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Discover Mauritius
The paradisal Atlantis in the middle of the Indian Ocean
Resort with an underwater waterfall, cozy villas, and eternal summer

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Port Louis1 295 789EnglishMauritian rupee2040 km²

Geography

The Republic of Mauritius is located in East Africa and is a group of small islands near Madagascar. This small country is washed by the Indian Ocean and is named after its largest island.

The volcanic past of Mauritius has smoothed the relief, so now the land is mostly flat and fertile. However, there are several mountain ranges on the island with impressive green peaks. Next to the capital is the Moka mountain range with a peak on Pieter Both (818 m), and the most remarkable peak is called Piton de la Petite Rivière Noire, overtaking the previous one by 10 meters. The coasts are framed by coral reefs, which have made the island one of the main diving centers. In the heart of Mauritius lies the crater lake Ganga Talao (Grand Bassin), known for its sacred sacral status in Hindu culture. In the middle of the purest water, there is an island of God, which is absolutely no place to go. According to legends, one who steps on this sacred land is doomed to death. The largest water reservoir in the country is Mare aux Vacoas, a quiet and cozy harbor with stunning and even surreal views.

The Republic of Mauritius is divided into nine administrative districts and the Outer Autonomous Islands (Rodrigues, North, South, and Ile des Deux Cocos).

Map Mauritius

What to see and where?

In addition to its natural beauties, the island attracts travelers from all over the world with its architectural sights and a wide selection of all kinds of entertainment. 

The island's capital, Port Louis, has preserved colonial-era buildings: the Government House, the Parliament House, the City Theatre, and the National Museum. The most popular place in the city is the colored land of Chamarel, where blue, brown, green, orange, purple, red, and yellow wave patterns have decorated the dunes of the frozen volcanic rock. Next to this magical attraction, surrounded by vibrant jungle, runs a waterfall of the same name. The city is well known to race lovers, as it has the oldest racetrack in the southern hemisphere — the Field of Mars. On a hill, overlooking the harbor is the citadel of Port Louis, a fort that was built in the 1930s to protect the city from the riots during the abolition of slavery. Today, various concerts and art shows are held here, and the stunning panoramic views are a great addition to the festival. Port Louis also can boast of its Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden, where five hundred species of plants on display include nutmeg, magnolia, and even a tea tree from China. One of the most exclusive places to visit is the Blue Penny Museum, located in a beautiful old stone building near the Caudan Waterfront. It features stamps and many other interesting objects that tell the story of the Mauritius postal service. For a few hours a day, the most expensive stamp in the world, Blue Penny, is exhibited here, which every philatelist dreams of getting. The most visited attraction of the city is the huge local market. There you can find French shawls, Arabic carpets, and hot Indian spices. Due to its diversity and the combination of several vibrant cultures, the market attracts thousands of tourists.

Beau-Bassin Rose-Hill is the second-largest and most picturesque town in Mauritius. It blends European and Eastern cultures perfectly. The most popular place is the City Hall Plaza, where you can often witness a theatrical or musical performance or a wedding celebration. Rose Hill is also known as a student city, as it is home to the University of Mauritius, where thousands of students from around the country study. 

In the south of the island, there is a small town of Mahebourg, at the entrance to which Chateau Robillard is located. Now it houses the Museum of National History with ancient engravings, maps, dishes, and pirate swords. In addition to ancient architecture, the city has a confectionery factory and an excellent photo deck to take pictures of the Grand Port mountain range, called Pointe Canon. Concerts are often held here, as well as annual ceremonies to celebrate the abolition of slavery.

Grand Baie is a unique resort located in the north of the island. It is popular with young couples who come here to spend their honeymoon. It is also a favorite place for a relaxing family holiday. Grand Baie has many cafes and restaurants with exotic cuisine in the center, and the beaches are alluring with golden sand and emerald green water. 

Souillac is a small village located on the rocky shores of Savanne district. It's worth going here to admire the beautiful nature of Telfair Garden, see the cliffs of Gris-Gris, with polished and unusual "stucco" of years of erosion, and admire the Rochester Falls. 

The city of Curepipe is situated in the center of the island. There is the largest stadium next to it, making the city's shops and restaurants almost always crowded during celebrations and competitions. People come to Curepipe for the extinct volcano of Trou aux Cerfs, which is nearby. Its crater is 85 m deep and almost 200 m wide.

The hammer-shaped peninsula of Le Morne Brabant on the west coast of Mauritius requires special attention. In addition to the rocky peaks and dense forests, there is a spectacular natural wonder — an underwater waterfall. This unique phenomenon fascinates with emerald water flowing from the coast deep into the ocean. In fact, this natural optical illusion is created by strong underwater currents. The landscape of the seafloor is formed by coral reefs flowing to the depths, which, along with the sand inundation, seem to be strong streams of a bubbling waterfall.

Things to consider when going to Mauritius

  • Mauritian cuisine is quite exotic and diverse. Locals are proud of their smoked marlin, which a traveler should take with him as a souvenir. The best choice for lunch will be any seafood — all dishes are made of fresh shrimp, oysters, and other delicacies. To feel the Creole notes of the traditional cuisine, you should try African tomato sauce rougaille. It is worth remembering that exotic dishes are very often accompanied by rather spicy and burning spices.
  • All the coast of Mauritius is considered to be public and available for free, so you can always find locals on the beaches of luxury hotels.
  • It should be kept in mind that the water level on the island changes quite often. For a successful trip, you should check the tide schedule in advance.
  • Mauritius is known to be the best place for weddings and honeymoons. A loving couple can be married according to a traditional Mauritian ceremony, during which the Creole music by the sega ensemble is necessarily performed. There are special packages at the hotels to make such an important event as romantic as possible: in a secluded place, by candlelight, on the beach. It is worth noting that there is only one wedding a day in Mauritian hotels.
  • There are many historical sites in Port Louis, and looking for them will look like a treasure hunt. Walking around, you will find the building where the police headquarters ("Casernes centrales") is located. If you look closely at the outer walls, barracks, you can see a wrought iron in the shape of the letter "S", which was the sign of the French governor La Bourdonnais. The same symbol can be seen on the oldest preserved wall, near the windmill museum on the Caudan Waterfront. The remains of the coral will still have the same sign, bringing back to the XVIII century.
  • Local corals are a precious natural treasure. So when diving and swimming in the ocean, you should not ruin them as a memory. In urban markets, it is better not to buy corals from traders, as it is a serious violation.
  • Examine a unique optical phenomenon — the underwater waterfall. It is best seen from a bird's-eye view. Therefore, it is worth taking a helicopter flight or going by plane to the neighboring islands for such a memorable excursion to the miracle of nature. The nearest islands are the small Rodrigues Island, which is famous for ecological tourism. Flying over an optical wonder, you can also go there to visit the Francois Leguat Turtle Reserve.

The best time for a trip to Mauritius

The island has a very warm and pleasant tropical climate. The temperature reaches +26°C in the hottest month of the year (February) and +16°C in the coldest month (August). Tropical cyclones occur in the period from January to March. There are also frequent strong grazing winds. From March to December (on weekends), you can watch the lively races at the ancient racetrack of the Field of Mars. This is one of the most popular activities in Mauritius.

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