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!
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.
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.
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
However, it’s cheaper to eat at one of the food stalls. We made friends with the locals at Paradis de
Trou aux biches
We took a 15 min bus ride for 27 rupees to the next village, Trou aux
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.
As if a paradise beach was not enough, at the entrance of it you can find lots of food stalls. Cheap and amazing food.
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.
24 rupees and 10 min ride and we arrived at Mont
The food stalls have reasonable prices, and offer to bring you the food to your sunbed table. A fresh fruit juice is 100 rupees.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
The last stop was
The main source of income on the island
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.
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