Mauritius

Mauritius

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Mauritius, a sparkling crystal in the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, will fascinate you. The contrast of colours, cultures and tastes makes the island so charming that the scene is set for an unforgettable beach holiday. Here, you have the opportunity to experience unparalleled luxury: a level of refinement that is head and shoulders above that on offer in other tropical holiday destinations. Here, you will discover the true meaning of ‘beauty’ – a realisation that will compel you to return for holidays in Mauritius time and again.

This stunning island isn’t just about beaches and sunsets! Take a cooling dip at the beautiful Tamarind Falls, nestled in the crater of an extinct volcano; Explore the spice and tea stalls in Port Louise; take an exhilarating deep-sea fishing trip to catch marlin and shark or simply enjoy a romantic sunset catamaran cruise. For the energetic play a round of golf on one of the islands breathtaking championship courses

Mauritius offers a wonderful honeymoon setting, where you’ll enjoy an incredible romantic holiday to celebrate your ‘once in a lifetime’ holiday. All our Mauritius hotels are wonderful honeymoon settings, where you’ll enjoy an incredibly romantic honeymoon.

Getting married in Mauritius is a simple and a magical way to exchange your vows. This serene, exotic island of endless beaches and swaying palms is inspiring and romantic – the perfect start to life ahead

Some of the world’s finest hotels and resorts are located on the island ranging from opulent 5 star resorts to small boutique hotels, offering some of the finest all inclusive packages for the ultimate beach holiday.

Visa requirements

Entry visa required for European passport holders which is obtained at the airport at no charge. For other nationalities, please contact Cape Tours for guidance.

Languages spokenMost people in Mauritius are bilingual and are equally fluent in English and French. Creole and French are the main languages in the everyday environment and several oriental languages are also spoken.
Currency usedMauritian Rupee. Euro, Sterling and US Dollars widely accepted
Area (km2)2925 km²
Places

Port Louis, Capital City of Mauritius:

Port Louis, the cosmopolitan capital city of Mauritius was founded in 1735 by the French governor and pioneer Bertrand-François Mahé de La Bourdonnais. Located on the Northwest Coast, Port Louis is the administrative and business capital of the island.

Buzzing with activity during the day, the city is full of cultural and historical treasures that should not be missed. Beyond the central market, which is a focal point for those who want to feel close to the soul of Mauritius, are many historic sites including the Champ de Mars - the oldest race course in the southern hemisphere.

The North:

In Mauritius, when we speak of “the north”, Grand Bay is the first thing that comes to mind. Grand Bay, through sustained development, has become the premier tourist destination of Mauritius.

The starting point of nautical trips to the northern islands and other sea activities, Grand Bay has two beaches, one of which is “La Cuvette, a discreet hideaway, where you can still found the rare “tec-tec” hidden in the sand, small white shells that need to be preserved.

Take a walk through the narrow streets behind the main road and enjoy what the small local boutiques have to offer. Known for its wide variety of restaurants and its nightlife, you will immediately be drawn to this charming and exuberant village.

Another picturesque village in the north of Mauritius is Cap Malheureux, with its famous red-roofed church, its view of the northern islands and its important fishing community.

The East:

The East coast with its succession of beaches is undoubtedly one of the island’s most beautiful coastlines set alongside emerald coloured lagoons. Punctuated with numerous luxurious hotels and authentic villages, this coast has the particularity of being exposed to the constant south-east trade winds. The several kilometres long Belle Mare beach is its main attraction.

The South & South-East:

The wildest and most beautiful landscapes of the island are in the South: sandy beaches bordered by cliffs carved by waves, rocky shores, sugar cane fields as far as the eye can see, and mountainous terrains offering magnificent panoramas. The integrated tourist area of Bel Ombre is also a model of its kind.

The West & South-West:

The West and South-West coasts of Mauritius are the driest areas on the island. At first glance, you could be forgiven for thinking you were in the African bush. Protected from the prevailing winds, the region boasts some superb hotels and lagoons calm enough for swimming, snorkelling, diving, water-skiing, kayaking, pedal boats and sailing activities.

Head to Tamarin Bay, or to the world famous “One Eye” at Le Morne, where you can find the best waves for surfing. Le Morne is also well known by kitesurfers due to the steady winds that blow in from the South-East and accelerate in this corner of the island almost all year round.

The West is where you’ll find the lush Black River Gorges. You can spend the day visiting the different Nature Parks (Casela, Gros Cailloux) in the region, going for walks, great activities for kids and taking in the stunning surroundings. There are even some tame African lions, giraffe and other animals to see.

Do some shopping at the nearby shopping centres and why not try a karting race at Cascavelle? For a truly magical experience, be sure to book a trip to Ile aux Bénitiers and swim with wild dolphins!

Inland and Centre:

Time to leave the usual beaches and try a few excursions inland to get a feel for the heart of the island. Cooler than the coastal regions, the central plateau is situated between 400 and 600 meters above sea level. Starting from the South of Port Louis, this vast urban area is home to about 400,000 people, representing over one-third of the island's population. High up on the plateau, you’ll also find forests, lakes and plantations that are well worth a visit.

Honeymoon

Mauritius is the perfect place to celebrate your honeymoon by staying at a luxury resort with fine dining, enjoying the beautiful beaches and romantic sunsets. Mauritius is home to some of the world's most famous hotels such as The Oberoi, Le Touessrok and Constance Le Prince Maurice to name but a few.

This old colonial spice and sugar island delivers the most perfect honeymoons time and time again. Beautiful and stylish five star hotels combined with outstanding service and bleached white sand washed by Turquoise Ocean – this is a destination which is perfect throughout the year and really is the partner of choice for those looking to combine a South African safari with a beach destination.

This stunning island is studded with properties offering honeymoon discounts – some even let the bride stay free!

Sports & nature

The flora of Mauritius is composed of 700 species of indigenous plants. Many of these plants are threatened with extinction. This is because there is less than 2% of their natural habitat left, and because introduced plants and animals compete and destroy their fruits and seedlings.

In collaboration with the National Parks and the Conservation and Forestry Services, the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation is working to protect the species and the forest for future generations.

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Nightlife info

In an island where people originate from a wide variety of places, the local cuisine is a testament to the influence of this melting pot. This produces remarkable results: in Mauritius, you can travel to all corners of the globe without leaving the table

Mauritian cooking is in a class of its own: it is a combination influenced by people of different cultures and cooking traditions. Mauritian people are adventurous with food, and are perfectly happy to eat Creole, Chinese, Indian or Muslim food.

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Culture and history info

Culture - What makes Mauritius so special is not so much its tropical ambience but its multicultural identity, and a culture that combines the best of French style, Creole exuberance, Indian elegance and Chinese cuisine can only be fascinating. But these diverse cultures have not just co-existed – each has gained a little from the other over the years to offer a truly Mauritian experience. In fact, it is the unique nature of the island’s colourful history and its multi-ethnic people that combine to make this one of the world’s great holiday destinations.

History - Of volcanic origin and generally sheltered by barriers of coral reefs forming natural, safe, crystal clear lagoons, Mauritius has long been a dream destination. Known to the Arabs as early as the 10th century, but officially discovered in 1505 by the Portuguese navigator Pedro Mascarenhas, the island was occupied successively by the Dutch (1598-1712) and the French (1715-1810), and was ceded to Great Britain in 1814 through the Treaty of Paris. On 12 March 1968, Mauritius became Independent. Republic Day was proclaimed on 12 March 1992.

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