Actually, we wanted to go to South America, but because of the hurricanes and floods at this time of the year, we have changed our plans. In Mauritius there are also cyclones, but these are more frequent from November to April.
We were especially attracted by the beautiful nature and the different, new cultures on such small islands.
With small we mean 2,040 km² and about 1.3 million inhabitants. The island state is located 870 km east of Madagascar and belongs to the continent of Africa. It is surrounded by the warm Indian Ocean. Mauritius is south of the equator and therefore has a very pleasant winter at 25 ° C.
Two-thirds of the population comes from the Indian subcontinent. One third are Creoles, former African slaves mixed with Europeans. A small remnant comes from Chinese and French. There are no native inhabitants, since the island was not inhabited before colonialization.
Mauritius was first colonized by the Portuguese, then by the Dutch, then by the French, and finally for 150 years by the British. Since March 12, 1968, Mauritius has been independent.
The most common language is Morisyen. It is based on French and is a creole language. A small part speaks a Hindi-like language called Bhojpuri. The official languages are French and English. The Mauritians master both relatively well. Luckily!
50% of the population is committed to Hinduism. One-third are Christians and the remaining islanders are Muslims or Buddhists
Almost every corner has a Hindu temple.
After 12 hours of flight, we arrived on the 16th July at 5 o’clock in the morning in the south east of Mauritius. After the passport inspection and with the tourist visa of 90 days in sack, we have been received by the car rental tenant. He provided us with a Hyundai i10. Slightly smaller than the Terminator. Nevertheless, all our heavy luggage had room.
The first adventure was 70 km long: the road to Grand Baie on the left lane at the wheel of a right-hand man. And even in the dark. Without street lanterns and pedestrians on the motorway. And dark-skinned people on motorcycles without light. With traffic without rules. And, of course, tired of the trip. It was funny. If Andres blinked, the windshield wiper was on and vice versa. If Andres wanted to change gear, he almost opened the door.
Finally arrived in Grand Baie, our dear hostess Vibha gave us the key for our new home.
A generous 3.5-room ground floor apartment with terrace and parking. A large garden with palm trees (and fresh coconuts) surrounds the house. The apartment is equipped with everything you need. To our great satisfaction also with stable and fast Internet. The location is very central, close to the supermarket, beach and nightlife.
Our pet - Abdul the Gecko
He eats all the spiders and mosquitoes.
The first impressions
First of all, we were looking for nice beaches nearby. The island is relatively strongly influenced by tourism. Many resorts take the beautiful beaches and make them inaccessible. There are still some small bathing beaches with beautiful, white sand and coral pieces.
For Jessica the whole beach is a big coral. It is probably due to her delicate feet :)
Unfortunately it is not possible to kite at the nearby beaches in Grand Baie. They are too small, the wind is offshore, there are strong currents and some ships. This is what we found in Anse la Raie and Poste Lafayette. Both spots are completely sealed off in the open, providing shallow water as well as wave and a constant ~ 20 knot wind.
The days in Mauritius are relatively short in the winter months from 6am in the morning to 6am in the evening. We had to adapt the Spanish rhythm to our sleep, the working hours, our meals and the parties quite quickly.
Also the food is new for us. The typical Creole menu is almost always combined with curry sauces or soups and rice. There are beef, chicken, fish, lobster, squid or other seafood.
Our first visitors
Claude & Jasmin came to us for 2 weeks to Grand Baie. Together, we have explored Mauritius and our small town more closely.
A few new, fine restaurants were discovered at our lunch and dinner. There is also a café for a delicious breakfast and a bar with live music. For dancing, it went to the OMG, a great club very close with oldschool hip-hop and electro music.
But we did not just play Tichu and party.
In an excursion to the east of the island we landed in Palmar. We found a new kitespot in a big resort with bungalows, pool and two restaurants. While Jasmin was sunbathing in the sun, Claude, Jessica and Andres had tried the spot.
The Discovery Tour - Part I
With the map on hand, we were together with Claude & Jasmin on a great discovery tour of the whole island of Mauritius.
In the next chapter we will tell you about our excursions:
- Tamarind waterfalls
- 7 colored earth
- Le Morne
- Bel Ombre
- Flic en Flaq
- The Chamarel Rumbrennerei
- Casela nature and leisure park
... and from our other destinations. See you :)