You’ll probably save a lot of money first flying to South Africa then onto the Indian Ocean Island of Mauritius if that is indeed where you want to go as a solo traveler. Depending on where you’re flying from, Brazil might just be a great way to go through (If you’re flying from North America perhaps). Fly South African Airways which admittedly doesn’t go directly to Mauritius, but there are a total of four daily flights between Johannesburg and Mauritius (two with South African Airways and two with the Mauritian national air carrier).
So anyway, once you’re on the island you’re in for a real treat by way of what you can get up to. All the travel agency pamphlets and websites may market the destination heavily as somewhat of a honeymooners’ paradise or couples’ retreat, which is every bit as true as its claim, but by no means does this mean you won’t have a good time as a solo traveler.
Here’s the full 4-1-1 – if you’re smart about your choice of accommodation and you further apply your smarts to your dining and entertainment, you can spend a full month in Mauritius for the same amount it would cost you to live out your normal, everyday life back home, or for even less than that!
If you’re a solo traveler, you might want to avoid the typically touted locations by way of your accommodation. This would mean that you’ll want to avoid the entire western side of the island, from the far southwest right up to the northwest. Much of the north should also be avoided, until you get to the likes of Calodyne. If you insist on lodging in the north, look for a guesthouse a row or two from the beachfront – you’ll save a lot of money on accommodation while enjoying walking-distance access to at least six beaches in each direction of any location you choose to stay in.
Otherwise the absolute best place to lodge in as a solo traveler is the east of the island, particularly closer to the southeast. You can get a nice apartment (they get cheaper by the degree to which they have less of a sea view) in the likes of Mahebourg and you’ll probably meet up with a host of other solo travelers at some of the common areas and a short walk into the heart of the town will have you buying food which the locals eat, which means you pay local prices (very cheap in general).
I think the size of the island makes it perfect by way of the balance it offers in tourism and normal, everyday life. It isn’t as small as say the likes of Mahe Island in the Seychelles and definitely not as big as the likes of Madagascar. This means there’s entertainment galore for the solo traveler as well and you can take your pick from whatever flavor you want. From strip clubs (if you’re into that sort of thing) to snorkeling and scuba diving, Mauritius has it all for the solo traveler, and a whole lot more!