"Backpacking Mauritius" Mauritius by AndreSTGT

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Mauritius - Pearl of the Indian ocean!
This is probably what most people think when they hear the name. Beautiful beaches, romantic jungle canyons...etc.
These preconceptions are wrong. The beaches are nothing special (ok, i'm spoilt), deforestation has had a large impact on the island and there's heavy traffic on many roads and streets leading through non-descript towns.
So why is Mauritius still a great and interesting place to visit?
The main reason is the cultural diversity of its inhabitants. A fascinating mix of Indian, Creole, Chinese and European traditions which can be seen and experienced in architecture, food and religion.
And despite some negative aspects that i've stated above, the island is over all very pleasant and there are some real gems to discover, they're just not as easy to find as on other tropical islands.
Another plus is that Mauritius is probably the only island in the region that is affordable to all budgets (if you "go local").
Even though Mauritius is a well known beach destination, most resorts (even Grand Baie, the biggest one) are pleasant and low key, there are no huge condominium blocks or overcrowded beaches and this certainly adds greatly to the appeal of the island.

Highlights :
Tamarin Falls, Black river canyon, Mon Choisy plage, Port Louis

Lowlights :
Central towns (heavy traffic, pollution)

Language :
French and English are both spoken and understood

Tourists :
Predominantly package tourists, mostly French, some Germans, very few Brits and Scandinavians. No backpackers!

Costs :
Budget rooms : 7-10 €
Cigarettes : 1,80 €
Soft drinks : 0.7 € (cheap bar), 1.50€ (expensive bar)
Restaurants : mains 5-15 €
bus tickets : not more than 80c

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:pleasant atmosphere, interesting mix of cultures, affordable
  • Cons:overpopulated, sugar cane monoculture
  • In a nutshell:Not the tropical paradise one might expect, still a good place for both, beach and cultural holidays
  • Last visit to Mauritius: Mar 2003
  • Intro Updated Jul 16, 2004
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  • Jul 5, 2008 at 5:17 AM

    A really helpful page thank you! I've been struggling to find any budget travel info on Mauritius & you came up with the goods.

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    Sep 22, 2006 at 10:49 PM

    Happy Birthday....GREAT job on your pages....have a good one.

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    Feb 24, 2006 at 1:38 PM

    Great page, Mauritius looks like a wonderful place.

  • Jul 5, 2005 at 1:50 PM

    I bought my ticket through condor.de and paid 198 euros for return flight from Munich! Can anybody go so low?

  • dracko's Profile Photo
    Jul 5, 2005 at 12:01 PM

    Excellent tips! Unique point of view from someone that actually saw the island! Thanks for sharing.

  • call_me_rhia's Profile Photo
    Jun 19, 2005 at 1:37 AM

    precious tips - esp the accommodation ones! thanks for sharing

  • madamx's Profile Photo
    Jan 15, 2005 at 5:45 PM

    I once knew a girl from Mauritius, and now I'm wondering why she left ;o) Beautiful pictures, it looks like a paradise ~ Helen

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    Dec 28, 2004 at 12:48 AM

    You have explored Mauritius in the true sense of the word. Sitting on the beach and staring at the beach is not visiting. You took amazing photos by the way :)

  • cadzand's Profile Photo
    Nov 22, 2004 at 12:01 PM

    One of my friends moved to Mauritius. Now you convinced me : it's definitively a nice place to live in.

  • vyxxyn's Profile Photo
    Oct 21, 2004 at 12:33 AM

    You take such clear and good pix. Now I can't wait to get to Mauritius, looks so inviting!

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