Mauritius Island Destination Information - Mauritius Hotels
Like a rich green emerald, swathed in the translucent, turquoise silk of the southwest Indian Ocean, Mauritius is a little island which has as of late created the travel industry.
Only 58Km in length and 46Km at its widest point, Mauritius has
a dramatic landscape of wild jagged peaks (the highest is 828
metres), a lush central plateau sloping gently down to the shocking 'redden pink' coral sea shores and sky blue, completely clear ocean.Mauritius owes this amazing sceneto the now dormant spring of gushing lava, and to the coral reef which for the most part encompasses the island
It is the individuals of Mauritius that make it one of the most beautiful and charming of every single tropical island. Originally
colonized by the French, followed by the British and eventually
gaining independence in 1968, the island people have adopted the
'best' of their ancient colonial bosses, and added a a rich mosaic of societies drawn from the Indian, Chinese, portuguese and creole populace
The climate is a
seductive 24°C to 36°C, with the hottest months from January to
April and the coolest from July to September.There is no particular blustery season, the breezy months are from January to April with the possibility of violent winds, albeit an immediate hit occurs about once at regular intervals.
The water-sport exercises on Mauritius are among the best on the planet:
Deep-sea fishing for marlin, sailfish,
barracuda, Wahoo, tuna and shark attract world-class competition.
Record-size blue marlin are best gotten among October and March.
Diving and Snorkeling facilities abound. The best place for diving on Mauritius is off Flic and Flac where the main diving attraction is the cave known as the Cathedral.
Other good diving sites are found off Grand Baie and Trout au Birches on the Northern Coast. Snorkeling is excellent, especially on the Northern
Coast. Exploring the coral reef from a boat, snorkeling just off the
beaches or for those who prefer not getting wet, a glass bottom
Dinner overlooking the Ocean
Surfing is best among June and August with up to two meter waves normal Tamarin, Baie du Cap and Le Morne are
excellent spots with a good social scene.
Water sports such as windsurfing, water-skiing, sailing,
kayaking are available throughout the island of mauritius.
Golfers are particularly spoilt, with the World- Championship
level 'Belle Mare' Golf Course. Other activities on the Island
include hunting, available at the Domain du Chasseur, an estate on
the South-West Coast where controlled deer-hunting is available.
Cycling is an excellent way of exploring the island, although car
rental is available everywhere.
Shopping is a major seduction on Mauritius, especially for high
quality clothes which are manufactured here. Many famous brands
such as 'Polo', 'Calvin Klein' and 'Lactose' are available at a
fraction of the prices found elsewhere. Model Ships including
magnificently intricate miniature replicas of 'The Bounty',
'Victory', 'Endeavor, 'Catty Sark', 'Golden Hind' and even the
'Titanic' can be bought 'off the shelf' or ordered to your
The cuisine of Mauritius follows the rich cultural diversity of the
people. The French have left their passion for food, which has been
heartily adopted in Mauritian dishes deriving from Creole, Indian
and Chinese traditions. Local delicacies include smoked marlin,
palm hearts, venison and wild boar, and of course a fantastic range
of seafood and fish. The island boasts numerous excellent
restaurants, many of which offer the opportunity to dine under the
stars, overlooking the gently lapping waves.
The hotels on Mauritius are of a very high standard, and
those selected by Island-Safari are amongst the best in their price ranges.
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