Located in the middle of the Mascarene Islands, which also consists of Reunion Island and Rodrigues, Mauritius offers a tropical climate ideal for an exotic holiday in the sun, no matter the time of the year.
The island is a feast for the senses. Colours, tastes and smells - everything seems to be more intense in this haven of peace. The endless beaches, culinary delights and the gracious hospitality of the people create an atmosphere of deep relaxation and positivity. Mauritius also offers a wide range of wellness and fun. This will make your holiday on the jewel of the Indian Ocean an ultimate recreational experience.
Facts & Figures
Official name: Republic of Mauritius (Republic of Mauritius) Location: Island is located approximately 800 km east of Madagascar in the south-west Indian Ocean Area: 2,040 km² Capital: Port Louis Population: 1.3 million Religious and Ethnic groups: 52% 16% 28% Hindus, Christians, Muslims, 27%/ 68% Indo Mauritians Sino Mauritian Creoles, 3%, 2% Franco-Mauritian Language: English (official), Mauritian Creole, French Geography: Narrow flat coastal strip, disjointed mountain ranges, in the center high plateau. Highest point: Mont Piton (828m) Time zone: Mauritius Time (UTC + 04:00) Political and Economic: parliamentary democracy, GDP: EUR 9.82 billion (2015). Currency: Mauritius Rupee (for the exchange rate please search the web)
Arrival and departure
Since cruises take a very long time, most visitors take a plane for the entry to Mauritius. The most important airport in the country is the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport.
Visa: Vaccinations: In general, a vaccination for hepatitis A is recommended and hepatitis B and typhoid for longer stays. On site: The best way to travel within the islands, is to use one of the inexpensive taxis, but you can also use ships and planes which available during the day.
Climate and best time to travel
Mauritius climate is subtropical and hot, humid summers and warm, dry winters. Winter average temperature: 27°C (maximum temperatures of around 32°C in February) Summer average temperature: 20°C (average minimum temperatures around 16°C in August) Water temperature: Max. 27°C in February Mauritius is always worth a visit. However, from November to April, heavy rainfall is expected. Therefore, it is best suited to travel between May and October.
The most beautiful holiday regions
North Coast - Balaclava ruins and exotic fruit orchards West coast - Martello Towers and seven colored earth East Coast - Long sand banks and the market of Flacq District South Coast - Sandy beaches, cliffs full of caves
Public holidays and celebrations
New Year (January 1), Chinese New Year (depending to the Chinese lunar calendar), International Day for the Abolition of Slavery (February 1), Thaipoosam Cavadee (February 3), Maha Shivaratri (according to modern calendar, at the end of February / beginning March), National Holiday (March 12), Ugadi (celebrating Telugu New Year, in March), Labor Day (May 1), Fasting (depending on the lunar calendar), Ganesh Chaturthi (on the fourth day of the Hindu month Bhadraba), All Saints' Day (November 1), anniversary of the arrival of the laborers (November 2), Christmas (December 25).
DOs and DON'Ts
DOs • Drive on the left-hand side of the road. Even if you are not the driver yourself, it is important to focus on the changing flow of traffic. • Wear appropriate attire. Do not wear shorts or bikini tops outside the beaches and always enter mosques with covered shoulders and without shoes. • Heed warnings. Do not swim in the sea if a floating warning persists.
DON'TS • Don’t touch venomous animals. Especially in the dark, do not reach into holes in the ground or cave-like hiding places, as there are snakes and other poisonous animals in Mauritius. • Don’t touch religious artifacts. Do not touch any statues and shrines at the religious sites.
Can you drink the tap water? The tap water does not always meet the drinking water standards of Europe. Therefore, use bottled and boiled water. Do I need an adaptor? In Mauritius, different sockets are used as in Europe; an adapter is therefore needed. What about medical care? The Maltese health system operates generally well. There are several smaller clinics scattered across the island, with the main supply being provided at Mater Dei Hospital. It is recommended to take the following items: Medications for personal use, sunscreen (SPF factor), mosquito repellent, sun glasses, water shoes for swimming due the sharp coral edges and shallow reefs, comfortable shoes for running and sandals. In the hotel, all major credit cards such as Visa, Mastercard and Amex are accepted. Health Tip: In the sea you should be careful. Sea urchins and other animals live in the waters and can harm you. Therefore, it is advisable to take certain precautions while snorkeling, diving or swimming such as wearing water shoes. Those who snorkel or dive should be familiar with underwater wildlife before touching any animal.
Top tips and discoveries
During your trip to Mauritius, you will often hear Mauritian Creole in all the areas of the island and you will see that the atmosphere is very relaxed and familiar. Do not be surprised or appalled if a Mauritian calls you "cousin" - it is in fact a term often used by locals that can be translated as "my friend"! If you want to surprise the locals, learn some expressions in Creole and you will see an even bigger smile on their faces.
Mauritius has a rich cultural diversity, which is mainly expressed through music, dance and food. Shake it up in front of a concert of "séga", the traditional rhythmic music of the island, and learn from the “séga” dancers dressed in their long, brightly-coloured flower skirts. If you wish to warm up your moves before your stay, we recommend you a few well-known Mauritian artists like the groups Cassiya and Zotsa and the singer Alain Ramanissum.
During your stay, you will enter into a colourful food journey with traditional "dholl puri" (wraps filled with meat or vegetables) or "caris" (curries), dishes made of chopped tomatoes, garlic, onions, thyme, turmeric and meat, poultry or fish, all cooked long enough to give it a scented and spicy flavour. Not to worry, although various spices are often used in Mauritian dishes, locals are used to tourists asking them for mild ones.
As a digestive, you can then enjoy a glass of “rhum arrangé”, rum in which spices and fruits have marinated for preferably a few years. If you get a little thirsty during a walk or while sunbathing on the beach, you will probably always find a small street vendor selling coconuts, which they will cut before your eyes and even add in a little straw!
Port Louis As the Capital City of the country, Port Louis is full of liveliness and movement. People of many different cultural backgrounds call the capital home, making it charmingly loud and hectic. Exploring the colorful markets and narrow streets, you’ll make unforgettable memories and gather several cultural and culinary experiences. Anyone looking for relaxation after an eventful day can rest in the Company Garden, a popular destination for locals.
Thaipoosam Cavadee This magnificent and colorful parade, built in honor of the deity Murugan, can be admired every year in January or February. After several days of fasting, devout Tamils turn up to their temple to offer gifts. The main part of the ceremony is the piercing of the skin with needles or hooks in the trance state. No blood shows, which is considered a sure sign of protection by Murugan. The procession itself, during which the believers wear bright red or saffron robes, is accompanied by dances, songs and loud prayers which makes this parade an impressive sight.
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