For a country that is known to be a paradise destination, Mauritius has of recent become a tourist destination that everyone wants to go to for various purposes. The Mauritius Island located on the Indian Ocean is one of the tourist destination countries on the African continent. When it comes to planning for a trip to the Island of Mauritius, you will need to know a lot of things about the country that is its exact location, the things that you are going to do when you get there, how to get there and what to expect when you get there. In this article we are going to look at what you should really look at when planning a trip to the Mauritius Island.
Why should I visit the Mauritius Island
This is another question that is famously asked before obe decides to travel to Mauritius. When most tourists hear about Mauritius, most tourists imagine an island that is filled with beaches and surrounded by the blue Ocean but Mauritius is more than that. It is a place that is favorable to all travellers that is children, family, couples, honeymooners and those just seeking an adventure in a new place. Everything that you would have dremat of is found on this tiny Island and you should put it onto your bucket list as you paln trips.
The Island has a lot of tourist attractions besides the beaches and resorts and these include Mountains, game parks, historical sites, food tours and not forgetting the UNESCO heritage sites that are located within the Island.
Affordable or expensive
This is one of the first questions that every tourist asks themselves before travelling to the Island and this all depends on what you want. It is extremely affordable to travel to Mauritius as compared to the neighboring Islands surrounding it and all you have to do is find out how to have an affordable holiday and yet still get to have fun while in the country. Some of the things that you should put into consideration when planning an affordable holiday that is accommodation facilities, transportation and food among other things. There are also luxury holidays to the Island and for these are for those that can afford them and these can be arranged for as long as you talk to your tour operator and start planning on time. All in all everyone can afford to go for a trip to Mauritius irrelevant of their budget.
How to get to and around the Island
As you are planning a trip to Mauritius, transportation should be on your list and this should include how to get to the country and around the Island. There are two ways that you can get to the Island and this is by either flying there or sailing to the Island. When it comes to choosing, the air transportation is faster and cheap compared to using a cruise which takes weeks or months and is also expensive. Mauritius has their national line that is Air Mauritius and it’s the mostly used to fly in and out of the country.
After choosing the mode of transport that will get you to the Island, you need to figure out how you are going to get around Mauritius to the different tourist destinations. There are several transportation modes that you can use to get around the Island and these include:
- Road transportation which is the most commonly used as the Island is too small to be covered in a small amount of time and under road transport you can use taxis, bicycles, buses or hire your own car and self-drive yourself around the Island.
- Air transportation and although bit might be a little bit expensive, it is the fastest way to get around the Island especially for those that are in a hurry to explore the whole Island.
- You can also use boats to get to the different small Islands that are located within the Island.
Whichever transportation mode that you use, just remember that you should plan for one that you are most comfortable with and also one that fits into your budget without straining.
The Mauritius people
As you are planning for your trip to the Island of Mauritius, you should put the culture and people of Mauritius into consideration. Mauritius is a country that is filled is made up of people from different ethnic groups that is the Chinese, Hindus, Africans and Arabs among others. All these ethnic groups have their own cultures that you need to look into so that you get to know what to do and what to avoid so that you stay on the good side of the locals.
There are also several cultural festivals that each of these ethnic groups celebrate every year and it is one of the better ways that you can learn more about the culture of the people of Mauritius. Learn about their taboos, their likes and the food so that by the time you are travelling to the island of Mauritius for a fun holiday.
When to visit the Mauritius Island
This is the one that you should consider most as you plan for your trip to the Mauritius Island and you will be glad to know that the Island is an all year round destination for all tourists. It experiences two seasons that is the winter season and the summer season and in both seasons there are different activities that can be carried out for example outdoor activities and indoor activities and that is why it is known to be an all year round destination. So as you plan out your trip, put all this into consideration so that you can get to maximize your time while on the trip.
What to pack
There is no way that you are going to consider going to a foreign country especially if you are travelling for the first time. It is extremely hard to actually pinpoint what you need to pack but some of the factors that will greatly determine what you should pack are:
- Weather, if you are to travel to during the rainy season then you will need to pack a few warm clothes so that you can easily keep warm and if you are visiting during the warm weather you will need some light clothes and anything that will help you avoid sun burn.
- Activities, the activities that you will want to carry out while on the Island will determine what you need to pack.
Besides that you will need to pack whatever you think is essential to you so that you do not get stuck while you are on your trip within the island.
A tour guide or self-drive
This is something that you need to look into as you plan your trip to Mauritius. You need to decide whether you are going to use a tour guide or going to drive yourself around the Island. If you decide on getting a tour guide, you are ensured of everything that is not getting lost, translations between you and the locals and a deeper explanation of everything that you will see although you will be on a schedule.
And for all those who want to explore the country on their own, they will need to get a map so that you do not lose your way while driving to the different destinations and although it will be hard to sometimes communicate, the beauty of a self-drive through Mauritius is that you get to make your own schedule.
Planning your trip to Mauritius can be done with a lot of help from the tour operators and after looking at what is needed, you will have to at least make a bucket list if whatever you want to do when you get to the country and this should be done before you fly n although the list of activities can be adjusted once you get to the country and discover new things and tourist attractions that need to be explored.
After putting all the above into consideration, it is good to expect anything from your trip whether good or bad so that you are not disappointed in any way. Keeping an open mind will help you enjoy your trip even with a few hurdles along the way.