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Not your usual Mauritius

Not your usual Mauritius

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My first trip to Mauritius was to be on the cheap. This being a very popular holiday destination made it quite tough. However with a lot of searching and booking flights at the right time, I was able to spend six days there on a relatively affordable budget.

The plan in Mauritius was not to do the usual tourist thing and laze on the beach all day. But instead to see what the island was really about. To see how the locals lived, worked and played.

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The first thing I have to say is that the local Mauritian people are a really friendly bunch. In fact, I believe they were voted 1st as the friendliest nation in the world. Walking through residential streets of Moka will get you a lot of stares being a tourist in a non “touristy” area, however a smile and a wave will change all of that.

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Even though I didn’t wanna do the whole tourist thing, the beaches in Mauritius are spectacular and a beer on the beach during sunset is not the worst way to end a day. My beer of choice was of course Phoenix, very refreshing beer. However if you’re out at Bagatelle be sure to pop into Flying Dodo and try some of their craft brews.

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On the spiritual side of things, Grand Bassin is definitely worth a visit. It is a crater lake and is surrounded by many temples. One can definitely feel the energy in this place.

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The 33 meter statue of Lord Shiva was unfortunately undergoing restoration during my visit. But will hopefully return one day to see it in all its glory.

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The food in Mauritius is proper awesome. There is a blend of Indian, Chinese, and French food available. Being on a budget holiday I stuck to the fast food caravans and trailers which turned out to be seriously delicious and budget friendly.

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Dhal puri is available almost everywhere and hits the spot nicely. However my favorite has to be faratas! Basically paratas but the French way of saying it. If you find yourself in the Flic-En-Flac area be sure to stop by Krish’s fast food place. He has the best faratas and his chili is devine.

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The south of the island is a little more rural to the rest of Mauritius and definitely offers a lot in terms of authentic Mauritius. A cool spot to stop at us in Gris-Gris where one can view Roche Qui Pleure or the crying rock. Standing at the edge of it really makes one realize how small we are and how powerful nature is.

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The country’s capital is Port Louise. Definitely worth a visit is the vegetable market which is alive with the color of its precisely stacked fruits and veggies and also the aroma of fresh produce.

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On the photography end, Mauritius has a lot to offer, from beautiful sunsets on the beach to colorful street life and very friendly people who are more than happy to be photographed. I travelled light with just my Canon 7D and a borrowed Sigma 30mm lens. However I would recommend a wider lens if you’re going, especially for the landscapes.

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