Travel to Mauritius

Mauritius

Mauritius will enchant you, it will uplift your soul, making you feel that you belong to the chosen few. Every visitor enjoys personal attention. Every encounter is an opportunity to discover a friendly face. Behind each smile lies the promise of a unique holiday. The contrast of a multitude of colors and tastes, the island, set in its turquoise sea, is an oasis of peace and tranquility. Mauritius, a melting pot where past and present are smoothly blended together, offers an essential beauty that will compel to return to its shores time and time again. May your stay with us remain engraved in your memory forever.

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Mauritius will enchant you, it will uplift your soul, making you feel that you belong to the chosen few. Every visitor enjoys personal attention. Every encounter is an opportunity to discover a friendly face. Behind each smile lies the promise of a unique holiday. The contrast of a multitude of colors and tastes, the island, set in its turquoise sea, is an oasis of peace and tranquility. Mauritius, a melting pot where past and present are smoothly blended together, offers an essential beauty that will compel to return to its shores time and time again. May your stay with us remain engraved in your memory forever.

People

Going to the discovery of the Mauritian culture can be a journey into some of the most fascinating. Here Europe meets India, China, Africa and so on. This rich diversity is found in every aspect of the Mauritian life.

Churches can be found next to a mosque, Indian temples next to Chinese pagodas. Mauritian folklore is another aspect that shows the depth of the Mauritian culture. If you see and hear the beautiful sophisticated Indian dances or the Chinese spectacular lion and dragon ones, or dance to the frantic rhythm of the Sega, the most typical folkloric dance of Mauritius you might be surprise.

Another proof of this rich diversity is in the variety of Mauritian dishes. In Mauritius one can find traditional western, exotic, oriental dishes.

Language

Most people in Mauritius are bilingual and are equally fluent in English and French. Creole and French are the main languages in the everyday environment and several oriental languages are spoken.

History

The Arabs were the first people to visit Mauritius during the 10th century, yet the island was officially ‘discovered’ in 1505 by the Portuguese navigator Pedro Mascarenhas. The Portuguese never attempted to settle, they were more interested in protecting their trade routes with India. The Island was then discovered and occupied by the Dutch.

In 1598 they decided to name the island “Prins Maurits van Nassaueiland”, after Prince Maurits (Latin version: Mauritius). The Dutch tried to settle, however due to the bad living conditions with cyclones destroying their shelters and rats eating their food, they left the island in 1710.

Abandoned by the Dutch, the island became a French colony when, in September 1715, Guillaume Dufresne D’Arsel landed. He named the island “Isle de France”. It was only as from 1735, with the arrival of the most illustrious of French governor, Mahé de La Bourdonnais that the “Isle de France” started developing effectively.

In 1810, a strong British expedition captured the island. A preliminary attack was foil at Grand Port in August 1810, but the main attack was in December of the same year. The British landed in large numbers in the north of the island and rapidly overpowered the French. The “Isle de France” which was renamed ‘Mauritius’ was thus ceded to Great Britain.

The British administration, which began with Robert Farquhar as governor, was followed by rapid social and economic changes. One of the most important events was the abolition of slavery in 1835. Mauritian Creoles trace their origins to the plantation owners and slaves who were brought to work the sugar fields.

In 1968, Mauritius proclaimed independence.

Travel Guide

Currency

The monetary unit is the Mauritian Rupee (Rs.) which is divided into 100 cents (cs). At the latest exchange rate, one Euro is worth around Rs. 30.

Weather

The temperature on the coastal areas varies between 71°F in winter and 93°F in summer. The sea temperature varies between 71°F and 80°F. In the central part of the island, the maximum daytime temperature varies from about 66°F in August to about 78°F in February. The western and northern regions are warmer and relatively drier than the East and the South.

Health Requirements

No vaccinations are required. However a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travelers over 1 year of age who arrive from areas where yellow fever cases are reported.

Visa Requirements

A visitor must be in possession of a valid passport and a return or onward ticket. A visitor’s visa is normally granted for a period of two weeks to one month upon arrival, to almost all holders of a valid passport, with one or two exceptions.

Credit Cards

Visa, Mastercard and American Express are normally accepted by banks and most hotels, restaurants and tourist shops.

Electrical Appliances

220 volts.

Water

Tap water in Mauritius is usually safe to drink. However you need to take precaution in case of heavy rainfall and flooding. In such situations it is advisable to drink boiled or bottled water.

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