Mauritius Tour :
Mauritius - 6 Nights


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Mauritius, a sparkling crystal in the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, will fascinate you. The contrast of colours, cultures and tastes makes the island so charming that the scene is set for an unforgettable holiday. Here, you have the opportunity to experience unparalleled luxury: a level of refinement that is head and shoulders above that on offer in other tropical holiday destinations. Here, you will discover the true meaning of ‘beauty’- a realisation that will compel you to return to Mauritius’ shores time and again. Mauritius was named after Dutch Prince Maurice Van Nassau...

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Mauritius at a Glance
Mauritius was named after the Dutch Prince Maurice Van Nassau.
Capital - Port Louis.
Location - Latitude 20º south of the equator, Longitude 57.5º east.
Area - 2,040 square kilometres.
Population - 1.2 million, including Rodrigues and the outer islands.
Time - +4 hours Greenwich Mean Time; +3 hours mid-European time.

Geography - Mauritius’ white beaches are protected by a coral reef barrier that encircles almost all of the coastline, with the exception of the southern end, where it falls away and where wilder waters and dramatic cliffs can be observed. From the northern plains, the land rises to a central plateau dotted by lakes and extinct volcanic craters. A few uninhabited islets area are scattered around the main island.

Season -
Summer -
November to April. Temparature- 23ºc to 33ºc
Winter -
May to October- 17ºc to 23ºc

History -

9th Century- Arabs discovered Mauritius.
16th Century- The Portuguese visited Mauritius.
1598- The Dutch who were the first to colonise Mauritius, named it after their ruler, Prince Maurice Van Nassau.
Ebony forests were destroyed by overexploitation and the dodo was exterminated. It later became the symbol of
endangered animal species and conservation worldwide.

1710 -
The Dutch left Mauritius.

1715 - The French took possession of the island and re-named it ‘Île de France’.

1721 - Governor Bertrand-François Mahé de La Bourdonnais founded Port Louis, which later became the capital. He turned the island into a prosperous French colony and a port of call on the sea journey from Europe to the Far-East round the Cape of Good Hope. He established Port Louis as a naval base and built roads and bridges. Among his other achievements are the building of the Government House, the Line Barracks, and Château de Mon Plaisir at Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens. Nowadays, Labourdonnais’ statue stands guard, facing Port Louis harbour.

1810 - A major naval battle took place in Grand Port on the south-east coast of the island in this year. It was the only naval battle won by Napoleon, and is thus duly engraved on the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. However, three months later, the British launched a surprise attack from the north of the island and the French governor General Charles Decaen surrendered.

1814 - The 1814 Treaty of Paris ratified the cession of Mauritius and its dependencies, Rodrigues and Seychelles, to the British. Réunion Island, which was also captured by the British, was returned to France. The island took its former name of Mauritius, and English became the official language. However, according to the Treaty of Paris, the population was to keep its language, its religion and its laws. This is the reason why French is still widely spoken, despite the fact that the British ruled the island for 158 years.

1835 - The British Abolished Slavery.As the newly freed slaves refused to work in the plantations, indentured labourers were brought in from India. Chinese and Muslim traders were also attracted to these shores- hence the melting pot which now constitutes the population of Mauritius.

1968 - Mauritius gained its independence. Sir Seewosagur Ramgoolam became the first Prime Minister. Mauritius still forms part of the British Commonwealth and follows the Westminster pattern of Government.

1992 - Mauritius became a Republic.

English is the official language. French and Creole are commonly used. Hindi & Bhojpuri are also spoken.
Many hotel employees are fluent in German, Italian and Spanish. The Mauritian literacy rate hovers around 90%.

The democratic state is based on the Westminster model. There are 62 Members of Parliament, and elections are held every five years. The President is the head of the state but constitutional power is vested in the Prime Minister and the Cabinet.

The Mauritian Economy rests on four main pillars: tourism; sugar; textiles and the services sector.

International direct dialling facilities are available throughout the island.
International phone cards are available In the multi-ethnic culture of Mauritius, Hinduism, Christianity, Islam and Buddhism co-exist peacefully for purchase at many shops .
Post offices operate in most towns and villages.
Internet services are readily available at cybercafés.
Most hotels provide postal and Internet services.

The Mauritian Rupee (MRU)
Coins: 5c, 20c, 50 c , 1 MRU , 5 MRU and 10 MRU
Notes: 25 MRU, 50 MRU, 100 MRU, 200 MRU, 500 MRU, 1000 MRU and 2000 MRU.
Change counters are available at the airport.
Foreign currency notes, drafts and travellers’ cheques may be carried to Mauritius without restriction.

Working Hours
Private sector: Monday to Friday – 8.30am-4.15pm;
Saturday – 9.00am-12.00pm (some offices).
Saturday – 9.00am-12.00pm (reduced staff).
Public sector: Monday to Friday – 9.00am-4.00pm;
Saturday – 9.00am-12.00pm (reduced staff).

Banking Hours
Monday to Thursday: 09.15am-3.15pm
Friday: 09 15am-5.00pm.
Banks operate in accordance with the arrival and departure of international flights at the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport.

Traveller's Essential
Customs Formalities
Passengers over 18 years of age may import the following duty-free items: 250 grams of tobacco (including cigars and cigarettes); one litre of spirits; two litres of wine, ale or beer; one quarter litre of Eau de Toilette; and perfume not exceeding 100 millilitres.

A plant import permit must be obtained from the Ministry of Agriculture prior to the introduction of plants and plant materials in to Mauritius, including cuttings, flowers, bulbs, fresh fruits, vegetables and seeds.

It is prohibited to introduce sugarcane and parts thereof, soil microorganisms and invertebrate animals. All imported animals and all other agricultural products require an import permit from the Ministry of Agriculture and a health certificate from the country of origin.

Drug trafficking carries very heavy penalties. Firearms and ammunitions require import permits and must be declared upon arrival.

Money and Banking
Banks are open to coincide with the arrival and departure of international flights at the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport.

Medical Services
Free public medical facilities are widely available at hospitals and regional health centres. Private clinics provide payable medical services.

Shopping Hours
Shopping hours in Mauritius’ main cities run from 9.30am to 7.30pm (Monday to Saturday). Some shops open until noon on Sundays and public holidays. Many duty free shops and modern shopping centres offer a wide choice of products. Please note that shops only open for half-days on Thursdays in Rose-hill, Vacoas, Curepipe and Quatre-Bornes.

International Driving Licence
In Mauritius, driving is undertaken on the left-hand side of the road and drivers have to give way to traffic from the right. Visitors with a driving licence issued by a competent authority in their respective countries are allowed to drive during their stay in Mauritius.

Tipping is common but not compulsory.

Nudism is not allowed.

Personal Safety
A good way of preventing untoward occurrences is to ensure that :
Valuables and money are kept in the hotel safe.
Cars are properly locked when parked.
Parking is undertaken in a well-lit area.
No valuable items are left on display inside the car.
Those planning a shopping trip always remember to keep their purse or wallet safe at all times.
Visitors avoid displaying large sums of cash in public places.
People only carry their passport when they need it.
Those embarking on a sightseeing tour never leave their vehicle unattended.
Emergency numbers are close at hand.

There are no poisonous reptiles or dangerous animals on the island. But nature being what it is, some small creatures can inflict painful stings. Some individuals can be allergic to wasp stings, for example.
Contact a chemist or a doctor in case of several stings – particularly on the head and on the face.
There are a few fish and invertebrates in Mauritian waters that are known to be harmful – namely sea urchins, stonefish and lionfish. It is advisable to enquire of their existence in the waters around a given resort. Be careful not to step on them, and consider wearing light shoes while swimming.
Never drink alcohol during or just before swimming, boating or water-skiing.
Whenever young children are swimming, playing or bathing, make sure an adult is constantly watching them.
To prevent choking, never eat food or chew gum while swimming, diving or playing in water.
If you are caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the shore. Once you are out of the current, swim towards the shore.
Use approved personal flotation devices such as life jackets when boating – regardless of distance to be travelled, size of the boat, or swimming ability of the boaters.

Road Safety
Remember that Mauritians drive on the left.
Have your driving licence endorsed at the traffic branch at Line Barracks, Port Louis.
Always keep on the left-hand side of the road whenever you are on a push bike, motorcycle or any other type of vehicle in Mauritius.
At roundabouts, always give way to traffic on your right.
Make sure the ignition key is always removed when you leave your car.
Fasten your safety belt.
Kids under the age of ten years are not allowed to occupy the front passenger’s seat.
Parking coupons should be displayed in payable parking bays.
Avoid using mobile phones whilst driving.
Drink or drive, but never do both.