At only 2,040 km squared, the Island of Mauritius has lots to offer! With something for everyone from water sports to grand historic buildings, shopping to pristine sandy beaches, with the choice to relax or have a more adventurous holiday, it’s up to you.
The Island is dripping in history dating back before colonial times with links to the Dutch Republic, France and Britain. This can be seen throughout the country with its grand architecture, language and agriculture.
Best Way to Travel in Mauritius
Getting from one side of the island to another can take as little as one hour, depending on traffic. Car rental is the best way to travel in Mauritius and a great way to explore the many sandy beaches and attractions. However if like me you would like to see a different side of Mauritius, public transport is widely available. The local buses are easy to navigate and an inexpensive way of getting around. Please note that some finish at 7pm and journey times can vary greatly in duration from a normal service to an express service.
The fares are per bus journey, zone and if a normal service, express and also believe it or not, air conditioned! Registered taxis can be recognised with signage on the back passenger door. Watch out for the extreme pricing strategies! If you stay at an expensive hotel be prepared to pay double than that of a neighbouring 3* hotel. Also hotels suggest for guaranteed and reliable taxi services to book through them. We found this to be additional revenue for the hotel and that the same taxis were available for considerably less with the same reliability and great service! It is worth checking what the hotel rates are and then asking a standing taxi.
If you are short on time, the best way to travel in Mauritius and see a few attractions is with a taxi tour. This could also be combined with a taxi transfer to or from the airport. For example if you are staying in the South of the island. You may wish a taxi transfer and then a full day tour of the south including Bois Cheri, Nadu Temple with Lake Ganga Talao and a visit to Chameral coloured earth park. If you are traveling north from the airport you may like to take the coastal scenic road and visit the fishing village of Trou d’eau Douce and then take a catamaran or speed boat trip to the island of IIe aux Cerfs with it’s picture postcard beaches. A great way to have an inexpensive personalised tour for two!
Although Mauritius is marketed as a package destination, there are a number of accommodation options available on the island for all budgets. It is also a great place to stop and stay with direct flights available to Australia, in just 9 hours!
As always we would love to hear from you. Mark Twain once wrote “Mauritius was made first, then heaven”. Have you visited Mauritius? Is Mark Twain right? Please comment below. Thanks! Happy Travels x