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Wednesday, 21 September 2016 10:49

Two in one has never been this easy

Stuck on a choice between Reunion and Mauritius? Why not consider both in one getaway?

These two Mascarene Islands truly offer the best of both – Mauritius with is beautiful oceans and white beaches and Reunion with its dramatic mountain landscapes.

And of course, let’s say it out loud – No Visas required!

Even more cheering to know is that a journey between these two islands will not even last an hour. Flights between Reunion and Mauritius normally do not last longer than 45 minutes and with Air Austral it will not be a bank breaking affair with combo offers available through the airline.

So, put your seat in the upright position, fasten your seatbelt, make sure your tray table is up and enjoy the flight as your island combo awaits. Here is what you can look forward to in both destinations.

Mauritius

Often referred to as the golden child of the Indian Ocean Islands, Mauritius has for long been a preferred destination for island hoppers for several reasons. Here are our top 5 reasons to visit Mauritius:

1.       Beaches: Mauritius is home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. More spectacular is definitely the variations available in each region of Mauritius. The North offers flat, sandy beaches and great weather, while the East of Mauritius is known for large turquoise lagoons. In the South you’ll find wild, steep cliffs which is a must-see. The Western and South-Western parts are hot and dry and ideal for surfing and kitesurfing, among other activities.

2.       Water activities: Mauritius will not disappoint with its never-ending opportunities to keep you occupied in the water. Kayaking, waterskiing, surfing, windsurfing, paddleboarding, dolphin watching and big game fishing – the choice or rather choices are yours.

3.       The 7-coloured earth of Chamarel: Unique to Mauritius, this attraction is a volcanic geological phenomenon resulting in seven colours of earth swirled together to create a beautiful feature. A true spectacular to witness, Chamarel rises 283 meters above sea level and is reached by a panoramic route, which cuts through the luxurious tropical forest surrounding it.

4.       Sugar and spice and all things nice: Mauritius’ history is edged in its prosperous sugar cane industry of years past. Although it is no longer the crux of the island nation’s economy, its by-products, such as the delicious Mauritian rum are well-sought after item. If you feel up to an historic tour and of course a yummy tasting session head to the L’Aventure du Sucre museum. Another highlight for visitors is the Tea Route allowing you to visit traditional tea plantations, tea factories, and museums to learn about how tea is made. Again be treated to sampling sessions and have your wallet handy to stock up at home.

5.       Bon appetite: Welcome to Mauritius, it’s delicious. From five-star dining experiences to comfort food on exploration, ready to have your taste buds shifted. Try out the ‘heart of palm’ salad, fruits, ice cream’s, cocktails, fresh fish and other famed dishes such as dholl puris, samosas, gateaux arouille and gateaux piments.

Also check out the many golfing, spa and shopping experiences – just saying…

Reunion

Described as a travellers’ island, Reunion is best known for its diversity of landscapes and cultures. Basically you will be able to travel the world in a few days in one destination. Here are our top 5 reasons to visit Reunion:

1.       Hiking: The island has acquired fame status thanks to its multitude of hiking trails. Opportunities for hiking are plentiful ranging from hikes lasting a few hours to a few days. Choose to walk on the eastern side of the island, which is dense rain forest, or on the west of the island where there are sugar cane fields and savannah. For true adventurers, a hike up the volcano is a must.

2.       Take to the air: If you are not adverse to heights of small flying machines, consider exploring Reunion by helicopter. The experience promises to be something unlike you’ve ever seen. All in all it will be approximately 45 minutes of gorgeous and ever-changing landscapes.

3.       Nature: Reunion boasts a varied plant life and a diverse flora and more than a third of Reunion’s surface is still covered with forests and wild plants. The island is a remarkably preserved natural environment and on 1 August 2010, the Pitons, cirques and remparts, natural geological forms and landscapes which cover 42% of Reunion Island were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List of natural sites.

4.       Beaches: Much like its sister island of Mauritius, Reunion’s beaches will delight. What is truly spectacular however is that the beaches vary between white and black sand according to their proximity to the volcanos.

5.       Food: The Réunionese have a wide range of culinary traditions which they love to cook. Take French culture as a base, add a pinch of Malagasy customs, a zest of Chinese know-how, a bit of Indian savour, and you'll get a unique exotic recipe. It’s a feast for the sense!

Happy island hopping!