How it works:
- Case 1:
- Pom & Jerry tour operator by Steve and Roobina (have been jailed for this before).
- On the day of a tour (e.g. to an island), Roobina will call to inform that the boat crew had been involved in an accident.
- As such, she had to engage another crew but as she is stuck at the hospital, she asks if you can help her out by doing a cash advance for the new crew.
- Steve collects it from you at the meeting point and when the tour ends, both disappear.
- Case 2:
- Kevin Munsaram (diamond stick-on on front tooth, N tattoo on right hand, 3 star tattoos on the left of his neck, a piercing through his left eye brow).
- He will show you lovely photos of catamaran trips and his Mauritian ID and if you agree on a tour, a small deposit has to paid.
- On the day of the tour, a minibus arrives to bring you to the jetty and on the bus, he will ask for the balance of the money.
- Upon reaching the jetty, he offers to get cold drinks and then disappears. No boat is booked for you.
Places to beware:
- Anywhere (e.g. Flic en Flac, Tourx Biches, Pereybere)
What to do:
- Offline operators: ask – is the operator licensed? Is there a website, office and working phone number? Are there real online reviews? What does the price cover – is it too cheap?
- Online platforms: GetYourGuide (leading day tour platform globally) also has many popular tours (e.g. Wild South West tour, Ile aux cerfs, Black River speedboat tour, etc).
- Paying: avoid paying in full upfront (unless reputable operator) or off the (online) platform.