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Mauritius, a small slice of paradise lying in the Indian Ocean, remains the favourite holiday destination for many. Located 900 kilometers from Madagascar and 200 kilometers from Reunion Island, it forms part of the Mascarene Islands. With its 330 kilometers of coastline and beaches, it has a population of 1.2 million inhabitants, Port Louis being its capital. The island gained its independence in 1968 and its main economic pillars are the tourism, services, and textile and sugar production industries.

Location

Mauritius is located at 20.30 degrees south and 57 degrees east. It has a geographical area of 2040 km² and the island is surrounded by lagoons, coral reefs and a few outer islands not far from the shore.

Climate

Being of volcanic origin, Mauritius has a central plateau and mountains are scattered throughout the island. Tropical forests and plants are other features that add to the natural beauty of Mauritius. With over 90 miles of white sandy beaches, its crystal-clear lagoons are protected by a coral reef.

The maximum coastal temperature vary between 33 degrees Celsius in summer and 24 degrees in winter. The coldest months are July, August and September, but even then sea water remains warm and very nice, with a minimum temperature of 20 degrees Celsius.

Mauritian cuisine

Mauritian cuisine is very tempting and delicious. Food remains an important part of the Mauritian culture. Diversity is the key word in the Mauritian cuisine, which consists of an amalgam of Indian, European and Chinese cuisine. Once you try the Mauritian food - you will not be able to give up on it.

Nightlife in Mauritius

The idea of nightlife varies, for some it means to drink in a pub or bar, for others, it means dancing and partying in discos and clubs with friends or even playing in casinos. No matter what your preference, Mauritius will fulfill all your desires.

Culture

One of the greatest assets of Mauritius is undoubtedly its people: its ethnic mix gives it a unique cultural identity. Mauritius might be a famous destination for its beaches, sea and sunshine, yet, the island has a rich cultural, historical and natural background. Hundreds of activities will seduce young and old, whether you are a couple, with family, friends or on a business trip.

Airport Mauritius

The Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport is the only international airport of Mauritius. It is a, recently upgraded, top notch and modern airport. Formerly known as the Plaisance airport, it was renamed in memory of the late Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam, the first Prime Minister and leader of the Independence movement on the island.

The airport is located in Plaine Magnien, a beautiful and peaceful village located in the district of Grand Port southeast of Mauritius. The SSR International Airport is easily accessible by road or public transport and has a very secure parking area and a good drop-off area designated for passengers who are accompanied by their friends or family.

Given the small size of the island, the trip from the airport to your destination will never last more than two hours.

Transports in Mauritius

How to get around Mauritius? You can then use the bus, which is a very economical way of traveling and very folk; you can also rent a car for practicability so as to be able to visit any part of the island at leisure.

Practical information

To help you prepare your trip to Mauritius, here are some practical information about the things you will require during your stay on the island.

Check in at Mauritius

A person visiting Mauritius must hold a passport valid until the date of return. Citizens of the European union do not need a visa.

What to put in your suitcase?

Prepare light and casual clothes for trips, but do keep a sweater for cool evenings if you are visiting between the months of June to September. Generally more formal attire are required in the hotel restaurants. We strongly recommend gentlemen to wear pants at dinner!

Be aware that you can complete your wardrobe on the island, Mauritius excels in the field of textile manufacturing both in quality and price. If you plan to laze around on the beach, do not forget your sunglasses, hat, sunscreen and plastic sandals because even in luxury hotels, the seabed is carpeted with corals.

Vaccines and health

For travelers from Europe, no vaccine is required since there is no risk of malaria in Mauritius or Rodrigues.

There are numerous pharmacies on the island and they are generally open on Monday to Saturday from 8:30 to 18.00 or 19.00. 

Electricity

The voltage is 220 V, identical to what you have in Europe, and most rooms have at minimum a French outlet. It is advisable to bring an adapter along even if most of the hotels will lend you one.

Mauritian currency

A Euro has approximately the value of 40 Mauritian Rupees, a US Dollar can be worth 35 Mauritian Rupees and a Pound Sterling can be worth some 55 Mauritian Rupees.

No restrictions are imposed on imports of foreign currency whatever the form (drafts, travelers cheques). International credit cards are accepted in all hotels, restaurants and shops on the island (Visa, MasterCard, American Express…)

Languages

The official language in Mauritius is English but French is commonly used in everyday life, so you will have little if no difficulty holding a conversation with the locals.

Activities in Mauritius

The coastline of the island is about 330 km long all around the island. If Mauritius is particularly renowned for its beautiful beaches that promote idleness and relaxation, it is also becoming popular for the many activities that one can practice. Its large lagoons lined with fine white sand are the epitome of paradise for those who want to enjoy the sea and sun. The whole island is surrounded by coral reefs that have created large lagoons with crystal clear water, offering ideal conditions for swimming, snorkeling and a variety of water sports.

Mauritius usually attracts water sports lovers: diving, windsurfing, kite surfing - gliding enthusiasts are given appointments on this island in the Indian Ocean to enjoy the trade winds, especially favorable in winter.

Land sports enthusiasts can in turn appreciate the great hikes proposed in the many parks and fields like the National Park of Black River Gorges, or at the Domaine de l'Etoile. But THE land-based activity that have been holding the upper hand in recent years in Mauritius is golf. Enthusiasts from around the world compete on the greens installed between mountains and sea, in paradisiacal sites near the Morne or the famous Ile aux Cerfs.

The islands around Mauritius, namely, Flat Island and Ilot Gabriel in the north and Ile Aux Aigrettes in the south, are also other natural sites to be discovered. Accessible by catamaran for the first two and by pirogue for the third, they are a must during a stay in Mauritius!

Finally, if you want to add a cultural dimension to your holiday, do not miss to visit the traditional Creole houses at Eureka. Many religious sites are also worth a visit: the sacred lake of Grand Bassin, the church of Cap Malheureux, or Tamil Temple at Sainte Croix. These visits will give you the opportunity to witness the cultural diversity of the country ... full of riches to explore and discover the authenticity of Mauritius!

Discover the North of Mauritius

Cap Malheureux
This small village owes its name to all the shipwrecks that took place on its shores. It is here that the British, in 1810, landed to take possession of the island. The only typical place of Cape Malheureux is its tiny chapel. The chapel is famous for its red roof and remains one of the most romantic spots of Mauritius. Admire the beauty of its meticulous carpentry and clam shaped giant seashells. From here you will have a pleasant view of the Coin de Mire.

The Botanical Gardens Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam
These gardens were renamed in 1988 in memory of the beloved Prime Minister of Mauritians who led the country to independence twenty years ago. The SSR Botanical Garden is one of the most visited tourist attractions.

The garden is famous for the giant water lilies Victoria Amazonica whose gigantic leaves can grow up to three meters in diameter. There is the amazing palm Talipot which blooms only once in thirty to one hundred years and also some beautiful mahogany specimens and palmettos palms, rare species of Madagascar.

Avis Mauritius car rental office in Quatre Bornes/Port Louis:

Tel: (230) 427 6312/427 6368

Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday: 8 am to 4:30 pm
Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday: 8 am to 12 pm

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 More information - links to useful Mauritius touristic sites:

 Le Caudan Waterfront Shopping Mall: http://www.caudan.com

Discover the south of Mauritius

Rhumerie de Chamarel
In the southwest of Mauritius, 300m above sea level in the heart of Chamarel, lies the Rhumerie de Chamarel. Overlooking the road to the 7 Coloured Eraths lined with pineapple fields, sugar cane and tropical fruits, this rum distillery offers agricultural rum tasting, guided tours, a gift shop and a revolutionary restaurant with refined menu, The Alchemist.

Ile aux Aigrettes
Located off Mahebourg in the southeast of Mauritius, Ile aux Aigrettes stands out as a must for nature-lovers staying in Mauritius. The program for your green pause: cruise on a turquoise blue sea, walk in the heart of nature and discover the endemic fauna and flora.

Ile aux Aigrettes is a small coral island of 26 hectares located just 1 km off the town of Mahebourg. It is a natural reserve since 1965. Today, it is protected by the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation (MWF), an organization who has done everything to preserve the endemic species of Mauritius.

The sacred lake of Grand Bassin
Nestled in the heart of Mauritius, Grand Bassin is a lake in an isolated mountainous terrain, in the Savanne region. It is about 1800 feet (550m) above sea level. The lake lies in the crater of an extinct volcano. It is a spiritual place for the yearly Hindu pilgrimage for the Maha Shivaratri (Great Night of Shiva). You will also have the opportunity to admire one of the tallest statues in the Indian Ocean on site- Mangal Mahadev Statue which is 33m high.

Avis Mauritius car rental office at Plaisance International Airport:

Tel: (230) 637 3100/5251 5022
Opening Hours: 5 am - 9 pm

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 More information - links to useful Mauritius touristic sites:

La Vanille nature park: www.lavanille-reserve.com

Discover the east of Mauritius

Ile aux Cerfs
Ile-aux-Cerfs is a beautiful island in the interior of Trou d'Eau Douce lagoon and is operated by a hotel group which has created a superb golf course there, while giving free access to the beach. Boats making the shuttle are available about every half hour.

Grand River South East
Grande Riviere Sud-Est is the longest river in Mauritius. Its mouth, being a waterfall, is best reached by boat, which you can rent at Trou d'Eau Douce. The density of vegetation allows to spend most of the day in the shade of trees while remaining on board. Many motor and sailing boats go there every day. It is therefore not a quiet corner but the journey up the stunning scenery, with the advantage of a sail inside the lagoon, makes up for a pleasant day.

Devils Point (natively known as Pointe au diable) is only a tip along the coastal road, but there, the French had installed a battery of cannons aimed at the defense of Vieux Grand Port. The stone walls still exist and reveal the history of this famous naval battle of Vieux Grand Port. The Devil's Point is a good place to stop and stretch your legs since it offers a view of the beautiful bay of Vieux Grand Port. For hikers, the Lion mountain nearby is an interesting hike and offers a spectacular view on the quarter of the country and the lagoon. We recommend to go there by catamaran to enjoy the beauty of the coast.

 

Discover the west of Mauritius

Tamarin
Breaking waves here are ideal for surfers, sand quality and the view is perfect for a day at the beach. It is a lovely old fishing village which has now developed into a residential area. The village is connected to a main road linking Port Louis and east to Curepipe. Adding to its allure, the village is surrounded by hills and is very pretty. Tamarin is located next to Black River, another fishing village on the west coast of the island, which has shown continuous development in recent years.

Black River
The Black River Gorges is a must visit for hikers and for nature lovers and of course for birdwatchers.

The Black River Gorges is, in fact, the largest national park in Mauritius and is famous for its waterfalls, vistas and hiking trails. The gorge is located in the central highlands. This is a wonderful place because it is also home to about 311 species of native and endemic plants and nine bird species that are found only in Mauritius.

Discover the Centre of Mauritius

Curepipe
Curepipe is one of the most important commercial centers of the island and offers a wide choice of shops and restaurants. It's a paradise for bargains including many clothing shops with goods sold at extremely attractive rates.

Trou aux Cerfs
Trou aux Cerfs is an extinct volcano in the middle of the central plateau overlooking the small town of Curepipe. The panoramic view from this point is unique and overlooks not only major towns, but also the Moka chain and Northwest Coast.

Avis Mauritius car rental delivery in Mauritius hotels:

Avis hotel car rental delivery times:
Monday to Friday: 9 am to 2 pm (Monday to Friday)
Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday: 9 am to 12 pm

Hotels with available Avis car rental delivery:

Oberoi

Surrounded by 20 acres of beautiful tropical gardens, The Oberoi hotel, Mauritius, occupies a magnificent spot overlooking Turtle Bay on the stunning northwest coast of Mauritius. The hotel offers everything you need for an idyllic island break – palm-thatched villas with Indian Ocean views, two gourmet restaurants and a spa in which therapists will erase the pressures of your life at home. It’s pure bliss.

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One & Only Le St Geran

One&Only Le Saint Géran nestles peacefully in its own private peninsula on the coast of Mauritius, fringed by over a mile of white sand beaches. One&Only, Le Saint Géran, stretches out on the golden peninsula of Belle Mare on the island’s northeast coast. Immortalised in Bernadin de Saint-Pierre’s novel Paul et Virginie, the peninsula is near the site of Le Saint Géran shipwreck.

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Heritage Telfair Golf & Spa

With its colonial undertones, this traditional-style hotel is elegant and serene. Even when full, it rarely feels busy. It enjoys a lovely location on the southern coast of Mauritius nestled between the Indian Ocean and the Plaine Champagne Hills. The Citronniers river runs through its 15 hectares of land and gardens.

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Lux Morne

Planted amidst lush tropical gardens in a prime location on the south west coast and conveniently protected from the trade winds by Le Morne Brabant Mountain, this chalet-style, boutique resort offers an abundance of island activities both on land and at sea. All accommodations are sea-facing to make the most of glorious sunsets. Its quieter location is perfect for romantics who will love the elegant ambience, subtle evening distractions and gastronomic dining.

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Other hotels:

Maritim Hotel

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La Plantation

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The Residence

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Long Beach

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Hotel Lux Belle Mare

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Constance Le Prince Maurice

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Constance Belle Mare Plage

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Heritage Awali Golf & Spa

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Hôtel Outtrigger

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Tamassa Hotel

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Sofitel Imperial

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La Pirogue Hotel

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Hilton Resort & Spa

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Sugar Beach Resort

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Sands Resort & Spa

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Hotel 20 degré Sud

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Lux Grand Gaube

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Merville Beach Hotel

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Preskil Beach Resort

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Blue Lagoon Beach Hotel

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Hotel Le Canonnier

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Club Mediterranee

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Le Recif

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Le Meridien

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Hotel PLM Azur

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Casuarina Hotel

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Touessrok Hotel

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Le Tropical Hotel

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