Here are my top tips getting the most out of your day trips around the north of Mauritius. In no particular order…
If you’ve got the time, you should consider splitting your itinerary up into more manageable sections as we did. Rather than rush around trying to squeeze all the sights into one day, we decided to split it into two. This way we were able to fully appreciate each place and take in their beauty and history.
Day trips are long and it can be quiet exhausting, especially if you’re going to try and fit it all in one day, therefore I’d recommend keeping hydrated at all times. Take a few bottles of water with you just in case, our driver had cold water waiting for us which was great. There are plenty of shops and garages along the way so don’t worry if you forget.
Pack the essentials
Get a good backpack so you can carry the essentials out with you, from your camera and water to mosquito spray. When you see the waterfalls you will definitely need to top up! Take some snacks with you too, if you really want to save money, take some food from the morning breakfast with you.
Take enough sun cream
It gets extremely hot in Mauritius so make sure you apply plenty of suncream before your tour. I’d also recommend you take a bottle out with you so you can reapply whilst you explore. It goes without saying bring a cap and some UV protective sunglasses.
Get a tour guide
Although you can rent a car easily enough, I’d recommend getting a taxi tour guide as there’s not much difference in price and you’ll get the added benefit of local knowledge. They will also take you to non-touristy places and hidden gems only locals know about, not to mention you’ll learn about all the history, their culture and nature.