Your one stop detailed 8 day itinerary for Magnificent Mauritius!!

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13th Dec 2017

The turquoise blue waters of Mauritius and the view from Ile Aux Cerf

Photo of Your one stop detailed 8 day itinerary for Magnificent Mauritius!! by Mohil Poojara

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Mauritius turned out to be a perfect getaway from hustle and bustle of real life. A paradise in the middle of Indian Ocean, Mauritius was a perfect choice for our honeymoon. Looking for a mix of adrenaline rush, rejuvenation and luxury, this Island did not disappoint.

Getting There:

Mumbai -> Mauritius: Air Mauritius Flight MK 749 @ 0645 hours from Mumbai

It is a 6 hour flight from Mumbai. The leg space in Economy class was surprising sufficient for a 6 feet tall person like me. I've traveled in Lufthansa, Emirates, and Etihad before - but would rate the comfort of Air Mauritius the highest. The In Flight entertainment system is not the most user friendly, but it didn't matter a lot because of the short duration and timing of the flight. The In Flight meals were decent too. The support staff was very courteous and very helpful.

The return Airfare cost us around INR 38,000 when we booked about 5 months in advance.

The Visa on Arrival process was very smooth and we were out for luggage collection within 10 minutes of getting out of the plane.

Day 1

We booked our stay for all 8 days at the Intercontinental Resort in Mauritius. (We didn't look to book multiple hotels as the size of the island is ~75 Km North to South and ~60 Km East to West. Getting from one end of the island to the opposite end is just a 1 hour drive.)

Cost - ~INR 23,000 per night for a half board package(includes breakfast and dinner)

This luxurious property will take your breath away the moment you enter. All the rooms in this resort are ocean facing and the hotel is always buzzing with different activities going on.

There was a Mauritian gala dinner at the hotel and we got a taste of the Mauritian culture on Day 1 itself.

Here are a few inclusions that the hotel had provided us:

1) Welcome Cocktail and personalized tour of the property

2) 1 bottle of sparkling wine upon arrival

3) 2 Polo tshirts as a gift

4) 1 Candle lit dinner at the beach side

5) Free use of Steam, Sauna and Whirlpool at the Spa

6) A free head and shoulder massage at the spa

Complimentary Activities

Kayaking, Snorkeling, Paddle Boat, Water Ski, Glass Bottom Boat ride, Wind Surfing, 2 swimming pools, table tennis etc are some of the activities that can be enjoyed at the hotel.

Fire show during the Mauritian gala night

Photo of InterContinental Resort Mauritius, Balaclava, Mauritius by Mohil Poojara

Room @ the resort

Photo of InterContinental Resort Mauritius, Balaclava, Mauritius by Mohil Poojara

View from the hotel room

Photo of InterContinental Resort Mauritius, Balaclava, Mauritius by Mohil Poojara

Mauritian dance performance during Mauritian gala night

Photo of InterContinental Resort Mauritius, Balaclava, Mauritius by Mohil Poojara

Swimming pool and the sugar cane island deck @ the intercontinental resort

Photo of InterContinental Resort Mauritius, Balaclava, Mauritius by Mohil Poojara
Day 2

We had an excursion planned to the Ile Aux Cerfs, situated at the east coast of the Island. A beautiful, private island resort that has pristine blue waters and fine white sand. There are various water sports activities available around the island resort like parasailing, underwater sea walk, speed boat ride, tube ride etc. A package of all these activities costs around MUR 7500 (INR 15,000) for a couple.

The beauty of the Island is so mesmerizing that one can just chill at Ile Aux Cerfs and give the water sports a miss. They have an Indian restaurant at the Island too. We tried the local beer there, Phoenix and had a delicious Pizza from the other restaurant in the Island.

Waterfall GRSE, near Ile Aux Cerfs

Photo of Ile aux Cerfs Leisure Island, Trou d'Eau Douce, Mauritius by Mohil Poojara

Starfish and clear waters at Ile Aux Cerfs

Photo of Ile aux Cerfs Leisure Island, Trou d'Eau Douce, Mauritius by Mohil Poojara

Enjoying a chilled beer at Ile Aux Cerfs

Photo of Ile aux Cerfs Leisure Island, Trou d'Eau Douce, Mauritius by Mohil Poojara

Underwater sea walk @ Ile Aux Cerfs

Photo of Ile aux Cerfs Leisure Island, Trou d'Eau Douce, Mauritius by Mohil Poojara
Day 3

We had a tour of the southern part of the Island planned for day 3. If you’re in Mauritius, one of the best souvenirs to get is the fine handcrafted wooden ship models. We visited a factory in Curepipe that build these handcrafted ship models. The showroom with all the models on sale was magnificent and worth a visit.

Photo of Curepipe, Plaines Wilhems District, Mauritius by Mohil Poojara

We then headed to the Trou Aux Cerfs, which is an extinct volcano in the island of Mauritius. The volcano is all dormant and covered with greenery.

Trou aux cerfs - an extinct volcano

Photo of Trou aux Cerfs, Curepipe, Plaines Wilhems District, Mauritius by Mohil Poojara

Next in our itinerary were the Grand Bassin(Ganga Talao) and the Shiva Temple. Around half of Mauritian population is Hindu and it was good to see a temple with gods from different faiths(Ganesha, Hanuman, Lakshmi Ma, Durga ma) at one place. The highlights of this place are 2, 108 feet tall statues, one of Shiv ji and the other of Durga Maa, standing on each side of the road. This is the world’s tallest statue of Durga maa.

Temple

Photo of Grand Bassin, Savanne District, Mauritius by Mohil Poojara

Tallest statue of Durga maa in the world

Photo of Grand Bassin, Savanne District, Mauritius by Mohil Poojara

Not very far from the Ganga Talao, is the La Vallee Des Couleurs Nature Park. The nature park is famous for 23 colors of the earth which is a results of the ashes from a volcanic eruption millions of years ago. Apart from the 23 colors of the earth, the parks also has a wide range of adventure activities - Quad biking, Nepalese Bridge, Zip lining.

We went ahead with a Quad biking tour which covers a tour of the entire park. We also did the 1.5 Km long zipline(third largest in the world!). The total cost of the activities at this park range from ~MUR 5,500 to MUR 10,000(INR 11,000 to 20,000) per couple depending on the activities chosen. Our package for 1.5km zip line and the Quad bike tour cost us ~MUR 6,900 (INR 14,000).

1.5 Km long Zip line

Photo of La Vallee Des Couleurs Nature Park, Chamouny, Mauritius by Mohil Poojara

1.5 Km long Zip line

Photo of La Vallee Des Couleurs Nature Park, Chamouny, Mauritius by Mohil Poojara

Quad biking tour

Photo of La Vallee Des Couleurs Nature Park, Chamouny, Mauritius by Mohil Poojara

Waterfall 1 @ La Vallee Des Couleurs Nature Park

Photo of La Vallee Des Couleurs Nature Park, Chamouny, Mauritius by Mohil Poojara

Waterfall 2 @ La Vallee Des Couleurs Nature Park. Apparently a scene from Ek Villian was shot here.

Photo of La Vallee Des Couleurs Nature Park, Chamouny, Mauritius by Mohil Poojara

Feeding the tortoise

Photo of La Vallee Des Couleurs Nature Park, Chamouny, Mauritius by Mohil Poojara

23 colors of the Earth!

Photo of La Vallee Des Couleurs Nature Park, Chamouny, Mauritius by Mohil Poojara
Day 4

On day 4, we headed to explore the capital city of Port Louis and a couple of malls in Mauritius.

We first went to Citadel Fort Adelaide in Port Louis. Built almost 200 years back, this fort gives a breathtaking view of the entire capital of Mauritius. It some how brings back memories from the forts of Goa.

Fort Adélaide / Citadel

Photo of Fort Adélaide / Citadel, Sebastopol Street, Port Louis, Mauritius by Mohil Poojara

View from Fort Adélaide / Citadel

Photo of Fort Adélaide / Citadel, Sebastopol Street, Port Louis, Mauritius by Mohil Poojara

Next on our list was the Marie Reine De La Paix which is an open church. It is surrounded by greenery and gives a nice panoramic view of the city.

Marie Reine De La Paix

Photo of Marie Reine de la Paix, Port Louis, Mauritius by Mohil Poojara

View of Port Louis from Marie Reine De La Paix

Photo of Marie Reine de la Paix, Port Louis, Mauritius by Mohil Poojara

Marie Reine De La Paix

Photo of Marie Reine de la Paix, Port Louis, Mauritius by Mohil Poojara

After visiting the fort and the open church, we spent the rest of the day at Le Caudan Waterfront, one of the most popular shopping complexes in Mauritius. It houses a variety of clothing stores, restaurants, food court, footwear shops, shops for herbs, a movie theater and a Casino. As the name suggests, it is located at the water front gives a beautiful view from the restaurants and coffee shops.

Photo of Caudan Waterfront, Port Louis, Mauritius by Mohil Poojara
Photo of Caudan Waterfront, Port Louis, Mauritius by Mohil Poojara
Day 5

Day 5 was a Sunday and almost everything is closed in Mauritius on Sundays. We decided to make the most of the hotels amenities and spent a quiet relaxing day at the hotel. We explored all the water activities like glass bottom boat ride, kayaking, snorkeling in the morning and enjoying the rest of the day sipping cocktails from the Sugarcane bar.

We rented a car on Sunday for the rest of our stay. The charges were MUR 1,700 (INR 3,400) per day. The charges were a bit on the higher side due to peak season.

We ventured out to a nearby mall - La Croisette. It was an average mall, but the peri peri chicken we had at Nando's for lunch was delicious.

Photo of Nando's La Croisette, Twenty-Foot Road, Grand Baie, Mauritius by Mohil Poojara
Day 6

The 6th day of our stay was very exciting as we had sky diving and walk with lions planned.

The Skydiving airstrip is located in the east coast of Mauritius and is one of the most scenic sky dives across the world. Jumping from a height of 10,000 feet with the blue ocean in the back ground is a experience worth having. The total skydiving package (with photos and videos) comes to MUR 18,500 (INR 37,000), and is on the higher side. I have friends that have done it for almost half the cost in other parts of the world.

All set for skydiving

Photo of SkyDive Austral Mauritius, SkyDive Road, Belle Vue Maurel, Mauritius by Mohil Poojara

The view from the top

Photo of SkyDive Austral Mauritius, SkyDive Road, Belle Vue Maurel, Mauritius by Mohil Poojara

The Jump!!

Photo of SkyDive Austral Mauritius, SkyDive Road, Belle Vue Maurel, Mauritius by Mohil Poojara

The next activity on our list was walking with the Lions at Casela Safari and Bird Park. If you're an animal lover, Casela is the right place for you. One can easily spend a day here watching, meeting and feeding various animals. The park has a variety of animals including Hippos, Giraffes, Zebras, Rhinos, and Big cats(lions, cheetahs etc.). There are different kinds of interactions that one can have with the animals as well. We chose walk with the Lion. As we were short on time, we couldn’t interact with other animals. But it sure is a must try. The total cost (entry to the park and walk with lions) cost around MUR 4,200 or INR 8,400 per person. The pictures with the giraffes and lions cost MUR 2,100 extra

Feeding the Giraffe

Photo of Casela World of Adventures, Cascavelle, Mauritius by Mohil Poojara

Walking with the Lion

Photo of Casela World of Adventures, Cascavelle, Mauritius by Mohil Poojara
Photo of Casela World of Adventures, Cascavelle, Mauritius by Mohil Poojara
Photo of Casela World of Adventures, Cascavelle, Mauritius by Mohil Poojara
Day 7

Day 7 was our penultimate day in Mauritius. We did not venture out and were at the hotel the entire day. We had a scuba diving session planned for the morning, followed by a relaxing massage in the afternoon and a dinner date by the beach in the evening.

A heads up here – If you’re planning to do SCUBA diving, make sure you have no flight planned within 24 hours of your dive (Skydiving or the flight back to your home country.) To prevent you from falling sick, the hotel won’t allow SCUBA diving on the day of your check out(assuming you are flying out on the same day).

SCUBA diving was a fun experience for me as a beginner. There was a 30 minute learning session conducted in the pool of the hotel first. Followed by which we went into the deep sea for a dive. The dive lasted for around 35 minutes and we got to see a wide variety of corals and fishes. The silence and calm under the sea was so refreshing. I would recommend you try it at least once. I loved it so much that I’m planning to get a PADI certification .

The dive is not a complimentary activity and costs MUR 3,200 (INR 6,400) per head. Pictures cost MUR 1,500 extra(INR 3,000).

Photo of InterContinental Resort Mauritius, Balaclava, Mauritius by Mohil Poojara
Photo of InterContinental Resort Mauritius, Balaclava, Mauritius by Mohil Poojara

Chilling at the hotel pool

Photo of InterContinental Resort Mauritius, Balaclava, Mauritius by Mohil Poojara
Day 8

Day 8 was when we had our check out and return flight back to Mumbai. We did a bit of snorkeling, had our lunch and checked out from the hotel.

The queue for the Air Mauritius flight is usually long at the airport. To cut through the lines, we'd recommend doing a web check-in.

Our last stop was duty free shopping at the Mauritius airport. We got some Mauritian chocolates and Rum.

Hope this helps you all plan your trip to Mauritius better.

Au Revoir!!

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Thank you for sharing such great information. It has help me in finding out more detail about Mauritius packages
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As a package
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Hi Did you book it as package or individually planned
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