Mauritius! (Take it! Take it!)
Mauritius Travel Blog› entry 8 of 18 › view all entries
This destination is for:
sugar cane lovers
scenic drives lovers
coloured earth lovers
Best time to go: Spring
Suggested duration of stay: Atleast 1 week
"We're going to Mauritius", I told my father over the phone.
"Where?", he said.
"Mauritius", I answered.
"Huh? Masius? Where is that?"
"Mauritius! Pa, it's Mauritius. Mau-ri-tius."
"Mauritius! In Africa!"
"I can't understand what you're saying, here's your mom", and my father handed over the phone to my mother.
Well, I was not surprised that my father couldn't figure out where we're going. Mauritius is almost an unheard of place if you mention it to people in the Philippines.
So, where is Mauritius?
Mauritius is a little island at the bottom part of the Indian ocean, on the east side of Madagascar. Malvin and I were'nt even sure at first which continent Mauritius belonged to so we were ecstatic when we confirmed that it is part of the African continent. Yay! It would be our first African country to go to!
We took a direct flight from Singapore via Air Mauritius and when we boarded the plane we already felt that "island resort" feeling - green seats, yellow pillows and colorful blankets - we liked it! When we arrived in Mauritius after 7 hours, we were a bit skeptic, as we didn't know what to expect and we didn't want to get ripped off by taxis.
We had a wonderful, relaxing week in Mauritius. We alternated each day with staying in the hotel and going out sight seeing around the island. Like on our second day we just stayed around in our hotel and enjoyed the hotel activities. Then the next day, we went to the Southwest to see Chamarel's 7 coloured earth, the big reason that led us to Mauritius (we saw on a magazine and that started our curiousity about Mauritius) and then passed by Troux aux Cerfs, an extinct volcano, and the gorges of Black River, then went up our way to the North to see Port Louis, the capital city, and Pamplemousse, for the Botanical Gardens. Then the next day, spent it again just at the hotel and had a big lobster dinner. Then the next day, we went sightseeing again, this time to the West, at Ile aux Cerfs, a nice little beach island where you could enjoy the whole day in the beautiful beach.
Mauritius is a beautiful island, very scenic, with the combination of the mountains and the fields and fields of sugar canes and the amazing sunsets. No wonder it is a sure way to relax, the people and ambiance are very laid back, plus, I got the chance to practice my fading French. We were lucky that we also got a nice hotel, where we enjoyed lazying the hours by the beach, doing some archery, eating breakfast with the birds, bumping with baby porcupines and frogs. But best of all, Malvin and I had a lovely, FUNtastic time with each other.