Trips to Mauritius, the small island country on the Indian Ocean, have always been a tourist favourite. Few nations offer as much as this virtual “Mini India” does — extremely diverse flora and fauna, picturesque views of tropical blue waters bordered by soft, white-sand beaches, geological marvels, mysterious and rewarding hiking trails, luxurious shopping opportunities, vibrant nightlife and a warming mix of cultures.
Mauritius is one of the richest countries in Africa, just south-east of Madagascar. It is a confluence of modern architecture and unspoilt, untouched nature like few others. The countless Bollywood movies set on this island also contribute to the high number of Mauritius Tour Packages from India.
We have listed the top reasons to go on a trip to Mauritius. Read on!
ADRENALINE ACTIVITIES GALORE
The islands of Mauritius offer a range of exhilarating activities to pump up one’s adrenaline! For a bird’s eye view of the island, the lagoon and the Indian Ocean, opt for skydiving from Sugar Fields, or parasailing in Grand Baie, Belle Mare or Ile Aux Cerfs. The Vallee Des Couleurs, or the Valley of coloured earth, hosts the third-longest zipline in the world. The valley is also home to the thrilling Nepalese Bridge, which is the longest hanging bridge on the Indian Ocean. Moreover, there are many well-marked hiking trails that can be explored on foot or bikes.
Beach Holidays in Mauritius are extremely popular and well-loved. The country offers stunning sights- both over and under the water. Owing to its location, the islands of Mauritius enjoy balmy temperatures at all times of the year, and the surrounding blue waters are always warm.
Mauritius is home to some of the most stunning coral reefs and underwater diversity in the world. Diving in Mauritius awards a range of experiences. The striking underwater visibility around Ile Aux Cerfs makes it a great destination for snorkelling. Belle Mare is one of the best sites to explore hard and soft corals, and marine life like lionfish, eels, clownfish (HI NEMO!) and stingrays. On the other hand, the absence of coral reefs around Tamarin Beach makes it ideal for surfing. Coin de Mire is ideal for underwater photography, and its pink coral seabed is ethereal. Turtle House Reef is home to the extremely rare Green Turtle and Hawksbill Turtle.
Mauritius tour packages for families usually always include the famous underwater sea walk. Fit for everyone above the age of ten, an underwater sea walk is like a submarine tour on foot in between the corals, inside the reef. Walking on the seabed allows one to come in close contact with marine life, making it an unforgettable experience.
Glass bottomed boat trips at the Blue Bay Marine Park are a great way to absorb the diversity of life in the lagoon without getting wet through the see-through bottom of the boat. The Park is also ideal for scuba diving as the waters are extremely rich.
Seabobs are watercraft that enable their rider to ‘swim like a dolphin’ by giving them incredible agility. Safe for everyone above the age of ten, these easily controllable vehicles are popular for swimming with fishes at the Grand Bay.
The islands of Mauritius are also a good destination for water skiing. Trou Aux Biches and Mont Choisy offer the best water-ski opportunities on the island. Deep-sea big game fishing at Grand Bay is another tourist favourite!
The citizens of Mauritius are all descendants of immigrants. Dutch, French, British, African, Indian and Chinese cultures come together on this south-east African island to offer an extremely unique experience. With demography so varied, the country’s rank among the most peaceful countries globally is a reflection of how seamlessly the different cultures have merged.
The architecture of Mauritius is an eclectic mix of these cultures. Port Louis, for example, has faded and beautiful old French buildings standing next to modern high-rises, mosques and pagodas. There are two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Mauritius — the Aapravasi Ghat and Le Mont Brabant. Aapravasi Ghat, or Immigration Depot, carries historical significance as this is where indentured labourers arrived from India under the colonial rule. Le Mont Brabant is an iconic rugged mountain that was used as a refuge by runaway slaves. Both of these landmarks draw a large number of tourists annually.
While visiting Mauritius, be sure to catch a sega performance, the traditional music of the island. In the times of slavery, sega was used as a means of self-expression. Most hotels organise these performances, and Flic-en-Flac Beach is famous for performances by the locals on weekends.
SWIM WITH DOLPHINS
The islands of Mauritius are some of the best destinations to observe dolphins in their natural habitat. Unlike in aquariums where the dolphins are held captive and trained to interact with humans, seeing them in the wild is more ethical and rewarding.
Tamarin Bay is an ideal place to witness dolphins, particularly the Bottlenose and Spinner dolphins. Excursions are carried out without causing any disturbance or harm to the creatures and it is emphasised that the tourists are the ones exploring the home of the dolphins.
Observers can either see the creatures from a distance or if they are lucky and skilled at swimming, they may get a chance to swim with them.
Mauritius is one big island, unlike Seychelles, but there are many small islets just off its coast that are unspoilt and waiting to be explored. Mauritius packages always dedicate a day or two to island hopping, exploring and discovering these off coast gems.
Ile Aux Cerfs is the most loved islet while island hopping in Mauritius. It is as perfect for lazily basking in the sun as it is for taking part in exhilarating water activities. The islet also has an adventure park offering good zip lining opportunities, and the famous Ile Aux Cerfs Golf Course. Flat Island, or Ile Plate, is one of the largest islets around Mauritius. An hour and a half long catamaran ride away, the islet is known for its hiking trail up the hill, where one of the country’s few operating lighthouses stands. Ile d’Ambre is an iconic island-hopping destination. Owing to the dense mangrove forest and ancient ruins, hiking here is hugely popular.
The interiors of the island are rugged, and filled with hills and gorges, standing in stark contrast to its beachy edges. Nature is at her best on these rugged hills, and challenging and thrilling land activities are a huge draw for tourists. The Black River Gorges National Park, covering about 2 per cent of the island, is the biggest national park in Mauritius. The thick forest cover is home to an incredibly diverse range of flora and fauna, and they form the habitat of the island’s most endangered species — the Echo Parakeet, the Mauritius Kestrel and the Pink Pigeon.
FLORA AND FAUNA
Mauritius is teeming with a wide range of flora and fauna, both endemic and introduced, which are not only a delight to explore but are also of ecological significance.
With so many coral reefs surrounding the island of Mauritius, the country is home to more than 400 aquatic species, including bottlenose dolphins, humpback whales, tuna, marlin and a host of colourful, tropical fishes.
The fruit bat is the only native terrestrial mammal on the island, but several other creatures have been introduced from neighbouring countries in an effort to boost the biodiversity. One such specie that has been re-introduced is the Giant Aldabra Tortoise from Seychelles.
Scores of different birds have been recorded on these islands, including endemic species like the Pink Pigeon, the Grey-White Eye, the Olive-White Eye, the Paradise Flycatcher and the Mauritius Parakeet.
Ile Aux Aigrettes is the best place to enjoy the diverse flora and fauna of Mauritius. A tiny coral island in the south-east of the country, it has been declared a nature conservation site and efforts are being made to return it to its pre-human condition. Pink Pigeons, Mauritius Fodies, Fruit Bats, Day Geckos and the Legged Snake Telfair’s skink are protected on this island.
The cuisine of the island is an extension of this seamless harmony. Incredibly diverse and with a range of options ranging from Michelin star restaurants to street food, food in Mauritius is one of the major draws for tourists! Must-try items include Rougaille, a Creole tomato-based stew; Fish Vindaye, an iconic, flavourful seafood dish and Dholl Puri, the national dish of the island. Street vendors sell samosas, Gateaux Pigment (which is similar to falafel), Min Frite, or fried noodles, and sweet potato cakes.
Shopping in Mauritius is as delightful as snorkelling in Mauritius. Le Caudan Waterfront is the commercial shopping and entertainment complex in the capital city of Port Louis. Shops, casinos, restaurants, cafes, theatres and art markets all come together here to offer an unending source of entertainment! Splurge on clothes, accessories, wellness products, art and souvenirs, and visit Le Casino -- the casino in the complex.
Located in Central Mauritius, Eureka House is an erstwhile colonial mansion that has been converted into a museum of the colonial history of the island. With over 100 doors and windows, this mansion is the largest house in Mauritius. The museum also has a dedicated art collection, along with Indian and Chinese housewares. The areas surrounding the museum are stunning, with gardens, small waterfalls and endemic plants.
The museum displays the period in the history of sugar when it was priced the same as gold! 250 years of the history of sugar is a treat for history lovers. The tour ends in a rum tasting.
Mahebourg combines historical tours with the youthful throb of a city. With lovely beaches to relax in, the city also caters to the belly -- the food here is a must-try!
Grand Bassin, or the Ganga Talao, is the most important pilgrimage site for Hindus in Mauritius. With temples dedicated to Lakshmi, Hanuman and Shiva, the serenity of the place adds to the spiritual flavour. The Maha Shivratri celebrations here are the biggest Hindu celebrations in the world outside India.
Champs de Mars in the second oldest racecourse in the world and is one of the biggest tourist attractions on the island. The grounds have witnessed the Independence of the country in 1968. Try to catch a game while enjoying a holiday in Mauritius!
Take part in fun activities like quad biking, zip-lining, cave kayaking
Explore the underwater -- diving, snorkelling, underwater sea walk, seabobs, glass-bottomed boat tours
Visit the UNESCO Heritage Sites to soak in the history
Marvel at the 7 coloured sands at Charamel
Surf at Tamarin Bay
Shop at Le Caudon Waterfront
Gamble at one of the many casinos
Visit the jungles and observe the captivating flora and fauna
Visit the Tea Gardens
Take a tour of the history of sugar
The coloured dunes in Chamarel are perhaps the most iconic sights in Mauritius. A stunning natural phenomenon, the dunes have sands of seven colours -- red, brown, violet, blue, green, purple and yellow. It is a marvellous fact that despite decades of harsh torrential rainfall, the coloured earth has not lost its colour. Nowadays, tourists are not allowed to stand on the sand, and are required to enjoy the view from the protected perimeter. Chamarel also has curio shops and a few Giant Aldabra Turtles.
After Grand Bay, Flic en Flac is the most popular tourist attraction on the island of Mauritius. With 8 km of white sand, this beach is often counted in the top beaches of the country and it houses some of the best dive spots in the island. There is a water activity for everyone here -- banana and paddle boating for kids, water skiing, parasailing, deep-sea fishing, kayaking, canoeing and sailing for the others. Close by is the Casela World of Adventures, a nature park which offers a range of activities including safari drives, quad biking, canyon swinging, zip lining and canoeing. The park also offers interactions with animals, including the Big Cats and giraffes.
A large coral rock rising over the surface of the Indian Ocean, Crystal Rock is a huge draw for tourists visiting Mauritius. Boat rides go up to 200m close to the rock, allowing on boards to marvel at the formation up close. Snorkelling or swimming with dolphins is usually clubbed together with this visit.
The biggest national park in Mauritius, Black River Gorges is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. The park also has stunning vistas of the gorges, and is great for hiking. Do not miss out on birdwatching here!
On Rodriguez Island, Parc Francois is a popular tourist attraction. Fondly called the Turtle Park because of the large number of turtles, this place is a necessary addition to any Mauritius tour package for families!
Among Mauritius’ most beautiful canyons, the Tamarind Falls are a tourist favourite all year round. Also known as the Seven Cascades because of its seven steps, the quietness of the place is refreshing. There is also a national park nearby, making it even more unmissable! Be sure to hike to the falls and stand under the water. The falls also allow stunning views of the Le Morne Mountain.
The oldest botanical garden in the Southern Avenue, the Sir Seewoosagar Botanical Garden or the Pamplemousse Botanical garden is home to a wide array of indigenous flora and fauna. One of the rarest sights is the blooming of the Talipot Palm, which blooms only once in every 30 to 80 years! Java tortoise and Giant Turtles can also be seen here!
Home to a large number of Giant Turtles on the island, the park is a great addition to Mauritius Tour Packages for Families. La Vanille also has Nile Crocodiles and other reptiles and a wide range of butterflies. A mini zoo with the fauna of Mauritius is well-loved.
(Please note that the following are sample itineraries. Flying Squirrel Holidays works with your requirements to tailor make your holiday for you)
Mauritius Honeymoon Package: 7 Days, 6 Nights
Adrenaline Package Tour of Mauritius: 5 Days 4 Nights
Mauritius for Families: 8 Days, 7 Nights
MAURITIUS HONEYMOON PACKAGE (SAMPLE ONLY):
Welcome! Get picked up by our agent and transfer to your hotel. Sleep off the jet lag!
Following breakfast, spend your morning in leisure at the Caudan Waterfront Mall. After lunch, begin trekking up the hill to Pieter Both Mountain, the second-highest peak in the country. Enjoy the scenic views from the peak and go back to the hotel for dinner.
After breakfast, leave for Ile Aux Cerfs. Take a catamaran ride to the island, and enjoy the stunning beach. Swim, soak in the sun or take part in the array of offered activities like snorkelling or parasailing.
Following an early breakfast, leave for a day of exploring the southern part of the island. Spend the morning kitesurfing at Bel Ombre. After lunch, visit the Crocodile Park and end the day in the Ganga Talao.
Day Five is spent in Port Louis. Explore the many attractions of the capital, including the Champ de Mars racecourse, the Photography Museum and the Botanical Gardens.
Get ready for adrenaline-charged day! Quad Biking, zip-lining, hiking and safari are on the schedule for today!
Enjoy the last evening on the island by the beach.
Transfer to the Airport for your flight back home!
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The cost depends on factors like the flights that you choose, the type of accommodation you choose, the total number of days you want to spend there, and the restaurants you want to dine in. Get in touch with us and we will help you plan the best Mauritius holiday package!
How do we get to Mauritius from India?
There are nonstop flights between India and Mauritius, the duration of which is approximately seven and a half hours.
What is the best time to visit Mauritius?
May to December is when the weather is cool, dry and sunny. These months are the best time for visiting Mauritius.
Is Indian Rupee accepted in Mauritius?
No, it is not. The currency of Mauritius is the Mauritian Rupees. However, the US Dollar is accepted in some places too!
Do Indians require a visa for Mauritius?
Visa on arrival is available for Indian citizens travelling to Mauritius.
Is Mauritius expensive for Indians?
The cost of any trip varies on your personalisation, the time you visit, when you book your tickets, etc. Contact Flying Squirrel Holidays to tailor-make Mauritius Tour Packages from India as per your requirement!
Despite its small size, Mauritius Tour Packages from India offer a large range of experiences. Beach Holidays in Mauritius involve enjoying spectacular views of the Indian Ocean and taking part in water activities fit and safe for everyone. Mauritius tour packages for families have a lot of variety because of the countless kid-friendly options. Romantic Mauritius honeymoon packages are luxurious and fun-filled to make your time unforgettable!
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