By Lucy O’Connor
Family Fun & Adventure in Mauritius
Those of you who have visited Mauritius will know that it is more than just a fly and flop destination. To demonstrate this MTPA UK hosted a Family Fun & Adventure familiarization trip highlighting the many ways that one can experience this wondrous island and its diverse offerings …
Read on to find out more about our time in Mauritius …
On July 20th 7 agents and 1 journalist joined me to experience a fabulous Mauritian Adventure. The trip started in style at the Sky Lounge courtesy of Air Mauritius. The group sipped on prosecco whilst discussing the trip in eager anticipation. We boarded our smooth overnight flight with Air Mauritius…
Rum Tasting at Shanti Maurice
Following a 12 hour flight everyone was ready to relax into island life. Suffice to say this didn’t take long after a few sips of Mauritian rum at our Rum Tasting at Shanti Maurice’s Rum Shed.
The Rum Shed emulates the style of a traditional Mauritian Tavern and is popular with guests and locals alike. We tasted a selection of the 180 rums available and sampled local tasty snacks which were served alongside our cocktails. Snacks included; gateau piment, samosas and dholl-puri all served with a generous side of hot green chili sauce.
We rolled out of bed at 05:00 and journeyed towards Le Morne for an ‘early’ morning hike with our guides Yan and Henri from Yanature. Whilst hiking, Yan and Henri expounded information about the island’s rich history, flora & fauna, wildlife and marine life. The hike was a rewarding experience and the views of South West Mauritius were stunning!
International Slave Route Monument
After our expedition up Le Morne Mountain, Suzette our Mautourco guide took us to the International Slave Route Monument. The Slave Route Project was set up after the Mountain gained recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, following this the monument was created at the foot of Le Morne. A visit to the monument provides a moving visual narrative of the mountains history.
Quad Biking at Heritage
Heritage Le Telfair is situated in the lush Domaine de Bel Ombre. With acres of land to explore the group took to the Quad Bikes and a Family Buggy. This was a fun filled muddy activity and allowed the group to admire the green interior of the island.
La Vielle Cheminee
La Vielle Cheminee is situated within the grounds of a beautiful estate close by to Chamarel. We spent a few hours exploring the estate and its green surrounds on horseback. If you are confident horse rider the centre offer day treks which will take you out of the estate and into its scenic surrounds.
Ziplining at Casela
Our afternoon at Casela was a lot of fun, especially for those of us who like speed, heights and a good view (all be it a fleeting one). We went on five zip lines gearing ourselves up for the 400 meter zip line, the longest in Mauritius!
Seakarting is the ultimate water sporting activity. In pairs we took turns driving our allocated speed boats along ocean vistas past lush tropical landscapes on the sparkling shores of La Balis Marina in Black River on the South West Coast of Mauritius. We spent 2 hours Seakarting but I could definitely spend a day doing this!
Zilwa Attitude has a fantastic kids club called “Ayo The Dodo”. At “Ayo the Dodo” there are many planned activities to keep children occupied, to highlight this the “Ayo the Dodo” team set out a treasure hunt for us on Crusoe Island. After blindly searching for 20 minutes, we found an ‘otentik’ looking treasure chest filled with coins and Kit Kats … a find Jonny Depp would be proud of!
Cooking Class at Zilwa Attitude
One otentik experience (the treasure hunt) was followed by another, the group was treated to a cooking class where we learnt how to make chicken curry, a Mauritian favourite! This was followed by a rum tasting …
Love Boat Excursion
We spent our last day on the water with the One Love Excursion Company. The day started with snorkelling at the Blue Bay Marine Park where we saw zebra fish, this was followed by a visit to Ile de la Passe and then a BBQ lunch on Il Aux Cerf where we feasted on lobster and had a sing song. The day finished with swimming and sunbathing. It was the perfect way to end our amazing trip!
Day 7 saw us board our flight back home. The group all left the island with a fresh perspective on Mauritius as a destination that has everything to offer!
…. Upon returning home I noticed a baby gecko had slipped into my luggage, the gecko was sent back to Mauritius unfortunately I couldn’t join him!