Things to do in Mauritius
So I have fallen behind in my blog writing on each country. I am already in Paris #7 and on my way to Brussels. There is a lot of catching up to do since I don’t want to neglect any details.
For Mauritius I decided on booking a 4 star hotel that was towards the west so I would be able to enjoy the sunsets. I absolutely loved my accommodation and even got a few massages there. I was so sunburnt from snorkeling in Seychelles that I even got a sunburn treatment. The staff working at the resort were absolutely lovely and I even scored a few cocktails and free dinner. One night it was so late and I still had not eaten and they were like come in and got a plate together for me from the kitchen free of charge. This saved me from going out food hunting at 11pm at night. I would strike up conversation with some of the other guests there but they knew very little English and the language barrier made it hard to build a real relationship. When I first got there I was full of ambition and drive to complete so many activities and go out and explore. Sadly this did not happen. In a way this destination was very uneventful for me but also not in the same sense. This is where I realised the astronomical planning that will need to happen if I want to make this journey a reality.
I officially signed up to attempt the Guinness World record and they have a fair bit of prerequisites that I did not even think about. I would sit on my balcony overlooking to ocean and work out my plans.
Saying I did nothing in Mauritius would be a lie though since I went diving. This is something I have never done and it was an amazing experience. I guess I can already say what would be next after I finish travelling to all 196 countries. That would be to get my open water PADI diving ticket. Or I may just do it somewhere whilst I await visas to be approved.
I initially started this journey full of expectation and too trusting. It is probably a blessing in disguise that Mauritius has now made me put my guard up a little bit. I found this amazing massage place where I received the best massage I have ever had in my life. Walking back to the hotel this guy in a van wearing a pimp hat pulled over and started talking to me. He invited me to go swimming with dolphins on his catamaran. I ended up talking to him for a few hours but kept my guard up with him. He is much older than me and for me this journey is not about sleeping my way around the world. I have become very withdrawn from men in a romantic sense now. Further on from this experience I have had him send me inappropriate images. I have clearly told him this is unsolicited. He has been blocked from all my social media platforms but I still get random video calls that I reject. Even today and it is possibly more than two weeks later now. It is rather obsessive and strange. Hence my guard is a bit higher when it comes to meeting strangers now.
Despite wanting to go swimming with dolphins I did not take him up on his offer or go elsewhere. I do hope to do this bucket list item one day though and I am sure I will somewhere in my travels.
(Update 6 weeks later from meeting him, despite me blocking him he has created numerous Facebook Accounts and send me requests. I just ignore him. Luckily I am also late at keeping up to date on where I am in the world so warning to any potential stalkers out there you will always be a few countries behind!)
There was also another guest there who sent me rather strange messages and was very persistent in getting a photo with him. He would also wait outside my room for me and has since sent me messages saying he loves me!! This is so strange to me because he was there on holidays with his wife!
It is not exactly how I want to travel because I want to experience each culture. I do not want the fact that I am a female make the experience different compared to a male.
On my last day I went to the botanical gardens. This is where my first count down photo was taken. I had another unfortunate experience. There was a guy walking around playing with himself whilst he was dressed and then he would reveal himself to you. I encountered him twice. I was a bit shaken up by this experience and did run into the guards who were looking for him.
On a different note some facts of interest about Mauritius is that it is predominantly a Hindu country. Everyone there can speak French. The locals can speak English but practically all the tourists there can only speak French. This can make things difficult if you are a solo traveler and are trying to ask for advice or even just to strike up a conversation. Mauritius is also a little bit expensive but I would not say too high. For someone from Australia some things are not that expensive. Except sunscreen. I bought sunscreen for 35 AUD and did not even end up using it!! Another bit of advice I have is that you should hire a car to get around. Mauritius may seem small to you but I went there after Seychelles so it felt big to me. Taxis can be expensive and there are a fair bit of sightseeing all over the island. Also the airport is located South East on the island the main tourist area is North West and can be more than an hour drive.
I would not recommend anyone to come here from Seychelles. Despite this being an amazing location you will almost feel a sense of disappointment. You go from one paradise to another that should not be compared and enjoyed on their own. Also both locations have the same activities to offer. By the time I got to Mauritius I was all “beached out” Tired from relaxing and just wanted more relaxing.
I also realised how much work and effort I will need to start putting into travelling. That this is no easy task. That there are so much pre-planning involved. The amount of research in regards to countries that you require a visa and where you will need to go just for a Visa. Not all visas can be obtained in your home town, let alone your home country so sometimes you need to plan trips overseas just to get a visa.
To me this journey is important and I need to document it and share the parts I feel comfortable in sharing. I have had to dedicate a fair chunk of time in paradise to start working on this. The more you learn and the more you do, the more you realise that there is to do. I really wish I had more memories to share about Mauritius but I took it for what it is. You will notice if you stay in a resort that most the guests there will just lie in the sun all day with a book on their chest. Overall I really could have made better use of my time in Mauritius however I also just found it to be relaxing. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that especially if you are someone who need to escape the hustle and bustle of every day life.
Personally I would not go back to Mauritius but that is because I absolutely fell in love with Seychelles and there are a 115 islands there for me to explore. The more I have traveled the more I realised there are so many secrets this world holds. I really just want to learn and experience as many of them as possible. For me it is now about going to new destinations and falling in love all over again.