THE MAURITIUS - It's a Pleasure

Mauritius is a gorgeous island located in the Indian Ocean off the east coast of Madagascar. Mauritius is known as the tropical paradise by many people around the globe. This is true, especially as Mauritius has a lot to give to those who come searching for fun filled vacations. The capital of Mauritius is called Port Louis and is the home of many offices and businesses. The port is as well found in Port Louis, so ships which need to embark and disembark need to head there. Mauritius became a Republic in the year 1968. Nowadays, every book refers to the island as the Republic of Mauritius.

Mark Twain has been quoted as saying, “You gather the idea that Mauritius was made first, and then heaven, and that heaven was copied after Mauritius.”

History: After a brief Dutch settlement, French immigrants who came in 1715 named the island Île de France and established the first road and harbor infrastructure, as well as the sugar industry, under the leadership of Gov. Mahe de Labourdonnais. Blacks from Africa and Madagascar came as slaves to work in the sugarcane fields. In 1810, the British captured the island and in 1814, by the Treaty of Paris, it was ceded to Great Britain along with its dependencies.
Indian immigration, which followed the abolition of slavery in 1835, rapidly changed the fabric of Mauritian society, and the country flourished with the increased cultivation of sugarcane. The opening of the Suez Canal in 1869 heralded the decline of Mauritius as a port of call for ships rounding the southern tip of Africa, bound for South and East Asia. The economic instability of the price of sugar, the main crop, in the first half of the 20th century brought civil unrest, then economic, administrative, and political reforms. Mauritius became independent on March 12, 1968.
Geography: Geographical coordinates: 20.2 S and 57.5 E
Mauritius is an island created by underwater volcanic eruptions. The first people to set foot on it were the Portuguese. The total area of Mauritius is around 2000 sq. kilometers with 330 km of coastline mostly surrounded by coral reefs. Surveys showed that during the year 2006, Mauritius is segmented into nine districts. These districts are called Grand Port, Savanne, Moka, Plaine Wilhems, Pamplemousses, Black River, Port Louis, Flacq and Riviere du Rempart. Other islands that belong to Mauritius are Rodrigues and Agalega. The flag of Mauritius is represented in 4 colours - Red, Blue, Yellow and Green. Mauritius gained the flag during its independence on the 12 th of March 1968. Each colour on the flag of Mauritius has a meaning. Red means freedom. Blue means the colour of the sea, which is the Indian Ocean. Yellow means the sunshine and Green means the agriculture of Mauritius.
Weather: Mauritius enjoys a relatively mild climate. Although temperatures are rather moderate throughout the year with occasional rainfall, the most pleasant times to visit the island are between the months of April and June and between September and December.
As Mauritius is located in the southern hemisphere, the summer and winter months are opposite to seasons in Europe.

Summer: November to April - The weather is hot and humid during these months, with peaks in temperatures occurring in the months of December, January and February.
Rainfall is abundant, especially on the central plateau. The highest rainfall normally occurs in the months of February and March.
Daylight hours typically run from 5.30am to 7.00pm. This is the best time for scuba diving – especially December through to March – and for deep-sea fishing.

Winter: May to October - The temperature is cooler during this season, and prevailing winds tend to blow over the island from the east and south-east.
The lowest temperatures are felt in August (20°C on the coast). Daylight hours typically run from 6.45am to 5.45pm. This is the best season for surfing (June to August).

Weather - On the central plateau, which is some 600 metres above sea level, the average day temperature is between 20°C in August and 26°C in February.
On the coast, the temperatures are higher by about three to five degrees.
The northern and the western parts of the island are warmer and drier than the eastern and the southern regions.
Capital: Port Louis
Population: 1,331,155 as per 2014 census with a growth rate of 0.66%
Currency: Mauritian Rupee. 1 US$ = 62 Mauritian Rupees
Language: English, French, and Creole
Time zone: GMT + 4 hours
Visa: For citizens of most countries tourist visa is offered on arrival subject to producing all relavenr documents. It is however desirable that it is checked again before departure.
  • Mauritius offers a perfect venue to legally marry. Assistance is provided in organising a hassle free wedding with sufficient notice. Please check with us the documents you would require.
  • Spa in Mauritius is a sheer indulgence of luxury with extreme papering. Most treatments are done in open environment merging you with the elements of nature in it's purity.
  • Choose to be just romantic. Let loose your emotions. Hear your heart throb communicating with your beloved. Mauritius has all that you need to express yourself.
  • Diving is a temptation with 23 dive centers registered. Diving is at it's best in March, April and from October to December. Well known dive sites are in the north and west, the popular ones being Flic en Flac, and Troux aux Biches.
  • Mountain climbing could be fun for the family or a challenge requiring skills. Mauritius being a volcanic island it has unusual and dramatic ranges to conquer. Moka range, the Black River chain, and Grand Port range are popular.
  • Wild life, some of them declared as endangered, in their natural environment is worth watching. Black River George National Park, Casela Bird Park, Ile aux Aigrettes, and Crocodile Park are a treat.
  • Combine your holiday in paradise with a few rounds of golf on some of the most perfect greens in this part of the world. Legend Golf Course and Links Golf Course even conduct internationally renowned tournaments.