Mauritius is located in the Indian Ocean about 800km east of Madagascar and 2,000 kilometres off the nearest point of the African mainland. Mauritius is a democracy with a government elected every five years. In 2012 the government decided to construct an approximately 25-km rail system between Curepipe and Port Louis, which had been under consideration for nearly three decades.
Hotal Oberoi, is a famous hotel in Mauritius and lies along the Turtle Bay or Baie aux Tortues on the island’s curvaceous north – west Coast over 20 acres of beautiful, subtropical gardens and with an impressive 600 metres of beachfront spanning three crescents of white sand between the mountains and the turquoise water of the Indian Ocean.
The Hotal Oberoi, is 15 kilometres away from the capital city of Port Louis and near the buzzing small town of Grand Baie.
How you can reach Mauritius by Air
Mauritius is served by the Sir Sewoosagar Ramgoolam International Airport, named after the former Prime Minister who is acknowledged as the Father of the Nation. The airport is a 55 minute drive from the hotel. Mauritius is well connected to international cities with daily flights operated by Air Mauritius and other leading airlines including Air France, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Condor and Emirates Airlines.
All travelers to Mauritius must possess a valid passport and a return or onward ticket. A visitor’s visa is granted normally for one month, but can be renewed for a further period upon request. All visitors need to have an outward bound ticket and proof of sufficient funds to support their stay. Passports are required by all and must have at least 6 months to the expiry date. Visas may be obtained from Mauritian Embassies and High Commissions.
Passengers of 18 years of age and over may import certain duty free goods. All plants must be declared to Customs immediately on arrival and are subject to examination. It is prohibited, by law, to introduce sugar cane and parts thereof, soil micro-organisms and invertebrate animals.
The official unit of currency in Mauritius is the Rupee. All major credit cards and Traveler’s Checks are widely accepted. In general, cash is better than traveler’s checks. Cash can be easier and quicker to exchange and command a higher rate or the commission can be lower. In some places, the larger the denomination of bills, the better the exchange rate.
Climate of Mauritius
The climate in Mauritius is comfortable over the whole year in which the months April till July and September till October are the most pleasant. During these months it rains less and the temperatures aren’t too high. The central part of the island experiences an average maximum day time temperature of 20°C in August to about 26°C in February. Along coastal areas, the temperatures are generally 3 to 5 degrees higher. The western and northern regions are warmer and relatively drier than the East and South. Tropical storms are frequent during the cyclone season from December to March.
Dress of local public in Mauritius
The best way to dress in Mauritius is to go informal. Light clothing (remember to carry plenty of spares to change into during the day) like bikinis, halter-neck tops, shorts and mini skirts are ideal for women on the beach, while shorts with singlets should suit men. A jacket and tie are required for official calls or for more formal occasions. Long sleeved shirts are acceptable for evening functions. For ladies, dresses, blouses, and long pants are appropriate. You could travel light, as there is usually a wide range of beachwear available in Mauritius. Sandals are the most comfortable form of footwear.
The official language is English – but most widely spread is French and the local dialect, Creole. Most Mauritians also speak their native languages such as Creole, Hindi, Chinese, Urdu, etc.
DESTINATION HIGHLIGHTS IN MAURITIUS
Capital and main port of Mauritius, Port Louis was founded by the French governor, Mahe de Labourdonnais, in 1735. There are two Cathedrals, a Mosque, a fine Supreme Court, some 18th century Barracks and a Natural History Museum. To see a fascinating cross – section of Mauritian life, visit the lively covered market. The Caudan and Port Louis waterfronts make shopping a pleasurable and leisurely experience.
It is administered by the Municipal City Council of Port Louis. Port Louis was already in use as a harbor in 1638. In 1735, under French government, it became the administrative center of Mauritius and a major re-provisioning halt for French ships during their passage between Asia and Europe, around the Cape of Good Hope. The Port is named in honor of King Louis XV. During this period of French colonization, Mauritius was known as Ile de France.
While Port Louis continues to be the business and administrative capital of Mauritius, expansion of the tourism industry in the late 1990s led to considerable development in Port Louis, with many shops, hotels, and restaurants being built in the Caudan Waterfront area.
Chamarel (Coloured Earth)
This is a mound of undulating land stretching in contrasting layers of color, and the patches of blue, green, red and yellow earth are to be the result of weathering. The main feature of the place is that since these differently colored sands spontaneously settle in different layers, dunes acquire a surrealistic, striped coloring. This phenomenon can also be observed, on a smaller scale, if one takes a handful of sands of different colors and mixes them together, as they’ll eventually separate into a layered spectrum.
The place has become one of Mauritius’ main tourist attractions since the 1960s. Nowadays, the dunes are protected by a wooden fence and visitors are not allowed to climb on them, although they can look at the scenery from observation outposts placed along the fence. Curio shops in the area sell small test-tubes filled up with the colored earths.
The nearby Chamarel waterfall emerges from the moors and primeval vegetation and is very beautiful.
IIe Aux Cerfs
Off the east coast of Mauritius, is the island resort Ile Aux Cerfs. The island has two restaurants, a boathouse(largest lagoon) and 87 hectares of beautiful and golden beaches. Lovers of water sports can have a great day out in the sun and sea. Every day Mauritians and tourists visit the island; they depart in boats from the village of Trou d’Eau Douce and spend the whole day on the island.
These gardens are known to naturalists worldwide for their large collection of exotic plants, including the giant Victoria Amazonica water lilies and many species of palm trees. Of particular interest is the Talipot Palm, which is said to flower once every sixty years and thereafter dies.
One of the island’s two natural lakes is Grand Bassin. It rests in the crater of an extinct volcano and is a place of pilgrimage for a large number of Mauritians of Hindu faith, especially on the occasion of Maha Shivaratree.
Black River Gorges National Park
This 6,574 hectare park, proclaimed in 1994, protects much of the remaining native forests of Mauritius and provides opportunities for the visitor to enjoy spectacular natural scenery and some of the unique endemic plants and bird life. There are also a number of long walking trails across the region, including one to the island’s highest point, Black River Peak at 828 metres.