Adventures on the tropical islands in MAURITIUS tonight TRAVEL GUIDES


This week, our travel guides discover the tropical island paradise of Mauritius off the east coast of Africa.

It is a weeklong stay with a combined French, African and Indian cultural touch. But will a week of living in an Instagram post be so exciting?

To get around the island, our guides drive the island’s ultimate vehicle, the Mini Moke. If they survive the crazy coastal journey in the Mini Moke, they’ll stay in oceanfront luxury – Paradise Beachcomber Resort on the Le Morne Peninsula.

White sand beaches lined with palm trees and calm tropical waters welcome them to the resort, but it’s too good to relax and enjoy, so guides are right in the assortment of activities.

They try their hand at sailing catamarans and paddle-board yoga, with limited success. Maybe their talents lie in golf? The great attraction of the resort is one of the most challenging and beautiful 18-hole golf courses in the world. Who’s going to punch a hole all at once?

To discover the cultural side of the island, our guides visit the weekly markets of Mahebourg for delicious local snacks. Then they sail across the aquamarine ocean to an offshore wilderness sanctuary for a David Attenborough moment. Offering a massage to the giant Aldabra tortoises in the Mauritian jungle is a highlight for our travelers.

Culture continues at the resort with exotic sega dances and cocktails. Are our travel guides able to strike a pose? Fortunately, the dancing takes place on a sandy beach.

To get into the rhythm of local life, they then take the track.

The oldest racecourse in the world takes pride of place in the Mauritian capital of St Louis and every Saturday is like the Melbourne Cup with far fewer fascinators. With some guides having a little more experience with heckling than others, it’s a winners and losers day.

Apart from the sensational beaches, Mauritius prides itself on its sugarcane rum, so our vacationers seek out the full process at Rhumerie de Chamarel. This is not regular Bundy rum, and none of the guides are regular rum drinkers. Things are getting a bit more complicated.

Then, to discover the lush jungles and vertiginous waterfalls of Mauritius, our travelers dress for canyoning. The zip line and the abseiling in the bowels of the Seven Waterfalls require courage… and a lot of singing.

At the end of their vacation on a tropical island in the Indian Ocean, will our travel guides ever want to return home? And what rating will they give Mauritius out of five stars?

Travel Guides Episode 4 will air Wednesday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m. on Nine and 9Now


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