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Mauritius

About Mauritius

Exquisite and exotic, Mauritius is an island for all seasons, all weathers and all tastes.

For centuries it has absorbed what it needs from visitors, conquerors, traders and pirates, whether they were French, Chinese, English, Dutch, Indian or East African, who all came to rest, stay or plunder. Hence it is now the most cosmopolitan of all the Indian Ocean islands. Whilst the coastline is near perfect with beautiful beaches and hidden coves, its interior offers mountains and forests, waterfalls and sparkling rivers alongside the occasional dormant volcano. The rich and luxuriant soil is why the vegetation is dense with more than 1,000 indigenous plants, and it is also why the island once got so rich from its sugar crops and plantations, remnants of which can still be explored today.

Experiences

  • Learn to Scuba dive
  • Explore the Botanical Gardens at Pamplemousse
  • Shop at Port Louis’ market
  • Journey into the forests and mountains
  • Enjoy Creole cuisine

Wildlife

  • Visit the endangered Macaque Monkeys
  • Spot the Mauritian Flying Fox (bat)

Seasons

  • Dry – May to October, but seen as the Winter months.
  • Green – January to March. Although that is the summer with February as the hottest month.

In The Know

    • Capital – Port Louis
    • Currency – Mauritian Rupee
    • Point of Entry – Mauritius Airport
    • Airlines – British Airways
    • Flying Time – 11 hours 50 minutes
    • Time Zone – GMT +4
    • Visa not required
    • Medical Requirements – None

Insider Tips

  • Bring a bottle of duty free with you – most spirits are imported and are very expensive
  • Pick your coastline on Mauritius carefully as some areas get very windy at certain times of the year
  • The best value flights over Christmas tend to get booked up 11½ months in advance so try to book in January

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