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Mauritius is an island in the Indian Ocean, approximately 2,400
kilometres off the south-east coast of Africa; east of Madagascar.
Mauritius Travel and Tourist Information with
links to official travel and tourism websites and state resources for
visitors to Mauritius.
Around Mauritius, Getting to Mauritius, Maps, Mauritius Background, Mauritius
Hotels, Mauritius Tourism, People of Mauritius, Port Louis.
The 1,865 square kilometre island is of volcanic origin, with coral
reefs surrounding most of the coast except the south.
Weather in Africa:
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Most of the population are Indo-Mauritians, with those of mixed
European and African blood known as Creoles.
The official language of Mauritius is English, although French and
Creole, a French patois, are also spoken.
The Dutch settled on the island in 1598, and named it Mauritius,
in honour of their ruler, Prince Maurice de Nassau; although the island was probably
visited by Arab traders before the 10th century.
The Dutch settlers deserted the island in 1710, and were replaced by
the French who renamed it Ile de France.
When the British took control during the Napoleonic wars, the name
reverted to Mauritius and Indian contract labourers were introduced, to make up for the
demise of slavery in the British Empire.
Mauritius gained independence from Britain on 12 March, 1968; with
republic status arriving in 1992.
A brief history provided by the Government of Mauritius.
Where else can you find the exhilarating mix of Indian, Chinese, French, Creole, and
English people with smiles for each other as well as for you... asks the Mauritius tourist
Visa Requirements For Mauritius
A visitor's visa is normally granted for one month, but can be renewed
for a further period upon request.
The capital of Mauritius is located on the north-west coast of the
Port Louis was founded by the French, around 1735, and developed as a
deep-water port for ships travelling between Europe and Asia.
The port's importance declined after the Suez Canal was opened, in
Airlines and Airports:
Mauritius is served by the Sir Sewoosagar Ramgoolam International Airport, named after the
former Prime Minister who is acknowledged as the Father of the Nation, about one hour from
Get the route network, destinations, schedules and reservations from the official Air
Mauritius celebrates a variety of festivals that represent the diverse
cultures of the islands.
The main festivals and religious events celebrated in Mauritius are Cavadee, Chinese
Spring Festival, Christmas, Divali, Easter, Eid-ul-Fitr, Ganesh Chathurti, Holi, Maha
Shivaratree, Pere Laval Pilgrimage and Ugadi.
Hotels in Mauritius:
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Pirogue - Royal Road, Wolmar, Flic-en-Flac, Mauritius.
This elegant resort made up of authentic and comfortable Mauritian
bungalows is situated within the scenic countryside of Flic en Flac.
Guests at the Mauritius resort of La Pirogue rated the
excellent service, stunning pool and tasty breakfast.
Mauritius Resort - Le Morne Peninsula, Le Morne, Mauritius.
On the south-western side of the island, the soft white sands of Le
Morne Beach and its turquoise lagoon create a magical setting for this five star luxury
resort's 172 guest rooms and suites; with breathtaking views over the Indian Ocean.
Guests at the St. Regis
Mauritius Resort raved about its great location, superb dining and wonderful views.
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