All about Mauritius

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Mauritius - an island of diversity. Whether religion, nature or culture; A variety of influences characterize life on the island in the Indian Ocean, which was created over eight million years ago by massive volcanic eruptions. Over time, the mountains eroded into bizarre shapes. With an altitude of 828m, the Piton de la Rivière Noire is the highest mountain on the island. Mauritius is surrounded by a protective coral reef, where the high waves of the ocean break. So ideal conditions for water sports and beach life between reef and sandy beach.

 

 

 
Capital Port Louis
Government Parliamentary Democracy
Currency Mauritian rupee (MUR)
Area 2,040km²
Population 1,230,602 (July 2006 est.)
Language French, English, Mauritian Creole, Tamil, Bhojpuri, Urdu, Hakka, Hindi
Religion Hindu 52%, Christian 28.3% (Roman Catholic 26%, Protestant 2.3%), Muslim 16.6%, other 3.1%
Electricity 230V/50Hz (European or UK plug)
Country code +230
Internet TLD .mu
Time Zone UTC+4

 

Climate - Best travel period
Tropical, modified by southeast trade winds; warm, dry winter (May to November); hot, wet, humid summer (November to May); Natural hazards : tropical cyclones (November to April), most cyclones usually occur from the end of December until March. Mauritius has only two seasons, winter and summer. There is not much temperature difference between the two seasons of the year. The climate on the central plateau is cooler than on the coastal areas.
*   Hottest part is the west coast
*   Windiest part is the East coast
*   December to February are the hottest months of the year
*   The driest month of the year is October
*  
Coolest months are from June to August

 

Visa
Nationals of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq, Kosovo, Laos, Libya, Mali, North Korea, Pakistan, Palestine, Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, Taiwan, and Yemen must apply for a visa prior to travel.

All other nations do not need to apply for a visa beforehand and, depending on nationality, are either entitled to a 90-day visa-free stay or a visa on arrival valid for either 60 or 14 days. For more information, visit the Passport and Immigration Office website.

 

Airport MRU 
The Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport (MRU) +230 603 6000 (, fax: +230 637 5306), at Plaisance in the southeast of the island is the major gateway for travelers coming from abroad.

  • Air Mauritius is the home carrier and operates a network of routes to the local islands and to international destinations in Africa, Australia, Europe and Asia.
  • Regional airlines: Air Austral, Air Madagascar and Air Seychelles connect Mauritius with the surrounding islands.
  • International airlines such as Air France, Turkish Airlines, Emirates, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Condor, South African Airways, Meridiana, Corsairfly and more all serve Mauritius from their home bases.

The arrivals hall can get rather congested in the morning when most of the flights from Europe arrive. Immigration officers tend to be rather slow and the whole immigration process can be a frustrating experience.

Visitors are required to provide accommodation details to the immigration service on arrival. If you arrive in Mauritius from a country where malaria is endemic, you may receive a visit from the government health service and be required to give a blood sample for malaria screening.

 

Getting around
Bus and taxi services are best used in urban areas. Bicycles and motorbikes are also available for hire.

By plane:   Air Mauritius operates daily flights connecting Plaisance Airport and Rodrigues (flight time - 1 hour 15 minutes).


B
y helicopter:   Helicopters are available for transfers and sightseeing tours
Air Mauritius Helicopter, +230 603 3754 (
helicopter@airmauritius.com), [2]. Budget around USD850 per hour for a sightseeing trip.


By car:  One major highway runs north to south, otherwise a good network of paved, if sometimes narrow, roads cover the island. Traffic drives on the left.  
Numerous car hire firms include major international and independent firms. Prices vary widely starting from MUR800 per day. To be on the safe side, with full insurance, visitors should rent cars from companies holding a tourism enterprise license. Also, now if you hire a car at the airport keep in mind that you will need to pay a MUR20 charge when you are leaving the car park. This has to be paid in cash. Some agencies without office space in the airport will meet you with the vehicle in the airport parking lot

Regulations: Drivers are required to be over 18 years old. Speed limits are 110km/h (68mph) on the motorway and 50km/h (31mph) in built-up areas. Seatbelts are compulsory. Foreign licences are accepted.

 

By bus:  Several fairly good bus services serve the island. Taking the bus is the most economical way of traveling. Air-conditioned buses have been recently introduced on some routes.

The major bus companies are
* N
ational Transport Corporation (NTC), +230 426 2938.
* U
nited Bus Service (UBS), +230 212 2026.
* Mauritius Bus Transport (MTB), Long mountain, +230 245 253
*  Triolet Bus Service (TBS), +230 261 6725.
*  Other smaller companies have amusing names such as Apollo and Turbo.

Buses are still manned by a driver and a conductor who walks around collecting fares and issuing tickets after passengers have boarded. Tell the conductor where you want to go and he'll tell you the fare amount. Upon payment, he'll give you a ticket with the charged amount printed on it.
Most conductors are very helpful in providing directions to tourists. In the local Creole dialect, the conductors are called con-tro-lair (literally controller).
Bus routes and schedules are available from the Ministry of Transport and Mauritius Buses who list all the main operators and their schedules.
Try to pay with small denominations or the conductor may not have enough change. Intentional over-charging of tourists is not common.

 

By taxi:    Taxis are the best way to visit the island. Various tours are available from MUR2500:
The holy lake, Chamarel 7 coloured earth, Le Morne, dolphin tours in Tamarin and Ile aux Cerfs are among the most appreciated by visitors.
Do not patronise unlicensed taxis. They promise a cheaper ride but, lately, there has been a surge in cases of robbers using this trick to lure and attack their victims.

 

By boat: 
*  Coraline, +230 208 5900 (+230 217 2285,
sureka.toolooa@coraline.intnet.muz, fax: +230 210 5176), Sails once a week to Rodrigues Island and to Reunion island from Port Louis Harbour. Mauritius Pride, launched in 1991, and Mauritius Trochetia, in service since 2001, are the two ships operating on the Reunion route, and also have Madagascar as a destination. Both vessels are used as passenger and container ships.
International Charter Group - Yacht charter and sailing, one of the worlds largest yacht charter companies, can take care of all charter requirements, from bareboat to crewed. Operating from nine offices worldwide (USA, Spain, UK, Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Switzerland, Caribbean, Honk Kong and Dubai).

 

Language
Mauritius does not have an official language, but the main language of government is English. As such, all government administrative documents are in the Commonwealth variety of English, which is also used as the prime medium of instruction in public schools.

However, French is the language most commonly used in formal settings, and is by far the dominant language in the mass media, as well as in corporate and business dealings. In fact, even English language television programs are usually dubbed into French.

The most commonly spoken language is Mauritian Creole, a French based creole which has incorporated some words from diverse sources including but not limited to English, Dutch and Portuguese, and has slight pronunciation differences from standard French. While there is no official written standard for Mauritian Creole, when written down for informal communication, words are often spelled differently from standard French.

The next most commonly spoken language is French, which is spoken fluently by most locals, with English being a not too distant third. Virtually everyone working in the tourism industry will be able to speak fairly decent, albeit heavily accented, English, and all government departments will have English-speaking staff on duty.

Tamils constitute around 10% of the population and speak Tamil. Other languages spoken by much smaller numbers include: Hindi, Urdu, Hakka, Telugu, Marathi, Bhojpuri and Mandarin.

 

Stay safe
Be alert for your own security in Mauritius. Exercise common sense and look out for suspicious behaviour, as you would anywhere in the world. Be a smart traveler. Before your trip: Organize comprehensive travel insurance and check what circumstances and activities are not covered by your policy. Register your travel and contact details, so that you can be contacted in an emergency.
Some safety advice:
*  Avoid remote areas alone.
* Do not leave valuables in view in your car.
* Avoid unexpected offers of (seemingly free) guided tours. Ulterior motives are common.
* Do not patronise unlicensed taxis (taxi marrons). Some robbers use this trick to lure and attack their victims.
* The Tourist Police service (Police du Tourisme), +230 213 2818.

 

We offer hotels in

Anse La Raie
Anse La Raie is a shallow beach section on the northern tip of the island, just 7 km from the lively town of Grand Baie. A perfect bay for kitesurf beginners. Hotel Paradise Cove has one of the few private fine sandy coves surrounded by tropical gardens. You also enjoy a beautiful view of the offshore island of Coin de Mire

 


Balaclava and Turtle Bay
The Balaclava region on the northwest coast is home to many well-known hotels. The center is Turtle Bay, once a popular nesting ground for sea turtles. It also served as a safe anchorage for seafarers for decades, where they could find water and food on their travels. Today, on the grounds of the Maritim Hotel, are the ruins of a former arsenal that has been expertly restored.

 


Belle Mare
The mile-long picture-perfect beach of Belle Mare has made this stretch of coast in the east of the island so well-known. The sand is particularly fine and white on this coast, the sea sparkles turquoise and the many palm trees and casuarines provide shade. The beach is suitable for both children who can splash around in the shallow water, as well as for enterprising guests who like to try out various water activities. The place itself consists only of a few scattered houses with small boutiques, a police station, ruins of a sugar cane factory and a Hindu temple. In addition, many exclusive hotels have settled there. You can enjoy a magnificent view of the beach from a chimney of a former lime kiln converted into an observation tower. Along the coastal road many small farmers plant crops, the outback is characterized by endless sugar cane fields. Passionate golfers will be drawn to the Belle Mare Plage Hotel's two attractive 18-hole championship golf courses, which have the highest reputation in the industry

 


Bel Ombre
The small village Bel Ombre is located on the south coast of the island, about 50 km from the capital Port Louis and is only since the construction of four luxury hotels and a golf course touristically developed. The place offers rest and relaxation in a French colonial environment with typical Creole houses. The sugar mill in Bel Ombre has since been converted into a cultural center.

 


Black River / La Preneuse
The small village is home to a recently built marina and hotel. The western entrance to the national park is about 5 km inland. From here there are easy and challenging trails. In the fishing village of La Preneuse you will find a restored Martello Tower, which can be visited. In addition, visitors have the opportunity to visit the unique shell museum in the shopping center Ruisseau Creole

 


Blue Baie
Blue Baie is particularly popular with snorkelers due to the marine park and also has a small sandy beach bay. The offshore island "Ile aux Aigrettes" is a nature conservation area and has been a place of the highest environmental value since the 1960s. Through the efforts of the Mauritian Wildlife Fund, the small island is today a model for the protection of endangered plants and animals. The island can only be visited together with a guide; All revenues go straight back into the protection of this little paradise. The also offshore island "Ile des Deux Coco", under the direction of the LUX * hotel chain, takes you into an exclusive beach life.

 


Chamarel
A winding road leads to the slightly higher place Chamarel, where there are beautiful private terraced restaurants. Worth seeing is also the Chamarel waterfall, which falls about 100 m deep into a green overgrown, natural basin. Not far away one meets the natural phenomenon "The seven-colored earth". Wavy increases the porous bare soil; Pinks, purples and shades of brown shine in different nuances side by side. Chamarel is an excellent starting point to explore the surrounding area and mountain region. Also worthwhile is a trip to the rum factory "Rhumerie Chamarel".

 


Flic en Flac
Flic en Flac, located on the west coast of Mauritius, has changed in the past decades from a small fishing village into one of the most important tourist centers of the island. Nevertheless, it offers its visitors a quiet and relaxed feel-good atmosphere along the long white and shallow in the sea sloping sand beach, which also attracts many Mauritians at the weekend

 


Grand Baie
Grand Baie is the largest and most famous place in the north of the island, located on the bay of the same name. Over the years the town has developed into the tourist center of Mauritius, but has nevertheless retained its charming fishing village flair. During the day, Grand Baie invites you to shop with its many small boutiques and shops along the coastal road. The traditional market is also worth a visit. Numerous restaurants and cafés as well as discos and bars open until the early hours attract tourists and locals alike. Grand Baie is undoubtedly the party and shopping metropolis of the island.Pure beach fun promises the beautiful coastline makes the Grand Baie so attractive, especially the beautiful bay La Cuvette. Sports fans and water rats will also get their money's worth. So in Grand Baie you can do scuba diving, snorkeling, boat trips to nearby islands, marvel at corals, deep-sea fishing, sailing, parasailing and much more as well with small submarines.

 

Péreybère
Péreybère is just 2 km north of Grand Baie and offers a quieter and more familiar atmosphere. Here are small restaurants, boutiques and a popular public beach.

 


Grand Gaube
On a fine sandy bay in the northeast of the island is the small town of Grand Gaube. On the coast, numerous weekend cottages and elegant villas of wealthy families line the way. In the immediate vicinity there are also some fishermen who go to the Ile d'Ambre on request. This is overgrown with evergreen filaos and in the shallow waters in front oysters are bred.

 


Le Morne Brabant
The village of Le Morne is located on a peninsula in southwest Mauritius' in a unique setting at the foot of the eponymous mountain (556 m). The ascent of the mountain, which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2008, is possible with a guide. In the 19th century, the mountain was used by runaway slaves as a hiding place. However, when a police expedition was sent to the mountains on the occasion of the end of slavery, the slaves in the police mistakenly recognized their captors and desperately plunged from the mountain to their deaths. Located on the beautiful sandy beach right at the mouth of the massive rock, today a fresh breeze attracts water sports enthusiasts and beach lovers alike. The bay is also ideal for kite and windsurfers of all classes.

 


Mahébourg
Mahébourg is located on a stunning turquoise lagoon in southeastern Mauritius. Founded in 1806, the city was named after the French governor Mahé de Labourdonais. After the withdrawal of the French, the place is now a sleepy provincial town with an island-typical atmosphere. A stroll through the old colonial houses, which are in need of renovation, leads to the large church of Notre-Dame des Agnes and the National Museum, which is especially designed for seafaring. At the big market on Monday there is a lot of fun and you can buy fresh fruit, vegetables and fish as well as beautiful wickerwork and souvenirs

 


Pointe aux Canonniers
At the northern end of the well-known beach bay Mont Choisy, located in the northwest, the small town has become known mainly for its numerous holiday apartments and private houses

 


Pointe aux Piments
The coastline of Pointe aux Piments covers a total of four kilometers. The coast here is very varied; from quiet beach sections with small parks and stalls to more rocky passages where swimming in the sea is dangerous. Enjoy one of the beautiful sunsets here on the northwest coast.

 


Port Louis
Port Louis, the capital of Mauritius, is in contrast to the other major towns of the island a seething metropolis with dense traffic and busy people. In addition to the 170,000 inhabitants, many commuters come to work every day to Port Louis. Thanks to the port, the city has become an international trading center and the most important workplace of the republic. Worth seeing is, among other things, the Jumah Mosque, today probably the most valuable historical building on the island because of its precious equipment. In addition to some Asian restaurants, Chinatown also has many small shops selling food, medicines, jewelery and electrical appliances. South of the harbor, the modern Caudan Waterfront attracts locals and tourists alike. The colonial-style complex is the city's postmodern showpiece, with its many shops, restaurants, cinemas, arts and crafts center and casino, and a luxury hotel. Other attractions in Port Louis include the Government Palace, the National Museum, the Photo Museum, and the Blue Penny Museum with the world-famous "Blue Mauritius" stamp. From the "Fort Adélaide", a Citadel built by the British one has a wonderful view of the capital, the oldest racecourse of the southern hemisphere (since 1812) as well as the impressive environment

 


Poste Lafayette
Still relatively untouched by tourism, only two luxury hotels were recently built. Nearby is "Bras D'Eau" a small natural park that invites you for a walk. The nearest town center with supermarket and shops can be reached in about 5 minutes.

 


Tamarin
The bay Tamarin is very popular among surfers. Since there is a gap between the coral banks just before the mouth of the Rivière Noire, the waves are not stopped and can carry the surfers unchecked to the coast. A particularly dry corner in Tamarin also ensures the supply of salt throughout the island. Here salt is extracted from the very salty seawater in special pools by evaporation.

 


Triolet
Triolet is a small town located between Port Louis and Grand Baie. The way to Triolet leads through numerous sugar cane plantations and along a large sugar cane factory. But the place is best known for the Maheswarnath Temple, the largest Hindu temple complex on the island. Around the end of the 19th century, the main temples were built by smaller, colorful and lavishly decorated shrines dedicated to Vishnu, Shivala, Krishna, Ganesha and other deities. The temples can be visited before and after the ceremonies; Shoes may not be worn for reasons of faith. Triolet is also near the 2 km long sandy beach of Trou aux Biches. The beach section from Trou aux Biches to Grand Baie houses not only numerous hotels and bungalow resorts but also the largest sport fishing club on the island.

 


Trou d'Eau Douce
The traditional fishing village of Trou d'Eau Douce got its name (fresh water hole) because of a small sea bottom, which is fed by the fresh water of an underwater river. The cute, almost Mediterranean-style fishing village exudes typical Mauritian charm. On some corners the place looks sleepy, on others it is busy. The bay, where many colorful fishing boats rock, invites you to linger. There are a few small shops, island restaurants and a lovely old stone church with blue windows. In the adjacent Beau Champ is one of the oldest sugar refineries of Mauritius. Furthermore, new exclusive private villas, an 18-hole golf course and a 5-star restaurant attract guests who want to treat themselves to a little luxury. The beach of Trou d'Eau is a dock for taxi boats to the opposite postcard islands "Ile aux Cerfs" and "Ilot Mangenie". On these islands you can swim in the turquoise waters and relax under Filaos on the white sand beach.


 

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