Mauritius was our first international getaway. This was because it had so many good reviews, beautiful beaches and to top it all, many interesting activities to do. Mauritius is a destination I would love to go back to. It is very serene and there are so many things we would have loved to do and see that we were not able to because of time constraint.
How to get to Mauritius
Our preferred airline of choice when we travelled to Mauritius from Nairobi, Kenya was Air Mauritius. When we travelled to Mauritius 4 years ago, Air Mauritius was the only airline with a direct flight to Mauritius from Nairobi. The flights were also only on certain days- Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Fortunately, Kenya Airways now has a daily direct flight to and from Mauritius. We travelled on a Saturday and upon arriving, our hotel had our transfer organized taking us around 1 hour 20 minutes from the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam (SSR) International Airport to our hotel. It would be advisable to book a flight that arrives late in the night so as to avoid traffic when going through the town, crossing over from the south to the north of Mauritius.
Beautiful views during our journey
Where to stay
As usual, we like to stay on the coast. Nothing screams holiday like waking up to the view of the sun’s rays hitting the ocean, beautiful sunrise and sunsets either from your room or by the beach. We were staying at Zilwa Attitude hotel, it is located at the Calodyne, North coast of Mauritius. With the SSR airport being at South East Mauritius, our drive to the hotel gave us a great view of the country. Zilwa Attitude staff were very friendly all the way from our welcome, to showing us to our room and during our stay with them. The room had a coastal finish, with souvenir beach straw hats. The hotel had several restaurants and bars overlooking the beach. In addition, there were many free water activities.
Sunset in Mauritius
Trying out Water Activities
Catamaran Day Cruise
Because of our love for the beach, we always make a point of having a cruise on our itinerary. In Mauritius, we embarked on a Catamaran cruise- to Gabriel Island that had food and drinks inclusive- which we purchased online from Mauritius Attractions. This has been the best cruise I have been on, to date. It had a limited number of people, the Calypso was really good, the water was calm and there was a professional photographer. Departure was at 9 am from the Jetty of Sunset Boulevard in Grand Baie. The crew was very friendly and professional, we enjoyed the ocean view from the deck during our cruise while sipping on our drinks. On arrival to Gabriel Island, we relaxed, went swimming in the ocean and took a stroll on the beach. Later our lunch was served on the Catamaran, which was well done with a variety of chicken, seafood and drinks. The cruise ends at about 4 pm in the evening.
Enjoying the Cruise on the Deck
There are so many other activities we did not have enough time to partake such as Walking with Lions. It would be advisable to have at least 4 days in Mauritius. Mauritius should definitely be in your bucket list.