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Welcome to Mauritius

Mauritius

It is easy to run out of adjectives when attempting to describe the natural beauty of the small tropical Indian Ocean island paradise of Mauritius. The volcanic island Republic, covered with lush forest, streams and waterfalls, and fringed with palms, dazzling white sands and teeming coral reefs, lies east of Madagascar just south of the Equator. Mauritius, covering just 720 square miles (1,864 sq km), is the archetypal dream destination for an idyllic holiday, equipped with modern resorts that have been carefully developed to preserve the island's beauty and ecology.

Mark Twain is quoted as having said that 'Mauritius was made first, then heaven was copied from it', and anyone who has experienced the island would no doubt agree with him.

Along with its natural beauty Mauritius has a valuable tourist resource in the warmth and friendliness of its multi-cultural population. Since being officially 'discovered' in 1505 by the Portuguese, the island has been occupied by the Dutch, the French and the British. All have added to the melting pot that constitutes the island's human heritage, along with injections of African slaves, Arab traders and Chinese indentured labourers over the centuries.

Most of the tourist resorts in Mauritius are situated along the 205-mile (330km) coastline, with the capital Port Louis, on the west coast, being the centre of operations for most visitors. The bulk of the population, however, reside on the central plateaux around Curepipe, the island's other major town.

Although everyone who takes a holiday in Mauritius comes for the sandy beaches and blue lagoons, most are delighted to discover that the island has plenty of other attractions too, from some of the world's rarest stamps to the first ever race course to open in the southern hemisphere. Of course no holiday would be complete, either, without good food and entertainment. Mauritius offers both, with some delicious local cuisine that makes use of tropical fruits and vegetables, and the chance to learn the island's indigenous wild dance, the Sega, which originated among the African slaves of yore.


Information & Facts

Attraction Overview:

Things to see and do in Mauritius extend far beyond it's white sand beaches and clear turquoise waters. See a replica of the legendary Dodo at Port Louis' Natural History Museum, and explore the Central Market, a bustling hub of culture, colour and bargains. Visit the impressive and historic manor houses in Moka and take in Chamarel's rainbow of coloured sands, the 'Seven Coloured Earth'. Black River Gorges National Park is great for picnics, hiking and scenic drives, while La Vanille Reserve des Mascareigne is home to thousands of crocodiles and giant tortoises. Its lovely weather makes Mauritius a perfect year-round holiday destination.

Business:

Port Louis is the main business hub of Mauritius. Standard business practice applies to the island: punctuality and politeness is important, handshakes and the exchanging of business cards takes place at meetings and business attire is worn. It is however possible to be somewhat more casual in terms of dress and visitors can take the cue from their hosts. Lightweight materials are recommended due to the tropical climate. Business hours can vary though are usually from 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday, with some businesses open for a half-day on Saturdays.

Climate:

Mauritius has only two seasons with minimal differences between them, making Mauritius a perfect year round destination. Summer runs from November to April, with temperatures reaching as high as 93ºF (34ºC) on the coast. Humidity is highest from December to April but is never unbearable, particularly on the coast where there is a constant sea breeze. The north-east (around Grand Baie) is more protected from the south-east trade winds. Cyclones, with strong winds and heavy rain, can occur between January and March. Mauritius will normally experience about three or four cyclones a year during this period, each usually lasting a couple of days. During winter the temperature drops a few degrees, however, there is still plenty of sunshine and it is a very pleasant time of year to visit. Sea temperatures vary between 75ºF (24ºC) in the winter and 82ºF (28ºC) in the summer. The peak holiday season runs from October to April, with hotel prices dropping over the winter months.

Communications:

The international access code for Mauritius is +230. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 001 for the United States). City/area codes are not required. The whole island is covered by the mobile network; the local mobile phone operators use GSM networks, which are compatible with most international operators. Handsets and SIM cards can be hired at the airport. Internet cafes are widely available.

Customs:

Homosexuality is illegal in Mauritius. Penalties for drug trafficking and use are severe, and any personal medicinal drugs should be covered by a prescription. Scheduled drugs, such as tranquillisers, morphine and other strong painkillers require by law, authorisation before import.

Duty Free:

Travellers to Mauritius over 18 years do not have to pay duty on 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g tobacco; 1 litre spirits and 2 litres of wine, ale or beer; perfume and eau de toilette for personal use. Prohibited items include sugarcane and fresh fruit from parts of Asia. No dogs or cats from a 62-mile (100km) radius where rabies has occurred in the past 12 months are allowed into the country.

Electricity:

230 volts, 50Hz. Square three-pin plugs and round two-pin plugs are commonly used.

Health:

No vaccination certificates are required for entry into Mauritius, unless travelling from a country infected by yellow fever or where yellow fever is classified as endemic. It's a good idea to pack shoes that can be worn in the sea to protect against sharp coral, sea urchins and stonefish. Stonefish stings are uncommon but can in some cases be fatal. You should obtain urgent medical attention if stung; many hotels stock anti-venom serum. Visitors should take precautions against mosquito bites, as there have been several cases of the Chikungunya virus, which is spread by mosquito bites, although this is more common from October to May. Travellers should stick to bottled water. Medical facilities are good and free in public hospitals, but private clinics are expensive and medical insurance is recommended.

Language:

English is the official language of Mauritius, but the most widely used is French and the local dialect, Creole. Hindi, Urdu and Chinese are also spoken.

Money:

The currency of Mauritius is the Mauritian Rupee (MUR), which is divided into 100 cents. Travellers cheques and foreign currency can be exchanged at banks, bureaux de change and larger hotels. Travellers cheques usually exchange at a better rate than cash. ATMs are widely available in most towns and hotels, restaurants and large retailers accept major credit cards.

Passport Visa:

All foreign passengers to Mauritius must hold (i) a confirmed booking for accommodation in Mauritius, (ii) return or onward tickets to their country of origin or residence, (iii) the necessary travel documentation for their next destination, and (iv) sufficient funds to cover their expenses while in the country (a minumum of USD 100 per day). Note that the final decision to admit any passenger into Mauritius rests solely with the Immigration Authorities, and that any visitor who remains in Mauritius after the expiry the period granted on their visa or entry permit, shall be deemed to have committed an offence, and shall be liable for prosecution by a Court of Law. A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required to enter Mauritius, if arriving within 10 days of leaving or transiting through an endemic area. NOTE: It is highly recommended that your passport has at least six months validity remaining after your intended date of departure from your travel destination. Immigration officials often apply different rules to those stated by travel agents and official sources.

Safety:

A holiday in Mauritius is usually trouble free, however petty crime can be a problem and it is not wise to wander alone at night outside the grounds of hotels. Visitors should be aware of pick pocketing in the central market in Port Louis. Care should be taken of bags and valuables when visiting popular tourist areas such as Pereybere, Grand Baie, Flic en Flac and Tamarin. There has been an increase in break-ins in self-catering accommodation and visitors are advised to only rent accommodation from registered proprietors. Cyclone season is from November to May.

Tipping:

Tipping in Mauritius is discretionary. However, some extra money paid for services, such as a taxi ride, waitering or cleaning is appreciated. In the hotels travellers can add around 5% of their incidental expenses when paying the bill on departure, if service has been good. Government tax is added to all hotel and restaurant bills and this is included in the basic price. However, all incidental hotel expenses will incur a 12% tax, which is generally included in the price quoted.

Property Location \nLocated in Grand Bay, Villa Narmada is minutes from Grand Bay Beach and Grand Bay Shopping Center. This apartment is within close proximity of La Croisette and Merville Beach.\n\nRooms \nMake yourself at home in one of the 12 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and flat-screen..

This complex enjoys a central location just a few minutes from all the major attractions, including a shopping arcade, bars and a host of restaurants, night clubs and a casino. A stay at this resort is an outstanding way to experience the sights and the sounds of Grand Baie in luxury accommodation.The..

Exotic beaches, secluded accommodation are what await you at Hibiscus Beach Resort & Spa .

Location\nThis hotel is situated in the most charming part of Mauritius, the northwest, more precisely in the coastal village of Trou aux Biches. It is located 150 m to the left of the public beach. Grand Bay is about 10 km away, while it is 20 km to Port Louis. Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International..

Sitting prettily on the east coast of Mauritius, the Le Surcouf Hotel & Spa is a striking place to spend a memorable holiday. The hotel is found nestled along the sands of the Belle Mare Beach, one of the most loved bays in Mauritius.\n\nThere are a number of water sports available, from snorkeling and..

Merville Beach offers a prime location and beautiful surroundings at a price that will certainly please.

Pereybere Hotel is located only 100m from the beach, 3km from Cape Malheureux and 4km from the Grand Baie.\nThe hotel has a restaurant, swimming pool, 24-hour reception and parking.\n\nThe bedrooms feature air conditioning, satellite TV, safety box and wireless Internet access.\n\nAddress: Royal Road..

Exotic location meets superior service at the Veranda Grande Baie .

Scenic views and beautiful beaches await you for your next holiday.

Have an amazing holiday that you will remember for years to come.

Veranda Point aux Biches is well-known for family fun, terrific amenities and beautiful accommodation.

The residence is situated on the northwest coast in Mont Choisy. Mont Choisy Beach is 75 m away, just across the road. A bus stop, restaurants, a grocery shop, a bank, a pharmacy and a number of other hotels offering a range of activities (subject to a minimal fee/entrance fee) can all be found in the..

The Ambre Hotel is an adults-only all-inclusive resort located in Belle Mare on the east cost of Mauritius, home to some of the most beautiful white sand beaches on the Mauritius coast. The hotel is nestled in an idyllic bay, ideally locating guests for a paradise stay. Area attractions also includes..

Beautiful beaches and wonderful accommodation await your arrival.

The play of light on land and sea. A glimpse of the jade and turquoise waters of the lagoon through fine voile curtains. Warm, sun-drenched colours. The beauty and purity of natural materials. La Palmeraie by Mauritius Boutique Hotel is on the east coast of the island and possesses a unique alchemy from..

The Le Mauricia Hotel is located in Grand Bay on the Grand Bay beach and close to the Pereybere Beach, Merville Beach and the Grand Bay Shopping Center. Shops are in easy walking distance of the hotel. Parking is possible at the hotel.\n\nGuests at the Le Mauricia Hotel can relax on the beach and enjoy..

**SPECIAL OFFER**\n\nHoneymoon / Wedding Anniversary stays (from 01.11.2015 until 19.12.2015 and from 09.01.206 until 31.10.2016) \n\nThe following Gifts will be offered to Honeymoon/ Wedding Anniversary couples \n\nChampagne and fruits in room on arrival.\nOne gift voucher at Beachcomber Boutiques.\nLunches..

Property Location \nLocated in Pointe Aux Piments, Le Victoria Hotel is minutes from Turtle Bay Marine Park and close to Mauritius Aquarium. This 4.5-star resort is within the vicinity of Maheswarnath and Trou aux Biches Beach.\n\nRooms \nMake yourself at home in one of the 254 air-conditioned rooms..

Location Located in an historic setting against the striking backdrop of the majestic Le Morne Brabant peninsula, the hotel is surrounded by white sandy beaches in a calm turquoise lagoon. Nestled amongst lush green vegetation, it has been designed in an authentic and sensitive manner, with great respect..

Location Situated on the west coast of Mauritius, the resort is 5 km from Flic en Flac, 22 km from the island's capital city, Port Louis, and 45 km from the airport.

Location\nThe hotel is around a 45-minute drive from the centre of Tarnarin and the beach on Le Morne is roughly 15 minutes away by car. Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport is situated approximately 45 km from the hotel.\nFacilities\nThe hotel features 214 accommodation units. Guests of the..

Prime location and superior treatment await you at Tamassa .

Location This resort lies just 15 km from the island’s hub, Grand Baie, which is known for its shopping, restaurants, bars and nightlife. The island's capital, Port-Louis, is a bustling centre of business and entertainment, and is also just a mere 15 km away. The island’s international airport is some..

Angsana Balaclava is situated in Turtle Bay, on a secluded bay on the Island of Mauritius. The resort is a short 10-15 minutes drive to the nearby villages, the city and shopping and dining places, like Triolet village, Arsenal village, Port-Louis and Grand-Bay.Enjoy an excursion to the Pamplemousses..

One of the more recent entries into the luxury hotel segment of Mauritius and already a contender for one of the top properties on the island. A perfect choice for those wishing to have a more private and tranquil holiday, with the villas each offers an ample amount of space as well as luxuries such..

Exotic location meets superior service at the Heritage Le Telfair .

Location Well-positioned in Bel Ombre, this hotel provides the ideal point of departure for any excursions on the island of Mauritius. The hotel is approximately half an hour from the centre of Curepipe and provides easy access to the town’s main amenities. For sightseeing options and local attractions,..

Location Guests may visit Mauritius attractions, such as Medine Sugar Estate or Casela Nature Park, all located nearby. The hotel is around an hour's drive away from Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport.

The Long Beach Mauritius is in Belle Mare, on one of the most beautiful white sand beaches of Mauritius, ideally locating guests for a paradise stay. There are numerous leisure options available on the premises, as well as in the area. Dive trips can be organised at the hotel as well as fishing, horse-riding,..

Luxury accommodation and superior service welcome you at the Beau Rivage

Enjoy the view of pristine white beaches and a sparkling lagoon from your traditionally thatched villa or suite at this exceptional beach hotel in Mauritius.\n\nLocation\nThe Resort situated in the quaint seaside village of Belle Mare on the east coast of Mauritius, against a vivid backdrop of the Indian..

Superior treatment in a prime location await you and your family at Legends .

Location This beach club resort is ideally situated on the west coast of Mauritius, in the part of the island famous for its amazing sunsets and its dry and warm climate, even during winter months. It is a five-minute drive from Flic en Flac, a bustling picturesque village with a choice of boutiques..

Located a comfortable fifteen kilometres from the capital, Port Louis, The Oberoi, Mauritius sits amidst twenty acres of lush, sub-tropical garden, and enjoys an unrivalled position on the shores of Turtle Bay - a natural marine park with a vibrant coral reef. The hotel has access to six hundred metres..

Location\nThe hotel is situated at the peninsula of Belle Mare with its long white sandy beach. It is 47 km from Port Louis, 52 km from Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport (15 minutes away by helicopter) and a 20-minute drive to the nearest village.\nFacilities\nGuests of the establishment..

A very nice mid-range 5* property well situated on the west coast. Additional facilities include a large spa, fitness centre, tennis, bicycle rental and a variety of watersports. TO0807\n\nLocation\nLocated on the east coast of Mauritius, just north of the village of Flic-en-Flac. The capital of Port..

Property Desc Property Location Located in Le Morne, The St. Regis Mauritius Resort is by the ocean, minutes from Le Morne Beach, and close to Le Morne Mountain. This 5-star resort is within the vicinity of Seven Coloured Earths and Chamarel Falls.Rooms Make yourself at home in one of the 172 air-conditioned..

Children Safari Quad Biking

A fantastic adventure for children and parents alike, a quad biking trip under the supervision of professional guides in the Yemen natural reserve located on the west coast of Mauritius is not to be missed with those with a taste for adventure. There is even lion viewing and tilapia fishing to be enjoyed along the way too.

Ganga Talao

Located in a secluded mountain area in the district of Savanne, Ganga Talao (or Grand Bassin) is a crater lake considered to be the most sacred Hindu site in Mauritius. According to legend, Lord Shiva and his wife Parvati were travelling over Mauritius carrying the Ganges River, and a few drops spilled and formed Ganga Talao. On the shores of the lake is a temple dedicated to Shiva, and every year many Hindus from around Mauritius make a pilgrimage to the site. One of the main sights at Ganga Talao is the 108-foot (33m) statue of Lord Shiva in the middle of the lake.

Mauritius Aquarium

The Mauritius Aquarium is wonderful for all animal lovers and children. Located in the North West of Mauritius in a small village, the aquarium houses over 200 species of fish, invertebrates, sponges and coral from the water off the shores of the island. Highlights include the Crown Squirrelfish and the Devil Firefish. Children will enjoy the touchpool where they can have direct contact with some of the marine life.

Rodrigues Island

Sometimes called the 'Cinderella of the Mascarenes', Rodrigues Island is a tiny island roughly 348 miles (560km) east of Mauritius, and a popular excursion from there. Less touristy than the resort towns of Mauritius, Rodrigues Island offers visitors a glimpse of a simpler and more authentic way of life. The island itself is scenic, with unspoiled flora and fauna offering good opportunities for bird-watching, hiking, fishing, and exploring the stunning caves. The best way to get to Rodrigues Island is by plane from Port Louis to Plaine Corail Airport.

Weather

Mauritius

Wed, 23 Sep
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Sat, 26 Sep
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Sun, 27 Sep
Showers late. Sunny. Mild.
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Showers late. Sunny. Mild.
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