What to do in MAURITIUS

When you come to invest in Mauritius, don’t worry, you won’t have time to get bored.
There are many activities on the island, there is something for all ages and all budgets.

Apart from the main activity which is idleness on the white sandy beaches, there are many other things to do: Hiking(Morne, 7 cascades, Peter Both, le Pouce),vtt, paddle, dolphin canoeing for the more sports or excursions to visit the giant status of Sacred lake of great basin, museums, catamaran trip, dolphin and many events of all kinds are organized throughout the year and for the most courageous: helicopter flight, free fall, canyoning, climbing.

The island is fortunate to have the most beautiful golf courses in the world: Golf Paradise, Deer Island, Tamarina (buy from Tamarina), Avalon, Gymkhana and Anahita.

It is impossible to get bored in Mauritius …

Mauirce Island Beaches

Mauritius is above all sun, sea and beach, this exotic island in the Indian Ocean is surrounded by more than 150 kilometres of magnificent beaches. With their snow-white sand, their lagoons whose water colour goes through the whole palette of turquoise blue,their palm trees bending with the wind, the beaches of Mauritius look like a paradise on earth. It is no coincidence that this destination is very popular with beach lovers and honeymooners.
Flic en Flac, its immense public beach is the image of Mauritius: renowned throughout the world for its beauty, but with a strong character!During the week, you can easily settle wherever you want, in the shade of thefilaos, under the straw huts. We enjoy a “desert island” effect, facing the turquoise lagoon and under the sunlights of the tropics. But the Flic en Flac weekend is asserting itself. The Mauritian folklore is awakening in all its diversity with sega, makeshift barbecues and ice cream trucks.

For a total immersion in authentic Mauritius, opt for the beach of Flic en Flac, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Whether it is located in the west, nature offers you a unique and moving show every night.We let you imagine the beauty of the sunsets, it’s a show really worth the trip !! The sky blazes, the sound of the waves intensifies and nature suspends time.

The Pointe d’Esny is not known to tourists, and yet… This beach is simply to fall backwards in the warm sand.The south-east of Mauritius is a little bit shunned by visitors. Boat trips to Egret Island and Lighthouse Island are (rightly) praised, but specialists never linger on the Pointe d’Esny. That’s good ! This paradise on earth is not only very well preserved, but also well hidden. Few people know the camouflaged path that leads to this paradise beach.

Le Morne beach is ideal for practicing extreme sports such as surfing, bodysurfing, kitesurfing, windsurfing and water skiing. If you don’t like extreme sports very much, nothing prevents you from basking in the sun on the fine Mauritian sand or trying a long hike on the mountain of Morne Brabant (count approximately 3 hours to reach the summit).

When you come to invest in Mauritius, don’t worry, you won’t have time to get bored.
There are many activities on the island, there is something for all ages and all budgets.

Apart from the main activity which is idleness on the white sandy beaches, there are many other things to do: Hiking(Morne, 7 cascades, Peter Both, le Pouce),vtt, paddle, dolphin canoeing for the more sports or excursions to visit the giant status of Sacred lake of great basin, museums, catamaran trip, dolphin and many events of all kinds are organized throughout the year and for the most courageous: helicopter flight, free fall, canyoning, climbing.

The island is fortunate to have the most beautiful golf courses in the world: Golf Paradise, Deer Island, Tamarina (buy from Tamarina), Avalon, Gymkhana and Anahita.

It is impossible to get bored in Mauritius …

Hiking in Mauritius

 

Mauritius, this little paradise, is known for its beaches, but did you know that Mauritius also has a lot to offer in terms of hiking and nature walks? In particular thanks to its nature reserves and national parks.
In the Indian Ocean, Reunion Island has made a name for itself in terms of hiking and trekking, but Mauritius and Rodrigues also have a lot to offer in terms of hiking due to their volcanic origin. However, for about 10 years now, professionals as well as many amateurs and nature lovers have been working to make people discover the mountains of Mauritius.
Indeed, this small volcanic island offers an interesting relief and peaks of up to 828 meters (Le Piton de Petite Rivière Noire located on the West Coast). But above all, each hike is an opportunity to discover new landscapes, often offering splendid viewpoints, waterfalls, lagoon, a breathtaking view of Mauritius, its coastline and a guaranteed change of scenery in the heart of the island’s endemic plants and lush vegetation.

1. Piton de la Petite Rivière Noire
Located in the Gorges de Rivière-Noire National Park, the piton de la Petite Rivière Noire or Mount Piton is known as the highest mountain on the island (828 m above sea level). The top of the magnificent mountain is accessible via a trail starting 500 meters west from the viewpoint of the gorges.
The round trip is an 8 km round trip, which takes 2 hours and 30 minutes.

2. Pieter Both
It is the second highest peak on the island after Piton de la Petite Rivière Noire. Pieter Both (823 metres above sea level) is located in the row of the Port-Louis and Moka Mountains and is named after the Governor General of the Dutch Indies. This mountain is exceptional because of its shapes, with a head-shaped rock at the top, it would even hide a legend.

3. Le Pouce Mauritius
Mountain Le Pouce is the third highest peak in Mauritius (812 metres above sea level). Having the curious shape of a thumb, the mountain stands between the Pieter Both and Signal Mountain. Thumb Mountain could make a lot of people happy, especially those who love hiking. The ascent is without difficulty and you will even be able to contemplate the northern islets once you reach the summit.

4. La montagne des Signaux
Like the Morne, the Mountain of Signals is an emblematic figure for Mauritius. Not only for its timeless beauty, but also for the story it hides. In the past, slaves used to sneak through the passes linking Port-Louis to Moka to escape from their masters. Signal Mountain was also once used by settlers to control boat arrivals and departures in the harbour.
On the other hand, a two-hour (round trip) hiking trail has been set up. The starting point is on the coast of the mountain along Marie-Reine-de-La-Paix. A trail that presents no danger to hikers. Once up there, you will enjoy a breathtaking view of the city of Port-Louis, the Place d’armes, the Champ-de-Mars as well as the Citadel.

5. Le Morne Brabant
It can be found on every postcard in Mauritius. A true emblem, the Morne Brabant is one of the country’s most majestic mountains. Listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2008 under the name “Paysage culturel du Morne”, this mountain was once the sanctuary of the Maroon slaves. Today, Le Morne is a place that reminds us of the colonial era and the agony that slaves suffered at the time. Peaking at 555 metres, the mountain is home to lush vegetation, with endemic and exotic plants as far as the eye can see.

6. Corps de Garde
Visible from the town of Rose-Hill and Quatre Bornes, the Corps de garde (altitude 720 metres) – of volcanic origin – is located between the Rempart mountain and Le Pouce. The Guard House takes its name from the guard house that was around the mountain at the time of colonization, to prevent slaves from hiding there. This mountain is also famous for its nature reserve of 90.33 hectares where endemic or even very rare species such as the chuck or Pilea trilobata, a plant thought to be extinct, but which was (re)discovered in 2005.

7. Trois Mamelles
Situated in the south-west of Mauritius, Les Trois Mamelles are three peaks (600 m high) belonging to one of the most popular mountain ranges for hikers. The name of the Three Teats comes from the shape of the peaks of the mountain mass, resembling udders. Once you reach the top, you are offered a splendid view of Yemen.

8. Montagne du Lion
The Lion Mountain is located in the south of the island, not far from the villages of Vieux-Grand- Port. It reaches an altitude of 480 metres and was used as a watchtower in 1810 during the Battle of the Old Port. It takes its name from its shape, which is reminiscent of a lion’s mane and back. The place is highly recommended for lovers of climbing and hiking because once at the top, there is a breathtaking panorama of the southern islets, the bay of the Old Port and the fragrant fields of sugar cane.

Playing golf in Mauritius

Regular golfers will be spoiled by Mauritius’ award-winning courses with a multitude of amenities, specifically designed for passionate golfers seeking impeccable golf courses in lush surroundings.
It’s a great opportunity to get together with friends, enjoy a fun family activity, or for informal business meetings. Golfers of all levels can enjoy these golf courses, even the most demanding professional players. A relaxed atmosphere prevails on all the exquisite golf courses in Mauritius, located in amazing natural settings. Come and discover these unique golf courses to experience a special feeling, combining your favourite game with the wonderful environment of the island.

1. Gymkhana Golf Club
The Gymkhana course is the oldest course in the southern hemisphere, and the 4th oldest course built in the world by the English.
The course is very pleasant to play, an old-fashioned golf course like any historical course… Meaning you’ll have to be specific! Small greens … some holes with some fairway crossings.
The atmosphere is really that of the English club.
Small varangue in front of the putting green and the tee of the 1, bar and comfortable armchairs, and above all walls dotted with history!
The first plaque, which traces the club’s championships and competitions, starts in… 1905 !
You will also see the effigies of all the military ships that stopped there and whose officers came to play the course.

2. Golf of Maritim Resort
Designed by the famous Australian professional golfer Graham Marsh, the Maritim Golf Course is a unique combination of 9 holes (PAR 29). The Maritim Golf Course has been specially designed for all golf enthusiasts. It offers a wide variety of length, elevation and angle as well as a wide range of shooting options. Play at the beginner level or have a more advanced session; this course will meet all your needs.

3. Golf Legend
Designed by the South African champion, Hugh Baiocchi, the golf course is the first of its kind in Mauritius. Located along one of the most beautiful beaches of the island, this golf course is composed of 18 holes and has special characteristics. There are superb fairways, built in accordance with USPGA rules, set in the heart of a native forest, culminating in lush green spaces.

4. Golf Links
The Links Golf Course is an 18-hole championship golf course (par 71). It has many facilities such as the Legend Clubhouse, including the Marc Farry – Hugh Baiocchi method Golf Academy, driving range, restaurant, bar, separate lounge, Proshop, changing rooms and equipment hire. Coaching sessions are also available for individuals and groups.

5. Golf Ile aux Cerfs
Enjoy a magnificent golf retreat at the 18-hole championship golf course located on Ile aux Cerfs, off the east coast of Mauritius. It is one of the most beautiful golf courses in the world as ranked by Golf World Magazine. The golf course was designed by the architect Bernhard Langer and is 6,452 metres long.
The golf academy offers a selection of various courses and lessons, for players of all levels, with a personalized formula for individuals and groups. It also provides excellent facilities such as a dedicated service for video analysis systems. The golf academy’s practice course has its own means of calibrating your distances and courses. A putting green and a training bunker are also at the customer’s disposal.

6. Golf Anahita
Play on a complete 18-hole golf course and perfect your game on the Anahita Golf Course, designed by Ernie Els & Bernhard. Ernie Els is one of the best golfers in the world, with more than 50 victories worldwide, including three major titles.

7. Avalon Golf Estate
Designed by Peter Matkovich (South African golf architect), the 18-hole Avalon golf course is situated in a green setting, including fairways. The golf course covers approximately 275 acres of land (out of 544 acres of the entire estate). The natural contours and undulations of the golf course not only improve the course, but also give a special look to the game.

8. Heritage Golf Club(also known as Golf du Château / Bel Ombre Golf Course)
The 18-hole golf course (par 72) is designed by Peter Matkovich (South African golf architect). The golf course covers an area of 100 hectares and is part of the Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Wellness Resort.
The golf course is nestled in a wilderness reserve with a mountain in the backdrop offering a breathtaking view of the sea.
Ideal for both advanced players and beginner golfers, the golf course has a number of holes with challenging elevations, including two rivers, “Citronniers” and “St Martin”, which cross the fairways in unexpected places.

9. Paradis Golf Course
Paradis Golf Course is one of the most beautiful golf courses in Mauritius. It is built within the resort’s park, between the emblematic Le Morne and the crystalline lagoon. Much of the creative design of the bunkers and fairways is attributed to international golf legend Tony Johnstone, who has spent many years playing many of the evolutionary stages of the game. It’s an 18-hole, par 72 golf course. The course offers the opportunity to enjoy a great round of golf and presents a fun challenge to all golf enthusiasts.

When you come to invest in Mauritius, don’t worry, you won’t have time to get bored.
There are many activities on the island, there is something for all ages and all budgets.

Apart from the main activity which is idleness on the white sandy beaches, there are many other things to do: Hiking(Morne, 7 cascades, Peter Both, le Pouce),vtt, paddle, dolphin canoeing for the more sports or excursions to visit the giant status of Sacred lake of great basin, museums, catamaran trip, dolphin and many events of all kinds are organized throughout the year and for the most courageous: helicopter flight, free fall, canyoning, climbing.

The island is fortunate to have the most beautiful golf courses in the world: Golf Paradise, Deer Island, Tamarina (buy from Tamarina), Avalon, Gymkhana and Anahita.

It is impossible to get bored in Mauritius …

Kite surfing and surfing in Mauritius

 

Mauritius is considered to be a paradise for water sports. Diving, surfing, water skiing, deep-sea fishing, sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, kite surfing, canyoning and stand-up paddle are just some of the most popular activities. What better way to relax at the weekend than by enjoying a breathtaking landscape, not forgetting the magnificent turquoise lagoon that surrounds the island?
Kitesurfing is the queen discipline in Mauritius.
Le Morne is known as the place to kite in Mauritius, with 300 days of wind per year. With a south-easterly wind which accelerates at the south-western tip of the island, the spot is ideal, but of course the danger remains a strong current which drags outwards and waves that only professionals can surf. Amateurs can also try their hand at it, but with caution.

The spot One Eye, so named because of its wave which forms an eye but also because of an eye pierced in one of the faces of the mountain of Le Morne. On this spot, experienced surfers and funboarders compete against each other.

A little further on, after the village of Le Morne, there is another kitesurfing spot called La Prairie. If you continue towards the South, you will find at the Sanchot islet and the Rivière des Galets a non-negligible surfing spot.

On the South East side of the island, at the Shandrani Hotel, you can also kitesurf and surf, provided the weather is good. Pointe d’Esny offers an ideal body of water for funboarding and also kitesurfing. You can also start from the hotel Le Preskil in Pointe Jérôme. Good kiteboarders can try to make a down wind from there to Ile aux Cerfs without having to leave the lagoon.

Dolphin trip Mauritius

If there is one dream that we all have, it is to swim with the dolphins in their natural environment, to admire them and to follow them along the catamaran in total freedom. A magical moment full of emotion.
Many dolphin outings are proposed every day in Mauritius but unfortunately not all of them respect the rules put in place by the Mauritian authorities in order to disturb at least these cheerful and extremely intelligent mammals.

The individuals of the species most commonly observed in Mauritian waters are long-billed dolphins (Stenella longirostris). These can be observed in large groups of 15 to more than 100 individuals. The other common species is the Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops aduncus), which lives in smaller groups of five to ten individuals. The bays of Tamarin and Black River are resting, breeding and socializing areas for dolphins, hence the very precise regulations.
Whale watching is a trip where you will go further out to sea, and the number of encounters you make will depend very much on the weather and sea conditions. If the sea is rough, it will be harder to see the whales.
Whale watching has become an increasingly demanding activity in Mauritius. Few operators offer this exclusive experience. Sometimes you will be able to see whales swimming with dolphins or during deep-sea fishing. It’s a real surprise to interact with these gigantic mammals.

If you are in Mauritius in winter, from July to November, you can plan your interaction with the whales. Especially humpback whales, which travel to the warm waters of the Indian Ocean to give birth to their babies before migrating north.
Many ocean lovers dream of whale watching during their visit to Mauritius. These extraordinary animals, which cross the sea with elegance, make fun and exciting whirlpools in the water.

Other species are more sedentary in the Indian Ocean. This is the case of sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus). Females are often seen off Mauritius with their young in summer. It is recommended not to approach them to avoid unexpected behaviour of these large mammals, as the mothers are very protective of their young. Observing cetaceans must be done with caution, disturbing them could have negative effects. Cetaceans are neighbours that must be respected.

Restaurant, Bar and Discotheque

 

Cooking plays an important role in Mauritian daily life, reflecting the ethnic diversity of Mauritius. Gourmet travellers will marvel at the quality and variety of the local and gastronomic cuisine on offer.
The gastronomy of Mauritius is influenced by Creole, French, Chinese and especially Indian traditions. Rice, chicken, fish and seafood are among the basic ingredients. Game, especially deer, is also increasingly on offer. The dishes are usually cooked in a sauce based on tomatoes, garlic, ginger, mustard seeds and a plethora of spices.

Local specialities of Mauritius thanks to its many restaurants and bars :

1. Vindaye – usually made from fish or octopus – is a recipe originating in western India, based on oil, mustard, onion, garlic and ginger.

2. Cari has a prominent place in the Mauritian cuisine, so much so that it refers in everyday language to anything that is eaten with rice or bread. It is a subtle preparation based on a mixture of spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, pepper …) and ginger, which accompanies all meats (chicken, beef, mutton, deer, wild boar) but also fish and octopus.

3. Rougail is a Creole speciality rather of Reunionese origin based on tomatoes (called “pommes d’amour” in Mauritius), garlic, onions and spices. It accompanies fish, meat or sausages.
4. Stew is a dish of meat or fish simmered over a long period of time, accompanied by a sauce, usually made with tomatoes and other vegetables.

5. Briyani, of Indo-Muslim origin, made of rice, spices, vegetables, fish or meat.

6. Condiments are also very important in the Creole and Indian cuisine served in Mauritius. Au restaurant, on vous proposera en général des achards (mélange de légumes émincés et épicés), des chatinis ou chutneys (mélange d’épices cuisiné) et des brèdes (feuilles comestibles de certaines plantes et légumes, cuisinées en bouillon ou en fricassée).

7. Fresh fish and seafoodYou can enjoy marlin, sea bream, captain’s bream, sacréchien (red snapper), red mullet, tuna, squid, octopus, camarons (large freshwater prawns), shellfish (such as teak or kono-kono in Rodrigues), crab and lobster.

8. The meats will include beef, deer, wild boar, pork, mutton and chicken.

9. In addition toCreole and Indian cuisine, you will also find European and Chinese specialities. The latter (chop suey, inverted bowl, fried mines) are very common in some localities. Unfortunately, some Chinese restaurants still offer shark fin soup on their menu …

10. Mauritius fruits: with several delicious varieties of mangoes or guavas, coconuts, limes (limes), lychees, passion fruits, small bananas or pineapples… Even the vegetables will surprise you: taste the pipangaille, giraumon, sweet potato, pastry and, more rarely, cassava. Palm kernel salad and braised palm kernel are considered to be the most refined dishes of Mauritian cuisine. It is the heart of a variety of palm tree, very thin (nothing like the “hearts of palm” found in Europe).

11.Lassi, a refreshing drink of Indian origin made from yoghurt and ice water. You can also taste the alouda, a syrupy and flavoured mixture based on an infusion of agar (a variety of seaweed) and milk, sold in the streets. You will find bottled mineral water almost everywhere.

Night life in Mauritius:
If you wish to go out in the evening, you should know that in Mauritius the nightlife in general is not very lively, but the most popular place is indeed the North of the island which abounds in restaurants, bars and trendy nightclubs.
Located in Port Louis, the Caudan Waterfront is a place where the nights are very lively. You can stroll along the harbour, enjoy Happy Hour every Friday from 6pm to 9pm or dine in one of the many restaurants while enjoying the shows almost every night. You can also try your luck at the casino which welcomes you in the bow of a galleon with its 200 slot machines and other table games, while sipping a drink at one of the two bars located there.
A little further south, at the Grand Casino du Domaine Les Pailles, gambling addicts can enjoy various slot machines, blackjack, American roulette or stud poker in a majestic colonial mansion, with access to a private lounge. The only casino in the West, the Flic en Flac Casino is located in a commercial complex which is very accessible for those staying in the area.
Temple of the real clubbers, the Shoot’z Club is a very popular nightclub in Cop-en-Flac. Managed by a dynamic team, it organises theme evenings every weekend and continues to innovate in its evening concepts. The Club has welcomed internationally renowned DJs such as Jean Paul Smith, Dubjoy and Nick Bridges, to name but a few.
Located in the Centre, L’Amnezia is a nightclub in Ebène surrounded by cyber-towers. The club is divided into several rooms, including a VIP and a VIP to offer greater intimacy to its customers and a service that meets the expectations of its prestigious clients.
Located in the centre of the City of Lights, Curepipe, the Casino of Mauritius, created in 1970, is the oldest casino on the island. In order to improve services and attract both international and local customers, it was renovated in 2004. A very elegant establishment, the games include blackjack, American roulette and Oasis poker.
Wherever you are on the island you can attend sega evenings around a campfire are organized at least once a week on all the beaches. Sega is a music as well as a dance dating back to the time of slavery. You will be charmed by the show and then you will be introduced to this dance with erotic evocations in the company of charming dancers.