Infinite white sand beaches, turquoise lagoons: beyond its legendary and real beauty, Mauritius is a destination for escape.
Pearl of the Indian Ocean, Mauritius offers the charm of its interior land, its beaches hemmed with white sand, its people whose smile is everywhere. Maurice fills all dreams of idleness …
Isolated from any continent, the island is part, with Reunion and Rodrigues, of the Mascarene archipelago. Privileged destination of the ocean clearers, Mauritius, modest in its dimensions – 63 km long and 47 km wide – is great by the texts she was able to inspire Bernardin de Saint-Pierre and J.M. Le Clézio. Colonized by the Dutch and then by the French, dominated by the English, she chose independence in 1968.
Port-Louis is the capital of the Republic of Mauritius where the French language is in the spotlight. At the foot of its volcanic mountains carved by time, an ocean of sugar cane, the setting of a flamboyant garden. And, in the shadow of Morne, symbolic mountain of the island, the wild landscapes of the South enliven green gorges zebra white waterfalls. Invitation to travel.
God created Mauritius and then paradise in his image. Many others, after Mark Twain, succumbed to the enchanting vision of its soft white sand, emerald green of the sea under the blue of the clear sky. Colors of seaside happiness that lives in unhindered freedom on the sparkling beaches of the North Coast. Around Grand Baie, hotels on the edge of the water line rows of coconut palms. In an atmosphere of luxurious luxury, refined spas, attentive service and silence define an art of living, conducive to healing. From Cape Malheureux to the northern tip of the island, the wild coast lined with “filaos” continues to Paul and Virginia, starting point of the east coast caressed by the trade winds.
It is in Trou d’Eau Douce that the catamarans wait for the passengers to sail out to sea. The crew hoisted the sail. Landscapes parading in the shadow of the omnipresent mountains, transparent water invites to explore the mysterious world of the seabed. Stopover at Ile aux Cerfs. Mauritians love to picnic on Sundays with family, women in sari bathe in a lagoon with aquamarine reflections.
The sugar cane fields extend as far as the gaze carries. Colorful Hindu temples and warm-colored pagodas rise above this vast ocean of green leaves. A museum has been set up in the former Beau Plan factory. It traces the epic of sugar where the memory of the island is inscribed.
A stone’s throw away, an extraordinary garden unfolds the magic of its flower ponds. Prized by botanists around the world, the Pamplemousses Garden reveals the richness of its indigenous essences in the soft morning light. Mahé de la Bourdonnais, governor of the Île de France (1735-1746), presided over his birth as well as that of Port-Louis, the capital. Around his statue, homage of Mauritians to this great figure of the island, the old city flourishes. The mountains covered with eucalyptus and araucaria cover the port and the market, the beating heart of this vibrant and multicolored city.
Some old Creole houses express the splendor of yesteryear that can be relived through the yellow photos of the Museum of photography as in the colonial house of Eureka decorated with its veranda (in Moka), intimately related to the family Le Clézio .
To surrender to the magic of Morne Brabant, head to the southwestern tip of the island, undoubtedly one of the most beautiful sites in Mauritius. From Port Louis to the Morne Peninsula, the west coast combines with rare happiness the seaside pleasures and the attractions of an authentic and wild hinterland. In its superb bays as on the beaches with the laden rollers are found with pleasure the amateurs of water sports and sport fishing. Forgotten promoters, the bay of Tamarin has retained all its charm.
Offshore, the dolphins indulge in a joyous aquatic ballet while the surfers defy the waves. The big fishermen meanwhile meet in Black River to shoe marlin. A road winds towards Plaine Champagne where shelters, within a luxuriant vegetation, the fascinating ecomuseum Touche du Bois. A little further south, a brand new rum welcomes visitors to Chamarel, famous for its waterfall and land of colors, incredible palette of volcanic ash varying under the light of the sky with ocher to orange. A sumptuous decor in the image of this mesmerizing island. Heaven is on Earth … within reach.
Mauritius, an invitation to travel
A nautical paradise for sports and land for pro shopping
Mauritius is a treasure that allows the practice of a wide range of water and seaside activities for young and old.
The land wealth of Mauritius allows the practice of many sports activities: abseiling, canyoning, karting, cycling, hiking, horseback or 4×4, climbing, quad rides, photo safaris, hunting, wild bivouac … And water sports enthusiasts will not be left out
More and more famous for its golf, Mauritius is a perfect destination to combine swings, idleness and forest breaks. The island has excellent golf courses, well appointed, in superb settings. Most golf courses are owned by hotels and are open to the public.
Thus, the International Golf Paradise Hotel & Golf Club, between the Morne and the Lagoon; the two international courses at Belle Mare Plage; One & Only Le Touessrok at Ile aux Cerfs; the Gymkhana Club in Vacaos; the brand new golf course in Bel Ombre, operated jointly by the Telfair Golf & Spa Resort and the Heritage Golf & Spa Resort in Bel Ombre.
Shopping lovers …
Mauritius is also known as a shopping paradise. Duty-free shops reserved for tourists have multiplied in recent years. Reserved for tourists with their passports and airline tickets, they offer a multitude of items at attractive prices: equipment photos, watches, jewelry, leather, phones laptops, paintings, sunglasses … Duty-free shops are located all around the island, including the Caudan Waterfront in Port Louis, Floréal and Plaisance. The island also has many shopping malls, specialty shops, craft shops and art galleries that offer original, high quality products at great prices.
To buy typical Mauritian items, you have to go to the many colorful markets of the island where bargaining is a tradition. Each village has its own market. Those of Port Louis, Flacq and Quatre Bornes are not to be missed.
Combining work and pleasure
Mauritius is an ideal destination for mixing work and leisure. From three to twelve days, each organization can build its “incentive” trip: from luxury to club atmosphere, from cultural to adventure, from the green of nature to the joys of the beach … The high-end image the island, its welcoming quality, and its state-of-the-art infrastructure make it a destination of choice for business tourism.
Getting married in Mauritius
If you are looking for a very special place for your wedding or honeymoon, many tour operators and receptive on the island offer stays adapted to these occasions. The possibilities are endless: every detail of the ceremony can be organized, whether intimate or extravagant, whether it takes place on a beach, in a hotel, on a desert island, in the heart of the mountains, in a submarine …
With regard to marriages, future spouses must obtain a certificate issued by the registry office attesting that they are not Mauritian citizens and that they do not reside in Mauritius. The “civil status act” stipulates that the marriage of non-residents can be celebrated the day after the publication of the banns.
Gourmet or gourmet
Gourmands should keep a good memory of their stay with a cuisine that is simple, authentic and tasty. Rougaille Creole sausage, carri d’ourite, fish broth, papaya salad, Rodriguaise pie, corn-based meal, not to mention honey of exceptional quality, are all dishes to discover in the many tables d’hôtes that account the island.
It is reached by car from the highlands south of Vacoas. It is a series of beautiful falls in the middle of a lush forest very exotic. This hike requires a good physical condition.
The Black River Gorges National Park
With its 50 km of trails and 6 marked walks, the Black River Park is the favorite place for hikers. It protects the native forests of Mauritius on more than 6,500 hectares and offers visitors the chance to admire beautiful landscapes and see some plants and endemic bird species. Native forests, lush valleys, waterfalls and crystalline rivers, mountains …, the south called “green heart” of Mauritius, offers breathtaking panoramas that can be visited on foot, by bike or by kayak. A protected nature, an exceptional flora, magnificent nature reserves, numerous fields and parks … make it a privileged island for nature lovers.
Vaccines: no vaccinations are required, except against yellow fever for travelers coming from an infected area (and only in this case).
Entry: European Union citizens must hold a valid passport for another six months after their return date.
When to go: Due to its climate, Mauritius is a pleasant destination throughout the year.
The period from December to March is the most suitable for diving and that from June to August for surf.
Population: Indian, Creole, European and Chinese.
Languages: English is the official language. French is fluently spoken. Creole is the usual language. Some oriental languages are also spoken.
Capital City: Port Louis with 140 000 inhabitants.
Climate: between 24 ° C in July and 31 ° C in February.
The rainy season is between January and April. The water never drops below 22 ° C.
Time difference: + 3 hours compared to France in winter + 2 hours in summer.
Flight hours: about 11 hours from Paris.
Currency: the Mauritian rupee.