The Trip to Formentera Island, Spain

 

Formentera island is the Carribean of Europe. The reason many people called it this way because of incredibly blue/turquoise color of water around the island. Plus, it has tropical white sand beaches.

 

Sea Water and Beaches

The easiest way to get to this paradise is by taking a boat from Ibiza. The ride will be for around 30 min to an hour. From so many beaches to choose from in Formentera, I decided to explore most of them during the trip, Playa Levante, Playa de Illetas, and etc. After all, the island is quite small. So I rented a bicycle and enjoyed a lovely day riding it around. It was so much fun. Plus, with a bike, it took just 15 min to get to the top of the island to Playa de Illetas, and by walk, it would take 45 min. You can rent any vehicle like bicycle, motorcycle, car and even quadricycle. Just little note that with some of them there are restricted areas. Also, if you are lucky enough to have a yacht, you can go around this island and park it next to any beach you would like and swim in turquoise water. Before coming to Formentera I heard a rumor that it is a nudist island, so I was a little worry how the trip will go. I wouldn’t be that comfortable laying around naked people. Happily, it was just a rumor and I haven’t bumped into any of such people and enjoyed my day at 100%. Water was very fresh and the sun was so warm on my skin.

 

Entertainment and Food

The main activities on this island is just rest, chill, enjoing the sun and lay on the beach. Plus you can have nice meal and tropical cocktails. Thera are some bars and restaurant to choose from but friend of mine recomened to visit Juan y Andrea. It is superpopular place and you deffinitly need areservation during a pick season. The restaurant was packed and lots os people where waiting to get in. Since I was alone they let me have my meal at the bar. Usually I would get angry at host but in that sircumsances I was greatful to try their food at least in this way. My meal was delicios and cocktail so refreshing. Deffinitly recoment to visit Juan y Andrea, if you are coming to Formentera.

 

Hope my review would be helpful for those who are planing the trip. Please if you have any questions, leave the comments bellow. Last but not least, check it out my YouTube video about the trip.

As-Siyaaha Tour Operator, Mauritius

As-Siyaaha Tour Operator is one of the best tour company in Mauritius. I came across this company while I was doing a plan for my trip. I found them through Google search. After checking out their website, I decided to contact them and I am so happy that I did. Of course, at first, without knowing the company I was a little bit skeptical if I did the right choice. But after my first tour, I couldn’t be happier that I found them. Therefore, love to share my wonderful experience and help those who are also planning to travel to Mauritius. As-Siyaaha Tour Operator offers very competitive prices and lots of different services. All employees that I have met were super friendly, professional and knowledgeable about Mauritius. On their website, you will find services such as,

  1. Airport Transfer
  2. Rent a Car
  3. Lots of Activities
  4. Any type of Side Seeing Tours
  5. And much more.

I was going with them everyday during my trip. They were the one, who picked me up from the airport as well as dropped me at the end of my trip. Also, with As-Siyaaha I did a couple of full day side seeing tours with stops at a tea plantationboat crafting factoryseven colors earth and etc. Plus, I did few boat activities such as swimming with the dolphins and catamaran tour on the east side. Thanks to As-Siyaaha Tours my trip to Mauritius was absolulty great, I got lots of beautiful photos and priceless memories. Last but not least, they tailor services for different types of costumers like families, vip cliens and just single travelers.

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Catamaran Tour on East Island, Mauritius

Catamaran tour is one of my favorite activity I have done during my trip to Mauritius. It is a full day tour to the small island on the east side. Since I was living on the west side, it took more than an hour ride but it was totally worth it. The driver picked me up 7:45 and we reach the place at 9 am. At first, the weather was a little chilly and drizzling, but after an hour, it became sunny and beautiful. Nature around is indescribable. We were going on shallow water like 1-3 miters depth, plus it was very transparent with gorgeous turquoise color. On our way, we stopped at the waterfall for a couple of minutes then we came back and had lovely lunch with barbecue which was prepared on the boat. Then around 1 pm, we reached the island. According to locals, the place has the best beaches in Mauritius. I do agree, there were beautiful white sand and clear blue water. Also, on the island were few restaurants and shops. We stayed a couple of hours there, enjoyed the beach and I got some lovely souvenirs. On our way back the weather was like paradise, all our group was enjoying the sun and gorgeous view from the boat. If you are thinking which tours to take in Mauritius, I would definitely recommend this one. Everyday I had some great tours but this one was my absolute favorite. Last but not least, I recorded a video about each tour I visited so please check it out.

  • Tour – Catamaran Tour
  • Location – East Island of Mauritius
  • Tour Operator – As-Siyaaha Tour Operator
  • Experience – amazing day and super relaxing boat tour
  • Duration – full day (from 8 am till 6 pm)
  • Price – rs 2,300 ($65)
  • Tour Rating (0-5) – 5, very nice tour

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Mauritius Side Seeing Tour

The first day of my vacation in Mauritius, I went for the full day of side seeing. I didn’t organize the tour instead, I ask the tour company As-Siyaaha Tour Operator to create some nice plan with the best places to visit. So we agree the driver pick me up at 8 am and take me around. Within a day, I saw so many beautiful places such as,

  1. Boat Crafting with Souvenir Boat Shop
  2. Dimond Souk
  3. Other Tourist Stores
  4. Mauritius  Volcano
  5. Biggest Lake in Mauritius
  6. Tea Plantation
  7. Temples
  8. Gardens and Parks with rare trees
  9. Seven Colors Earth
  10. And lots more on the way.

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It was a very productive day to get to know Mauritius. The think I liked the most, my tour was very privet so I could decide where to stop and what I want to see.  If you are visiting Mauritius you can also tailor your tour this way and just see the best of the island. Last but not least, I was traveling alone but if you are coming with a family or group of friends, it would be a great deal since the van can accommodate many people. Also, I did a full video of my tours and places I visited so feel free to watch it.

  • Tour – Mauritius Side Seeing
  • Location – West and South Coast
  • Tour Operator – As-Siyaaha Tour Operator
  • Experience – amazing and well-tailored tour to my preferences
  • Duration – the whole day (around 8 hrs.)
  • Price – rs 3,800 ($106)
  • Tour Rating (0-5) – 5, was really great experience

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Transportation in Mauritius. By Taxi, Car or Bus?

For those who are planning to travel to Mauritius for the fist time, an important question will be how to I deal with transportation. Is it possible to rent a car or better to take a taxi or even go with the public transportation? In this article, I would like to give all the necessary information on this matter and break some of the misconceptions you may have.

To Rent a Car

To rent a car is super easy in Mauritius. It is a very developed country; therefore you can get such service as anywhere in the world right from the airport. There are many famous rent-a-car companies such as Avis, Sixt, Europcar and etc. Also, the tour company I was  dealing with during my trip As-Siyaaha Tour Operator have rent-a-car service as well. You can check their rates on the website. The important thing to notice cars drive on the left-hand side and the wheel inside the car in on the right side. So if you are able to drive in The United Kingdom or Australis, then you will manage in Mauritius. In addition, people are driving there very fast and a little bit crazy from my point of view. So you might expect lots of honking. They use honk just to warning others that they are coming, they mean by it “Watch Out”.

Cost – rs 1,200-6,000 ($34-170) a day depending on a car you want to rent.

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To Take a Taxi

Another option for travelers will be to take a taxi. There are no famouse taxi system such as Uber or YandexTaxi. However, if the car has taxi sign on it, it means the driver is fully licensed. In fact, Mauritius is a very safe and well-regulated country. To find a driver there who will take you around all day long, quite easy. The important part is to agree on the price before the ride. Many people are taking a taxi to side seeing or any places they would like to visit. Also, a driver will wait for you as much as needed even if you take 3 hours. Do not be shy on this aspect, in Mauritius people will actually think you crazy if for example you are going to the zoo and agree on one ride without return. They like to wait and be happy to do it for the same price as you came to the place. Also, you can agree with a tour operator for any rides you needed. Personally, I was dealing with As-Siyaaha Tour Operator so I can recommend them for airport transfer as well as all kind of tours.

Cost – rs 500-3,000 ($14-85) per ride depending on where you like to go.

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To Take a Bus

There are lots of buses and many stations around the island. In fact, if you need a short ride it is quite easy to find a bus. You will see Bus Stop signs on most of the roads. Just stand next to such sign and raise your hand!!! If you don’t raise your hand, bus not going to stop for you.  I didn’t try such transportation because I was standing and didn’t raise my hand, I had no idea I supposed to do that. So a couple of busses just passes next to me with a huge speed and honk. Almost like in a movie :))) Last but not least, most of the buses have different colors, it is just because they are from different companies.

Cost – rs 50 ($1.5) per ride, not sure if it would depend on distance as well.

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Swimming with Dolphins, Mauritius

One of the most popular activities in Mauritius is to Swim with the Dolphins. The tour starts at 8 am at a meeting point next to bay for the speeding boats. After everyone has arrived, the guided takes you to the boat and tell about the tour, dolphins and other interesting information. The company I went with As-Siyaaha Tour Operator, had a great boat and super professional staff. So if you want to try this activity, I would 100% recommend them. Also, it is not guaranteed that you will see dolphins; however, if you don’t this tour company will give you a free tour the next day.

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Then we went few kilometers from the coast where the dolphins usually swim. Once we reached the place, there were like at least 10 more of speeding boats full of tourists. You can totally jump and swim but the water temperature was around 25′ so a little bit chilly. I saw many people were swimming, hoping that they would touch a dolphin. But those dolphins in the ocean are wild and not trained. So don’t expect they will play with you. I would call this tour watching the dolphins rather swimming with them.

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After chasing and watching the dolphins, we went closer to the coast where water was much warmer. During this stop, we had time to swim and snorkel. The boat didn’t have toilet or changing room so if you planning to do this activity, bring your towel, wear swimming suit and apply SPF +50. Even after I applied sunscreen,  I got sunburned so do not forget it yourself. In the sea, it takes seconds to look like a tomato plus sunburns hurt for a couple of days. In conclusion, for those who likes to go with the speeding boat, it would be an amazing adventure. But if your kids would like to play and really swim with this beautiful creatures, take them to the dolphinarium.

  • Tour – Swimming with Dolphins
  • Location – Mauritius, West Coast, Tamarin Area
  • Tour Operator – As-Siyaaha Tour Operator
  • Experience – great ride with the speeding boat and swim in turquoise water
  • Duration – 2 hrs. or full day
  • Price – rs 1,200 for 2 hrs. or rs 2,000 full day with a lunch
  • Tour Rating (0-5) – 4 because the name of the tour is a bit misleading

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