Mauritius

Mauritius is a country I first set foot in December 2021. Below, you’ll find the articles I’ve thus far written about Mauritius and Rodrigues. Since we obtained the 1-year premium visa, we started a bit of a digital nomad community in Mauritius. If you want to come to Mauritius in the capacity of a remote worker, join our Facebook group. Also, make sure to read our remote working guide to Mauritius and Rodrigues.

Le Morne vista on Île aux Bénitiers Mauritius

Map of Mauritius POIs

Use the menu on the left to make sub-menus appear or disappear. You can also find remote or uninhabited territories of Mauritius on this map.

Things I’d Like to Do in Mauritius

  • Hitchhike with locals, so predictable! ✅
  • Visit the capital Port Louis ✅: the history (Aapravasi Ghat), the food, the public transit (they have a very cool tram it appears)
  • Chase the remnants of the historic railway on Mauritius Island
  • Go hiking to some peaks or perhaps canyoning at some waterfalls. I’d love to visit the country high point Piton de la Petite Rivière Noire (828masl) and. Seeing (though probably not climbing) Pieter Both and Le Pouce (“the Thumb”—good mountain for hitchhikers) mountain is also something I’d like to do
  • Hopefully, visit the Mauritius Radio Telescope. It’s quite a big instrument, but I’m not sure if it’s open to the public to visit
  • Visit as many islets surrounding the big isles as I can. Here’s the list I’m using
  • See the loneliest palm in the world ✅ at the SSR Botanical Garden of Curepipe
  • Pick up some Mauritian Creole words or phrases. (Lessons thus far: most of it is pronounced just like french but written differently: bonzur (bonjour), mersi (merci), etc. Some words from India have a different spelling than we know from the Malaysian Indians: faratha instead of paratha, appalam instead of papadum. And when you want to say something is good or tasty you apparently say “C’est top!” which is something I haven’t ever heard in France. But most people will ask if we prefer English or French and then they also adapt their French to the ‘metropolitan’ style)
  • Rent a scooter with Jonas and explore the islands that way ✅. A quad can also be nice for a short while
  • Maybe relax and do some writing? Mauritius looks like a nice country to stay in for several months to sit and write, do day trips, and enjoy the weather
  • Do some sailing ✅ (we’ve taken some dinghy sailing classes). I can help crew yachts and stuff and (CrewBay profile and Find a Crew profile here) would love to enter/depart Mauritius and/or Rodrigues by sailing boat
  • Go snorkeling, perhaps kitesurfing, but definitely kayaking ✅. My preliminary search has shown that at the Albion caves is a good place for sea kayaking
  • Enjoy some local festivals, such as Thaipoosam Cavadee (2022 procession canceled 😔)

Things I’d Like to Do in Rodrigues

  • Take the ferry to/from Rodrigues Island
  • The highest point of Rodrigues is Mont Limon (392masl)✅ and it’s quite accessible
  • Also, check what Rodriguan Creole is about and how it differs from the Mauritian variant
  • Kayak to some of the small islands ✅
  • Perhaps this is a nice island for some horseriding? (ETA: not anymore. There used to be horses at the resorts in Pointe Coton, but now there are only donkeys on the island)

Once I find more ideas or inspiration for visiting Mauritius, I might add them here to this page.

If you know cool places and things to do in Mauritius, comment below so I can always find your suggestions again once I start making the dream come true! Tips are especially welcome if you are Mauritian or have lived there for a while

Are you a travel blogger and do you have good posts about Mauritius? Drop them in a comment below and I’ll read them!

The Best Maps of Rodrigues Island, Mauritius

Use the table of contents or scroll down to see which map app I recommend and other maps of Rodrigues island that you can find while in Rodrigues. Google Maps thinks nobody lives here If you’re looking to come to Rodrigues island in Mauritius, you might start your search on Google Maps. And you’ll be faced with this heinous crime of a map: What the fuck is this? Why is there no detail? I zoom in on the island capital Port Mathurin to see if things get better. No, the horror continues. Why do you do this to us, GoogleContinue reading

Mauritius and Rodrigues for Digital Nomads: the Complete Guide

This guide to Mauritius and Rodrigues also appears under the Digital Nomads Guides brand Why Mauritius? East of Africa in the Indian Ocean is a small archipelago that seeks to attract digital nomads. Mauritius created the premium visa for you to come and open up your laptop to get that money. There are many benefits to choosing Mauritius as your main stay in Africa and the southern hemisphere. Besides their generous one-year digital nomad visa, the climate is pleasant, the internet is fast, the living standards are high, and it’s the safest country in Africa. There are also loads ofContinue reading

Arriving in Rodrigues by Plane from Mauritius

This article is about how we finally managed to travel to Rodrigues by plane on the 12th of April, 2022, despite some hurdles. Rodrigues is a smaller island in the Indian Ocean that’s part of Mauritius and much further east of it. It’s autonomous, which is why they’ve closed to international tourism and even domestic travel for about two years during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Idea of Visiting Rodrigues Booking the Flight + Rodrigues Entry Requirements Finally, in late March, we were ready to book the flight on the Air Mauritius website. Despite success in booking the flight, they chargedContinue reading

How to Get a Tourist Visa Extension in Mauritius (90 Days Extra!)

This article details how we (EU passport holders) obtained our 90-day tourist visa extension in Mauritius. This was in addition to our original 90 days for a total of 180 days. To skip over our experience and find out what documents you need + the address, click here. If you’re looking for info on how to get the 1-year premium visa, read the dedicated article. This article also has a Russian 🇷🇺 translation: «Как продлить туристическую визу на Маврикии (90 дополнительных дней!)» How to Get the First 90 Days in Mauritius? Read this before you travel to Mauritius! Failed Attempt!Continue reading

Getting the J&J Booster Vaccine in Mauritius as a Non-Citizen

This happened on Tuesday the 15th of February, 2022. Jonas and I had an appointment at the Wellkin Hospital in Moka for a booster vaccine. The only vaccine available to us as people under 40 years of age was Johnson & Johnson. This is a European Medicines Agency (EMA) approved vaccine, so this will help us travel in Europe too. Before this, we only had two doses of Sinopharm thanks to Kyrgyzstan. First of, Fuck the European Medicines Agency Secondly, I Was Not Excited about the Booster But it had to be done. Predicting shit during this pandemic is extremelyContinue reading

Sail Mauritius: Dinghy Sailing a Tiny Catamaran in La Gaulette

This happened on Friday the 14th of January, 2022. We received the message that there was enough wind to go sailing. We met our instructor Christopher at the waterfront in La Gaulette where his two small (dinghy) sailboats are at: one catamaran and one monohull. Click the menu in the upper-right corner so you have the “catamaran” layer on. This map contains the approximate routes of all 3+ sailing classes we took with Christopher.  The Idea + Gaps in Our Resumés Finding someone in La Gaulette willing and capable to rent us a kayak was very difficult, but findingContinue reading

Île aux Bénitiers + Crystal Rock by Kayak! (Mauritius)

All this happened on the 10th of January, 2022. After asking around far and wide for a place that would rent us a kayak, someone came through. The caveat? The two-person kayak only had one paddle. But we made do and paddled to île aux Bénitiers and Crystal Rock. Watch the vlog to see what that’s like! Green Village Saves the Day During our stay in La Gaulette, we had quite some trouble getting both a scooter and a kayak. We eventually got a scooter, but the kayak was still such a difficult quest. We had messaged and called severalContinue reading

How Difficult is it to Travel as a Vegetarian in Mauritius?

Short answer: not hard at all. We didn’t expect it to be this easy, but it’s really, really easy. Below is a list of some vegetarian dishes common to Mauritius. But first, let’s talk about why it’s so easy to find vegetarian food in Mauritius. Why is it Easy to be a Vegetarian in Mauritius? Hinduism and to a lesser extent Buddhism. The majority of people in Mauritius are of  (north and south) Indian descent. They practice many different religions, but many of them practice Hinduism. And though it’s not obligatory to have a vegetarian diet in Hinduism, many prefer itContinue reading

(Craft) Beer in Mauritius Guide—What a Lovely Surprise!

Trying new beers in a new country or city is one of my favorite things. That’s even better when the beer is crafty. On day 1 in Mauritius, this country already surprised me with its rather thriving craft beer scene. I haven’t fully explored all options yet since I’ve only been here for a few weeks, so I’ll update this post if I encounter more gems of liquid gold. Mauritian Craft Beer Companies The first two companies I encountered were Flying Dodo Brewery Company and The Thirsty Fox. The former has a delightfully basic website that leaves you guessing whatContinue reading

Taking Our First Rapid Antigen Self Test on our Fifth Day in Mauritius

According to the entry rules for Mauritius in 2021, we had to do a covid-19 rapid antigen self test on the fifth day. This was the first time we did a different test from the PCR test. Buying Our First Rapid Antigen Self Test December 6th, 2021 After making an appointment at a local dentist in Mahébourg and eating lunch, we walked past a pharmacy called Al-Shafa. “Tomorrow is our fifth day here, right? That means we have to do the covid test” I say to Jonas. “Already?” he replies, taking a moment to think. “No, the day after tomorrowContinue reading

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