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Mauritius Tourism And Travel Guide
20.5° C / 68.8° F
Light Intensity Shower Rain
May to December
4 to 7 Days
Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport (48 kms)
The beautiful sunlit Islands of the Republic of Mauritius have been a point of interest for travelers for quite some time. These isolated fertile lands were home to many exotic plants and very timid wildlife species quite of few of which became extinct after the humans settled here, such as the Dodo bird. Even though you can only chase the legends of an extinct bird here, there will be tranquil lagoons, reefs waiting to be explored, and green mountains to comfort your eyes on the way. Read on to know all you need about tourism in Mauritius, the erstwhile British colony just 2000 km offshore the African mainland. This travel guide is your first friend to Mauritius.
How To Reach
Being a popular destination, reaching Mauritius is not much of a hassle. The islands are well connected to the rest of the world through water and airways.
Airways: The Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport in Plaisance is about 50 kilometers away from the capital city of Port Louis and is one of the most important transportation establishments connecting to almost every major city in Africa, Asia, and Europe.
Waterways: A relatively luxurious option, you will find a spot on any of the International cruise liners that sail the Indian Ocean making a stop at Mauritius.
To travel among the islands of the Republic, you can hire boats which are easily available. And to travel within Mauritius you can approach rental services for cars or motorbikes. Cabs are also easily available.
Best Time To Visit
A tropical maritime climate prevails over the islands throughout the year. The weather is usually hot and humid but the cool breeze from the ocean does provide both relief and rains. However, the further you move from the ocean the cooler it gets.
The summer stretches from November to April are usually hot and humid with a maximum temperature of 30-degree centigrade at the coasts. During the winter months, that is the rest of the year, the temperature decreases and it's less humid. The best time to visit Mauritius is between May to December, when the weather is relatively cooler.
Things To Do
Adventure in the Sea: Mauritius is blessed with fine beaches and clear waters that bring to mind postcard images of a terrific vacation. However, the waters of Mauritius offer a lot more. These Islands are a hot spot for scuba diving thanks to its clear and calm waters. You will find reliable instructors and all the equipment you need to pursue this activity near the beach.
Another way to experience the beauty and secrets of the underwater world is to take part in a submarine ride! Off the coasts, at Trou-aux-Biches the submarines sink to a depth of over 100 meters exploring the ruins of unfortunate ships that have been claimed for home by an interesting variety of marine fauna and flora. Another favorite among tourists is swimming with the dolphins. Surely you wouldn't want to miss that.
Tour the Land: Mauritius is blessed with abundant forests and great wildlife. In fact, many are dedicated to nurturing the endangered wildlife of these Islands. During your visit, you will have the chance to interact with and witness these species in their natural habitat. You can also interact with the lions of Casela Nature Park, up close.
Mauritius is truly diverse and that reflects greatly in the foods here. The cuisines are a fine blend of local crops with Creole, Indian and Chinese twist. For a land that is surrounded by sea, Mauritius will live up to your expectations when it comes to seafood. They have it every possible way: baked, fried, in curries, grilled - you name it, they make it. Mauritius is also known for its street food and curries that will be a hit with anyone who fancies Indian cuisines. Also, do try the Vanilla flavoured tea in Mauritius.
We all want souvenirs to remind us of our memorable trip, and there's plenty to bring back from Mauritius. Pick up exquisite handmade jewelry and clothes at Bay Bazaar. Curepipe is known for its souvenirs and home decors unique to Mauritius. Le Craft Market offers mind-blowing Handicrafts. Commercial Phoenix mall and Bagatelle Mall are popular among tourists and locals for the multitude of brands they showcase.