Q&A

Look­ing for wa­ter sports or lux­ury re­sorts? Travel Coun­sel­lors con­sul­tant Julie Sav­ill gives some in­side tips on sell­ing Mauritius, in­clud­ing the best times to visit for ac­tiv­i­ties like div­ing and surf­ing.

Travel Bulletin - - MAURITIUS -

Is there much in­ter­est among Aus­tralians for travel to Mauritius?

For Aus­tralians, Mauritius is still more of a bou­tique des­ti­na­tion. Mauritius’ re­sorts of­fer a sim­i­lar style of holiday to Bali but as a des­ti­na­tion that is more ex­pen­sive and harder to get to, it isn’t on the radar for many Aus­tralian trav­ellers. Hav­ing said that, many peo­ple use Mauritius as a stopover on the way to South Africa or Madagascar.

Which ar­eas are most pop­u­lar?

The south and east coasts have most of the lux­ury re­sorts while the west coast has more mid-range op­tions. The south-west part of Mauritius has great con­di­tions for kite surf­ing so plenty of kite surfers head to that part of the coun­try.

What are the must see high­lights for first time trav­ellers?

Wa­ter sports are a big draw­card. Many peo­ple head to Mauritius for the swim­ming, snorkelling, div­ing and surf­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties. All-in­clu­sive beach­side re­sorts are a pop­u­lar choice for fam­i­lies and cou­ples who want to re­lax and in­dulge by the beach.

What sort of trav­ellers are vis­it­ing Mauritius?

These days, I mainly book busi­ness trav­ellers (en route to Madagascar) but the lux­ury re­sorts make Mauritius a top spot for hon­ey­moon­ers. Re­sorts with kids clubs make it a good des­ti­na­tion for fam­i­lies also. Most of the ma­jor up­scale, five-star re­sort brands are rep­re­sented in Mauritius so there are plenty of luxe op­tions to choose from.

Is there any par­tic­u­lar time of year that is best or most pop­u­lar to travel to Mauritius?

The weather is pretty warm all year round but sum­mer runs from Oc­to­ber to April (although it can get very hu­mid). If you like a cooler, dryer cli­mate then July to Septem­ber is ideal. For peo­ple in­ter­ested in div­ing and snorkelling, the wa­ter is usu­ally clear­est from De­cem­ber to March, and the surf­ing con­di­tions tend to be best from June to Au­gust.

What should an agent con­sider when sell­ing Mauritius?

Flights can be tricky to ar­range from Aus­tralia as flights are not reg­u­lar, so clients will have to tai­lor their trip around the flight sched­ule.

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