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Mauritius

Mauritius is a stunning island nation located off the coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean. Known for its crystalline waters, coral reefs, white sandy beaches, diverse culture and natural splendours, Mauritius is a paradise for anyone seeking an unforgettable experience.

Mauritius was a Dutch, French and British Colony before it gained independence in 1968. As a result, the island offers a unique blend of Indian, French and Chinese cultures, which has influenced its unique cuisine, lively culture, and colourful traditions.

Home to numerous stunning beaches, visitors can indulge in a range of water sports such as diving, snorkelling, kayaking, and more. The island is also home to several nature reserves and is also home to a variety of wildlife, including rare bird species like the Pink Pigeon and the Mauritian Kestrel.

Visitors can explore the bustling markets, temples and visit several historical and cultural sites, such as the Aapravasi Ghat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that served as a landing point for indentured labourers in the 19th century.

Additionally, Mauritius is known for its vibrant nightlife, with many clubs, bars, and restaurants offering live music and entertainment.

Whether you’re looking for adventure, want to relax, explore the island’s landscape and culture, or indulge in adventure sports, this multi-dimensional destination is the perfect getaway for luxury-seekers, honeymooners, families and everyone in between. It is a truly special destination that leaves a lasting impression on those who visit.

Time zone: UTC + 4

Currency: The monetary unit is the Mauritian Rupee (Rs) which is divided into 100 cents. Major currencies such as US Dollars, Euros, and even South African Rands are accepted in most hotels and by many vendors. You can exchange your currency at the airport or draw from an ATM.

Language: English and French are generally accepted as the official languages (with French being the most dominant), and Creole is the most commonly used language on the street.

Transportation: The best way to get around Mauritius is by hiring a car, taking a taxi or using public transportation such as buses.

Cuisine: While the island’s hotels and resorts offer some of the most special dining experiences, you’ll need to venture further afield for an authentic taste of the island. Lunch is the best time to try a local restaurant, or for the more adventurous, Mauritian street food is widely available in towns and markets.

Safety: Mauritius is a safe tourist destination, but it is always a good idea to take basic precautions like locking your doors and windows, keeping your valuables safe, and being aware of your surroundings.

Tipping: In restaurants where no service charge is added, you could leave 5% to 10% of the bill, according to your satisfaction with the service. Porters should be tipped accordingly. Rs20-40 is acceptable for airport porters. Taxi drivers don’t expect tips, but they are gratefully received.

Social: Conservative casual wear is generally acceptable everywhere, but dress appropriately when visiting religious shrines (no shorts, mini skirts, etc.) and remove shoes when entering mosques and temples. A large portion of the population is Hindu, so respect their traditions.

What to See
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No camera can do justice to the colours and mesmerising beauty of Mauritius. Prepare to be amazed by the harmony of shades at the 7-Coloured Earth, the majesty of the cascading Alexandra or Tamarin Falls, or the underwater waterfall illusion at Le Morne.

See the tangle of tropical vegetation, giant Victoria amazonica water lilies and soulful giant tortoises at Pamplemousses or get up close to nature at conservation areas like the Vallée de Ferney Black or River Gorges National Park. This dense forest is home to many native species of flora and fauna, including three endangered bird species: the Mauritius kestrel, the echo parakeet and the pink pigeon.

See lobsters and schools of fish where the waves break out near the horizon and the drop-off where the lagoon meets the open ocean. Or simply bask in the sun and watch the sunset over Mauritius’ beautiful horizon.

What to Taste & Smell
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You can taste Mauritian history in its delightful cuisine. Enjoy the heady scent of the local aromatic herbs and spices like cinnamon, turmeric, saffron, and cloves, blended with the Indian, Chinese, French and Creole influences that come together in Mauritian kitchens.

This results in dishes with an intense blend of sweet, savoury, and spicy flavours, such as “rougaille,” a tomato-based sauce with chilli and garlic, or “dholl puri,” a stuffed flatbread served with chutney and curry, popular from coast to coast. Don’t leave Mauritius without trying the local pineapples, drinking coconut water, or sampling the island’s locally produced rums or Phoenix beer.

The flamboyant fragrances of Mauritius will linger long past your visit. The scent of frangipani around the pool and public areas, heliconia, bougainvillaea and red hibiscus flowers, used as décor, leave behind their sweet scent to create a lasting memory.

What to Feel
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Mauritius offers travellers a unique sensory and cultural experience you will never forget. Dive into your Mauritian experience and feel the thrill of trying your hand at something new, like windsurfing, kite surfing, and parasailing, or simply soak your feet in the gentle waves lapping against the shore.

Touch a Spinner or bottlenose dolphin in the wild in the Tamarin lagoon. Meet the locals at the bustling markets, or experience the touch of spice in the island’s famous cuisine.

Immerse yourself in the history of this island with a visit to local historical and cultural landmarks such as the Aapravasi Ghat, Le Morne Cultural Landscape, and the Chateau de Labourdonnais.

For the finishing touch lose yourself in the rhythm of the traditional sega music and drumming performances, or wrap yourself in luxury with a local spa experience offered at most hotels in Mauritius. Whatever you choose to do, it is a truly amazing destination that will touch your soul and leave you a little changed.

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