Choosing between two-holiday destinations is challenging, especially when booking a package for your honeymoon trip. Maldives and Mauritius are the two most popular tropical Indian Ocean honeymoon paradise, but visiting them is costly and confusing. Therefore, this blog post will discuss the differences between the two to help you find the perfect holiday destination according to your personality and adrenaline rush. So, let’s begin!
With more than 1000 distributed islands, Maldives is famous for its coral white islands, turquoise sea, blue lagoons, colorful marine life, and many palm trees. Maldives is a popular holiday destination, but it should always be remembered that all the tourist resorts are separated from the main line Muslim population of Maldives. In the Maldives, you get to spend quality time with accommodation choices available: resorts, water bungalows, and water houses over lagoons. As islands are separated and isolated, you will be tied with your accommodation provider or tour operator for food, facilities, local commute, and activities. You will not find local shops or alternatives in the Maldives. Hence a conscious calculation of your specific needs for your holiday in Maldives is required.
Mauritius is a beautiful tropical island with coastal bounties, pristine beaches, and extensive coral reefs set against sculptured volcanic mountain scenery. The unique characteristics of Mauritius are its diverse population and cultural heritage that attracts tourists from all around the world. Unlike the private beaches of Maldives, many spectacular beaches of Mauritius are public and tend to be busy with local people, especially at the weekend. Its beaches are packed with bars and food stalls put into a line, and you can have your drink on any beach in Mauritius.
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Weather and Best Time to Visit
Maldives and Mauritius lie within the Indian Ocean; they share very different weather conditions throughout the year that you must consider before planning your visit.
Maldives: From December to April is the best time of the year to plan Maldives holidays. There are two monsoon seasons in the Maldives, a much heavier southwest monsoon (May to September) and the lighter northeast monsoon (October to December).
Mauritius: Mauritius has perfect weather for nine months of the year. The country experiences cooler winter months between June to September and then some humidity. But the country faces extreme rain and thunderstorm from January to March.
Maldives: If you are an Indian, you can easily avail visa on arrival in Maldives.
Mauritius: Mauritius also offers visa on arrival facility at its international airport to Indians.
Remember, you must show the authorities your password, air tickets, a confirmed return ticket, and enough funds for your stay.
Which island is more expensive
Maldives and Mauritius both destinations are both exotic, splendid, and luxurious. Let’s discover how much budget you should put on the table to spend quality time on your Maldives and Mauritius honeymoon package.
Maldives: Flights to Maldives are available from all major cities of India and will cost around 15000 – 25000 round trip per person. However, you may need to spend more than 30000 per night for a good resort. The Maldives offers less-priced airfares but some highly pricey lodgings.
Mauritius: For Mauritius, flights flew from all major Indian cities but cost around 40000-50000 for a round trip. A good resort stay in Mauritius will cost you 10000-15000 per night. So, Mauritius has costly flights and budget-friendly accommodations.
Activities to Do
It’s clear you are booking your Maldives honeymoon package or Mauritius honeymoon package to spend time on beaches and water activities of snorkeling, scuba diving, swimming, and more. But there are also many more activities, sightseeing, and places you must explore during your stay in tropical places.
Maldives: Among many places to explore in Maldives, you can do the following activities:
- Hukuru Miskiiy: A religious structure built in 1658, it is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
- Addu Nature Park: You get to see some incredible fauna and flora in the wetlands of Maldives.
- Utheemu Ganduvaru: You can visit Utheemu Ganduvaru – the birthplace and home of Sultan Mohamed Thakurufaanu, one of the most revered heroes in Maldivian history.
Mauritius: Along with your relaxing beach vacation, you should take advantage of these fantastic sites in Mauritius.
- Port Louis: Port Louis is famous for its market serving dining to shopping. It is the capital city of Mauritius and one of the top attractions among travelers.
- Trou Aux Biches: You should take advantage of your chance to see the sunset at Trou Aux Biches.
- Chamarel Coloured Earth: One of the top attractions of Mauritius is Chamarel Coloured Earth, seven-colored sand amidst lush greenery.
There are many more places and activities that can be explored and done in Maldives and Mauritius, but first, you need to decide on which coast of the island you will land on. Based on your personal adrenaline needs, travel quest, dining preferences, accommodation choices, and water activities, you can select the coast of the island and accommodation options and then list down the places you can include in your 4-5 nights stay at the island.
Maldives: English, Hindi, Dhivehi
Mauritius: English, Hindi, and French
Maldives: The majority of travel expenses in the Maldives are billed in the significant currencies of USD, GBP, and EUR, while USD continues to be the most commonly accepted currency on resort islands and is even accepted by some of the Public Islands’ restaurants and lodging establishments. It is, therefore, best to carry USD currency.
Mauritius: The currency in Mauritius is the Mauritian Rupee. There are 5, 20, and 50-cent coins available for Mauritian currency. In Mauritius, the US Dollar is commonly accepted, so you can also bring those along.
Maldives: As each island is different from others and has different experiences to offer to its tourists, there are plenty of options for accommodation to book in your Maldives honeymoon packages. You can select from superior beach bungalows, beachfront resorts, water bungalows, and water villas with the world’s top-class luxuries to make your stay comfortable and memorable.
Mauritius: In Mauritius, you get splendid opportunities to enjoy your stay at beachside resorts and bungalows. You can select your accommodation options, offering several amenities such as private beach access, world-class luxuries, and others.
While both Maldives and Mauritius are good choices for planning your honeymoon, both have their fair share of positives and negatives. For example, if you are getting married at the end of December and planning your Mauritius honeymoon, you may need to reconsider as the country faces extreme rainfall and thunderstorms. Besides that, the country is big and offers lots, from beaches to world-class amenities, cultural heritage, and tranquility. On the other hand, Maldives is best for winder honeymooners as it provides tranquility and solace for a couple of needs. Its resorts and water villas are also couple focused and offer complete privacy with a splendid sea view.
If you are still trying to decide the best destination for your honeymoon or have queries, you must consult with a travel expert. Though it’s all your preferred choices and experiences that you want in your vacation, you can get your queries answered by a travel consultant regarding weather experiences, outdoor activities, food choices, budget, and lots more questions.