Mauritius has always been on our bucket list. It’s only a four-hour flight from South Africa and has always been this dreamy island vacation location.
This year for Barry’s 40th birthday we decided to go back home to celebrate the milestone with our family and friends. But as all expats know, going home is no vacation (don’t believe everything you see on Instagram). As much as we love going home its always extremely busy, hopping from one place to another, trying to see everyone and spend quality time with the family. So this year we decided to take a break before we head back to Dubai and Mauritius was the perfect stopover.
Mauritius is beautiful, very green, warm and we had the perfect weather. Spend most of our days lazying at the beach side, going for a snorkel and making use of the all included water-sports. I do have a couple of pointers.
What time of the year you decided to go is pretty important, not just weather-wise, but what we didn’t knew was, it was Easter holiday for all the Europeans and everything was extremely busy and overbooked. Trying to get a booking for an excursion or even dinner at the restaurants was impossible.
Another biggy. If you decide to go to Mauritius is, don’t be a scrooge when it comes to hotels, book five stars and all-inclusive, don’t hold back, it’s totally worth it for the experience. Mauritius is pretty expensive and once you’ve arrived and seen the prices you’ll be pretty happy about that all-inclusive. Having visiting to a few beautiful hotels lately our little four-star hotel in Grand Baie, just-just made the cut. Our biggest disappointment was the service and the food.
Book your excursion before arrival or on the day of arrival. Top on our list was to swim with the dolphins and friends of ours highly recommend. But do you think we where able to get a booking? So finally, on our last day we found a private boat (yes private the most expensive one but if everything else is fully booked, just do it). We got up at sparrows, grabbed a taxi down south. It was a beautiful drive, and the southern coastline and with the typical tropical island scenery that you expect from Mauritius. With beautiful long white beaches and stunning five star hotels, this will definitely be my recommendation, for your Mauritius island experience.
Swimming with the dolphins was a life-changing experience, for us and I’m sure people have so many different experiences. But our little private boat was worth every penny. Our guide was friendly, helpful and made sure we got to see plenty of dolphins. We stopped off at the 1st stop with around another 7 boats. Everyone is very polite and takes their turn to jump in, with their snorkels and flippers and try and get as close as possible with these amazing, huge, wild creatures. When it came to our turn, I must admit I was super nervous and realizing this is the big open ocean (you are now outside the protective reef) is scary. But once you hit that water the adrenaline takes over, and even just the tiny hint of a dolphin coming closer and you’re HOOKED! Back on the boat and then you do this over and over again, the rush is insane and these peaceful beauties get so close. The bottle-nose dolphins swam in small groups with babies and it was a beautiful sight. This experience made our trip and a truly unforgettable experience. If you ever get the opportunity to swim with wild dolphins, just do it!
Turn up the volume and enjoy the tunes by Rafaele Castiglione – Something Slow Im Beate Uwe.