Earlier this year Jaunine spotted a good travel deal which would whisk us off to Mauritius, an island in the warm Indian Ocean to the east of Madagaskar, for seven glorious days of sunshine, rest, and relaxation. Not one for excessive pondering on matters like this she was quick to sign up for the deal and we started getting ready 🙂
Eventually the day arrived for us to be off on our new adventure. Six hours of flying later and we were there – Mauritius ! We arrived late-evening at our hotel, located on the north-eastern side of the island, just over an hour later. We were pleasantly surprised by the warm welcome we received and the fact that they had dinner ready and waiting for us, even at the late hour of the evening.
What follows are some images to give an idea of what we experienced during our seven day stay on the island 🙂
It was quite nice to experience some warmer weather, coming from Cape Town that was getting into winter with the usual winter rain, wind, and cold.
Lying in the sun on the beach is not the only activity available, there is much to do in seven days and we tried to experience as much as possible while still taking it easy.
Although she had fun learning how to snorkel in the pool, Jaunine was surprised when the instructor offered to introduce her to scuba diving – also in the hotel pool 🙂
I was less keen on the whole snorkeling idea but enjoyed watching Jaunine swimming under-water up and down the pool 🙂 Afterwards we parked ourselves next to the pool, facing the ocean, and did some reading.
The best way to explore the island is to rent a car and drive yourself. Although the island is relatively small, progress is quite slow because of narrow (and in many places bumpy) roads and quite twisty. It takes a while getting used to the driving style of the locals and a GPS is a must-have accessory, else you WILL get lost since the roads are not always properly marked. Even a GPS is not always a gaurantee that you will find the place you’re looking for – as we discovered on several occasions !
The landscapes and tropical forests found on the southern side of the island are well worth the drive.
At Cap Malheureux on the south coast one gets a distinct colonial feel, not surprisingly since the British landed there in 1810 when they took possession of the island after attacking the French..
At Grand Bassin we found a site which is considered the most holy Hindu site outside of India and consists of a lake, various statues, and several temples. The gigantic and spread-out parking areas were indicative of the importance and popularity of this site.
We spent a fair amount of time on the west coast, especially the north-west which is a tourist hotspot with much to see and experience.
One of the really nice things about tropical islands is the fact that even winter evenings are pleasantly warm, no need to reach for warm clothes when the sun dips behind the horizon!
Our seven days on the island passed all too quickly !
We hope to return to this wonderful island with it’s friendly people again sometime in the future. If you ever have the opportunity to visit Mauritius – just do it !
As always – your comments are welcome and appreciated 🙂