Mauritius on a budget

Mauritius on a budget

Just saying Mauritius islands and the mind goes to picture the paradise-like beaches shaded by the palm trees. But is it possible to go to Mauritius on a budget? I didn’t get to it, but a fellow Romanian traveller and her boyfriend said: Yes, it’s possible!

Grand Baie

We stayed in Grand Baie, the most popular village with tourists. The beach is small and crowded with excursion boats, but it’s a good starting point for your adventure. There is a wide range of accommodations available, from budget to luxury.

Grand Baie main road
Grand Baie main road

If you want to go to the beach in Grand Baie, we recommend Cuvette Beach, a little hidden gem, 10 min walk from the main area. It’s small and pretty, with sunbeds to rent and food stalls.

Cuvette Beach
Cuvette Beach

Food also covers all budgets. We recommend Rougaille creole, delicious, affordable and great service. Dinner for two would be around 800 rupees. And they offer a shot of house-made rhum, the best we had!

Home-made rhum in Mauritius
Home-made rhum in Mauritius

However, it’s cheaper to eat at one of the food stalls. We made friends with the locals at Paradis de nourriture, where they set up a table on the beach for you in a blink of eye.

Beach table in Grand baie
Beach table in Grand baie

Trou aux biches

We took a 15 min bus ride for 27 rupees to the next village, Trou aux biches. The bus stop is right in front of the beach. All beaches are public in Mauritius, so technically you can just wander wherever you want.

There are many resorts on this beach, but also a few sunbeds available to rent. If you woke up late and didn’t get one, the soft sand invites you to just put your towel down and relax.

Sunbeds to rent in Trou aux biches
Sunbeds to rent in Trou aux biches
Towels in Trou aux biches
Towels in Trou aux biches

As if a paradise beach was not enough, at the entrance of it you can find lots of food stalls. Cheap and amazing food.

Beach food stalls
Beach food stalls

Mont choisy

Buses are a great for short trips, they are frequent, looking good and very cheap. For long trips though, you need to change too often and it makes them inneficient. Best to buy an organised trip or rent a taxi for the day.

Mauritius local bus ride
Mauritius local bus ride

24 rupees and 10 min ride and we arrived at Mont choisy beach, wider and more local. Here you find plenty of sunbeds, and we rented two for 500 rupees.

Mont choisy beach
Mont choisy beach

The food stalls have reasonable prices, and offer to bring you the food to your sunbed table. A fresh fruit juice is 100 rupees.

"Branded" fresh juice stall
“Branded” fresh juice stall

Pereybere

Trou aux biches and Mont choisy are located towards South of Grand baie, while Pereybere is about 5 min ride North of Grand baie. We went there on a Sunday, when it was packed with locals.

Sundays are the same for all beaches. Locals take their families and friends and go to the beach, have a barbeque, sing and dance. Wish we could go to the beach every Sunday!

Sunday in Pereybere
Sunday in Pereybere

Speaking of family and friends, souvenirs make great gifts. On the beach there are many who sell them. They are friendly and chatty, but if you refuse them they are not pushy. Also, Dodo is everywhere. Any souvenir with Dodo is a bit more expensive.

Dodo the mascot
Dodo

Ile aux cerfs

A must do trip is Ile aux cerfs, we went with Northview tours and it can be booked on the spot. For us, the next day was full so we took the day after. It was 1300 rupees.

We left Grand baie at 8:30am with a mini van of 13 people. 1h later we got on the East coast, in Trou d’eau douce village, where locals were washing carpets. From here we took a catamaran and half an hour later we got on the island. You then get 2h to enjoy it.

Catamaran trip
Catamaran trip

The island is small but very beautiful, uninhabited. Our recommendation is to not follow the crown towards the sunbeds on the left but to take the other side where there is no one, an unspoiled paradise with cute birdies.

Bird at Ile aux cerfs
Bird at Ile aux cerfs

After 2h the catamaran comes back to serve lunch. We really enjoyed the dessert, grilled bananas with rum and sugar. Delicious! The next stop is a waterfall, where you go by boat, and the final stop is snorkelling. Unfortunately, we didn’t see any fishes.

Catamaran trip
Catamaran trip

Mauritius island tour

Almost everybody speaks French and English, but with French is slightly better. For exploring the island we recommend renting a taxi for a day. It was 2300 rupees but totally worth it. The taxi driver explained to us more about the local culture and he stopped at viewpoints.

We went to Grand bassin and Ganga talao, the sacred lake of the hindu and the most important temple. Entrance is free but it’s recommended to leave a donation.

At Ganga talao
At Ganga talao

Next we went to Chamarel, the 7 colours earth. You can drink and buy cofee at reasonable prices (275 rupees a pack). They also have giant turtoises. Nearby there is a very nice waterfall.

Chamarel
Chamarel
Waterfall in Mauritius
Waterfall in Mauritius

The last stop was Casela park of adventures, which is more expensive, 800 rupees the entrance. We also paid 200 rupees extra to feed the giraffes. The ticket includes a photo safari, you ride a minibus going among zebras, deers and other animals, but you can’t stop and get down.

Giraffes
Giraffes

The main source of income on the island are sugar and rum, and all products related to it. The island is full of sugar cane fields. We also recommend going to Sugar adventure. From Grand baie you can take bus 215 towards Port Louis and ask the driver to stop you there. It was 38 rupees and it takes 20 min. At the same stop you have the Botanical gardens.

Sugar cane fields
Sugar cane fields

Sugar adventure is an old factory turned into a museum. Entrance is 400 rupees and includes sugar and rum tasting. They offer free guided tours, at 10:30 am and 2:30 pm. The history of sugar is in fact the history of the island, it’s very interesting. And when you want to drink a coffee, you get to choose from many types of sugar.

Sugar adventure
Sugar adventure

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