A Vacation in Mauritius with Your Family
A family trip to enjoy nature and peace.
A vacation in Mauritius with your family is a natural choice for a family seeking an idyllic island holiday. Offering pristine beaches, picture perfect landscapes, a variety of family oriented activities, scrumptious food, and comfortable accommodation, Mauritius is nothing less than a paradise in the Indian Ocean.
This article is a complete guide to all the general information that you would need for a vacation in Mauritius with your family.
Fun things to do -
Mauritius offers a bevy of fun activities for all types of families. Whether you are looking for a quiet vacation or an adventurous one, there is something that the country has in store in store for you.
a Scuba Diving -
Volumes can be written about a Scuba Diving experience in Mauritius. Mauritius is home to some world class dive shops with whom you can explore the ethereal underwater world. The visibility under water is exceptional, which allows a Scuba Diver to spot a variety of aquatic animals and colourful coral reefs.
a Beach Hopping -
The beaches are the primary attractions in Mauritius. Where the beaches in the Northern part of the country are covered with talcum white sand, the beaches in the other parts of the country are blanketed with soft, golden sand. Trou Aux Biches, Grand Baie, Ile Aux Cerfs, and Belle Mare Plage are the most popular beaches in Mauritius.
a Beach Volleyball -
Beach Volleyball is played in most of the beaches in Mauritius. Late in the evening, several resorts organize beach volleyball games for visitors.
a Dolphin and Whale Spotting -
Off the western coast of Mauritius, you can spot different species of dolphins and whales. There are several companies which organize daily tours where they take you on a full day boat trip. You get to see bottlenose dolphins and spinner dolphins. You can even swim with them. Apart from dolphins, you also get to see whales.
a Theme Park -
Casela World of Adventures is the only theme park in Mauritius. Located in the western part of the country, the 14 hectare park houses several animals and offers a wide range of activities. Visitors can vein in the canyons, try zip-lining, go for a trek, or experience quad biking. The park is home to giant tortoises which have been saved from the brink of extinction.
a Le Caudan Waterfront -
Le Caudan Waterfront is situated in the capital city of Mauritius. Dotted with a wide range of restaurants, points of interests, shopping outlets, movie theatres, and game arcades, Cauden Waterfront will not disappoint you. You can also check out local art while indulging in scrumptious street food.
a National Park -
In the south-western part of Mauritius, lies the Black River Gorges National Park. It is one the best kept treasures of Mauritius. Many species live in this national park, which is the largest in the country. It is an ideal getaway for families where they can have a picnic, do a short trek, see waterfalls, cross a river, and spot a variety of animals, birds, and flowers.
a Fly in a Sea Plane -
Mauritius is one of the few countries in the world where you can fly in a sea plane. As you fly over the turquoise blue water, you can see colourful coral reefs, turtles, sting rays, dolphins, and even whales (depending on the season).
Where to stay -
a Shangri-la Le Touessrok -
Shangri-la Le Touessrok is nestled at an exotic location where it overlooks the Trou d'Eau Douce Bay. The resort owns a golf course on a nearby island. There are numerous activities in store for kids and adults alike in its premises. The resort is just a 40-minute drive from the airport.
a Four Seasons Resort -
Four Seasons Resort is located on the eastern coast of Mauritius. The resort houses four swimming pools, four restaurants, an open water spa, two tennis courts, and a golf course. It offers a stunning view of three secluded beaches and a lagoon, with Bambou Mountain in the backdrop.
a Outrigger Mauritius -
Outrigger Mauritius is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful beach resort in the country. The resort's close proximity to the historic wildlife nature reserve of Bel Ombre makes it a wonderful resort to stay at. The resort has two swimming pools - one for adults and one for kids and a restaurant with a kid's corner.
a Shanti Maurice -
Shanti Maurice is located within a 36 acre garden with lush greenery. The beachfront hotel overlooks the azure waters of the Indian Ocean. The resort is specifically designed for families. There is a kids' club which has a swimming pool, a games room, an activity centre for kids where can learn yoga, painting, play games, etc.
a Constance Belle Mare Plage -
Constance Belle Mare Plage is a boutique hotel nestled at a 50-minute drive from the airport. Whatever your kids enjoy doing, they will find something that keeps them busy at this resort. There is a club dedicated to kids which has a swimming pool, a playground, a kitchen where they can learn how to pizza and ice cream making. For adults, there is a good course, two bars, and a wellness spa.
Being a hot mixing bowl of different cultures, there is no limit when it comes to food options.
a Chez Pepe Restaurant -
An Italian ocean facing restaurant, located at Flic en Flac Beach. The restaurant is known for its lip-smacking Pizza made in a wood-fired oven. It is a must visit for any Pizza lover.
a Republik Beach Club Bar & Grill -
The restaurant offers plenty of cuisines such as Japanese, Mediterranean, Chinese, etc. There is also an option to have barbecue meal on weekends.
a Le Palais de Barbizon -
If you want to indulge in the local cuisine, Le Palais de Barbizon is where you should visit. You will not get a menu card; you will directly start getting food. A meal includes rice, five different vegetables, a desert, and fish or chicken. The atmosphere here is welcoming and the food is delicious.
Getting Around -
At 45x65 kilometres, Mauritius may seem like a small destination, but going from one part of the country to another takes quite some time. With just a couple of major highways, transportation within the country is not smooth. The roads are pretty narrow and the towns are often congested.
a By bus -
Buses are a great way to explore the island nation. However, buses can be extremely time consuming, so they are not advisable, especially when travelling with family.
a By taxi -
There are two types of taxis in Mauritius - Shared Taxi and Tourist Taxi. Shared taxis operate only between popular routes and they start only when full. Whereas tourist taxis are a lot more convenient as they offer to pick up and drop facility as per the guest's request. However, bear in mind that some drivers try to cheat foreign passengers.
a By car -
You can also rent a car which can be self-driven. They are more expensive, but you get complete freedom.
a By motorbike -
A motorbike is a great option for travelling in Mauritius, but not when travelling with family.
a By cycle -
Go on a cycle trip around popular towns which have congested roadways. Riding a cycle is a great way to explore the country, and you can also visit parts which cannot be visited in a car or a motorbike.
a By helicopter -
Air Mauritius offer helicopter services to and from specific locations. The helicopters are Bell Jet Rangers with four seats for passengers. Visit airmauritius.com to know more.
a By ATV -
To explore parts of the island which are off the beaten track, there is an option to opt for an Any Terrain Vehicle. You can ride the quad bikes along the top of the cliffs to the countryside.
Mauritius is not a budget friendly travel destination. A return ticket from India alone will cost you at least INR 40,000 per person. Accommodation and food, however, suit all types of budget. For a family of four, with two kids, expect to spend at least USD 1000 for a one week trip.
The best currency to carry with you, apart from some Mauritius Rupee, would be to carry US Dollar.
Indian passport holders visiting Mauritius can get a visa on arrival valid for 60 days, provided they have a return or onward ticket and at least six months remaining in the expiration of their passports. Another good thing for Indian passport holders visiting Mauritius is that they do not have to pay any visa fee.
How to Reach -
You can take a flight from India directly to Mauritius. Planes from every major airport in India fly to and return from Mauritius via Seychelles.
When to go -
Mauritius is one of those destinations in the world which is good enough to be visited throughout the year. The country receives mild rainfall from January to March. During the months of November and December, the tiny country receives its maximum visitors. The best time to visit Mauritius with your family would be from April to June.
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