Mauritius, a tropical island paradise and arguably Africa's wealthiest destination, is one of the world's top luxury tourism destinations. It possesses a wide range of natural and man-made attractions, enjoys a tropical climate with clear warm sea waters, attractive beaches, tropical fauna and flora complemented by a multi-ethnic and cultural population that is friendly and welcoming. These tourism assets are its main strength, especially since they are backed up by well-designed and run hotels, reliable and operational services and infrastructures. Mauritius received the World Leading Island Destination award for the third time, as well as the World's Best Beach award, at the World Travel Awards in January 2012. (Source: Wikipedia)
Hotels in Mauritius
LUX* Belle Mare, LUX* Le Morne, and LUX* Grand Gaube are three of the best luxury beach resorts in Mauritius (as per TripAdvisor's Popularity Index ranking). LUX* Belle Mare is located on the east coast of Mauritius, LUX* Le Morne is in the south west of the island, and LUX* Grand Gaube is in the north. Discover other hotels in Mauritius.
What to do in Mauritius
Mauritius offers a wealth of natural beauty and exciting activities for every traveller. Visit the island's several unique natural features, including the 7-Coloured Earths of Chamarel, the Black River Gorges and two UNESCO World Heritage status monuments. For the sporty set, there are a number of world-class golf courses to enjoy, as well as a host of water sports such as deep-sea fishing, scuba diving, snorkelling and kite surfing to name a few. Go trekking through the lush forest, or explore the nearby villages and markets on bicycle. The island offers a rich colonial history to be explored with fascinating local culture and a variety of exotic and colourful religious festivals. Hundreds of shopping centres sell locally made textiles, jewellery, sugar and local preserves. Visit the nature reserves where you can spot some of the native endangered species, both in the ocean and inland. Every moment in Mauritius is an opportunity to discover something new.
Attractions in Mauritius
Centre Equestre De Riambel, Divers' Ocean, The Crown Lodge, Curious Corner of Chamarel, Ile des Deux Cocos, Trou d'Argent Beach, CHAZAL ecotourisme, Les 7 Cascades, Ile Plate Beach, Nature Trails Mauritius, La Route du Thé, Le Morne Beach, Isle Aux Cerfs, La Vanille Crocodile Park, Casela Nature and Leisure Park, Black River Gorges National Park, Labourdonnais, un Château dans la Nature, Island Wings Mauritius, Spiagge alla Isola dei Cervi, Tamarin Bay, Pointe d'Esny, Ilot Gabriel Beach, Pamplemousses Botanical Garden, L’Aventure du sucre, La Vanille Réserve des Mascareignes, Parc François Leguat, Notre Dame Auxiliatrice, Ile aux Cerfs, Ganga Talao, La Cuvette Beach, Blue Bay Beach, Port Louis Race track, Ocean Spirit Diving Centre, Pereybere Beach, Club Osmosis, Le Jardin de Pamplemousses, Grand Bassin, The Forbach Stables, Tamarin Falls, The Martello Tower Museum, Ile Cocos, Chamarel Coloured Earth, Chamarel Waterfall, Maison Eureka, Gris Gris Beach, Domaine des 7 Vallées, Blue Bay Marine Park Mauritius, Le Morne Brabant, Champs de Mars, Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolan Botanic Garden, Blue Penny Museum, Tamil Surya Oudaya Sangam Temple, Ile aux Aigrettes Nature Reserve, Pointe Bernache, La Vallee des Couleurs, Il Tempio di Grand Bassain, Diverland Mauritius, Kite for Fun, Rissers Beach, Le Pouce, La Vallée de Ferney, Trou aux Cerfs, Rochester Falls, Haras Du Morne, Citadel Fort Adelaide, Government House, Giardino Botanico, Pieter Both Mountain, Mauritius Aquarium, Le Souffleur, Seven Coloured Earth, Le Domaine de Lagrave, The Photographic Museum, Pont Naturel, Caudan Waterfront, Natural History Museum, Jardin des 5 Sens, Albion Lighthouse, Saveurs Et Rivages, National History Museum, Club Hippique de Maurice, China Town, temple de Triolet, Eureka House, Popeye Ile Maurice, Domaine Les Pailles, Orca dive centre Merville Beach, Maheshwarnath Tempel, Aapravasi Ghat, Domain du Chasseur Game Park and Reserve, Rivulet Terre Rouge Estuary Bird Sanctuary, Colorful Sands, KiteGlobing Kite & More Ltd., Balaclava Public Beach, Curepipe Botanical Garden, Taxi Mauritius - Private Tour
Geography of Mauritius
Located just off the southeast coast of Africa, some 900km east of Madagascar, is the island nation of Mauritius. Surrounded by the warm Indian Ocean, the island is 2040km2 in size and forms part of the Mascarene Islands, with La Réunion to the southwest and Rodrigues to the northeast. As a Republic, it also includes the islands of Cargados Carajos, Rodrigues and the Agalega Islands, while its capital is the city of Port Louis.
Climate in Mauritius
Mauritius enjoys a mild tropical climate all year round. The winter months are typically warm and dry from May to November, while summer is hot and quite humid from December to April.
Coastal temperatures: 22°C in winter to 34°C in summer.
Sea temperature: 22°C to 27°C.
Languages in Mauritius
Mauritian Creole, French and English are mostly spoken on the island. While English is the only official language, the lingua franca is Mauritian Creole and the newspapers and television programmes are usually in French. Rodriguan Creole is a minority language and is spoken in certain parts of the country only.
Culture in Mauritius
The island is a melting pot of cultures with Indian, African, Chinese and French citizens adding to its unique diversity. As a former French and then British colony, the island also shows strong European influences.
Money/Currency in Mauritius
The local currency is the Mauritian Rupee (MUR) which is divided into 100 cents. Credit cards are accepted by most businesses.
Driving in Mauritius
The island has a network of well maintained roads, with a main dual-carriage way going across the island from the airport in the south through the capital city of Port Louis in the west and further towards the popular north coast. Multi-coloured buses and taxis are a safe and popular way to get around the island, while cars can also be hired.
Direct Flights to/from Mauritius
Air Mauritius is the national carrier for the island. It operates a network of routes to the local islands and international destinations in Africa, Australia, Europe and Asia, with daily or weekly flights to most major cities in these destinations.