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Travel Guide To Mauritius

  • Mauritius
  • Port - Louis
  • 105.4 km²
  • 11°C, Wind
  • Mon 12:19 am
  • English, French & Creole
  • 1.3 million
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General Information About Mauritius

The people of Mauritius are multiethnic, multicultural and multilingual. The island's government is closely modelled on the Westminster parliamentary system, and Mauritius is highly ranked for democracy and for economic and political freedom. The Human Development Index of Mauritius is the highest in Africa. Mauritius is a welfare state, the government provides free universal healthcare, education up to tertiary level for all its citizens and free public transport for students, senior citizens and the disabled. Along with the other Mascarene Islands, Mauritius is known for its varied flora and fauna, with many species endemic to the island. The island was the only known home of the dodo, which, along with several other avian species, was made extinct by human activities relatively shortly after the island's settlement.

Cascavelle Karting by Casela

The outdoor track is located on the west coast of Mauritius. It is open 7 days a week The track measures 650 m and 7 karts can race simultaneously on the circuit. The maximum speed for kids is set to 30 km/h and the maximum speed for adults is 60 km/h. Children as from 8 years old are also welcome to participate in this activity, provided that they meet the height requirement of 135cm. Have a thrilling ride and an incredibly fun time with this karting activity! If you love racing or you’re an adrenaline junkie, you will most definitely enjoy this. Race against your friends or family on this amazing track and create memorable experiences.  

Zip line Excursions at Vallée des Couleurs

La Vallée des Couleurs Nature Park is located in the South of Mauritius, it is one of the most famous and unique attractions of the island. La Vallée Des Couleurs Nature Park has become a desirable destination for both Mauritian and foreigners over the past years. The park is committed to providing unforgettable experiences that are fun, educational, thrilling and entertaining. La Vallée des Couleurs Nature Park also offers activities like zip lining where you get to explore the park from a bird’s eye view. All visitors before going for the activity are given instructions about the zip line. No previous experience in zip lining is required for zip lining. The equipments are adhered to the highest safety standards.  

Horse Riding by Domaine de L'Etoile

Exploring the Domaine in a very unique way. Sturdy and well trained horses carry you safely along spectacular routes. Riders, novice or experienced, are always accompanied by an experiened guide. Different packages cater for your different needs and requirements– including an outing option with a stop for a delicious meal at a restaurant on the scenic banks of Grand River South East  

Golf Initiation by Avalon Golf Estate (Avalon Golf Estate, Bois Sec, Bois Cheri)

With state-of-the-art practice facilities, PGA Qualified golf coaches to guide you every step of the way and the best rates on the island, Avalon is the best place to learn to play golf in Mauritius! Set on the volcanic slopes of the dormant Grand Bassin volcano, more than 300m above sea level. Avalon is the highest place where one can come to play golf on this tropical paradise island in a wonderfully cool climate. The views of the southern coastline are simply unprecedented and, on a clear day, are visible from 18 out of the 18 holes. Designed by Peter Matkovich with beautifully manicured fairways and greens, surrounded by lush indigenous forest, this contemporary Country Club is superbly designed to cater to everyone’s needs. The clubhouse includes a Golfers Bar, the Magic Spoon restaurant, a Pro Shop, a multipurpose conference room and a boardroom. Outdoor amenities include a heated swimming pool with a spacious deck and comfortable sun loungers, a barbecue area, tennis courts, football pitch, beach volleyball court, pétanque and a children’s playground.  

Swim With Dolphins

Swim with dolphins in their natural environment in the open seas of Mauritius and hear about the different types you may come across along the way.  

Water Sports In Mauritius

Parasailing

Parasailing is an activity where a person is drawn behind a boat while being attached to a particularly designed parachute, known as a parasail. Parasailing is a highly exciting activity that is extremely safe for the whole family. It gives you a bird’s-eye view of the bays and their beautiful coastal landscapes.  

Sea Hover

For all speed lovers, in Mauritius sea hover is one of the most thrilling sea activities for you. All that you have to make sure is that that you have your safety gears and that you follow all the precautionary measures too.  

Scuba Diving

Scuba diving is undeniably mesmerizing in Mauritius. There are numerous choices for dives site in Mauritius. It offers an extraordinary experience for everyone like witnessing rare fish species, exploring huge caves.

Culture and History

Culture

  • Mauritius is an island well known for its cultural diversity. Such cultural diversity and geographic isolation have led to a nationalized sense of pride. The culture on the island is grounded on the diversity of the population.  Hindus, Christians, Muslims, Buddhists and live in unity and appreciate the different practices of all religions in Mauritius.
  • One thing that travellers should know  is that Mauritius is not only a magnificent holiday destination, it is about  color, lovely people, wonderful stories, sensational food and fascinating sights, made even more interesting when you get to know a bit of a background into the history, culture and local language of this breathtaking destination.
 

Religious festivals

Different religious festivals occur at different period of the year due to various religious beliefs.
  • Chinese Spring Festival (Chinese New Year)

    Spring Festival is the celebration of Chinese New Year in January or February, with the traditional Chinese Dragon and Lion Dances and loads of Firecrackers according to tradition to drive away the evil spirits .
 
  • Thaipoosam Cavadee

    This religious festival is celebrated mostly by people of Tamil origin. All around Mauritius, the rituals are performed in temples which are known as kovils. The streets are filled with devotees carrying flower covered wooden arches and pots of milk. Some have a small spear through their tongue, or through the cheeks.
 
  • Maha Shivaratree

    The Maha Shivaratree is celebrated every year in honor of the Lord Shiva. It is a festival, during which thousands of Hindus pilgrimage to Grand Bassin. All pilgrims are dressed in white and carry Kanwars on their shoulders,structures made of bamboo and paper. Once the people reach the lake, they say their prayers and make offerings. At last the pilgrims collect sacred water from the Ganga Talao and take it back to their homes to pour it over their own statues of Shiva.
 
  • Eid-ul-Fitr

    Eid-ul-Fitr is a celebration that happens after a month of fasting and dedication in faith for muslims. Ramadan is a month of sacrifice and spirituality. During Ramadan, muslims observe certain restraints as they fast. From dawn till dusk, they cannot eat or drink anything and are also not allowed to smoke. Eid-ul-Fitr is seen as a day to reconnect with old friends and family members.
 
  • Christmas

    Christmas with its traditional Christmas tree and gifts is celebrated by the Mauritian population, irrespective of community. Santa Claus can often be seen in many commercial centres and public spaces. Christmas is the time of sharing joy and happiness.
 
  • Ougadi

    Ougadi marks the new beginning of a new year where Telugu people celebrate the festival with great pomp gatherings of the family following a sumptuous feast. The day, nevertheless, begins with ritual followed by prayers.
 
  • Gudi Padwa

    People of Marathi faith also celebrates their new year, Gudi Padwa.
Culture in the island has been influenced by the different heritages of the people. This is reflected through the music, food, literature that has had diverse influences which have developed into a Mauritian culture  

History

Mauritius officially the Republic of Mauritius is an island nation in the Indian Ocean. The main Island of Mauritius is located about 2,000 off the southeast coast of the African continent. The Republic of Mauritius includes the islands of RodriguesAgalega and St. Brandon. The capital and largest city Port Louis is located on the main island of Mauritius. In 1598, the Dutch took possession of the Mauritius. They abandoned Mauritius in 1710 and the French took control of the island in 1715, renaming it the Isle de France. France officially ceded Mauritius including all its dependencies to the UK through the Treaty of Paris, signed on 30 May 1814 and Reunion was returned to France. The British colony of Mauritius consisted of the main island of Mauritius along with Rodrigues, Agalega, St Brandon,

Mauritius Nightlife

For those who want to enjoy the warm tropical nights, there are interesting clubs and bars—which range from beachside bars, incredible restaurant-clubs, sensations nightclubs and classy lounges—that prove that the nightlife in Mauritius, while underrated, is excellent. If you are looking to head out for a night on the town while in this tropical paradise, here are some of the phenomenal places to go:

Popular Bars in Grand Bay

  • Banana Café
  • OMG
  • Insomnia
  • Enfant Terrible

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Azure Beach Boutique Hotel
Grand Bay Mauritius

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Each room here will provide you with a TV, air conditioning and sea views. Featuring a bath or shower, the private bathrooms also come with a hairdryer and free toiletries. Extras include a terrace, a mini-bar and a seating area.

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Baystone Boutique Hotel & Spa
Grand Bay Mauritius

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The modern, bright and spacious suites offer a terrace and are equipped with a telephone, flat-screen satellite TV, iPod station, mini-bar, electric safe, and tea-and-coffee-making facilities.

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Be Cosy Apart Hotel
Trou aux Biches Mauritius

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With free Wi-Fi throughout, each apartment comes with a flat-screen TV, balcony and a private bathroom with free toiletries. The kitchen includes a dishwasher and a microwave.

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Casuarina Resort and Spa
Trou aux Biches Mauritius

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Overlooking the Trou aux Biches bay, the Boucanier Restaurant serves international cuisine. A bar serving drinks and snacks is also available, while a buffet-style breakfast is prepared every morning.

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Hilton Mauritius Resort & Spa
Flic en Flac Mauritius

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The guest rooms at Hilton Mauritius Resort & Spa are extremely spacious, and each has a luxury marble bathroom and a large terrace with views over the gardens or the Indian Ocean.

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Holiday Inn Mauritius Mon Trésor
Mahebourg Mauritius

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A business center is at guests' disposal at Holiday Inn Mauritius Mon Trésor. Speaking German, English, French and Hindi at the reception, staff are always on hand to help.

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Le Bamboo
Mahebourg Mauritius

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All rooms come with a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with shower. A rich breakfast is served every morning. Free WiFi is available in public areas.

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Pearle Beach Resort & Spa
Flic en Flac Mauritius

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Nestled on one of the most beautiful beaches of Mauritius in Wolmar. The Pearle Beach Resort & Spa is located about 50 km away from the airport on the West coast of the island

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Royal Palm Beachcomber Mauritius
Grand Bay Mauritius

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Designed and draped with fine fabrics and wood and marble finishes, all of the suites at the Beachcomber Royal Palm Hotel have a private patio with views of the tropical gardens and Grand Bay.

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Water-skiing, water surfing, and snorkeling are available at the beach. Guests can also play a game of tennis. Trips to Iles aux Aigrettes nature reserve are offered, as well as glass-bottom boat and kayaking tours.

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Veranda Pointe Aux Biches Hotel & Spa
Trou aux Biches Mauritius

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This property is 1 minute walk from the beach. Featuring a private beach area, Veranda Pointe Aux Biches Hotel offers elegant rooms surrounded by lush vegetation. It has 2 restaurants, a wellness center, and swimming pools including a kids pool area.

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West Coast View Studios & Appartment
Flic en Flac Mauritius

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This self-catering accommodations is equipped with kitchen facilities, private private bathroom with shower and safety deposit box. All studios have a flat-screen TV, free WiFi and cable internet access and are air-conditioned.

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NORTH TOUR 16/10/2018 - 31/12/9999

per personRs39.00
  • Port Louis Market
  • Pamplemousses Botanical Garden
  • Aventure du sucre
  • Grand Bay Beach
  • Cap Malheureux Church
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SOUTH TOUR 09/10/2018 - 31/12/9999

per personRs39.00
  • Trou aux Cerfs
  • Ship Models Factory
  • Mangal Mahadeo - Grand Bassin
  • Black River Gorges
  • Rhumerie de Chamarel
  • 7 Coloured earth and Waterfall
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SOUTH TOUR II 16/10/2018 - 31/12/9999

per personRs39.00
  • The Morne
  • Baie du Cap
  • Gris Gris
  • Roche qui pleure
  • La Vanille Crocrodile Park
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SOUTH TOUR III 16/10/2018 - 31/12/9999

per personRs39.00
  • Bois Cheri Tea Plantation
  • Bois Cheri Factory and Musuem
  • Tea Tasting
  • 23 Coloured Earth
  • Blue Bay Beach
  • Marine Park
  • Glass Bottom
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WEST TOUR 16/10/2018 - 31/12/9999

per personRs39.00
  • Casela
  • Yemen Nature Park
  • Tamarin Beach