Mauritius – A Tour of the North


Prior to our arrival in Mauritius we’d been very worried about what the weather would be like. Basically, we’d gotten a bit carried away when booking the holiday and in a post Christmas: “OHMYGOD let’s go somewhere hella fancy and paradise-y for our jollies this year” had completely forgotten to check what the weather might be like in Febbers.

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In fact it wasn’t until two weeks after the money had most definitely left my bank account that I excitedly googled ‘weather in February Mauritius’ and instead of pages & pages of results telling me it would be so sunny & beautiful that I’d get the darkest most golden brown tan ever I was met with pages and pages that said…

1. FEBRUARY IS MAURITIUS’S RAINIEST MONTH OF THE YEAR.

and…

2. OH HEY IT’S ALSO CYCLONE SEASON.

Ummm. Sorry what?

I just assumed that because people go on their honeymoons to Mauritius that the weather would be guaranteed. I mean who wants to sit in the rain on their honeymoon? Oh just FYI we weren’t on a honeymoon.

So anyway, knowing that the weather might be shit sent us into a bit of a panic. We *might* have even looked up Thomson’s booking T&Cs to see if we could cancel and go somewhere else but turns our we would have forfeited 90% of the cost of our holiday. It was time to just suck it up and pack a game of scrabble. I mean who needs glorious sunshine on a beach holiday anyway. A little cyclone never hurt anyone…did it?

It turned out we were worrying for nothing. NOTHING. Granted it rained everyday but it rained at, like, 6am and we were fast asleep at that time. By the time we’d risen from our insanely comfortable Queen, possibly King sized bed there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. And this happened everyday for the first five days.

On the sixth day however, we weren’t so lucky and as the clouds rolled in we quickly decided that today would be the best day to get out and see the island. We booked a taxi from the concierge desk at the hotel for 3000 Mauritian Rupees which is about £55 and headed off on a ‘Tour of the North’

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Our first stop was the Pamplemousse Botanical Gardens, armed with my fancy Pentax KS1 camera I got snapping as did my boyfriend albeit with his selfie stick – technically my selfie stick which was a birthday present from him that he enjoyed a bit more than me…

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Sneaky bastard.

I think entry to the gardens was about 200 rupees each which is only about £3 – bit of a bargain to be honest.

Lucky for us the sun stayed behind the clouds as we explored the Jardin de Pamplemousses (can NOT get enough of that word. Paaaamplemouuusse.) It was still warm and very humid but at least we were allowed some respite from the roasting sun and it re-enforced the decision we’d made not to sunbathe all day at the hotel (again).

We headed straight for the Tortoises.

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I love these guys. They’re just such weird animals and they’re SO OLD. Hundreds of years old. And they’re wrinkly. I loved watching them shuffle about their enclosure like old grumpy men.

Next we made our way round to the deer enclosure.

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Beautiful animals but they looked a bit fed up, with the heat and the flies! I didn’t blame them.

 We then made our way round the garden to what I think is the star attraction. The giant lily-pad pond.

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I’d seen a picture of the lily pads on TripAdvisor before heading over to Mauritius and was super excited by how damn instagrammable they are! Yup, I just honestly just typed that.

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I found the gardens really relaxing and beautiful. It would highly recommend a trip here.

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^^^Loving the selfie stick…

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…okay, so I liked it too.

And can we just highlight how much of a good look no make-up & wet curly hair is for me. LOLZ.

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We spent about a 45mins-1hour in the botanical gardens and it was a great start to our tour.

Next our taxi driver took us shopping to the ‘Designer’ arcade. I say designer because I’m almost positive most of the labels were rip-offs of the real deal but it was kind of a blessing in disguise as naturally I’d dressed totally inappropriately and my gorgeous tan lace up sandals were tearing my toes to shreds. As such I had to purchase a new pair of shoes. A new pair of blue & white stripy “Abercombie & Fitch”or was that Ambercommbey & Futch flip-flops.

Shopping done we drove onto our next attraction, the Hindu temple.

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I think I’d like to live in a Hindu temple. They’re all just so fancy from the outside, I think getting home to this everyday would be really uplifting…

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We popped our shoes off (a Hindu necessity) and went inside for a closer look…

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And were a little freaked by this guy…

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I mean it’s kinda freaky right?

We headed back out into the sunshine – which has come out from behind the clouds!

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And my inner David Attenborough made another appearance and I started snapping the nature around us, like this pretty big snail…

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And this chirpy little guy…

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After the temple we made a stop at the aquarium which was about a million times better than any aquarium I’ve been to in the UK. The variety of fish was amazing and they were so tropical.

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The aquarium was relatively small and we managed to whiz round it in about 10minutes flat but I’d still recommend it, you do have to pay but again I think it was only 200 or 300 rupees.

After Nemo and his pals we headed onto Troux beach where we spread our toes in gloriously white, soft sand. The type of sand we’d been pinning for since arriving in Mauritius (if you read my previous blog post you’ll know the sand in the lagoon of our hotel didn’t impress).

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Time for another selfie!!
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The beach was gorgeous but we hopped back in the taxi before the dark clouds headed our way…

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And made a pitstop for some street food. The place didn’t look much but the samosas were amazing!

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We drove on and stopped in one of the towns close by and had a little walk around…

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Mauritius is a wonderfully colourful place, from the lush green landscape to the brightly painted houses and fresh fruit on every corner. I don’t know what I was expecting from it but it was beautifully bright.

Before long it was the last stop on the tour; A beautiful red-roofed church.

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And we gatecrashed a wedding!

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Apparently one happens everyday at the church and it’s free to get married there…or at least that’s what we think our tour guide said.

Time for one last selfie with the bride & groom.

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Who knows, maybe that’ll be us next year – naaaaat.

Then it was finally time to head back to the resort and unwind in the spa before dinner.

I really enjoyed the tour of the north, it was a quick (well, about 4 hours) an easy way to see some of the island and get a feel for local life. I’m totally one of those people who can’t just sit in a hotel for seven days solid so day trips like this for me are really important, even if they are pretty touristy…but hey, we were tourists after all!

The final part of my Mauritius trip is about another day trip we did to Il Aux Cerfs and I’ll hopefully be sharing this soon, although I can’t promise anything. I’ve been pretty lazy on the whole blogging front recently but I’m hoping to get some much needed motivation to starting posting again on a more frequent basis.

As always, thanks for reading!

Harry x

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