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History and Society

 

 

Mauritius is an island of 1865 skm with 330km of coastline and beaches. Uninhabited until 1505, when a Portuguese sailor discovered this little tropical paradise which, Rodrigues and La Reunion, took the name of Mascarene Archipelago. With time the Dutch occupation, the French and English colonization followed, causing the immigration of several ethnic groups form Africa, India and China. Currently the population is about 1.200.000.
Since 1968 Mauritius is an independent, parliamentary republic. The economy, based on sugar cane, textiles and tourism.

 

 

 
Language


The official language is English. Creole, a variant of French, is however the most currently spoken language. French is spoken everywhere.

 
Climate/ Weather


Mauritius is blessed with a tropical climate.

On the coast, the dry and windy tropical weather makes a pleasant climate throughout the year. Mild in winter (June, July August) with an average temperature of 20/25°, it is warmer in summer (November, December, January) with an average of 30/35°. The temperature goes down markedly, however, in the hilly hinterland.

Only in winter, one needs to bring along something warm for a few cool evenings.

What can you expect … Looking for a bit of guaranteed weather? 
See when that all-important holiday ingredient suits you the best. When thinking of Mauritian’s weather your thoughts probably drift to hot sunny days with clear blue skies. The climate changes from north to south. Coastal areas have very different weather from the central inland regions. 

 

Mauritian Summer

The summer months are from December to March and sun is guaranteed. Temperatures are hot and humid – from around  22°C to 31°C. However due to high humidity the temperature “feels much higher”.

Sea temperature 27°C

 

Mauritian Winter

From June to September is very pleasant indeed. Those are the cooler month of the year and perfect for touring and sightseeing. The temperature varies from 16°C to 26°C and it is dry, cool and windy.

Sea temperature 24°C

 

The cyclone season for Mauritius is normally from December to February but Mauritius was not affected from a real tropical cyclone since a few years.

The website of www.world-weather-travellers-guide.com offers detailed information about the weather in Mauritius.

Like to know what the weather will be when you are on vacation ?

Click on your holiday month which leads you to the website mentioned above (Source world-weather-travellers-guide.com)

3 Day Weather Forcast - Mauritius Meteorological Services

 
Time Zone Differences

4hrs ahead of GMT, 3 during summer time.

 
Prepare your Trip

VISA:

is not required for most EU Countries. To make sure please see the government site of Mauritius.

 

FLIGHTS:

from all major Cities in Europe, South Africa, Australia ….

 

Air MauritiusCondorSouth African AirlinesEmiratesCorsairfly Meridiana Air Austral British Airways

 

WHAT TO BRING:

First you will be able to find almost everything here to buy.

  • Swimming costumes
  • Sun glasses - most essential for a cool outfit on the beach
  • 30+ Sunscreen
  • Cap or hat - makes your beach look perfect
  • Phone charger, Camera/Battery charger
  • Small torch
  • Kids essentials - inflatable armbands, Rash Guard Shirts
  • Walking Shoes for touring, Beach Sandals
  • Bestseller Book
  • A big smile and a good sense of humour
 
At Arrival

2 Entry Forms  will be handed out on the airplane - Please see a sample Arrival Entry Forms 

Currency is the Mauritian Rupee (MUR). Most Credit Cards are accepted, banking system at European standards.

 
Food/ Health


Beyond the established Creole food, hotels and restaurants offer International, Indian, Italian and Chinese food.

See our Tips for Restaurants and Bars in Mauritius our Gastronomic Specialities

There are hospitals and a numerous private clinics.

Fortis Clinique Darné

Apollo Bramwell Hospital

 
Transport

Taxis:

The most comfortable way to get around is a Taxi for reasonable prices.

IMPORTANT - arrange the price before departure, most of the taxis have a fixed price !

 

Car-hire:

are modern and at moderate prices. An international driving license is to be preferred. Driving is on the left side of the road.


 

Buses:

there are regular and well distributed services. Comfort is poor but tickets extremely cheap.

This is not the official bus time table of Mauritius but lovely done and worth a try Mauritius-Buses.com

Bus Timetable - The Official Guide for Public Bus Transport Services http://nta.gov.mu/English

 

Beach Houses Mauritius presents a hand picked range of privately owned vacation villas to rent, directly from the owner.

We offer self catering houses which meet every budget and all houses provide you with direct access to the magnificent turquoise sea of the Indian Ocean.

Renting a private Beach House in Mauritius means getting to know the real Mauritian lifestyle first hand, while at the same time enjoying the pleasure of a daily housekeeping and cooking service, all in the privacy of your own villa.

Please contact us for more information, we are looking forward hearing from you.