The best cultural excursions in Mauritius

 

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Mauritius is often synonymous with beach turquoise sea and tropical climate but also small island rich in history. During our stay in Mauritius we made a selection of the best places to visit to learn more about this wonderful culture.

The Tea Route de Saint Aubin

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A real discovery for lovers of good teas, the visit is divided into 3 stables (the colonial house in the field of last Aubineaux colonial mansion of the 19th century, plantations and Bois Cheri tea factory and distillery St Aubin), ending with a delicious lunch in the colonial house in St Aubin. The tour will continue in a stable converted into a boutique distillery and essential oils.

Castle of Labourdonnais

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Chateau de Labourdonnais, Mauritius ©MDHarding

A beautiful area preserved and surrounded by abundant nature, Castle of Labourdonnais is a journey through time to discover a lifestyle that is now only found in the novels of the nineteenth century but the Mauritian style … The castle was well maintain and remains a must see attraction in Mauritius, this architectural marvel built in 1859 is a pleasure for the eyes.

The Adventure of Sugar

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Once the pillar of the Mauritian economy when it was still on its first steps in the big leagues, Sugar has long occupied a prominent place in the life of Mauritians. Coveted and adored sugar was the basis of changes after the independence of this little paradise, omnipresent on the island’s sugar plantations saw the arrival of the great families of farmers and drawing history and identity of Mauritius. Its epic adventure is told at L’Aventure du sucre.

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Best time to visit Mauritius

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Mark Twain once quoted “You gather the idea that Mauritius was made first and then heaven was copied after Mauritius.” This means those who have visited the island have been to paradise.

Mauritius, the land of shooting stars, promotes itself as a year round holiday destination. Throughout the year, the weather is nice and enjoyable, except for some drizzles and cyclones.

Sea and nature lovers would prefer the hottest period prevailing between November to February to enjoy Mauritian beaches and wilderness to the best of their craze. Peaks in temperature make the weather humid. The lukewarm sea water and the pleasant sea-breeze make the littoral still more appealing. Sun tanning becomes the order of the day. Sea activities attract plenty of devotees who take swimming and snorkeling for worship during the hottest days.
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Scuba diving, undersea walking, deep sea fishing, big game fishing, sea excursions, whales and dolphins watching are top activities, best appreciated in summer during the months of November to April when days start at 5h30 and end at 19h00.

In summer temperature oscillates between a maximum of 33 degrees and a minimum of 25 degrees Celsius. Rainfall is higher in the central plateau during January and February, generating cooler temperature than in the littoral which is drier and warmer with less rainfall.

Associated with the sun, Mauritius prides itself to bear a stunning micro-climate during which the whole island can be explored without nature ordering you to quit. If it is raining at one spot, two kilometers further it is blooming sunshine.

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Cyclone occurring between November and March is still another sight interesting foreigners who have never witnessed any storm.  Holiday resorts, all constructed to the norms of resisting harsh cyclonic conditions shelter tourists safely in cyclone proof accommodations and visitors marvel at this rare natural phenomenon. The sight of damaged vegetation or collapsed wooden houses appear interestingly queer to them. However, most of the time Mauritius, succeeds in evading cyclone because if its tiny size and position.

The prevailing whole year moderate temperature boosts up sojourn making stay pleasurable, even during the cooler period of winter occurring during the months of May to October. There are no extremes of cold, with fewer mosquitoes around. The island is just 20 degrees south of equator and the south east trade winds blow cool gusts towards the imaginary line and the west. The two seasoned climate makes this tropical island a whole year stopover destination.

During winter time when temperature fluctuates between 18 degrees to 24 degrees Celsius, appropriate activities like hiking, biking, trekking, mountaineering, zip lining, jogging, golfing and other strenuous physical exercises are favored. Even walking in the national park with lions and cheetahs can be engaged. `

In the low season during winter, when visitors are fewer, rates drop drastically. You get better bargain in several deals, from taxi charges to hotel rentals. The beaches are not crowded and activity providers operate with lesser clients on board rendering hustle and bustle more comfortable.

June, July and August is a great seasonal period for water sports such as wind surfing and kite surfing. Enthusiasts benefit from phenomenal waves favored by strong gusts of wind, creating ideal conditions for the sport. Riding on waves while standing on a surf board or being pulled along over water on a short wide board by wind power make the surfer crazy.

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In the cooler weather the air conditioning system is switched off. You can enjoy world class spas to feel more comfortable. Even a nature walk is ideal in the cooler atmosphere to warm yourself up. Enjoy a Sega dance while hip wiggling gets you quite warm. Roaming in the vicinity of your lodging coming, across nice friendly people is not a bad idea. This should culminate with the relishing of fine gourmet cuisine accompanied by wine, which they say, raises body temperature.

A break up of climatic conditions prevailing over Mauritius through the whole year can help you sort out your preferences in motivating your decision as to the top time for visiting Mauritius. Another important factor is the timing of the leave you can get from your job to coincide your children’s school holiday with your trip.

Best Activities in Mauritius 

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