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Welcome to paradise Island

Mauritius

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Mark Twain once quoted “Mauritius was made first and then heaven; and heaven was copied after Mauritius”.

Mauritius is a very small island (area size about: 1900 Km2) in the South west of the Indian Ocean and lies approximately 900 Km east of Madagascar.

What makes Mauritius so unique? You get to enjoy Mauritius in a many more ways as it has much to offer beyond the beach. Its white sandy beaches, circles by coral reefs offers a perfect santuary for those who want to spend the most relaxing holidays lounging on the beach. Our Island is the perfect destination for honeymooners, families, divers and for anyone looking for a deep relaxation, away from their hectic crowded city life.

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Geography of Mauritius
Located just off the southeast coast of Africa, some 900km east of Madagascar, is the island nation of Mauritius. Surrounded by the warm Indian Ocean, the island is 2040km2 in size and forms part of the Mascarene Islands, with La Réunion to the southwest and Rodrigues to the northeast. As a Republic, it also includes the islands of Cargados Carajos, Rodrigues and the Agalega Islands, while its capital is the city of Port Louis.

Climate in Mauritius
Mauritius enjoys a mild tropical climate all year round. The winter months are typically warm and dry from May to November, while summer is hot and quite humid from December to April.

Coastal temperatures: 22°C in winter to 34°C in summer.
Sea temperature: 22°C to 27°C.

Languages in Mauritius
Mauritian Creole, French and English are mostly spoken on the island. While English is the only official language, the lingua franca is Mauritian Creole and the newspapers and television programmes are usually in French. Rodriguan Creole is a minority language and is spoken in certain parts of the country only.

Driving in Mauritius
The island has a network of well maintained roads, with a main dual-carriage way going across the island from the airport in the south through the capital city of Port Louis in the west and further towards the popular north coast. Multi-coloured buses and taxis are a safe and popular way to get around the island, while cars can also be hired. 

Direct Flights to/from Mauritius
Air Mauritius is the national carrier for the island. It operates a network of routes to the local islands and international destinations in Africa, Australia, Europe and Asia, with daily or weekly flights to most major cities in these destinations.

Brief introduction of Mauritius Island

Mauritius, a small island in the Indian Ocean, has a unique and complex cultural history. Mauritius history is one of multi-colonialism, marked by administrations of three different colonial powers: The French, The British and the Dutch.

The Island was uninhabited until 1638 and it was then that the Dutch attempted to colonize the land. The Island was then named after the Prince of Denmark, Maurice of Nassau. The people of Mauritius are descendants of European (mostly French) settlers, the Franco-Mauritians; African slaves and creoles, the Afro-Mauritians; Chinese traders, the Sino-Mauritians; and Indian laborers, the Indo-Mauritians. There is unity in being a Mauritian despite not having a shared language and customs. For this reason, Mauritius is often considered a global example of successful cultural integration.


Independence of Mauritius

On the 12th of March 1968, Mauritius achieved its independence from the British and adopted a constitution based on the British parliamentary system. Gradually, its economy started to develop from an economy purely based on agriculture and sugar to more sectors such as tourism, textile, and financial services. In 1992, Mauritius became a republic.

Culture in Mauritius

Mauritius has a diversity of cultures with African, Indian, Chinese and French citizens. Being a former French and british economy, the island has a strong Eurorepan influences.
The diverse culture of Mauritius is expressed in (among other things) language, music, art, theater, dance, film, cuisine and a multitude of festivals. The culture of Mauritius involves a diversity of cultures from its history as well as individual culture arising indigenously. Mauritian culture is very diverse and is expressed through music, religion, tradition and local crafts.

 

Food in Mauritius

Foodies Heaven! Mauritius is a country that offers everything from Star chefs, fine dining, and enticing roadside snacks sold by street food vendors.

Other must-try foods in Mauritius are street food: dholl puris, samosas, and gateaux piments which can be found anywhere in the streets of Mauritius, in small restaurants and takeaways (“snacks”). Street food is fantastic in Mauritius – you can get everything from fresh coconut water, chopped fruit covered in chili and sugar, pickles wrapped in buttery loaves of bread, and Chinese fried noodles.

There are also a lot of great restaurants in Mauritius– from local cafeterias with authentic food to gourmet places that serve Mauritian fusion food. Most dishes in Mauritius has been inspired by ancient slaves, Indian slaves, and Chinese migrant during the 19th century.

For such a small island, Mauritius has an amazingly rich and diverse food culture, filled with influences from its diverse inhabitants (Creole, French, and Chinese and Indian people).

Language & Currency

Talk to the locals:

Tou korek? – Is everything ok?
Ki manier? – How are you?
Mo bien e ou? – Very well and you?
Ki so pri? – How much is it?
Mwa pa kompran – I don’t understand
Sallaam – Goodbye

Money/Currency in Mauritius 
The local currency is the Mauritian Rupee (MUR) which is divided into 100 cents.  Credit cards are accepted by most businesses. 

Travel & Safety Tips

Mauritius has always been known as a safe destination for families and friends traveling as a group. Little crime takes place on the island, and our welcoming, friendly culture includes a desire for our visitors to stay safe and healthy. We ask you to please consider the following tips to help ensure your time on the jewel of Micronesia is every bit as enjoyable as it should be.

 

 

Overview:

 

Overall Risk

OVERALL RISK: LOW

Generally, Mauritius is very safe to visit. It is probably one of the safest countries in Africa to travel to, but it has its dangers. Use your common sense and keep your valuables closely by your side, since the most common type of crime is petty theft.

 

Transport & Taxis Risk

TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW

Transportation is generally safe in Mauritius, though keep an eye out for taxi drivers looking to overcharge their rides. Public transport in Mauritius is mainly reliable.

 

Pickpockets Risk

PICKPOCKETS RISK: LOW

Pickpockets aren’t too common but they do operate. Be especially cautious at Downtown Port Louis and central tourist areas since they do have a slightly higher crime rate. Apart from that, in general, it is not too dangerous when it comes to pickpockets.

 

Natural Disasters Risk

NATURAL DISASTERS RISK: MEDIUM

There are several natural disasters that can hit Mauritius. Keep in mind that the cyclone season in Mauritius is from November to May. Cyclones can considerably damage people’s properties and Mauritius authorities have a well-structured system of phased warnings. Always follow local advice. Also, watch out for stonefish stings in the water: they aren’t common but their sting could be fatal!

Mugging Risk

MUGGING RISK: LOW

Mauritius is very safe when it comes to kidnapping and mugging: violent crime is extremely rare in this country.

 

Terrorism Risk

TERRORISM RISK: LOW

Although there haven’t been any terrorist attacks in Mauritius’ recent history, they shouldn’t be ruled out, so be aware of your surroundings at all times.

 

Scams Risk

SCAMS RISK: MEDIUM

As in any tourist destination, there is a heightened risk of getting scammed. Check every change twice, negotiate everything beforehand and never give your money before you receive the service you’re paying for.

 

Women Travelers Risk

WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK: LOW

Women should feel completely safe in this country, even at night. That does not mean you should let your guard down – keep to your wits and your common sense, and do not do anything you wouldn’t in your own country.

Your Visa to Mauritius

 

Your Visa Eligible Criteria for Visas

 

  1. A valid passport – The expiry date must be beyond the intended period of stay.
  2. A valid return ticket to the country of origin or residence.
  3. Proof of booking confirmation for accommodation – for example, a booking at a hotel. If the person traveling is being sponsored by a Mauritian citizen, please provide the following information as evidence of sponsorship. Please provide their Full name, address, profession, relationship, national identity card number, and telephone number.
  4.  Sufficient funds to meet the costs of stay (at least US$100 per night).

 

 

Application Procedure

 

  1. Duly filled and signed application forms are available at http://passport.govmu.org
  2. The following documents must be provided:
    • 2 recent passport-sized photographs;
    • A photocopy of data pages within the traveler’s passport; and a photocopy of the residence/re-Entry visa with three months validity, where applicable.
  3. An average of five working days is required for processing applications and for a visa to be issued, provided all relevant documents are submitted.

Citizens of most countries do not need a visa or may obtain a visa on arrival to Mauritius for tourism purpose.

Please consult the visa section of the Prime Minister’s office to view more info.

Click here to view (i) lists of countries whose citizens are exempted from visa; (ii) lists of countries whose citizens are granted visa on arrival; and (iii) lists of countries whose citizens require a visa prior to undertaking their travel to Mauritius

Arrive in style, then work and play in an atmosphere of tropical luxury and natural beauty. Guam’s 21st-century airport and shipping ports are second to none, catering to a bevy of international airlines and ships. Our island is replete with all of the modern amenities you expect in a professional destination, and rivaling Guam’s sophisticated atmosphere is the same timeless beauty that has graced our island for millennia.

A range of well-appointed accommodations-many centrally located on hotel row and others at a pleasant remove from the hubbub-offer conference rooms and meeting halls suited to just about any purpose, for gatherings formal and informal, large and small.

Unwind after a long day at one of our fine golf courses overlooking the ocean and designed by elites of the sport. Debrief with your colleagues over a feast of local seafood or at one of Tumon’s lively nightclubs. Or leave the work week completely behind as you scuba dive off one of our colorful reefs.

High-speed Internet and cell phone service makes it easy to stay in touch with family and business associates. And our warm breezes and turquoise waters are sure to make your time on Guam one of the most enjoyable business trips of your career.

An Introduction to Mauritius | L'ile Maurice