When you think of Mauritius, you think of honeymooners, luxury hotels and vacation packages. That Mauritius but also individually and more or less low budget, I show you here:
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EIt's a bit of a dream on this small, paradisiacal island in the Indian Ocean: when you wake up you do not know if you landed in Asia, Africa or Central America. The culture mix is omnipresent here.
At a glance
28.02.2019 to 14.03.2019
Eurowings flies directly from / to Munich for around 400 € per person without luggage and food. Flight time are about 11h
Car hire from Maki Cars - great service and value for money! We have paid for a Hyundai i20 with space for four people with luggage about 500 € for two weeks including additional insurance without deductible. There is also a matching app!
Well-developed main roads with lots of roundabouts! Attention, left-hand traffic! Small streets rather bad. Absolutely the rush hour to / from Port Louis avoid. Here you are stuck in an endless traffic jam ...
We are in the north in the guesthouse Bleu de Toi* stayed overnight and in the southwest in the Villa Seewoo, In the southeast we had a private house on the beach Villa du Lagon *, Even more tips for Hotels in Mauritius you can find in this article.
Although English is the official language, French the business language, Creole is the language in which the inhabitants communicate with each other.
Mauritius rupee in the ratio about 1 € = 40 MRU (as of March 2019).
Drinks / ice cream around the 0,25-2 €, take-away at the beach kiosk around the 3-5 €, restaurants low-budget like German prices around the 10 € for main courses.
Air / Travel time:
Year-round destination. In our winter (about November to March) is high season, but also tends to rainy season. Temperatures around the 30 degrees during the day and at night about 26 degrees. The sea also has very pleasant temperatures around the 25 degree. In our summer it is a bit cooler (about 25-28 degrees), but also drier. We had an afternoon chill in early March and it rained for one night. Otherwise we only had sunshine!
In winter time in Germany it is + 3 hours and in summertime only + 2 hours.
All standard vaccinations should be available and additionally hepatitis A and B are recommended. In younger children, a hepatitis vaccine is not mandatory, since the disease is rather harmless here. Yellow fever vaccination is required for travelers coming from a yellow fever area.
We felt very safe at any time of day or night. One should only on remote beaches and certain quarters in Port Louis to take care of his valuables. At the beach we have our stuff, if only left unattended. The Mauritians are generally very friendly! In Mahébourg There were a few beggars.
Mauritius with children:
Soon there will be my 5 highlights with children!
The entry is really easy. There is a small queue at passport control. The luggage is already on the treadmill when we arrive there. Still short to the ATM outside the terminal and the holiday can begin!
We land at about 6 in the morning local time and are already with a sign at the gate of the rental car company Maki Cars expected. Already in the run-up one could fill in his contract data via App. Very convenient. Therefore, the takeover of the rental car directly at the airport takes just 15 minutes. A dream. The child seat for our 6 year old son and the sat nav are even free. So you can start!
First we want to go directly to the sea! By day Blue Bay Only about 15 minutes from the airport, we make our first stop here and hope for a cafe on the beach. The weather and the public beach are gorgeous, but at 7 in the morning, the typical beach shacks here in Mauritius unfortunately still too.
We decide to take a walk along the sea. The water is really crystal clear and turquoise blue! At the end of Public Beach, hotels line the coast, typically Mauritius. We make a small picnic with our food leftovers along the way - just like the Mauritians.
We get back in our rental car and drive direction Port Louis and land in a traffic jam. The traffic here is really bad and we try to dodge over small streets of the rush hour in the morning. I think the Mauritians are the worst motorists in the world! Two hours later we are finally at the destination Guesthouse Bleu de Toi in Pereybere* arrived.
A great beach in the north of the island. We can walk from our accommodation in five minutes and have found our "house beach" with many Mauritians, stalls and tourists. The water is heavenly here, even if it is usually busy. But that also has the advantage that you can get something to eat and drink anywhere and also can rent a SUP or pedal boat.
We find the mix of action and dream beach perfect, just to get started and with the kids. On the holiday "Maha Shivaratri" (on 4 in March) the hell is going on at the beach and all Mauritians with a picnic on the beach are feeling! But it is somehow totally nice to get in contact with the children raging in the water. For me an easy-going public beach with fun factor! Even if in the evening all the emigrated French pensioners are here ...
THE tourist center on Mauritius par excellence. In retrospect, it is of course incredibly busy here, but for the first time not so bad. There is virtually nothing that does not exist here. There are three major supermarkets nearby (Super U, Store 2000 and Winners Supermarket at Pereybére). You can go shopping everywhere and there are restaurants in abundance. But I would not want to spend the whole holiday here, to be honest. Then you would definitely miss the "real" Mauritius.
Also on the public beach you can meet locals and tourists alike. However, there are a lot of boats in the water and the beach is right on the road. Therefore, more suitable for a sunset in the evening. There are also some nice food trucks on the beach here. Grand Baie So it's a perfect place for backpackers and individual travelers!
A mega-relaxed public beach! At about 3km length, no hotel is far and wide and that is rather the exception for Mauritius. There are "only" the typical Filaobäume on the beach, the beautiful shade donate (and no palms), but there is hardly anything going on during the week. There is the possibility to park well everywhere. Coming from the north, you have a food truck right at the first parking bay and an ice cream van drives by. Really great for splashing for the kids! At the southern end there are again one or the other hotels.
Trou aux Biches
Granted, this beach is rather disappointing. Of course it is also nice here, because white sandy beach and palm trees. But basically a lot is going on, as the whole beach is lined with private houses and villas and at the other end are the luxury hotels. There is a small public beach with parking. For me but not as spectacular as expected. There are also hardly any shadows for the kids and barely beach stalls (or we did not see them because we did not park at the parking lot). Next.
Food Trucks (everywhere at Public Beaches)
These little kiosks are almost everywhere, where there is a bigger public beach. The Mauritians love their beach stalls with snacks, Poulette, Coconuts, ice cream, pineapple & Co. And me too. For me pure Mauritius culture and at unbeatable prices!
Luigi's (at Pereybére)
Yes, I admit, going to Mauritius for Italian sounds a bit strange at first. Considering that we're traveling with two little kids, maybe it makes more sense again. And especially our 3-year-old eats little pasta except noodles. Therefore, I can recommend this Italian restaurant, if you feel like pizza & pasta again. The prices are similar to Germany, the service and the food really good. Although located on the thoroughfare, but that does not really bother.
Saveurs des Iles (near Pereybére)
A very rustic, authentic eatery on the Coastel Road just north of Pereybére located. There are delicious fish and curries, but also fries. Good mix and very moderate prices. The staff is extremely friendly and my ginger fish just yummy!
The Beach House (in Grand Baie)
Rather a sports bar as a restaurant. When we are there, several TVs are running and there is live music. The background noise is correspondingly loud. I would Beach House rather recommend for a sundowner overlooking the bay of Grand Baie. Here we eat burgers and fish & chips. Good, but not outstanding. Prices around the 10 € per court.
Le Capitaine (at Grand Baie)
Also located on the main road at the southern end of Grand Baie, but on the sea side. Rather a fancier seafood restaurant. The fish is really delicious here. We order Dorade and Red Snapper, both really heavenly. Prices rather lifted from about 15 €. Service but very courteous and sea view with sunset included!
Botanical Garden of Pampelmousses
About 20 minutes by car from Grand Baie, right at the roundabout. It's Saturday and there's something going on. Sure, at 30 degrees you're better on the beach. Nevertheless, I find the park very worth seeing, even with children. At the entrance there is a kiosk with drinks and souvenirs. Im park Everything is incredibly green and beautifully landscaped with lots of water. The turtles and deer are again not worth mentioning.
The highlight is the different trees (we did not see everything, to be honest) and of course the lake with the giant water lilies! I already knew this from various pictures, but also in real it is incredibly nice to look at and definitely worth a visit!
There is also an official guide for free. But since we only want to make a small round in this heat, we propose the offer friendly. But if you want to know something more about the flora, this is definitely worth it.
Cap Malheureux & Grand Gaube:
We make a small road trip north from Pereybére File The further north you get the calmer, the wilder and the windier it gets. It goes past the Cap Malheureux with its famous church (not worth seeing for me) and on to the Bay of Anse la Raie until after Grand dormer. Everywhere the sea shines turquoise blue and shines in the sun. Just wow!
We are taking a photo stop Anse la Raie and jump in Grand dormer on some side street (at the church St. Michel Church, right next to the Kite School Kite At North kitesurfing school & lodge) in the turquoise blue water. Only a few kids and dogs romp in the water, the parents picnic under the trees. Here we are almost alone and the sea and the atmosphere are just wonderful! Back it goes over the interior again Grand Baie.
Unfortunately, there is no time to explore the capital. Or to be honest, not much desire for 30 degrees in the shade and two small children. Worth seeing is definitely the well-known photo point with the colorful umbrellas over a shopping arcade in the Le Caudan Waterfront, Besides, the market of Port Louis and the view over the city from the citadel!
It's a good idea, too a guide * to book and stroll through the markets!
After five nights, we move south, more specifically after La Gaulette and get better at Le Morne, According to Google, you need 1,5 hours. But the traffic is here, too Port Louis around, chaotic and overall it's a good two hours. On the way we put a short swim in Flic en Flac or Wolmar and come in the afternoon in our new accommodation Villa Seewoo a bit exhausted.
The first thing we notice: the mosquitoes are worse here in the south. In the north, it is actually very bearable. But more important: the landscape is more spectacular in the south with its mountains and rocks, the beaches are almost deserted and even more beautiful and you just find more nature and originality here!
A small village between the famous Le Morne Brabant and Tamarin. The place consists almost only of the main road and a few streets with villas up the mountain. Therefore, you have almost everywhere a beautiful view of the rocks of Le Morne, There are a few local restaurants lining the street and there is a small supermarket.
Here is also our accommodation Villa Seewoo in the middle of the residential area but in a small oasis of palm trees and pool. At night you can hear the dogs barking, but the view from our balcony is breathtaking! A really great starting point for things to do in the beautiful surroundings!
At the big public beach at the restaurant Embilfilao just after the roundabout is the beach of Le Morne not so spectacular. You only realize the true beauty when you find my secret place.
There is a mini-strip public beach between the luxury hotels LUX Le Morne and St. Regis (just park on the roadside) - and then you have the perfect backdrop with palm trees and the Le Morne Brabant in the background! Add to that the white sandy beach and the turquoise blue sea, and you are in paradise!
At the very end of the road past the St. Regis Hotel there is a public beach with parking and kiosk. Here you are almost at the top of the bay and has a 180 degree overlooking the sea. Again, it is nice, the mood is very relaxed again.
Only at the end do we learn by accident, that you can also buy day passes to all the luxury hotels to sunbathe on the beach chairs. Maybe it would have been funny for one day. Cost about 2000 MRU (about 50 €), so no bargain, without food and drinks. If I had the choice, I would absolutely go to Paradise Hotel go, there the sea is really unique and perfect for snorkeling!
One of my favorite beaches in Mauritius! My husband is the beach here to "natural", but that's just what its charm. There is only one big luxury hotel, the "La Veranda". Otherwise, the sea is wild and there are only pine trees and Filaobäume donate shade.
We are almost alone here. There is not much else, just a small food truck with delicious food for 200 = about 2 €! We enjoy the tranquility and naturalness of Tamarin Beach and I would keep coming back.
Since there is no reef just in front of the estuary (as everywhere else around Mauritius), you can surf or bodyboard perfectly here. There is also directly opposite the beach a surfing school with rental. With the backdrop of the mountains in the background and the wild landscape, it is a real highlight for me to surf!
Flic en Flac / Wolmar
Flic en Flac is a really nice tourist place with a few souvenir shops and shops. Sure, here are of course also luxury hotels strung together. But a pretty long stretch of about six kilometers in length is public and beautiful!
My advice: do not take the first public parking, but only after 1-2km, then you are almost alone on the beach. There are parking lots everywhere and the beautiful Filaobäume, in which I secretly fall in love. We drive a little further south Wolmar, There is a large car park and an idyllic beach framed by two hotels. Still fantastic and almost empty!
Lakaz Chamarel (at the Black River Gorges National Park)
Best View! The location at the entrance to the National Park and the seven-colored earth is ever very convenient. Bungalows are also available for rent. The view over the west coast with the Ile aux Bénetiers is really spectacular! There are only glass fronts as delimitation and you think you are floating in the air and above the sea. The menu is relatively expensive, but the drinks are priced ok and the food for kids too - a must!
Wapalapam (Le Morne)
At the roundabout just before the beach of Le Morne located. The location is rather unspectacular right on the street, but the ambience and decor are actually very nice. However, I find the prices overpriced with about 25 € for fish dishes. We eat two different curries for about € 15, which unfortunately do not taste very good. Only for a cool drink!
Embifilao (Le Morne Beach)
Best Sunset View on Friday night! There is then a menu - make a reservation. Otherwise nice snack bar during the day at the public beach. Unfortunately we are unlucky and it is always closed when we come. The beach restaurant is always open only for lunch, except on Friday (then only in the evening)! But My girlfriend and also Elfie from Villa Seewoo just raved about it...
Frizzy (La Gaulette)
Local cuisine. Super nice host. Delicious menu for two with starter, two entrees and dessert for about 30 €. It is located right on the thoroughfare, but everything somehow very authentic. We feel very welcome here and will definitely be back!
Terre de Coleur or Seven Colored Earth & Chamarel Waterfall
It takes about 20 minutes by car from La Gaulette here. The National Park is not far from here either. Therefore, we make a complete day trip with the rental car in the mountains. The signage is a bit confusing, so we start with msal at the beginning. Pay close attention to the signs!
Finally arrived, this "nature park" also costs admission. We only buy a ticket for the seven-colored earth and the waterfall. But there are also other areas to discover. It is all reasonably touristy with various buses filled with pensioners, but still worth seeing.
Why it is called seven-colored earth becomes clear quickly: the earth shimmers in all imaginable natural shades from ocher to gray, brown and beige when the sun is shining. A beautiful natural spectacle. The "earth" is fenced and there is a small tour to follow. Everything is very well signposted. A small enclosure with giant turtles can also be found here.
Approximately 500 meters further you can park at the waterfall. Maybe not quite as spectacular, but very nice. We walk to the different vantage points and take pictures. All in all, a nice trip. Of course you can also do one Guided tour to the highlights of the Southwest *if you do not want to do it on your own!
Black River Gorges National Park
A must on every Mauritius trip! The great thing is that the National Park does not cost entrance and there are endless possibilities for small hikes - the highest point is on about 744m above the sea! The view at the View Point with a few small souvenir stands on the entire valley is indescribable! That alone is worth the trip already.
We are even lucky and can observe a small monkey family romping. The kids and I are entranced by the monkey baby! Unfortunately, we do not have that much time and the kids do not feel like going on a hike. In the heat, no wonder. It actually starts to rain and we continue to Grand Bassin.
It is a sacred place for the many Hindus living in Mauritius. According to the story, the goddess Shiva, on a flight over Mauritius, lost water from the holy river Ganges, which is now in the Grand Bassin floats (short version). On the 04. March was in honor of Shiva then there also the big festival (and also holiday in Mauritius) with alleged 400.000 pilgrims. Unfortunately, we miss the spectacle exactly two days, but the aura is still mystical.
Dolphins & Snorkeling
My personal highlight in our Mauritius vacation! It's just an indescribable feeling to swim with wild dolphins, which I will never forget. our accommodation Villa Seewoo offers together with the local fisherman Steven this boat tour directly from the jetty in La Gaulette at (about 500 meters walk).
We start raining against 10HR (instead of 7 in the morning) because of rain. And we are lucky and there are only four of us and a nice couple from the hotel. But the boat trip with this fantastic scenery is already an experience in itself. We drive direction Tamarin almost to the reef and see there already about 3 small boats and a catamaran. A little dolphin family is hanging around here and we can watch them from the boat!
Soon we will only have two small boats and I do not feel that it bothers the dolphins (they can always swim to the open sea). Our guide drives on about 10 meters to the dolphins and we jump alternately into the water (for the kids that's nothing;). A dream comes true and I swim for about 100 meters with the dolphin family in the water and even get up to one meter to a dolphin. Madness! An indescribable feeling to get so close to these beautiful animals. Once in a lifetime!
Then we drive back to the Ile aux Bénetiers for snorkeling.
Here the water is crystal clear and only one meter deep and you can, even with children, wonderful snorkeling and see great corals and colorful fish! As a last stop we drive the corals in front of the Hotel Paradise The sight of the Le Morne Brabant is great again, the water really turquoise blue and there are great reefs and fish. I have read that Mauritius does not have the most beautiful reef in the world, but that it's so easy to see some special fish like no other in the world!
Of course, a tour also on site right on the beach Flic en Flac / Wolmar get booked. Guides are always running around offering tours. Or you book a dolphin & snorkel tour directly via Getyourguide*.
After another five days, say goodbye to this stunning region in Mauritius! We drive with the car from La Gaulette further to the southeast. Always along the coast and with great views over the turquoise sea! at Baie du cap is then called this "spectacular" curve Maconde.
We do not stop for that, but prefer to cruise further Souillac, Gris Gris und dem La Vanille Nauture Park, There we make a stopover and arrive in the afternoon in our new accommodation Blue Bay In total, the journey by rental car takes about two hours.
Between Blue Bay & Point d'Esny:
Our house by the sea Villa du Lagon* is in principle exactly between the Blue Bay und dem Point d'Esny – according to travel guide one of the most beautiful beaches on the island! I can only confirm that, I have secretly fallen in love with this part of the island ...! It's the perfect mix of deserted dream beaches, crystal clear water and coral reefs right on your doorstep! The planes flying past 15 minutes away from the airport did not bother us (my husband loves planes;).
Except the Blue Bay just south of us, there is no public parking, but only several villas on the sea. This one has the beach almost to itself and a bay is more beautiful than the other. Only the bathing shoes should not be forgotten here, because of the coral reefs. In the guesthouse Chauntuvent, 500 meters further along the beach to the south, we borrow a SUP. Otherwise, we snorkel every day and swim in the sea - a dream and wonderful conclusion of our two-week tour on this beautiful island!
Le Gris Gris
On the way from La Gaulette after Point d'Esny Let's take a quick stop at the beach Gris Gris on. Gris Gris means something like voodoo magic. The coast is rugged and wilder here than anywhere else on the island. For swimming, this beautiful beach is not suitable. There are a few booths in the parking lot and you can go for a walk on the beach. The beach reminds me a bit of the wild coast of Australia!
A little south of our beautiful accommodation follows the public beach of the dream bay of Blue Bay, A really nice, small tourist spot. There are pine trees that provide shade, a few stalls with snacks and ice cream, and my favorite coffee shop The Spot.
On the beach itself there are also a few accommodations and there is a lot going on here. Sure, the water is almost perfect! It is relatively shallow into the sea and everywhere is the finest sand - ideal for children! A little further south still stretches the Marine Parkwhich is supposed to be beautiful for snorkeling. We just let our soul ...
Les Copaine d'Abord (Mahébourg)
A cute little restaurant serving traditional cuisine with sea views. Not far from the bus station of Mahébourg. The food is delicious and the sunset priceless. We eat fish here again and for the kids there are pasta and fries. Main courses cost around 10 €. It is getting dark and the torches conjure a romantic mood. There is also live music and makes the evening just perfect!
Blue Bamboo (Point d'Esny)
Just around the corner from our accommodation is this nice restaurant. As the name implies, there is a sweet garden with bamboo here. Great atmosphere and of course many tourists here. The service is good, the prices are moderate and there is live music too. We eat pizza & pasta, but also salads and meat dishes are on the menu. Delicious & casual and really recommended!
The Spot Café (Blue Bay)
My favorite cafe in Mauritius! The surfer-style design is totally cool and the food cheap and tasty. Only a few meters from the Blue Bay Removes something inconspicuously located next to a parking lot, but definitely worth a visit!
La Vanille Nature Park
A kind of zoo in the jungle. You have to follow the signs a few times Souillac follow in the south of the island. The entry I find not so cheap. If you want a photo with a baby crocodile or pony riding, pay extra. But otherwise the park is very nice with streams and jungle created (attention: many mosquitoes!).
The highlight, in addition to the many crocodiles, are the free-running giant tortoises, which may be stroked. Young children may even ride on their backs. Already a unique experience! Funny is also the "Princess of the Park" - a deer that simply runs around freely and can be caressed. All in all, we need a good hour for the tour through the park.
Mahébourg Market (Mon 9-17)
We do not see much of Mahébourg itself. We drive only along the coast to the bus station and park somewhere near the market square on the Rue des Hollondaise, In the beginning we are a bit overwhelmed with the many cars and people after so much relaxation on the beach.
But once in the lively market inside, you landed in "real" Mauritius. The people are amazingly nice and find our kids adorable. They just want to get out of the chaos, but then limo for 30 Cent and Samosas and Chilli-Bite for little money. I buy the kids nail polish, shoes and a soccer jersey for Umme and the world is alright again.
Conclusion - Mauritius individual
It works - and very well! I do not understand the holidaymakers who spend the whole day in their luxury hotel. I would not want that. Then you would miss all that Mauritius has to offer next to the endless dream beaches: friendly people, breathtaking landscapes, delicious street food and pure nature!
Driving in Mauritius
Okay, driving here on the island is not that easy and easy the Mauritians drive a bit, like the crazy ones. Mostly they drive fast and almost on the median strip and they also like honking. The habit of the inhabitants, just to stop at the roadside without warning or blinker, has made my husband crazy!
The roads are well developed, although sometimes a bit narrow and once we have a flat tire smooth and need to take the spare tire. Everything works. Unfortunately, the fewest roads lead directly along the coast, as these are mostly zugebaut with the hotels. Only in the south we find this dream route along the sea. And in general, all that traffic takes longer than what Google previously indicated ...
Nature & Environment
The originality is experienced even more clearly in the south of the island than in the rather touristy north. The streets are getting smaller, nature wilder and rugged, and the country a bit poorer. Just around Grande Riviere Noire We also see a lot of corrugated iron huts around here and life still takes place on the street here.
On the topic of environment: Of course, we also find garbage on the roadside and in the sea off the tourist beaches. Basically, but much is done here, not a second Bali to become. There are plenty of rubbish bins everywhere on public beaches and in places like La Gaulette, there are big tons with smiley faces on it for the plastic bottles. Often one also sees signs and sayings like: "help to save the world to show your children how to do it."
Basically, the price level in Mauritius is quite high, even if you "low budget" is on the way. The supermarkets and restaurants correspond to the prices in Germany. Only local food on the roadside is a lot cheaper than ours. Nice guesthouses with pool cost on average from about 100 € upwards per night and of course there are also rooms at locals or simple pensions for about 25 € per person.
Mauritius touched me and I was presented with unique experiences! Especially the joie de vivre of the Maurtier with its picnic culture infected me and also the peaceful culture mix is a role model for us all!
Have you ever traveled individually in Mauritius? What were your highlights? Maybe I can help you too Sri Lanka inspire you?
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