Mauritius is home to some of the world’s rarest plants and animals and are often threatened by human inhabitation and farming practices. A fabulous place to relax or explore with lots of choices from; exclusive diving experiences in the turquoise lagoons, deep sea fishing or sailing, beach and water sports, golf, black river gorge trekking, horse riding, being pampered at one of the many spa and wellness resorts or chilling at the shops or even at the casinos. The choice is yours! The local cuisine offers a wonderful infusion of Indian, Chinese, Creole and European. A joy to experience.More information
Official Name: Republic of Mauritius
Population: 1.3 million
Land Area: 2040 square km
Capital: Port Louis
Currency: Mauritian rupee AUD 1 = MUR 24.5 (Mauritian Rupee; calculated 18 June 2019).
Time: 4 hours ahead of GMT
Language: the Mauritian constitution makes not mention of an official language however both English and French are spoken.
Schooling: Free education fro pre-primary to tertiary level
Parliament: Democratic multi party Republic. Initially found uninhabited by Arab sailors, then by a Portuguese navigator but first colonised by Dutch who later abandoned it for French control which was later surrendered to English control. Independence granted from United Kingdom in 1969 and proclaimed a republic in 1992.
The island of Mauritius is located approx. 2,000 km from mainland south east coast of Africa and is fairly small – 62 km by 47 km . Port Louis is a modern capital home to a bustling port and revitalized waterfront with a busy market. The climate is typically tropical with clear waters, beautiful white sandy beaches and forests in the mountainous areas. There are two seasons: Summer is warm and humid during Nov – April and the average temperature is 25 degrees Celsius. Winter is relatively cool and dry but averages 20 degrees Celsius. Most rainfall occurs during the summer months with seasonal cyclones generally from January -March.
Mauritius is home to some of the world’s rarest plants and animals and are often threatened by human habitation and farming practices. A fabulous place to relax or explore with lots of choices from; exclusive diving experiences in the turquoise lagoons, deep sea fishing or sailing, beach and water sports, golf, black river gorge trekking, horse riding, being pampered at one of the many spa and wellness resorts or chilling at the shops or even at the casinos. The choice is yours! The local cuisine offers a wonderful infusion of Indian, Chinese, Creole and European. A joy to experience.
Mauritius is arguably Africa’s wealthiest destination and lives up to expectations as a a tropical paradise with a variety of things to do. Most visitors enjoy the relaxed beach life atmosphere and activities so gravitate toward resort areas such as Mont Choisy, quiet Trou-aux-Biches and the more bustling Flic en Flac, popular with scuba divers. If you are a deep-sea fishing fan then Rivière Noire is ideal.
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Grand Bay/Grand Baie
This is the all-happening touristy hub, with bustling night-life, and amazing coastal beach. Grand Bay gives you a lot of options to dine, chill, or relax. Located in the northern part of the island, approximately some 73 km distance from the airport.
An amazing place to make your base as there are so many amazing things to do, and places to go at Grand Bay and its surroundings.
Find excellent places where you can have scrumptious meals, featuring from local to international cuisine, depending on your taste.
You can check out Le Capitaine, Le Tandoor, Boulette Ti Kouloir, Luigi’s, Happy Rajah, Bistrot de Bacchus, and many other restaurants to delight your taste bud.
If you wish to do some shopping, then stroll around the gorgeous shopping malls at La Croisette, or in the centre of Grand Bay, where you will find a range of enticing products. You may also find places to buy souvenirs and gifts.
For the party goers, you don’t want to miss the dazzling night-life with some really good DJs, and cool clubs to make your night awesome!
Frequently visited by the locals and tourist, Pereybere, is known for its 150 metres long, enticing and clean white sandy beach. Just 5 minutes of bus ride away from the centre of Grand Bay, or simply take a 30 minute of walk, you will find this place with some beach hawkers, internet cafés, and boutiques.
Generally crowded by people, this little tourist village offers you some really nice corners to chill, with a good variety of restaurants around, and easy access to facilities such as the ATM/cash points, and supermarkets.
With the very Pereybere beach, you can relax during the day, or take a nice stroll in the afternoon, and wait as the sun goes down, to enjoy an incredible sunset moment! If you want to add some fun, just try some amazing activities such as diving, snorkelling, undersea water walk, glass bottom boat ride, or enjoy swimming or sunbathing or take a catamaran, to enjoy a romantic sunset trip!
Away from the bustling life of Grand Bay and Pereybere, lies the very quiet, Mon Choisy. Just about 65 kilometres from the airport, Mon Choisy, is ideal for those who are seeking for a peaceful, and intimate getaway. Inhabited by a diverse marine species, the reef can be easily be reached by swimming through shallow water. Whether you prefer diving or snorkelling, you will be amazed while discovering the wonderful underwater ecosystems. You should be particularly aware of the current when swimming further out. The wind often blows from the shore, making the return more difficult.
The little town of Mont Choisy has all the facilities and services eg supermarkets, shopping centres, pharmacies, and ATM stands. Accommodation ranges from simple apartments, to luxurious villas and hotels with golf courses. Restaurants offering different cuisines, particularly influenced by Asian and Mauritian flavours are found here too.
East of Mauritius: Belle Mare
Tucked away in the eastern corner of the island, Belle Mare, provides a perfect relaxing hideaway. Located some 47.2 km from the airport, the enticing Belle Mare beach, together with the top-end resorts and villas attract many tourists all year round in this little part of the island.Conveniently protected by the coral reef, the beach, stretches for several kilometres from the Palmar beach in the south to the Emeraude Hotel in the north, encompassing the world famous luxurious Lux resort. Enjoy the shallow bay with fine sand, and crystal clear water.
You can relax, and sun bath or swim in the southern part of the beach, where you can practice a range of water activities such as snorkelling. Fishing enthusiasts can enjoy deep-sea fishing for tuna, marlin and mako shark which are very popular in this eastern part. Belle Mare also serves as a convenient base camp for a trek to 1,575-foot Lion Mountain, where sweeping views reward those who make the challenging hike to its peak.
West of Mauritius: Flic en Flac
Just about 50 km from the airport in the west coast of the island, Flic en Flac is an ideal place for fun vacations. This fishing village, also known as “La côte Soleil” is still in the process of development. The main highlight of the place is the stretching 3 km of sublime white sandy beaches, and emerald blue shallow, reef-protected water, backed by the casuarina trees, shopping centres, banks, casinos, souvenir shops, and money changers and fantastic diving spots to enjoy the area’s marine ecosystem. Flic en Flac can cater for everyone both party goers, and holidaymakers, family, friends, or with your partner.
The high-end resorts are in the Wolmar area outside the town. Check out the Bali inspired cocktails bars, sports pub, and restaurants some of which present local entertainments such as reggae bands and traditional Sega dancing. For night entertainments there are vibrating side by side nightclubs pulsing with dance music till dawn.
South of Mauritius: Le Morne
You will never get enough of this little paradisiacal area of Mauritius. Located in the south west coast of the island, le Morne is classified as one of the UNESCO World Heritage site for its cultural and historical legacy.
The majestic Le Morne Brabant Mountain is located at extreme south western tip of the island. It has a summit of 556 metres (1,824 ft) above sea level complementing the beauty of the region. Beaches over here are ideal for swimming as the water is shallow and suitable for children and even for non-swimmers. The reef in front of the beach which makes the area popular for snorkelling. You may also practice kite surfing as lessons are provided in the area. Le Morne enjoys the scenic pristine natural views such as the beaches, the tropical lush green trees, and local fishing villages. People living in this remote area are very friendly and welcoming. Get a taste of the local typical food at the numerous street food stalls or restaurants.
South East of Mauritius: Blue Bay
Situated in the south east of Mauritius, just close to Mahebourg, Blue Bay, is the perfect vacation place to stay in Mauritius. It is very renowned for its incredibly serene ambiance, shimmering emerald Blue Bay beach, and its well-preserved marine ecosystem.
Just 15 minutes’ drive from the international airport, this beautiful village offers a stunning view on Ile aux Deux Cocos.
Other than its popular Blue Bay beach, you can visit the Blue Bay Marine park, a protected marine area, which offers a great spot for glass bottom boat tours, diving and snorkelling. You can also explore the rare beauty of the striking aquatic species, as the bay is a shallow haven of coral and colourful fish in all shapes and forms. A great spot for windsurfing since the weather conditions, and the calm water together make it possible.
The Blue Bay beach can be packed with many people picnicking during weekends, providing you a chance to mingle with the friendly locals. In addition, you will find plenty of snack stands offering tasty local food, or the many restaurants nearby.
But if you want some lone and tranquil time, then you can also visit the gorgeous Pointe Désny beach, where you can sunbathe, and relax.