Mauritius! (Take it! Take it!)

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Air Mauritius flight from Singapore

This destination is for:
beach lovers
sugar cane lovers
tea lovers
scenic drives lovers
coloured earth lovers

Best time to go: Spring

Suggested duration of stay: Atleast 1 week


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"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."
"What? Where?"
"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.

I only knew about that this country's existence when a beauty queen from this place got involved in the Metro Manila film festival scam back in 1994. Even in Singapore it is not a popular holiday destination even if some travel agencies do offer honeymoon packages there. My parents-in-law thought we were going to Maldives so like my conversation with my parents, my husband had to repeat and emphasize that we were going to Mauritius.

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're going to Africa!
The nice lady at the information counter said the person in charge of the airport taxi services has gone off so we had no choice but to deal with random taxis from outside. We got approached by a man and quoted us 1900Mauritian Rupees (approx. 65USD) as the rate to take us to our hotel, Sofitel in Flic en Flac area. We were astounded, how expensive! We hesitated but when their head showed us the chart of rates and told us it was the standard rate as our place was an hour away from the airport, Malvin and I decided to go for it, we had no choice anyway. Thankfully, it took an hour indeed to go to our hotel and after getting the "feel" of the cost of living in the place, we thought it was a fair enough price. And actually, our taxi driver had become our tour guide when we accepted his offer for 3 day's services to drive us around.

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.

Then another day at the hotel and our last day we went for a side trip to Blue Bay before we took our night flight back to Singapore.

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.

 

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Air Mauritius flight from Singapore
Air Mauritius flight from Singapore
were going to Africa!
we're going to Africa!
scenic drive
scenic drive
our nice hotel room
our nice hotel room
1st breakfast in our hotel
1st breakfast in our hotel
1st breakfast in our hotel
1st breakfast in our hotel
hotel pool
hotel pool
relaxin
relaxin'
lovin the beach
lovin' the beach
lovin the beach
lovin' the beach
first dip in the Indian Ocean
first dip in the Indian Ocean
first dip in the Indian Ocean
first dip in the Indian Ocean
ahhh, sooo relaxing...
ahhh, sooo relaxing...
ahhh, sooo relaxing...
ahhh, sooo relaxing...
view from our hotel
view from our hotel
Trois Mamelles
Trois Mamelles
i joined the aquagym!
i joined the aquagym!
birds are all over the breakfast a…
birds are all over the breakfast …
i love these beds by the beach
i love these beds by the beach
Malvinhood
Malvinhood
yellow 4!
yellow 4!
my first time to try archery!
my first time to try archery!
i did hit the arrow finally in the…
i did hit the arrow finally in th…
beautiful sunset
beautiful sunset
Mauritius sunset in my eyes
Mauritius sunset in my eyes
baby porcupine we found on the hot…
baby porcupine we found on the ho…
salt factory
salt factory
a temple
a temple
Cascade Chamarel
Cascade Chamarel
Cascade Chamarel
Cascade Chamarel
Chamarel
Chamarel
how the coloured earth was formed
how the coloured earth was formed
Chamarel Coloured earth
Chamarel Coloured earth
Chamarel Coloured earth
Chamarel Coloured earth
Chamarel Coloured earth
Chamarel Coloured earth
Chamarel Coloured earth
Chamarel Coloured earth
Chamarel Coloured earth
Chamarel Coloured earth
Chamarel Coloured earth
Chamarel Coloured earth
Chamarel Coloured earth
Chamarel Coloured earth
Chamarel Coloured earth
Chamarel Coloured earth
Chamarel Coloured earth
Chamarel Coloured earth
Chamarel Coloured earth
Chamarel Coloured earth
Chamarel Coloured earth
Chamarel Coloured earth
Chamarel Coloured earth
Chamarel Coloured earth
Chamarel Coloured earth
Chamarel Coloured earth
first time we heard a tortoise moa…
first time we heard a tortoise mo…
can you find my arm? :)
can you find my arm? :)
Black River gorges
Black River gorges
getting a sugar cane juice
getting a sugar cane juice
worlds most expensive sugarcane j…
world's most expensive sugarcane …
seafood in creole sauce
seafood in creole sauce
Curepipe
Curepipe
Troux aux Cerfs, an extinct volcano
Troux aux Cerfs, an extinct volcano
Rose-hill, their Cybercity
Rose-hill, their Cybercity
post office in Port Louisa
post office in Port Louisa
a Unesco World Heritage site
a Unesco World Heritage site
Port Louis
Port Louis
SSR Botanical Gardens in Pamplemou…
SSR Botanical Gardens in Pamplemo…
SSR Botanical Gardens in Pamplemou…
SSR Botanical Gardens in Pamplemo…
SSR Botanical Gardens in Pamplemou…
SSR Botanical Gardens in Pamplemo…
a creole house, SSR Botanical Gard…
a creole house, SSR Botanical Gar…
SSR Botanical Gardens in Pamplemou…
SSR Botanical Gardens in Pamplemo…
giant lily pods in SSR Botanical G…
giant lily pods in SSR Botanical …
Thumbelino and Thumbelina :D
Thumbelino and Thumbelina :D
giant lily pods in SSR Botanical G…
giant lily pods in SSR Botanical …
SSR Botanical Gardens in Pamplemou…
SSR Botanical Gardens in Pamplemo…
what are you thinking? :P
what are you thinking? :P
fishies!
fishies!
Port Louis main avenue
Port Louis main avenue
Port Louis
Port Louis
Port Louis
Port Louis
Port Louis Bazaar
Port Louis Bazaar