Usually if hubby says he’s gotta go out of town for work is not good news.
Oh, except when he says he gotta go to Mauritius.
& you should come along too! 🙂
That’s how on a sunny Friday afternoon we landed in Mauritius! Our jeans switched for shorts and our rented car picked up, we headed straight to Port Louis, the capital of the island.
& more precisely to the Central Market for a late lunch.
A bit disappointed by the fruits – it was winter in Mauritius so fruits weren’t at their best – we took our revenge on Indian food.
& fresh coconut water!
During the last two centuries, many people came from India to work in the sugar cane fields and still today Indian culture is very much present in the island.
The market and the surrounding streets are also the perfect place to buy some spices and gifts to bring back home.
Apart from that, the modern shopping mall the locals are very proud of, & the small Chinese neighborhood, there’s no much to see in Port Louis, but I think it’s always interesting to visit the big city to better understand a country.
Plus, we just love local markets.
It has also been the occasion to talk with local people & we we’ve been amazed at how gentle everyone was. We didn’t know where we were allowed to park the car & people around us have been so nice, helping us & offering us some parking tickets!
Back in the car, we took the road to our hotel, stopping along the way to admire colorful temples.
We later discovered such temples are numerous all over the island.
We arrived at our hotel, the Maritim Resort in Turtle Bay, just in time to see the sun disappearing into the ocean,
& to have a walk on the beach at twilight.
Much to my dismay, we skipped a romantic dinner as we met other people from hubby’s workshop so it would have been rude not to dinner all together 😉
The morning after we woke up at before dawn to go swimming with wild dolphins!!
We already swam with wild dolphins back in Australia and I’ve been dying to replicate the experience since then as it’s so amazing!
We did the tour with Dream Dolphin in Black River, which was a very good agency.
We left the port early morning, under a light rain, which soon stopped to leave the place to a beautiful rainbow,
& a rising sun.
We sailed around looking for dolphins.
It was long & we started to worry we couldn’t find them, before we finally spotted them!
Eventually, we’ve been very lucky as we saw many dolphins & not many tourists 😉
It was so magical!! Dolphins are such beautiful creatures.
& sometimes they look at you in the water, I mean you can really make eye contact with them. Oh I wanna go back right now!!
After our encounter with dolphins, we met some other beautiful ocean inhabitants, while snorkeling near Le Morne mountain.
After which, we landed on Bénitiers island for lunch.
We took the mandatory pictures in front of the Crystal rock,
chilled on the beach & walk on the shore,
& had a pretty good lunch, chatting with some hostesses & stewards from Airfrance.
Sharing our lunch with some locals too – although in Mauritius dogs are so scary of humans, that it was even difficult to feed them, although they looked hungry… #heartbreaking
Nevertheless, if I had to do that again I wouldn’t go to the island, I would rather go seeing the whales after swimming with dolphins or just end the tour there: Bénitiers island is cute, but you end up spending a lot of time there & hubby and I don’t really like to stay long tanning on the beach: we get bored easily. So if you’re like us, you should take that in consideration.
After lunch, we navigate back to Black River.
We continued our day with a visit to Chamarel national park.
We had a first stop in the forest in this incredible, panoramic restaurant overlooking the Morne mountain and the bay!
We randomly stopped there as we thought it was the ticket office for the park, but you should definitely stop there on purpose if you’re around!
We continued to Chamarel, to see the 7 coloured earths, which are sand dunes of 7 different colors.
And Chamarel waterfall, a 100 m high waterfall – exactly as high as the Statue of Liberty – nestled in the jungle.
We took the red road again, which reminded us of the Northern Territory roads in Australia,
to finish the day with a visit to the Grand Bassin, an Indian holy lake.
It’s quite incredible how Mauritius really feels like India.
Even while going back to the hotel, we crossed several inland towns & if you wouldn’t know where you were, you definitely would believe you were in india.
We stopped to see people feeding the monkeys on our way back,
& drove in the sunset, enjoying the views, back to the hotel.
Where we didn’t have no time to rest, as we were invited to a dinner party hosted by a friend of hubby.
Where we had a lovely time & yummy Indian food (definitely!! ;p). Plus, how long has it been since last time you played pinball?! 🙂