Mauritius Travel Guide
Welcome to Mauritius Island
Mauritius island is the multicultural melting pot found in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar. You will find there all the culture grouped on a small piece of haven, living in perfect harmony. Mauritius is an exotic garden of lush greenery surrounded by a blue turquoise sea, white sandy beaches with one of the most beautiful coral reefs in the world. The island is loaded with historic sights, cultural diversity, geographic variation and almost limitless activities. For those of you who want the most out of this unique adventure you will get access to a wide range of activities such as golf, water sports, encounter with wild animals,deep sea fishing, scuba diving, swimming with dolphins, catamaran cruises, sky diving and so much more. Here, you will have the opportunity to experience unparalleled luxury: a level of refinement from luxury hotels to sumptuous villas. Discovering Mauritius and its inhabitant is like undertaking a journey into some of the most fascinating ancestral traditions that have ever existed.
Top 10 reasons to visit Mauritius
1. One of the most beautiful islands in the world and in the Indian Ocean.
2. Ranked among the top ten destinations in the world for honeymoon celebration.
3. Ranked among the top ten destinations in the world for weddings celebration.
4. A turquoise blue sea with one of the most beautiful lagoon in the world and white sandy beaches.
5. Luxury hotels and villas at affordable prices.
6. A fascinating cultural diversity
7. Beautiful scenery.
8. A holiday destination all year round.
9. A range of activities: golf, tennis, horseback riding, skydiving, walk with lions, swimming with dolphins etc...
10. Interesting Opportunities of shopping.
Mauritius in Brief
Official Name: Mauritius Island
Capital: Port Louis
Area: 1865 km2 (2045 km2 with dependencies)
Official language: English
Government: Parliamentary democracy
Population: 1.2 million inhabitants
Life expectancy: 67 years for men, 74 women
Religion: Hinduism (majority), Catholicism (30%), Muslim (17%)
Currency: Mauritian rupee (Rs)
International dialing code: +230
Overview of Mauritius
Three mountain formations dominate the island of volcanic origin, at a height of 828 meters for the Piton of
Black River, the highest point of Mauritius. The central plateau, crossed by extinct craters and small rivers,
it rises to 600 meters. Quite small, the island is 48 km from east to west and 65 km from north to south, with 330 km of coastline and stunning lagoons, surrounded by the Great Barrier Reef.
As for the climate it's perfect for holidays: a relatively stable temperature throughout the year, between 24 and 30 ° C.
Beaches in Mauritius
The endless white sandy beaches, the turquoise blue lagoons and the clear warm sea, all these are things for which Mauritius is so famous.
Almost the entire coast of Mauritius is surrounded by a coral reef that protects the lagoons from wave action as well as from dangerous predators like sharks and barracudas. The water is crystal clear and generally calm, the shore dips gently, making almost all beaches in Mauritius suitable for children and inexperienced swimmers.
The coral reefs off the coast of Mauritius are often located only a few meters from the shore and are most inviting for snorkelling and diving.
Water sports to suit all requirements are offered at all the beaches, particularly in the north, the west and on the hotels beaches.
Brief History of Mauritius
1500: Discovery of the island by the Portuguese
1598: Taking the island by the Dutch who renamed it Mauritius in honor of his sovereign, Maurits van Nassau,
Prince of Orange
1638: Dutch settlers arrived, which left the island in 1710. They introduce the ebony, the spices and exterminated the dodo, which became a symbol of the island and extinct species in the world
1639: Introduction of sugar cane
1715: Annexation of the island by the French who renamed it Ile de France, followed by the arrival a few years later
the first French settlers
1735: Directors of Mahé de La Bourdonnais that lasted over 10 years. Founding of Port Louis
1810: The English took the island which they renamed Mauritius
1835: Abolition of Slavery, the beginning of the influx of Indian immigrants
1851: Expansion of the sugar industry
1967: Mauritians voted in favor of independence
S.S.R INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Airports of Mauritius Co. Ltd (AML), a public company incorporated in May 1998, started operations on the 01 April 1999, and is the owner and operator of Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport. The Government of Mauritius is the major shareholder of AML.
AML provide a unique business, environment friendly, safe and efficient airport facility, continually enriched by innovative services to ensure pleasant passenger experience, whilst striving to meet stakeholders' expectations and contributing to the national economy, by managing resources with professionalism and integrity. AML's vision is to make SSR International Airport a SMART Airport.
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