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About MAURITIUS HOLIDAYS

Mauritius situated in the Southern Hemisphere is a potpourri of French, Creole, Indian and Chinese cultural influences. Surrounded by coral reefs, endless beaches and a dramatic volcanic interior of emerald mountains, rain forests and sugar plantations. Home to Sport fishing and the extinct Dodo, Mauritius is now one of the most exclusive holiday spots in the world, with more deluxe hotels than any resort of a similar size. Exploring by car is an adventure, given the winding roads through acres of sugar cane fields and skirting around its unique mountain interior. However, there is always a friendly local on hand to point you the right way.

The luxury hotels of Mauritius provide havens from which to explore and experience this beautiful island and all it has to offer. Exotic plants and a colony of giant tortoises at the Jardin Botanique de Pamplemousses, the seven colour sand dunes at Chamerel & the Black River Gorges; the extinct volcano of Trou aux Cerfs and beautiful Lake of Grand Bassin. The Grand Baie, which comes to life with open air cocktail bars, sunset cafés and nightclubs and amidst the sophistication of the Caudin waterfront in the capital Port Louis. Beyond the Hotels, the 10km East Coast stretch of beach at Belle Mare is regarded as one of the best and offers abundant watersports. The lovely beach at Le Morne on the South West peninsula and the stunning white sand beach at Blue Bay are picture heaven.

West Coast

About WEST COAST of Mauritius HOLIDAYS

The scenic West coast is ideally located close to the capital Port Louis and the town of Cure Pipe which is famous for its shopping and botanical gardens, for the travellers who would like a like more lively resort there is Flic and Flac a beach front filled with souvenir shops, bars and restaurants. The western part of the island is known for its still lagoons and calm waters making it ideal for diving and deep sea fishing. It is even said that dolphins breed in these waters especially off Tamarin Baya a surfer’s paradise.
 
Some of the fascinating natural sites are located in the western region of the island such as The Casela Park a huge aviary with thousands of colourful birds and Le Morne Brabant mountain and peninsula, an isolated rocky mountain famed for being a place the runaway slaves went to hide to avoid capture and the Black River Gorges one of the largest public nature parks of Mauritius.

South Coast

About SOUTH COAST of Mauritius HOLIDAYS

The South coast is where the island's history started and is the least developed wild and authentic part of the island. It has dramatically different landscape with stunning scenery with high cliffs which have been created formed from a protective barrier of coral reef. The vegetation in the South is the richest on the island mainly due to the year round high humidity. Following the coast around, there are arrays of beautiful beaches usually where hotels are located.  The town of Mahebourg is lively and friendly with the majority of inhabitants being fisherman and field workers the  town has a dawn to dusk  authentic feel.

North Coast

About NORTH COAST of HOLIDAYS

The North coast is the most developed on the island and Grand Baie has a lively atmosphere with an abundance of restaurants and bars full of music. It also holds some of the most spectacular picture postcard scenery on the island, with warm sapphire green waters edging onto soft powdery white sand beaches and lagoons are nicely sheltered, especially good in the winter months  when it can be windy. There is a lot to do including an abundance of water sports such as snorkelling, sailing and fishing and some of Mauritius ‘ most  interesting spots to visit I "La Nicoliere" drive and the Pamplemousses Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden

East Coast

About EAST COAST of Mauritius HOLIDAYS

The East coast of Mauritius is characterised by charming little villages like Petite Julie, Mare d'Australia and Queen Victoria. It also has several exquisite coves, some of the islands best beaches including Belle Mare and the island biggest lagoons including "Trou d'eau Douce", which boasts a magnificent golf course and many restaurants and  picture perfect shallow turquoise waters. The East Coast is known for its southeast trade winds, which occur almost all year round which can be very welcome in the hotter summer months and are ideal for watersports including sailing, windsurfing and kitesurfing.

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  • There are at least two World Heritage Sites on Mauritius: Aapravasi Ghat & Le Morne Cultural Landscape.
  • Port Louis is the capital of Mauritius. It was set up in 1736 by France. The capital is today home to up to 40% of the Island's population.
  • Life expectancy is 73 years - among the highest of the world's developing countries.
  • The majority of the people in Mauritius are Hindus.
  • Sugarcane is grown on 90% of the arable land on Mauritius and accounts for a quarter of Mauritius’s of export revenues.
  • One of the mountains in Port Louis is ‘Le Pouce’ which means 'The Thumb' in French. The mountain gets its name from the projection that it seems to resemble. The 812m high peak is said to have been first reached by the famous scientist Charles Darwin.
  • A number of wild animals and vegetation are unique to Mauritius. Over 10% of the Island's territory consists of protected areas.
  • The now extinct Dodo, a rare flightless bird, was found only on Mauritius in the 17th century and is today the symbol of Mauritius. It is thought that the last dodo died in Mauritius in 1681.
  • The Mauritius Kestrel, Mauritius' only bird of prey, was once the rarest bird in the world with only 4 individuals in the wild.
  • The Champ De Mars in Port Louis is the 2nd oldest horse racing course in the world, and the oldest in the southern hemisphere.
  • The Mauritian Red Penny and Blue Penny stamps are considered the most famous and rarest in the world.
  • Although the Portuguese were the first Europeans to visit Mauritius, the Dutch claimed the island in 1598 and called it Maurice de Nassau, Prince of Orange, in honour of Maurits van Nassau, governor of the Orange state in Southern Africa. It was later claimed by the French.
  • The great "Vieux Grand Port" naval battle for the Island took place 1810. This battle is famous as it was the only naval battle won by the French over the English. However, pending a second battle, the French agreed to surrender conditionally so that the French settlers could keep their land, belongings, status and culture. It is for this reason that today, French is more widely spoken in Mauritius while the official language is English since 1832.
  • Mauritius achieved the status of a Republic in 1992. The governor, representative of the Queen of England, was named President of the Republic.

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  • The Pamplemousses Royal Botanical Gardens
  • Bois Chéri Tea factory (learn the different steps in processing tea)
  • Trou aux Cerfs the dormant volcanic crater & natural sacred lake of Grand Bassin


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  • La Vallee de Ferney (an area of 200 hectares recently turned into an eco tourism sanctuary)
  • “Sugar Museum & Factory” where you can buy varieties of sugars and local rum
  • Mauritius Wildlife Sanctuary - home to the rare pink pigeon and indigenous vegetation

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  • Catamaran cruise along the West Coast - sail & seek out the location for dolphins
  • Seven colored earths of Chamarel - results of the past volcanic activities of the island
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  • Did you know that Tea was the island second main export? Why not try some special teas while in Mauritius!
  • Do not miss the Quatre Bornes market (open only on Thursday and Saturday).
  • Mauritius white sand beaches and turquoise waters.
  • Visit the capital Port-Louis to get the real Taste of Mauritius.
  • Looking for romance – hire a sail boat or catamaran for a full day on exclusivity.
  • Coming to Mauritius and do not experiencing the Sega dance? Watch out for shows at your hotel.
  • Many of the resorts have their own 18 or 9 hole golf course.
  • Always keep on your left side while driving.

Getting There MAURITIUS

 
AIR MAURITIUS
Five non-stop flights a week from London Heathrow to Mauritius. Seating can be pre-booked at time of booking.
Travel Classes:
Economy Class - seat pitch approx. 31-32”; luggage allowance 23kgs (1 bag); personal 9” personal seatback touch screen with a choice of video and audio; complimentary 3-course meal and drinks; free 20kgs golf club allowance (direct flights only).

Business Class – 34” lie-flat sleeper seats; seat pitch approx. 60”; 3 pieces up to 23 kg each checked baggage allowance; personal 10.4” arm-mounted LCD monitor with touch screen control for a choice of video and audio; gourmet menu with champagne and French wines; access to Business class Lounges; free 20kgs golf club allowance (direct flights only).



BRITISH AIRWAYS
Three non-stop flights a week (Mon,Thu, Sat) from London Gatwick to Mauritius with complimentary food and drinks. There are a range of pre-departure facilities such as online check-in, choose your seat and print your boarding card. Available up to 24 hours before your flight or at a check-in kiosk at the airport terminal, print the boarding pass and drop bags at the Fast Bag Drop desks.

Travel Classes:
Euro Traveller & World Traveller (Economy Class) - seat pitch approx. 31”; luggage allowance 23kgs (1 bag). World Traveller Y class can take 2 bags. Gold and Silver Executive Club members can carry an additional checked bag up to 32kgs as part of their free allowance. Entertainment’s Audio and Video system - choose from over 200 entertainment options is available for World Traveller passengers.

World Traveller Plus (Premium Economy Class) - seat pitch approx. 38”; luggage allowance 23kgs (2 bags). It is a private dedicated cabin with a maximum of six rows. Entertainment’s Audio and Video system - choose from over 200 entertainment options.

Club Europe (Business Class) – seat that converts into a 6ft fully flat bed; luggage allowance 32kgs (3 bags). Enjoy personal space in a separate, spacious cabin. Relax before your flight in one of BA lounges; enjoy complimentary hot/cold snacks and refreshments. A member of the British Airways Executive Club can take advantage of 50% more Avios when flying Club Europe. Gold and Silver members can also boost their Avios with an additional Tier bonus.



EMIRATES
To Mauritius via Dubai – up to nine flights a week from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle, and Glasgow. There are a range of pre-departure facilities such as online check-in, choose your seat and print your boarding card.

General Facilities include:
  • “ice” entertainment system – personal seatback monitors provide up to 1200 channels to choose from (international movies, TV programs, music, video games) in all classes.
  • Dining - choose from regionally inspired dishes with locally sourced ingredients and free drinks in all classes.
Travel Classes:
Economy Class – seat pitch approx. 32-33”; luggage allowance 30kgs.

Business Class – seat pitch approx. 48-60” / lie-flat beds approx. 79” long; luggage allowance 40kgs. Priority check-in & baggage handling; complimentary chauffeur-drive service (mileage restrictions apply); executive lounges in the UK and Dubai.

First Class – seat pitch approx. 69”; luggage allowance 50kgs. First class passengers enjoy individual private suites on selected aircraft; personal mini-bar; exclusive cabin crew service; dining service with fine wines and champagne.
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Language: Creole and French are the main languages and several oriental languages are also spoken. Most people in Mauritius are bilingual and are equally fluent in English and French.

Currency: Mauritian Rupee (Rs.) which is divided into 100 cents (cs); US$, Euros, £GB & Credit cards are widely accepted.

Time Difference: +4 hrs GMT
 
Flying Time: 12 hours
 
Tourist Board: http://www.tourism-mauritius.mu/
 
Visa Requirements: No visa required to enter Mauritius if you are a citizen of the EU, the USA, Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand or a number of other countries. For more information please visit pmo.gov.mu/dha/ministry/novisa.htm.  Initial entry is granted for a maximum of one month. 
 
Passport: A valid passport is required with a minimum 6 months remaining on your passport from the date of return to the UK and an available empty page.
 
Security: For the latest information visit the foreign office website at www.fco.gov.uk and select ‘Country Advice’.
 
Voltage: 220v - usually 2 pin plug and also 3 pin plug.
 
Religion: The Mauritius population consists of Hindus, Creole, Chinese, Muslims and Europeans. The island is a blend of diverse cultures and religions.
 
Health: No vaccinations are required. However a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travelers over 1 year of age who arrive from areas where yellow fever cases are reported.  Check with your Doctor for latest information.
 
Water: Bottled water is recommended.
 
Public Holidays:
There are 15 public holidays every year. Seven of them are fixed holidays: January 1st & 2nd, 1st February, 12th March, 1st May, 1st and 2nd November and 25th December. The remaining public holidays are religious festivals whose dates vary from year to year.

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