- Posted: 27 February, 2019
- Category: Africa
When in Mauritius
Mauritius is an Indian Ocean island nation, known for its beaches, lagoons and reefs.
Located just off the southeast coast of Africa, some 900km east of Madagascar, is the island nation of Mauritius. Surrounded by the warm Indian Ocean, the island is 2040km2 in size and forms part of the Mascarene Islands, with La Réunion to the southwest and Rodrigues to the northeast. As a Republic, it also includes the islands of Cargados Carajos, Rodrigues and the Agalega Islands, while its capital is the city of Port Louis.
The mountainous interior includes Black River Gorges National Park, with rainforests, waterfalls, hiking trails and wildlife like the flying fox. Capital Port Louis has sites such as the Champs de Mars horse track, Eureka plantation house and 18th-century Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens.
Accommodation options to checkout:
- Hilton Mauritius
- Constance Prince Maurius
- Oberoi Mauritius
- St Regis Mauritius
- Bubble Lodge Ile aux Cerfs
Currency: Mauritian rupee
The local currency is the Mauritian Rupee (MUR). Credit cards are accepted by most businesses. Ofcourse, at the hotel you could use your card. At the airport, you could use your card to get local currency as well.
Languages in Mauritius
The language spoken in Mauritius is called “Mauritian Creole”. It is a mixture of mainly French. However, French and English are mostly spoken on the island as well.
While English is the only official language, the lingua franca is Mauritian Creole and the newspapers and television programs are usually in French.
The island is a melting pot of cultures with Indian, African, Chinese and French citizens adding to its unique diversity. As a former French and then British colony, the island also shows strong European influences.
Climate in Mauritius
Mauritius enjoys a mild tropical climate all year round. The winter months are typically warm and dry from May to November, while summer is hot and quite humid from December to April.
Coastal temperatures: 22°C in winter to 34°C in summer.
Sea temperature: 22°C to 27°C.
What to do in Mauritius
Mauritius offers a wealth of natural beauty and exciting activities for every traveller.
7-Coloured Earths of Chamarel, the Black River Gorges and two UNESCO World Heritage status monuments are not to miss. For the sporty set, there are water sports such as deep-sea fishing, scuba diving, snorkelling and kite surfing.
Trekking through the lush forest is also a great option! or even exploring the nearby villages and markets on bicycle. The island offers a rich colonial history to be explored with fascinating local culture and a variety of exotic and colorful religious festivals.
- Chamarel Waterfall
- Black River Gorges National Park
- Grand Baie
- Pamplemousses Botanical Garden
- Ile Aux Cerfs
- Maison Eureka
- Catamaran Trips – pit stop at the well known Coin de Mire, which is known for its snorkelling and the rare shark spotting
- Mountain ATV ride
- Blue Safari Submarines & Sub Scooters
- Sea Kayaking
- Helicopter or Seaplane tours
- I also tried Mauritian cooking class and it was fun!
- Checkout the Hindu Temples