Mauritius is not far from the Capricorn. That means that the sun is longer at its highest point than anywhere else.
Usually in winter (means May to October) the highest temperatures vary between 20°C and 26°C in the coastal regions. In summer (November to April) it’s slightly higher, meaning 26°C to 32°C . The water temperature of the Indian Ocean can go up to 28°C. Usually wind is blowing quiet steady from easterly directions.
English, French, Mauritian Creole
Mauritian culture is based on the diversity of the population, that’s why there is no “official religion” in Mauritius. Hindus, Tamils, Muslims, Christians, Buddhists and others from all over the globe live in harmony and respect the free practice of all religions in Mauritius. The ancestral melting-pot that is Mauritian culture allows different faith communities to cohabit in mutual respect. Mauritius is an island of temples, churches and mosques.
The Mauritian people are family oriented and religious. They are also optimistic, outgoing, intelligent, and industrious, yet there is a generally relaxed attitude toward life. This is evident in their more casual approach to time schedules. People are more important than schedules. Mauritians have an ability to accept and adopt new ideas and cultures, combining orthodox Eastern philosophical values with a Western sense of rationalism, innovation, and achievement. Mauritians are friendly, hospitable, and generous.
Mauritians usually shake hands when they meet.The French greeting Bonjour (Good day) is a commonly used term.
Among the Hindu Indians, Namaste is the traditional greeting, especially in rural areas.
A person places the palms together (hands upwards) in front of the chest or chin and says Namaste, sometimes bowing slightly.
English greetings are also acceptable. Among friends and relatives, kissing on both cheeks and hugging is common.
It is not customary to call before visiting. Guests are always welcome. Soft drinks is served, often with savories, biscuits, or sweets. The host will usually insist that the guest accept food and drink. It is considered polite for the guest to accept and sample everything served. It is not necessary to bring gifts but fruits or biscuits are welcome for the kids.
With a strong emphasis on family solidarity, it is common to find extended families with aunts, uncles, and other relatives living together. There is great respect for the elderly; it is the duty of their children to take care of them. Traditionally, families have been large. However, the trend now is to have two or three children. However, there is a definite trend towards adopting western lifestyles even in family relationship.
|FAMOUS FOOD OF MAURITIUS||FAMOUS INDIAN CUISINE|
|Dholl pori||Zub Express Restaurant|
|286 Coastal Road Flic en flac, 286 Coastal Road Flic en flac, Flic En Flac, Mauritius 286|
|Green Palm Restaurant|
|Vanilla tea||Coastal Road, Riambel, Mauritius|
|Mazavaroo||Seasons Restaurant & Bar|
|Coastal Road, Belle Mare, Mauritius|
|Fish vindaye||Astrolab Building, Port Louis, Waterfront, Port Louis, Port Louis, Mauritius|
|1-Feb||Sunday||Abolition of Slavery|
|1-Nov||Sunday||All Saints Day|
|2-Nov||Monday||Arrival of Indentured Labourers|
|Long Mountain Hospital Tel: 245-2571 / 245-2532 / 245-2567|
|Mahebourg Hospital Tel : 631-9556 / 631-9692 / 631-9693|
|Poudre d’Or Hospital Tel: 283-7568|
|3 STAR||4 STAR|
|Pereybere Hotel & Apartments||Beachcomber Le Mauricia Hotel|
|Royal Road, Pereybere, Grand Baie, Mauritius||Royal Road, Grand Baie, Mauritius|
|Silver Beach Hotel||La Plantation Hotel|
|Royal (Coastal) Road, Trou d’eau Douce, Mauritius||Turtle Bay, Balaclava, Mauritius|
|Merville Beach Hotel||Tamassa Resort|
|Coast Road, Grand Baie, Mauritius 245121||Coastal Road 230, Bel Ombre, Mauritius|
Mauritius Botanical Garden
One of the most popular tourist attraction in Mauritius, and is located near Port Louis. It is the oldest botanical garden in the Southern Hemisphere. The spectacular garden was built by Pierre Poivre in 1767, and covers an area of around 37 hectares. The botanical garden is most famous for its giant water lilies, spice garden and unique collection of 85 varieties of palms from Central America, Asia, Africa and the islands around the Indian Ocean.
Black River Gorges National Park
Black River Gorges National Park is national Park tretching on an area of 6,574 hectares in the hilly south-western part of Mauritius. It was construction in Mauritius Black River Gorges Nature Reserveorder to save the natural vegetation of the island and make it one of the most important Mauritius sightseeing. One can walk along the greenery and reach the highest point of the island, which is the Black River Peak. Facilities for visitors include two information centres, picnic areas and 60 kilometers of trails. The Black River Gorges National park protects most of the island’s remaining rainforest, and is home to many species of wild animals and birds. Many endemic plants and animals can be found in the park including the Mauritian flying fox, Mauritius kestrel, pink pigeon, Mauritius parakeet, Mauritius cuckoo-shrike, Mauritius bulbul, Mauritius olive white-eye, Mauritius grey white-eye and Mauritius fody.
Port Louis is the capital city and main port of Mauritius, Port Louis was constructed in the year 1735 by the noted French governor, Mahe de Labourdonnais. Today Port Louis is the largest city in Mauritius. Port Louis is surrounded by a mountain range, called the Port Louis Moka Range which makes it worth watching.Mauritius Capital Port Louis Port Louis has conserved many historic and colonial buildings through the years. One of them is a fortification named Fort Adelaide or La Citadelle, built by the British in 1835. The latter dominates the city. The main tourist attractions in Port Louis include the Caudan Waterfront, Port Louis Bazaar, Police Barracks, the Mauritian Chinatown and the old Port Louis theatre. The capital has also three museums which are: the Blue Penny Museum, the Mauritius Natural History Museum and the Mauritius Stamp Museum. Also, the biggest and oldest post office in Mauritius is found in Port Louis near the Caudan Waterfront. At the city center there are number of French styled buildings, which enhances the charm of Port Louis. Port Louis is definitely a must place to see and visit during your visit to Mauritius.
Chamarel park – 7 colored earth & Chamarel falls
The “seven-coloured earth” of Chamarel is a geological curiosity and a major tourist attraction of Mauritius. The landscape at ChaMauritius Chamarel Colored Earthmarel is truly unique, it is the only place in world where you can find a clay earth of 7 colors at one place. The colors of these unique dunes are red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple and yellow, purple and red are predominant. Also when visiting the park you get to see a great view of the neighboring falls and of the lush vegetation all around.The Chamrel park offers another attraction to be relished first, the Waterfall of Chamarel. It is a truly beautiful waterfall, some consider it as the best in Mauritius. Three distinct stream plunging down a free fall of nearly a 100 meters down into the gorge.
Known also as Îlot Gabriel, is located near the Round Island and the Flat island, at the extreme north of Mauritius, about 10 kilometers north of Cap Malheureux. The distance between Gabriel Island and Flat Island is only 750 meters. The size of the island is 42 hectares and the highest point is of 28 meters. Gabriel Island is a protected natural reserve and is most famous for if its beautiful unspoiled beaches, with crystal clear water surrounding the entire island. It is a very popular site for snorkeling, it offers great dive sites, and is the ideal destination for a day of relaxation on the beach..
India is 1 hour and 30 minutes ahead of Mauritius
Official Currency “Mauritian Rupee “
Mauritius has tropical climate and can be visited throughout the year. However, depending on what you want to do, here’s a monthly break up of Mauritius’s climatic conditions so that you can plan when to go:
May to December: The month of May marks the beginning of winter in Mauritius. These months are considered as the best time to visit Mauritius as the weather is mild and pleasant. During winters the maximum temperature on the island is 24 degrees Celsius and the minimum temperature drops down to 18 degrees Celsius. Winters are the best time to explore Mauritius, its beaches, nearby islands, wildlife and is also a great season for water sport enthusiasts, especially surfers. Also, don’t forget to carry your sunscreen along.
January to April: January marks the onset of summers in Mauritius and the crowd begins to reduce. The maximum temperature during summer goes up to 33 degrees Celsius and the minimum stays at 25 degrees Celsius.
Summers in Mauritius are a great time to explore the island and its beaches and other attractions minus the tourist crowd. Make it a point to carry an umbrella along as rain showers are pretty frequent during this time. Also known as off season, Summer time ensures that great deals on hotel stays.
What to Pack -As most of your Mauritius holiday will likely be spent on the beach, light beach wear and cotton clothing will be most comfortable during the day: shorts and t-shirts, swimming costumes, sun hats, sunglasses and sandals are essential. A pair of walking shoes will come in useful too, and include a few slightly more formal outfits for the evenings.
Safety -The crime rate in Mauritius is low, but travelers should always be alert as petty thefts do occur, especially in Port Louis. Visitors should not walk alone in poorly lighted areas.
Tipping –There is no obligation to tip in Mauritius; however, as wages are quite low, especially for those working as porters and maids in hotels, gratuities are appreciated.
Mauritius Travel Dont’s
Do not wear shorts, mini-skirts or sleeveless shirts when visiting religious shrines.
Do not touch the statues, carvings and religious artefacts in places of worship.
Do not involve in drug trafficking which is illegal and carries very heavy penalties.
Do not go alone to isolated locations or on deserted beaches at night, although Mauritius remains a safe place with a low criminality rate.
Do not leave your valuables and important documents in a rented room, nor leave your personal belongings or valuable items such as camera, purse, wallet, or handbag unattended in public places.
Do not be surprised to see girls holding hands together. In Mauritius, female friends often hold hands while walking and touching.
Do not swim in the sea where a danger notice is displayed.
Do not accept lift from strangers, especially if you are alone.
Do not make jokes about bombs or security threats. This is a criminal offence.
Mauritius Travel Do’s
Do shake hands. Handshaking is the customary form of greeting, although friends and family commonly share a kiss on each cheek.
Do address properly. In most hotels, walking around in surfer shorts or bathing suits after sunset is simply prohibited. Mauritian women are very conservative.
Do remove shoes (and possibly leather belts) when entering mosques and temples. Women should carry a scarf if planning to enter a mosque.
Do respect local customs. It is prohibited to introduce sugarcane and parts thereof, soil micro-organisms and invertebrate animals.
Do bring a gift for appreciation if invited for a meal.
Do tip for excellent services although tipping is not compulsory.
Do have travel insurance cover for yourself and your family.