So, where do I start? Obviously you should add Mauritius to your Places To Visit list. You ask Why? Don’t, because that is just a weird question to ask, which in turn makes you weird, as the question should really be, Why Not? Yes friends, Mauritius is that awesome.
1. If you live in South Africa, you are just weird (yes, again) if you’ve never even considered it. While there, it feels like you’re worlds away from SA, but it’s a mere 4 hour flight from us. Yes, you watch a few episodes of Modern Family, followed by a movie and just as you get to the best part of the movie, bam, the plane hits the runway again. And you actually find yourself wishing that the flight was 30 minutes longer so you could know whether or not Will Ferrell won The Campaign or not. (Also whether or not he accidentally punched any more babies, or dogs, in the face. I know it sounds pretty horrible, but come on, it’s a Will movie)
2. The food, oh, the food. When dining in Mauritius, dribbles of drool will take over your general chin-area three times a day. Without fail. Of course this is followed by your eyes glassing over and you find it hard to talk because your mouth is being overrun by saliva. And all of these symptoms hit you even before tucking in, obviously. After the spectacular meal, you find yourself rolling back to your room, instead of the conventional way of ‘transport’, which is walking. Sometimes the thought of asking for a wheelchair enters your mind as you stuff your face with yet another forkful of lasagne, because even the idea of rolling to your room seems highly unlikely. Well. U get the idea. ‘Tis guuuuud.
3. The people are so friendly and helpful. They want to serve you and they want to help you. Without asking you for a tip of R 75357632774, ever. The majority of them don’t even want to be tipped. It’s not a ‘thing’ there like it is here. They take pride in their work and for them, that is enough.
4. Is it Maldives/Seychelles-beautiful beautiful? Yesssss, it certainly is.
5. Although it’s easy to just veg on the beach all day every day with great food and drinks, there’s a lot of shit to do there. We hired a car every second day, got a map from reception and just went on missions up and down the coast. You do get lost sometimes but it’s really not a biggie. The island is only about 80 kilometers in diameter, so eventually you’ll end up driving into the sea somewhere on the other side. You’ll then of course realize that you’ve lost the plot somewhere and you need to turn around. If you can tow the car out of the ocean, that is. They have the best snorkelling (especially since the visibility is about 500 000 km), horse riding, kayaking, wind surfing, the works.
6. There are waves. Albeit reef breaks, which are a bit of a hell to me, there’s nothing like riding a wave that’s so damn clear that you can see the rest of the lineup through the wall of the wave. The magnificent mountains form the other half of your view – it must be one of the most beautiful surfing venues, ever. I did get my first reef “kiss”, on my right thigh (it’s sort of inevitable if you ride the wave for way too long and you end up on reef that’s 2 centimeters deep), but it was worth it.
So id est, if you’re amped for lots of cocktails, water sports, long walks on the beach, friendly people and beautiful freakin everything, stop being a retard and go and Do It!
Ps. If you know who won the campaign in The Campaign, please feel free to spill!