Mauritius Travel Information
A beautiful, tropical island set in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is an ideal holiday destination, boasting as much tropical paradise as Maui or Martinique and better still, offering it at a bargain price. Though nestled up alongside Africa, it's actually more influenced by its British and French ties and massive Indian workforce.
Its range of visitors facilities runs the gamut from pamper-happy beach resorts. The beaches are some of the best in the world and the whole island is ringed by coral reef which makes it marvelous for snorkeling and water sports. If you're looking for a lazy beach vacation, you could certainly do worse, but don't forget the rambling interior and the multicultural capital Port Louis.
Location: Located in the south-west Indian Ocean(2017S,5733E),855kms east of Madagascar and 1800 km east of the African continent.
Geographical Area: 1860 sq km. Latitude 20 south of Greenwich. Longitude 57 35' east of Greenwich.
Capital City: Port Louis.
People: Indo-Mauritian, Creole, Sino-Mauritian, Franco-Mauritian.
Language: English, Creole, French, Hindi, Urdu, Hakka, Bojpoori
Religion: Hindu, Christian, Muslim
Time Zone: GMT/UTC plus 4 hours
Currency: Mauritian rupee (MUR) 1 MUR = 1.62798 INR approximately
Clothing: Swimming costumes, shorts & T shirts. Carry light woolens for the winter months of May to September.
Best Season: Apart from the busy Christmas to New Year period, Mauritius doesn't really have a high or low season.
Winter: July to September.
Least Agreeable Period: January to April, when the long days can prove too hot and humid for some and the threat of cyclones is in the air.
For Diving: December through March, when the waters are at their clearest.
For Surfing: June through August.
For Fishing: October through April is excellent for big game fishing, when the large predators feed close to shore.
By Air: The best and easiest way to reach Mauritius is by air. Mauritius is served by a number of international airlines such as Aeroflot, Air Austral, Air Europe, Air France, Air Madagascar, Air Mauritius, Air Seychelles, Air Zimbabwe, British Airways, Condor, Singapore Airlines and South African Airways. An airport tax per passenger over the age of twelve is payable on departure.
• Person who do not require visa to enter the Mauritian territory: Mauritian Citizens.
• Nationals from Republic of India visiting Mauritius for a period of stay upto 15days.
• Persons having the status of resident as per the "Immigration Act".
• Children of parents who are Mauritius Citizen or person having the status of resident as per the "Immigration Act".
• Holders of diplomatic passport except those issued by the government of Algeria, Iraq, Iran, Libya and Sudan.
• The crew of a ship traveling for business or in transit to join another ship.
• Holders of a pass issued by the UN or other recognized international organizations.
• Persons wishing to stay in Mauritius only for a period of stop over of the ship on board of which they came or will leave.
• Any other person whose stay has been approved by the Office of the Prime minister.
Mauritius Holiday Package:
Duration : 6 Nights / 7 Days
Day 01: Mauritius
Arrive Mauritius, meet and transfer to the Hotel. Day free for leisure. Dinner and Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 02: Port Louis - Pamplemousses
After Breakfast, drive to Port Louis for shopping. After shopping drive to Royal Botanical gardens also known as Pamplemousses Gardens. Return to hotel around 17.00hrs. Dinner and Overnight stay at hotel.
Port Louis: The capital and main port of Mauritius, Port Louis, was founded by the French Governor Mah de Labourdonnais in 1735.The Harbour lies sheltered in a semi-circle of mountains. The town has plenty of character, and shows in certain quarters signs of its past elegance. Off the main square, palm-lined Place D'Armes, there are some particularly fine French colonial buildings, especially the Government House and the Municipal Theatre, both built in the 18th Century. The lively covered market offers an insight into the fascinating cross-section of Mauritian life.
Pamplemousses (The Royal Botanical Gardens): Away from the coast and almost directly south of Grand Baie is the Pamplemousses Gardens, also known as the Royal Botanical Gardens. The famous gardens ranking among the finest Botanical gardens in the world, was started in 1735 by 'Mahe de Labourdonnais', with 'Mon Plaisir Castle' in his residence. The 60-acre garden boasts 500 different species of plants, of which 80 are palms. Of particular interest are the giant water Lilies locally known as 'Flan Tins' (Victoria Regia), a spice garden and the Talipot Palms, said to flower once every 60 years after which they die. Pamplemousses also features plants from all over the world - wild bananas, camphor trees, clover and nutmeg trees from Manila and there is also an art gallery and a cemetery.
Day 03: In Mauritius
After Breakfast; Day free for leisure. Dinner and Over Night stay at hotel.
Day 04: Ile Aux Cerfs Island
After Breakfast, drive to Trou d`Eau Douce and transfer by boat to 'Ile aux Cerfs'. Day free on Island. Return to hotel around 17h00. Dinner and Overnight stay at hotel.
Ile Aux Cerfs: It is a large island found on the East Coast of Mauritius close to the coastal village of Trou D'Eau Douce in the district of Flacq. It is nearly 100 hectares in area. There are a number of sandy beaches. It is a very popular recreational spot for both Mauritians and tourists alike for there are close to 800 visitors to the island per day.
Day 05: In Mauritius
After Breakfast; Day free for leisure. Dinner and Over Night at hotel.
Day 06: Curepipe - Grand Baie
After Breakfast, drive to Curepipe and some duty free shops for shopping. After, a visit to the sacred lake of Grand Baie and the Black River Gorges & Chamarel. Return to hotel around 1700hrs. Dinner and Overnight at hotel.
Curepipe: At 20 km from Port-Louis, is a residential city of 75,000 inhabitants. It took its rise at the end of XIXth century, when the inhabitants of Portlouis took refuge there, fleeing the epidemic of malaria.
Grand Baie: This is the main holiday centre for Mauritians and tourists alike. Grand Baie used to be a tiny fishing village. The northern coastline beyond Tombeau Bay has many delightful beaches. The coastline curves into Grand Bassin itself, the main centre for yachting, water skiing, windsurfing, and many other water sports. The town of Grand-Baie is a charming village with white sand beaches, bordered with shops, restaurants and coconuts.
Waterfalls: The two principal waterfalls are Rochester Falls near Souillac in the south, which are formed by strange columns of contracted lava, and Chamarel Falls which is fairy-like atmosphere situated in the south-west, next to the Colored Earths.
Chamerel Coloured Earths: In the district of Black River are colored dunes of volcanic ash which are naturally displayed in the orderly pattern of 7 colors - result of weathering - a fascinating phenomenon well worth a visit.Recommended Time: Late afternoon.
Day 07: Mauritius - Destination
After Breakfast, departure from hotel to airport and fly to your destination.
Mauritius Tour Package