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Mauritius Island Trip – Travel Guide To Mauritius

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  • Mauritius
  • Port louis
  • 2,040 km²
  • 11°C, Wind
  • Mon 12:19 am
  • Mauritian Rupee
  • Creole
  • 1.296 million
  • Our family of 2 adults and 4 children from 19 down to 7 enjoyed our time in mauritius August 2015. The setting is lovely and the staff generally excellent. We had a full board package with inclusive water sports and this was frankly incredible value for money. The food was fresh, varied and you could always find things you.

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    Rajendra
  • Wow For once the online brochure is as in reality. As the three star suggests the rooms are clean and comfortable but not plush, The overall experience is fantastic with high emphasis on service. All staff really friendly and a pleasure We came here and can certainly say thanks everyone .

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    Ashutosh
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General Information About Mauritius

Mauritius, a volcanic island nation in the Indian Ocean, is known for its beaches, lagoons and reefs. The mountainous interior encompasses Black River Gorges National Park, with rainforests, waterfalls, hiking trails and native fauna like the flying fox. The capital, Port Louis, blends foreign influences and offers sites such as the Champs de Mars horse track, colonial Eureka plantation and 18th-century botanical garden.
Arabs first discovered Mauritius in the 975 AD, then the Portuguese amid 1507 to 1513. Finally, in 1598, the Dutch landed in the southeast and the Dutch Admiral in command VanWarwych named the bay after himself (Warwyck haven) which at present is known as the Grand Port. The General named the Island “Mauritius” after the Prince Mauritius Van Nassau of Holland. The Dutch occasionally visited the Island for shelter, food and fresh water but they did not attempt to develop it. Danish adventures arrived in 1622, hoping to exploit the ebony, which abounded the island. The British and French too began seeing the possibilities both for trade and for strategy in the resources and sent expeditions in the late 1638. However, their ships arrived too late as during May 1638; Cornelius SimonszGooyer send by the Netherlands East India Company had already set the first permanent Dutch settlement ever in Mauritius. He became the first governor of a population of over 25 colonists who intended to exploit the resources of the Island of fine ebony & ambergris along with rearing cattle’s and growing tobacco. Consequently, hundreds of slaves were imported in the next few years from Madagascar and convicts sent over from Batavia (Java). The convicts were engaged in cutting ebony. The attempts to colonize Mauritius failed as there were not enough settlers and by 1652, most of them left for better prospects offered in Cape of Good Hope. Other attempts at colonization proved catastrophic due to cyclones, drought, flood and plague. Food shortages and overall ineffective administration and attacks by pirate ships forced the colonizers to abandon Mauritius leaving a group of runway slaves with pangs of ill treatment in their hearts. In 1715, Guillaume DufresneD’Arsel, in the name of King Louis XV of France took possession of the Island and renamed it as Ile de France, declaring the island as French and sailed off after three days. In 1722, the first colonists landed on Warwyck Bay. During the first 14 years, the French colony experienced the same dismal fate as the Dutch and only the most desperate & toughest of the settlers survived. Their ill-treated slaves also escaped and lived in the forest and often sabotaged the plantations. Later Port Louis transformed from a primitive harbor to a thriving modern port largely due to the effort of BertandMahe de Labourdonnais. He transformed the Island from a colony of ill fates and discomfort into “The Star & Key of the Indian Ocean”. Rose Forts, Barracks, warehouses, hospitals and houses were set up, govt. house were built, roads were built crisscrossing the entire Island and a ship building industry evolved. Labourdonnais made the life of slaves easy by utilizing them for skilled tasks as artisans. Intensive agriculture programs were initiated to feed the Islanders and produce marketable products. Plantation of cotton, indigo, manioc and coffee were encouraged and the first sugar factory was setup in Villebague in 1744. After the seven year of war between England and France, in 1767, Government was established on Ile de France having a population of around 18773 constituting of 3163 Europeans and 587 free black, mostly Hindus and the rest being slaves. Under Pierre Poivre, the administrator, the island flourished with improved harbor facilities and accommodation for both colonists and slaves. But later under the governorship of Vicomte de Souillac, fraud, corruption and dishonesty ruled the island. On January 1790’s last Sunday a boat arrived with France’s new flag, the Tricolor bringing the news of revolution in France. In 1796, two agents arrived from France informing the colonists that slavery was abolished. The news instigated anger and consequently the agents had to run for their lives. In 1803, the last governor of Ile de France was assigned by Napoleon Bonaparte, which brought the colony back to order after 13 year of dishevel. Decaen founded primary schools, extended govt. house, established Mahebourg near Grand Port, encouraged intellectual societies, and promoted agricultural practices. Under him, Port Louis came to be known as Port Napoleon and Mahebourg Port became Port Imperial. With the fall of Napoleon, on December 3rd 1810 under General Abercrombie, the names were reverted to their former names. On 1810, Robert Farquhar became the first English Governor and announced that civil and judicial Administration would be unchanged and those who refused to follow it were asked to leave the island. Trade flourished and Port Louis was transformed into a free port. The British preserved the Islands laws, customs, languages, beliefs and property. In the later years sugar production boomed and became as major foreign income earner but the planters still depended on slave labor in spite of the 1807 Act. However, in 1835 the British finally abolished slavery after paying $2000000 as compensation to the owners. A little time later after promise of labor contract including salary, accommodation and a passage home, thousands of Indians mainly from Madras, Bombay and Calcutta immigrated to Mauritius. The immigrants were subjected to torture and forced to work for long hours and paid very little. They were called as ‘Coolies’ and in the coming years were to become the majority population of the Island.

Port Louise

port Louis is the Capital of Mauritius, Port-Louis is rich in yesterday’s treasures merging beautifully with our present. when visiting this beautiful island, make sure to along the city’s various French and British streets and unveil the history of this bustling city. Port Louis is the capital and also the economic centre-point of our paradise island, Mauritius. It is the largest city of the island with approximately 200,000 inhabitants. The city of Port Louis is home to the biggest harbor of Mauritius (the Port Louis Harbor), and is where large businesses and little trades co-exist together, all this forms the unique atmosphere of Port Louis.

Quatre Bornes

Quatre Bornes is surrounded by green mountains and thus prepares beautiful views. This is probably one reason why it became one of the most affluent residential areas of the Mauritian. Quatre Bornes translated means the four borders. However Quatre Bornes is rather called the city of flowers because of the many plants and parks. The city is so situated that you more or less do not come around then to pass through during your stay in Mauritius. The main street of Quatre Bornes is full of countless shopping opportunities. It ranks a boutique next to the other where you can find everything like clothes, shoes, bags, cosmetics, dvds, banks, pharmacies, books and much more.

Tamarin

Tamarin is located at the Westcoast of the island, south of Flic en Flac. While passing this town big basins for salt production catch your eye. The salt production of Tamarin covers the demand of the whole island. This place is ideal because rainfall is rare and seawater can be led into shallow basins to evaporate. Since the French colonial era salt is obtained this way. The bay of Tamarin (Baie du Tamarin) is especially famous among surfers. Here the waves are not slowed down by a reef. It is said that June/July are the best months for surfing but you can’t really rely on the Indian Ocean. Sometimes you have calm periods for weeks. Probably you will see the “Montage du Rempart”. Even though its height is just 545m, it is called the “Matterhorn of the South” due to its silhouette. The vertical rock face can just be done by experienced climbers.

People Of Mauritius

Mauritius people and society feature a blend of various cultures and communities living in absolute harmony with one another. The people of Mauritius are known as Mauritian(s). English is the official language of the people of the island. But it is spoken by less than 1% of the people. About 80.5% of the population speaks in Creole language. The other languages of Mauritius are Bhojpuri (12.1%), French (3.4%), other (3.7%) and unspecified (0.3%). A large number of ethnic communities live in the island. The ethnic communities of Mauritius is composed of 68% of the Indo-Mauritian, 27% of Creole, 3% of Sino-Mauritian and 2% of Franco-Mauritian. Hinduism is the major religion of the Mauritian followed by about 48% of the total population. The other religions followed in Mauritius are Roman Catholic (23.6%), Muslim (16.6%), other Christian (8.6%), other (2.5%) and unspecified (0.3%). Multiculturalism is a characteristic feature of the island of Mauritius. The Creole community of Mauritius has descended from the slaves and laborers of Asia and Africa. Franco-Mauritians are the descendants of the original French colonists. The Chinese people immigrated in Mauritius in the mid-19th century. The literacy rate of the Mauritius people is also quite high. About 84.4% of the population can read and write in Mauritius.
Port Louis Weather
27°C
pluies modérées
humidity: 88%
wind: 1m/s WNW
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When To Go

Mauritius enjoys a typically tropical climate with year-round heat, although the southeast trade winds help it never to feel too muggy. The summer months are from December to April, when it can nevertheless be extremely humid, and the winter, such as it is, runs from May to November, and is cooler and drier. The best months to visit Mauritius are May to early December. January and February, the peak cyclone months, are best avoided by water-sports enthusiasts and divers. Cyclones rarely hit Mauritius (although Rodrigues has suffered far more regularly than the mainland) but cyclones way out at sea can bring days of squally rain. Coastal temperatures range between 25°C and 33°C in summer and between 18°C and 24°C in winter. On the plateau it will be some 5°C cooler. The highlands are also the wettest part of the island – it can rain here at any time of year, and even when it’s not raining the area can be cloaked in low-lying cloud. When the winds are at their strongest in July and August it can be blustery on the east coast, though the breeze brings welcome relief in summer. Apart from the Christmas-New Year peak, Mauritius doesn’t really have high and low seasons. The situation is more dependent on outside factors (such as the French school holidays, which cause a big increase in demand and prices in August).

Currency Of Mauritius

The Mauritian Rupee is the currency of Mauritius. Currency rankings show that the most popular Mauritius Rupee exchange rate is the MUR to EUR rate. The currency code for Rupees is MUR, and the currency symbol is "₨". In a cash turn-over there are denominations of denomination in 25, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000 rupees. An official international designation of the this native currency is the combination of letters MUR ..
Mauritius Island Nightlife

Nightlife Of Mauritius

Mauritius isn’t really a destination for great nightlife, though the best of what there is can be found in and around Grand Baie, where you’ll find lively bars, live music, restaurants and nightclubs. Port Louis has mainly restaurants and bars, but is neither very busy nor particularly safe after dark beyond the Caudan Waterfront. Rivière Noire is a Creole fishermen's district where sega dancing is especially lively on Saturday nights. Sega troupes give performances at most hotels. Gamblers are lavishly catered for, casinos are among the island's attractions.

Language Of Mauritius

The official language of Mauritius is English. Thus, as a tourist you can get along with it very well. Still, in Mauritian everyday life French and Kreol are predominant. Kreol originated from French and different African dialects. Today it is spoken by the whole population of Mauritius and unites all the different ethnical groups. In these ethnical groups some more languages, like Hindu, Arabic or Chinese are spoken. The majority of the population is bilingual, fluent both in English and French. Creole and French are the main languages used generally. Various other oriental languages are spoken too icluding Hindi, Urdu, Tamil, Telegu, Bhojpuri, Gujarati, Marathi, Mandarin and Cantonese.
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Li Pirogue

Wolmar Coastal Rd, Flic en Flac, Mauritius
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Route Royale, Grand Baie, Mauritius

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