Mauritius The Ideal Holiday Destination
If you’ve been wondering where to go for your next holiday from South Africa, wonder no more as Mauritius is calling. This tropical island offers the world’s most beautiful beaches and is aptly named Paradise Island. For many years it was only famed as a honeymoon destination but with many people discovering the various Mauritius holiday packages on offer, they have put it on their bucket lists of places to visit.
Mauritius is an island worth exploring with Indian temples, colonial houses and botanical gardens. The most memorable thing for any first time visitor is the people who are so hospitable and friendly. Mauritians, who are a fusion of French-Indian-Creole and Chinese, are warm, cheerful and very helpful, more so to first time visitors.
When To Visit Mauritius
Located 20 degrees south of the Equator, Mauritius prides itself on being an all year round destination but the best time to visit is May to December when the weather is cool, dry and sunny. The North and West are more sheltered in the summer and the East Coast more so in the winter. The island has a microclimate meaning it can be raining where you are yet the sun is shining five minutes away.
Where To Go In Mauritius
The north is the tourist hub with Grand Bay hosting a vast array of local boutiques, beaches and nightlife. It is also where the Pamplemousse garden, the famed botanical garden is found.
The south and south east are generally the wilder side of Mauritius and also the most beautiful. They have sandy beaches bordered by cliffs carved by waves, sugarcane fields as far as the eye can see and mountainous terrains that are too majestic to ignore. This is also where you will find Le Morne Mountain, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which was used as a refuge for runaway slaves in the 19th Century.
The west and south west are the driest coasts of Mauritius and they have beautiful hotels and lagoons calm enough for swimming, snorkeling, surfing and an array of watersport activities. This coast is also home to Casela national park, which is home to many tamed wild animals and is the island’s premier eco-adventure park. It is bio-diverse and offers a chance to spot rare birds among soaring ebony trees on nature walks in the park.
The east coast of Mauritius is one of the island’s most beautiful coastlines and is often referred to as heaven for water sport lovers. Whichever time of year you decide to go a Mauritius holiday package is the best way to experience this unique country.
Hospitality is incredibly important in Mauritian culture. Unexpected guests will always be offered food and drinks – it is polite to accept.
Different communities have differences in etiquette, locals here are tolerant of a wide range of beliefs and behaviour. Although people may appear westernised, Mauritius is a conservative culture.
When visiting religious places, make sure you are not baring too much skin and always remove your shoes. Never touch statues or deity and no photography is allowed.
Women should be prudent enough to carry a sarong that can double up as a skirt or headscarf when the need arises. Mauritians with Indian heritage form the dominant community and as such, some local women still bathe in their saris. Nudism and topless sunbathing is not allowed on public beaches.
What To Know Before Visiting
There are various Mauritius holiday packages on offer, speak to us about any special deals and holiday packages on offer.
Currency: Mauritian Rupee (MUR) which can be purchased before travel but it is advisable to buy it in Mauritius and not in South Africa as the exchange rate is better. Most major international currency is accepted in hotels and restaurants so this should not really be a worry.
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