area of 16,680 acres of land, the park is a home to several endangered animals and plants. You can find more than 311 species of flowering plants and 9 different species of birds here.

    Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens

    It is an elegant botanical garden of Mauritius that is located in the Pamplemousses. It is named after the erstwhile Prime Minister. The garden is largely popular for its gigantic Victoria amazonica water lilies that have a diameter of 3 meters. Other striking features of the gardens include the Talipot plant that flowers once in every 30-100 years, rare Latanier palms from Madagascar and the towering mahogany trees.

    Grand Basin

    Grand Bale is an urbane town that is located in the Rivière du Rempart District which is located north west of the Mauritius. Stunning nightlife casinos, excellent beaches and shopping, this town has just about everything that you need in an ideal tourist attraction. The two key beaches here are the Grand Bay Public and La Cuvette. They maybe small but the water here is azure colored.  Grand Bay Public is a little more cramped with tourists and the fishing boats. For those wanting a secluded area for swimming, La Cuvette could be your preferred beach. Do indulge in water sports like windsurfing, swimming, water skiing and sailing.

    Le Morne

    Le Morne is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is a symbolic of the history and the identity of Mauritius. It is the place where the slaves are said to be hiding so as to escape and this commemorates the struggle against slavery. Scenic beauty here is enchanting. This is a great place for sightseeing in Mauritius.

    Ile Aux Cerfs
    Also known as the Deer Islands in English, the Ile Aux Cerfs is located near the eastern coast of Mauritius. It is enveloped by the clear blue waters of the Indian Ocean and is spread over a vast area of 100 hectares of land. This indeed is a home to some of the most beaches of the Indian Ocean. Water sports and several adventure activities are common here.
  4. What will like you like there?

    There’s sunshine year round

    In Mauritius, the sun shines all round the year. So, you not only get to enjoy the constant beach time but also the crystal clear views of the mountains amidst the island, all round the year. Further, the distant views leading you to the Indian Ocean are breathtaking. So, whichever month you choose to travel, you can be assured of enjoying a tropical climate. The trade winds from south east prevent the things from feeling damp.  

    It’s multi-cultural

    Mauritius has a unique blend of people co existing with each other. Surprisingly, the 68 percent of the population here is from India. Besides, you can also find inhabitants from France, China, Creole, British and South Africa. This distinction is well visible in the landmarks and the cuisines found here. You’ll find Indian temples, Chinese pahodas and the authentic French dishes like bouillon and coq au vin.  

    It’s full of history and natural heritage

    Mauritius is home to the two UNESCO World Heritage sites which include the Le Morne Cultural Landscape and the Aapravasi Ghat. Other attractions and places to see here include the Blue Penny Museum, colonial capital of Port Louis and Black River Gorges National Park.  

    Bountiful adventure activities
    Mauritius has a number of adventure companies that organize an array of group activities. Moreover, every hotel or resort you opt for will have its own set of group activities and staff to handle and manage the same. Some of the prominent adventure activities include mountain biking, golfing, hiking, cycling and others.    

    There’s watersports, fishing and sailing

    Mauritius is the mecca for the water sports like deep sea fishing, scuba diving and snorkeling. The islands here host Marlin World Cup on annual basis.

    You’ll love the shopping

    You know there are segregations and types in the category of shoppers? So, basically everyone who enjoys shopping of whatever grade or type will enjoy shopping in Mauritius. Every village you find here is a home to some of the most charming boutiques offering local arts and crafts. Further, you can also find Flacq Market which is a farmer’s markets. There you can shop for the local fruits and vegetables. Island also very well caters to the needs of the international fashionistas accredited to its top rated brands like Ralph Lauren. There is also a designer factory outlet mall. You can also find a beautiful shopping mall at the Caudan Waterfront in Port Louis.  

    There’s accommodation for every budget

    Mauritius is a home to some of the top rated hotels, resorts, stays as well as budget accommodations. If you wish to check out the boutique charm, you can browse through the Lakaz Chamarel that is found near the Chamarel hills. It has 20 huge guestrooms and a restaurant. Those seeking a luxury stay can book a room with the Le Touessrok which has its own nightly entertainment, golf course as well as the different restaurants which serve authentic cuisines from 9 countries. People looking for budget stays, there is small 12 room hotel which is only a walking distance from the beach. You can get some of the most impressive food at this budget stay.

    There’s amazing flora and fauna

    From macaque monkeys to giant tortoises, geckoes, skinks and flying foxes, you can get more than 100 different species of birds among the wildlife that have made Mauritius their home. In the Casela Wildlife Park, you can get up and close with the lion cubs. Several multi hued flowers adorn this pretty island. You can find 60 different species of orchids too. Mauritius happens to be the second largest supplier of cut flowers and plants after only Netherlands.

    The sega music is amazing

    You know what is absolute bliss or pure happiness in Mauritius? It’s Sega Music. This is the Indian Ocean version of calypso. The sound of this music can reach you anywhere from the beaches just about every night. This indeed could be the ideal sound track for your holiday.

    It’s got the freshest seafood

    Mauritius is the haven for the sea food lovers. The restaurants here serve some of the most exotic sea food dishes such as lobster, snapper, octopus, dorado and prawns.

    Chamarel Colored Earth

    No body has been able to figure out how exactly the rolling dunes west of the Black River Gorges attained their color. Some people believe that the color is a result of the volcanic ash deposits which are cooled at varying temperatures while the others believe it may be related to varying quantities of the metal oxide found in every dune.  The colors here are most dramatic during the mornings and the evenings.

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  6. When is the best time to visit Mauritius?

    This African island enjoys a classic tropical climate all year round and is a very popular island destination for tourists from all over the world. The weather from the month of May to November is cool, dry and sunny making it the best time to visit this island. During these months, surfing and exploring the island are the most favoured activities given the climate. December to April is hot and humid and may sometimes receive abundant of rainfall on the central plateau. For those looking to try activities such as scuba diving and deep sea fishing, this would be a good time to visit the island.

  7. How to reach Mauritius?

    There are direct flights from some major cities in India, like Delhi and Mumbai to the island of Mauritius. These flights take duration of approximately about 6 hours to get there. The other routes that you could take would be via Sri Lanka, Singapore or Kuala Lumpur, which would take longer hours to get to. Flights from Sri Lanka are much cheaper than the rest, however takes a long flight hours to get there.

  8. Do I need a visa for Mauritius? How does one get a Mauritius visa?

    You need not apply for a visa to enter Mauritius, as they follow a visa on arrival procedure. Your passport will be stamped upon arrival provided your stay is limited to 60 days or lesser. You will be required to show proof of your return tickets, eligibility to re-enter their country of origin and enough finances for your period of stay over there. However, if you plan on staying for longer than 60 days for any such reason, you must apply for a visa at the Mauritius High Commission in Delhi prior to your visit.

  9. What is the currency of Mauritius and where can I get my money exchanged?

    The currency used in Mauritius is called the Mauritian Rupee and the currency code is MUR. The exchange rate from USD to MUR is 1 USD = 34.15 MUR and from Indian currency is 1 INR = 0.54 MUR. The best place to exchange your currency would be upon arrival at the airport as they have the best exchange rates. However, you could also get your currency exchange at foreign exchange booths or ATM’s found everywhere on the island, these have a better exchange rate than hotels and banks. Although some places do accept foreign currency, locals always prefer to be paid in the local rupee and keep in mind that in case you pay with a foreign currency, your change will always be returned in the local currency and you might lose a little money that way.

  10. What are the things to do in Mauritius?

    This beautiful and popular island destination provides innumerable things for you to do on a vacation there. Here is a list of things that you must try during your holiday in Mauritius:

    • Swim with Dolphins in Medicine
    • Kite Surfing at Belle Mare
    • Cruise the gentle lagoon in a catamaran – a very popular activity, advance bookings always recommended.
    • Go deep sea fishing
    • Wander local markets amidst the smells of cardamom, cinnamon and other local spices.
    • Skydiving – available almost everywhere.
    • Explore the tea estates and plantations of the region.
  11. What is the local food of Mauritius? Which are the best places to taste this food?

    The local cuisine of Mauritius is a treat to our palates as there are a whole range of spices involved in their dishes. Mixing and adopting spices, ingredients and cooking styles from various other nations like India, China, French and Creoles, the Mauritian Cuisine has an extensive range to try from. Chili is a popular ingredient in most of their dishes, which goes without saying that the cuisine is a palate of spicy food. Some of the best places to eat in Mauritius are:

    • Le Palais de Barbizon – South West at Chamarel
    • Chez Rosy – South at Souillac
    • Tante Athalie – North at Pamplemousse
  12. What is the best public transport to commute around Mauritius?

    Mauritius has limited options when it comes to the public transport used to get around the place. The most common public transport is the bus. There are several buses that commute around several routes at regular intervals, and thus this isn’t a problem. It is always better to opt for the express buses over the standard ones as they have air conditioning and are much faster. Buses are also the cheapest way to get around. Alternatively, you could use the taxis for commuting, which are mostly booked by the hotels. This is a more expensive option and prices need to be negotiated before you take the trip. There are also shared taxis available for a price a little higher than the bus fare, this is a good mode to use too if you are looking for comfort and convenience.

  13. Do I need to have any vaccinations before the trip to Mauritius?

    Yes, it is safer to have some vaccines taken before your travel to Mauritius. Along with the regular boosters, some of the vaccines recommended are Hepatitis A and Tetanus.

  14. What is the local language in Mauritius and which are the most commonly used greetings?

    There is no official local language spoken in Mauritius. You can comfortably speak in English and have no trouble moving about the place or asking any doubts or directions. The people of the land speak a variety of languages though, Creole being the most spoken after English and also some French.

  15. Which are the best shopping places in Mauritius and what are they famous for?

    Though more of an island destination, Mauritius offers a range for both planned and impulse shopping. The best places to go for shopping in Mauritius and what they are famous for are:

    • Bagatelle Mall, Moka – luxury shopping, events and hypermarkets.
    • Centre Commercial Phoenix, Vacoas-Phoenix – One stop shopping spot
    • Flic En Flac, West Coast – Sea shells souvenirs
    • Le Craft Market, Caudan Waterfront – Home decor products made of Cane
    • Curepipe, Plaines Wilhems District – gift items
    • Bay Bazaar, Grand Baie, Riviere du Rempart – Handicrafts and souvenirs
    • Floreal Square, District of Plaines Wilhelm – Factory outlet pieces.
    • Central Market, Port Louis – Homemade oils and traditional remedies
    • Quatre Bornes Market – textile cloths.
  16. Which are some of the best destinations for a honeymoon in Mauritius?

    Mauritius definitely is among one of the top islands when it comes to a honeymoon destination. There are various romantic places to be at and the best destinations for a honeymoon in Mauritius are:

    • Chamarel
    • Curepipe
    • Cap Malheureux
    • Albion
    • Flic en Flac
    • Trou-aux-Biches
    • Pointe aux Biches
    • Calodyne

    You can check other romantic places to visit in Mauritius for honeymoon from here.
  17. Which are the best beaches to visit in Mauritius?

    Mauritian beaches are well known and are without doubt the main attraction of the island. Some of the best beaches which you have to visit and what you can do there are listed below:

    • Tamarin Beach – best for surfing
    • La Cuvette Beach Grand Bay – the tranquil nature makes it a great place to just relax, go sailing or yachting.
    • Flic en Flac Beach – beautiful coral reef, making it a great place for snorkelling.
    • Mont Choisy Beach – All kinds of watersports (windsurfing, skiing, deep sea diving, fishing, speed boating, etc). Volleyball and other beach games can also be played here. Great place for photographs.
    • Poste Lafayette Beach – quiet beach, perfect for kayaking or swimming.
    • Grand Bay public Beach – fishing, catamaran rides.
    • Blue Bay Beach – banana rides, water scooters, parasailing.
    • Gris Gris Beach – camping, cliff diving.
  18. What is a blue safari submarine? Where can I experience it in Mauritius?

    The blue safari submarine is an underwater adventure opening you to the beautiful adventure of marine life. Mauritius is the only place in the Indian Ocean which offers this adventure among the 12 places where you can experience this adventure in the world. You can experience a panoramic view of the underwater world in an air conditioned submarine which hosts a group of people where lunch and champagne is also served. This safari in Mauritius can be experienced at Route Côtière, Trou aux Biches, Ile Maurice. It’s open on all days and the operating hours are from 08:30 am to 04:30 pm. The minimum age limit for the submarine would be a minor of 3 years accompanied by someone.

  19. What are the famous skydiving destinations in Mauritius?

    Mauritius is one of the most beautiful places for you to experience skydiving at given the clear blue water and beautiful beaches you will be falling towards. The only place offering this service right now is at Skydive Austral. It approximately costs about INR 20,000 for this once in a lifetime experience. Mauritius sometimes experiences strong winds and thus if you plan on sky diving, it is important to consider the weather and plan it out well!

  20. How is the nightlife of Mauritius?

    While most travellers tend to stay within the resort limits and party at night, there are a few other places offering great beach parties, live music, jam sessions and clubs to dance your night off at in this island. The nightlife is developing more than just in-house resort and hotel parties and here is a list of where you can have a great night at:

    • Banana beach club
    • C Beach club
    • Big Willy’s
    • Lakaz Cascavelle
    • Lambic
    • The Beach house
    • Moustache Bistro
  21. What is so special about boat cruising in Mauritius and what are the different options available?

    The crystal clear blue water, the corals and marine life underwater and the scenic views make boat cruising in Mauritius a splendid experience. The varieties are numerous and each has a experience of its own. The different options available for cruising are Catamaran Cruising (this is the most popular type), speedboat cruising, Pirate boat cruise, dolphin watching catamaran cruise.

  22. Which are the famous water skiing destinations in Mauritius?

    For adventure junkies, looking for an adrenaline rush, water skiing is a great option to try in Mauritius. Although many places do offer water skiing options in the island, the two best places to experience it is at Trou d’eau Douce and Grand Baie as the waters here are generally perfect for the activity and also there are many professional organisers for the same.

  23. Which are the famous wildlife sanctuaries and ecological parks in Mauritius?

    Mauritius is a pleasant gift to nature lovers and nature enthusiast. The famous wildlife sanctuaries and ecological parks in Mauritius are:

    • Mauritius national botanical gardens
    • Crocodile and Giant Tortoises Park and Nature reserve
    • Mauritius safari and bird park
    • Casela Park
    • Black River Gorges National Park
    • Bras d’Eau National park
    • Islets National park
    • Macchabee-Bel Ombre Nature Reserve
    • Montvert Nature Park
  24. What are the famous snorkelling destinations of Mauritius?

    Fully encircled by coral reefs, Mauritius is one of the most beautiful places to experience snorkelling at. The top snorkeling spots to explore the beautiful marine life would be:

    • Blue bay marine park – angel fish, damselfish, parrotfish, clownfish, etc.
    • Pointe aux Piments – sea turtles can be spotted over here!
    • Trou aux Biches – huge variety of species
    • Flic en Flac – stripey Moorish idol, blue-barred parrotfish, whitespotted boxfish. Seashells and sea urchins can also be spotted over here.
    • Ile aux Cerfs – seabream, blacktip groupers, blue stripe snappers.
  25. Where can I parasail and kitesurf in Mauritius?

    Parasailing in Mauritius is definitely a thrilling and beautiful experience given the magnificent and beautiful turquoise waters you will be flying over. Some of the best places to try this activity would be Grand Baie, Trou d’eau Douce and Ile aux Cerfs. Similarly, there are a lot of places where you can kitesurf in the island and the best amongst them are: Le Morne, Bel-Ombre, Pointe d’Esny and La Gaulette. It is important to plan these activities well in advance considering the time and place as the weather plays a major role.

  26. Which are the famous water amusement parks in Mauritius?

    Apart from the activities experienced in nature, Mauritius also offers some adrenaline rushing activities through their man-made points of interests, Le Waterpark. You can spend a whole day at this water park with your family and friends enjoying the wave pool, giant rides, water cannons, swinger, crazy river, etc.

  27. Here are the best tips Thrillophilia has to offer for your trip to Mauritius:

    • Take your vaccines before your trip
    • Prices at the spot of your activity are generally cheaper than what your travel agent quotes you.
    • Keep in mind that exchanging money at the airport or exchange booths are much cheaper than your hotel.
    • Do not forget to pack the essentials of a beach holiday: sunscreen, caps, swimwear, flip flops, hats, etc.
    • Major parts of the place is deserted post dark, hence it is not advisable to venture out alone or take the buses at night.

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