It is now 3 months since my last post when I said we were about to book our airfares to Mauritius for 2019. Well we did that and then moved on to the next stage of the planning.
Although the island is relatively small, there are several distinct sections, both in terms of climate and also the things to see and do. I read the Lonely Planet guide a couple of times and began to develop a feel for the things we wanted to do and places we were interested in seeing.
We decided to begin our adventure in the south-east for the simple reason this is where the airport is located and our flight arrives at 6.45pm so we did not want to be setting out driving too far on unfamiliar roads. Our accommodation is about 6km from the terminal or 2km from the end of the runway according to the map. The best part is that it is only 90m from the beach. This will be our home for the first 4 nights of the trip. As well as the ever-present beaches there are markets and museums and we hope to include a trip to the tiny offshore island of Ile Aux Aigrettes. The entire island is a Nature Reserve and is maintained with flora and birdlife which have now vanished from Mauritius.
The north-west is generally regarded as the most tourist-orientated with lots of resort complexes and plenty of night-life. This is not necessarily our prime reason for visiting Mauritius, however, we are indulging ourselves with 3 nights in this luxurious accommodation. From here, we will be able to visit the renowned Botanical Gardens and some colonial homesteads in the Central Highlands.
Our final destination is the quaintly named ‘Rusty Pelican‘ at La Gaulette on the south-west coast. We have 7 nights here which will allow us to explore the natural beauty of this part of the island. Everything I have read indicates that it is less developed than the northern areas.
All of the accommodations that I have chosen are listed on Air BnB, although the ‘Rusty Pelican’ is also recommended in the Lonely Planet guide which is a huge recommendation when you consider the number of options that are available.
With our flights and accommodation booked, there is really nothing else left to do apart from waiting for 2019 to roll around and throw our beach gear in our bags.