Republic of Mauritius

MY FIRST FLIGHT TO MAURITIUS AS A CABIN CREW MEMBER

 

On my first flight to Taiwan, we had a 4 day layover in Mauritius on route. Being an avid “sun lover” I was truly excited at the prospect of just soaking up the sun, however I also wanted to see and do as much as I could during my time there.

The Republic of Mauritius is an island in the Indian Ocean approximately 2000 kilometres of the south eastern cost of Africa.

                          

To quote Mark Twain “Mauritius is one of the closest things to paradise on earth. You gather the idea that Mauritius was made first and then heaven, and that heaven was copied after Mauritius.”  It is a volcanic island of lagoons and palm-fringed beaches with coral reefs surrounding most of the coastline.

Mauritius is a mixture of diverse cultures and religions. Their population consists of cultures from three different continents and brought traditions and beliefs from their ancestral countries. Religious festivals are celebrated in a spirit of peace and harmony throughout the year.

                                                                                            

Mauritius has plenty to see and do. White sandy beaches and tropical palm trees have made this island a perfect spot for honeymooners and for those who love beautiful beaches and perfect weather.

        

 

 

This beautiful island is known for a great variety of water sports.  Visitors will have their choice of snorkelling, deep sea diving, parasailing, sailing, water-skiing, windsurfing etc. to name but a few. Mauritius Skydive also offer tandem skydiving which will allow for spectacular views of Mauritius from the air, including vast expanses of sugarcane fields, lush green forests and spectacular turquoise blue waters. Le Morne is the place to go if you want to try your hand at kite surfing.

          

The island has a vast variety of colourful marine life and an undersea walk is a wonderful way to get up close. Visitors are equipped with a continuous supply of oxygen via a helmet and are then descended approximately 3 metres under the water surface. You will be surrounded by shoals of fish and sea creatures.

 

                               

Ile Aux Cerfs is an island off the East Coast of Mauritius. It has spectacular white sandy beaches, palm trees and waters all shades of blue. Enjoy a meal at one of the restaurants and try parasailing to enjoy beautiful views of this unspoilt island. The island’s main beach has water sport facilities including restaurants serving tasty food.

Renting a car is very popular in Mauritius and allows you the opportunity to discover small secret beaches and amazing little restaurants.

 

Drive to the cosmopolitan towns in Mauritius which are ideal for shopping.  Grand Baie is a resort known for its great nightlife, shopping and restaurants. Port Louis, which is the capital of Mauritius, has plenty shopping to offer – from fashion to local arts and crafts. There is also several cultural attractions such as museums, churches, mosques and temples which you can visit. 

For plant lovers, the Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens must be visited. The gardens expand over 62 acres and contain over 500 plant species many of which are native to Mauritius. It is best known for its lily pond filled with Amazon water lilies. Their round, flat leaves can be up to 1.5 metres in diameter .

 

I have since been fortunate enough to return to Mauritius on many occasions while on duty, however I have also been back on vacation numerous times and just “can’t seem to get enough” of this magnificent island.