Mauritius and/or Reunion and/or Seychelles?
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Dec 2, 2011 1:07 PM Last Post By: levelo
Oct 26, 2011 10:51 AM
I want nice beaches, but definitely want more than that to my holiday. Me and my partner both like to experience local culture, do light-moderate hiking in areas of natural beauty, enjoy some night life now and then, plus watersports and diving.
Which are our best bets? We thought it might be easiest to do Mauritius and Reunion because they are small and close together so it would mean less travel time, but if we're really missing out on something in the Seychelles that we can't find there, perhaps we could change our plans? Or should we just do the Seychelles?
Oct 26, 2011 1:10 PM
1Hi! I have never been to Seychelles, Mauritus or Reunion but If I were you I would definitely go to Seychelles. You can visit some islands: Mahe, Praslin, La Digue or Silouette, this islands are are not very far from each other. The beaches of Seychelles are much better than the beaches of Mauritius and moreover than the beaches of Reunion. You can seach some pictures in the internet of La Digue beaches....they are unbeatable.
Oct 27, 2011 3:40 AM
2I have been to Mauritius and Seychelles. I love both. This is what I answered a similar thread a couple of months ago:
"Seychelles has the best beaches and superior natural beauty. The islands are small and it is easy to cover next to everywhere in relatively short time.
Mauritius has facinating cultural diversity and the best food. You'll get more for your money. And it has the "forgotten" pearl, Ile Rodrigues!
Pick one or the other. You can't go wrong:-)"
When it comes to hiking, I would definitively pick the Seychelles.
Snorkelling is much better in the Seychelles. I only do snorkelling, but i believe diving is too.
When it comes to nightlife i would not pick neither M nor S...
If I had to choose now, I think I would choose the Seychelles. But that may be because the Seychelles is fresher in my memory. ( Mauritius 2004 Seychelles 2009 )
My only experience with Reunion is a GT at the airport:-)
Oct 28, 2011 12:34 AM
3Bonjour le Quebec ...
IMO if you can afford it, you should try all three ! Each island offers a different taste ! Seychelles is more laidback and relax and life goes on easy at a slow pace ! Mauritius is buslting with activity and colours and offers you whatever you want and Reunion has sensational treks and hikings and offers luxurious nature !
So consider a week for each island and you will have done the Indian Ocean main islands and heard three different creoles !!! En plus tu parles le Francais et la Reunion est a decouvrir plus facilement !
Nov 17, 2011 3:48 AM
I live on Reunion and have been to Mauritius and the Seychelles more times than I can remember.
I agree with most of what LoneRunner says, but would add the following comments:
- don't forget December/January is cyclone season in the Indian Ocean. The Seychelles theoretically doesn't get cyclones because it's on the Equator, but can get extremely heavy rainfall.
- as a diver myself: you can scuba dive all three places but the Seychelles is best
- Seychelles is expensive
- your best welcome from the locals will be in Mauritius
- hiking is definitely best in Reunion.
Edited by: champacs
Nov 27, 2011 6:43 AM
5I have been to Seychelles and in my opinion it's the most beautiful and pristine place on earth :) we had visited mahe last December and stayed at Hilton northolme. The beaches were clean, water was perfect for snorkeling , locals were friendly and we really enjoyed ourselves. I would def reccommend Seychelles .
Dec 2, 2011 1:07 PM
6I lived on Réunion for a couple of years and I have been to virtually all the islands scattered between Zanzibar and Sri Lanka. Champacs is right, it totally depends what you are looking for.
-Réunion: tIt is all mountains. The hiking is absolutely mindblowing but if you go in late December it may be hampered by heavy rainfall. There are next to no beaches save for a small reef on the west coast. People-wise it is quite nice but no as good as Mauritius in my mind. The food is really good (well, you're in France). The infrastructure is good with lots of hotels and gites in the mountains but it is rather expensive (well, you're in France). Campgrounds far and few in between. Also you'll most definitely need to rent a car. Very, very little English is spoken.
-Mauritius: It is one big sugarcane field! But not boring as the countryside is gently rolling with a few peaks here and there. Great beaches, great snorkeling, nice diving. Not as expensive as Réunion. Infrastructure is good and you can still find decently priced hotels and pensions. People super friendly and relaxed. If you like Indian food you'll be in heaven. Both French and English are widely spoken. You can rely on public transport if you want.
-Seychelles: all 3 main islands have a different feel. Accomodation is geared for the rich. There is nothing for the shoestringers, at all! Mahe is mountainous with nice beaches on the east coast. Victoria is Ok but nothing special.
Praslin is also mountainous with nice forests and beaches. This is the island where I had the most contacts with he locals. La Digue is small, quiet and has the most famous beaches. You can fly or take ferries between the islands. Best would be a sailboat that could take you to the smallest islands scattered around...
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