A classical tour of Mauritius

Port Louis city center reminds me of Waikiki, Hawaii

The bus system in Mauritius is pretty amazing and going from the South to the North I only had to change bus once in the Port Louis. The capital city was almost like Waikiki in Hawaii, being well developed with lots of brand clothing shops and American fast food restaurants. I had a walk up to the city fortress for a view and visited the free UNESCO protected museum called the Aapravasi Ghat, which explains the history of the Indentured labourers (halfway slaves) of the sugar plantations.

Grand Bay city, the church and beach

Once in the North I visited the Mont Choisy Beach known as the most beautiful white sandy beach in Mauritius. The beach by sunset boulevard was also surprisingly clean with turquoise water and was a great place to sit and watch the sun set in the ocean.

Charmel waterfall, the seven colored earth and the giant tortoises was other must visits that made my Mauritius visit complete. As a bonus, when my couchsurfing host was driving me to the airport we randomly saw some pyramids on the middle of some sugar cane fields. Reading up on it, these pyramids have no name or no known history. Some were claiming that they were connected to the pyramids of the Pharaohs or to the ones in the Azores, others just claim that they are just a pile of rocks. Anyway it was cool to see something that is not mentioned in guidebooks that still remains a mystery to scientists.

5 Star Couchsurf in Mauritius

For those who have been following me through the last 170 countries on this blog, you probably have heard me go on at those people who just go somewhere to stay in a luxury resort and are screened from the food, culture and people of the places they visit. This time it was my turn, as my couchsurfing host was living in Paradis resort on the south side of Madagascar where he let me stay and use the facilities. And I have to admit, it was pretty nice too!

We did not just stay inside the resort though. My host had a car and took me to the famous flic en flac beach, rose hill city center and the viewpoint known as Baie du Cap. The roads were amazingly good driving through kilometers on kilometers of sugar cane fields.

Having spent the last months roughing it in East Africa, it was really good to come to Mauritius where everything is comfortable and available. It for sure is the most developed country in Africa and deserves its nickname “the Singapore of Africa”.

Baie du Cap viewpoint