Mauritius, officially the Republic of Mauritius, is an island nation of the Indian Ocean. In addition to the island of Mauritius, the islands of of St. Brandon, Rodrigues and the Agalega Islands are also part of the Republic of Mauritius. Mauritius is located 900 kilometers (560 miles) east of Madagascar and 3,943 kilometers (2,450 miles) southeast of India. Many people believe that these islands were known to ancient Phoenicians and the Arabs for last several centuries. However, the modern knowledge of Mauritius began with the landing of Portuguese sailors in 1505. The islands passed through several colonial powers and the last ones were the British. Upon gaining independence in 1968, the Republic of Mauritius was formed.
The island nation has some of the most enchanting and charming beaches and many other spots for the visitors and the tourist to be enjoyed and explored. Mark Twain has once remarked: "You gather the idea that Mauritius was made first and then heaven, and that heaven was copied after Mauritius". And, he was certainly correct, and you will find it applicable in the countryside and hinterland of Mauritius, as also at the relatively bigger places like the capital city, Port Louis in the northwest and other towns, Curepipe, Vacoas, Phoenix, Quatre Bornes, Rose-Hill and Beau-Bassin. There are many activities in which you may indulge and enjoy your stay in Mauritius.
Hotels and lodgingEdit
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Maps and transportationEdit
Getting to MauritiusEdit
The best way to reach Mauritius is through air though you may also have an option to travel to Mauritius through sea routes. The capital city, Port Louis is well connected with many major cities of the world. Sir Seewoosagar Ramgoolam Air Terminal,Plaisance is 3 kms from Mahebourg; 48 kms from Port Louis; 80 kms from Grand Baie, 55 kms from Flic en Flac and 50 kms from Belle Mare. The Airport has duty free shops both on arrival and departure, banks, post offices, bars and snack parlours.
- Entry requirements
- Generally, a passport valid for at least six months from the date of entry.
- The international tourists and visitors must also hold valid tickets and documents for their onward or return journey.
- Adequate funds sufficient to meet reasonable expenses during the period of their stay.
- Types of Visas: Tourist, Business and Social visas; visas are issued free of charge. Tourist Visas are valid for 6–12 months; Business Visas are valid for up to 3 months; and Social Visas are valid up to 2 months.
- Getting around Mauritius
- The best way to visit places around Mauritius is to rent a car from one of the many rental companies around the island.
- Be careful to rent from an authorized agency (yellow plated car) as you're guaranteed to have the best service as well as being fully insured and trouble free!
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Practical information and resourcesEdit
- Currency: Mauritian Rupee (MUR)
- Time zone: MUT (UTC+4)
- Languages: English is the official language. But, many other languages are spoken and understood by different sections of the society. Some of the major languages are French and French creole; Arabic; Portuguese; Indian languages such as Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, Bhojpuri, Gujarati[ or dialects of Chinese like Cantonese, Hakka and Mandarin.
Le Four a Chaux- 230-480-1036- This is my Dad's restaurant and is located on the East coast of the island. The restaurant is on the first floor and offers a spectacular view of the bay and the ocean. The name is a play on words with limestone since there is an old limestone oven type structure from the olden days across the street from the restaurant. They offer fresh seafood and the most amazing appetizers you have ever tasted in a unique cozy yet sophisticated setting.
I am very proud to recommend this restaurant should you be in the area!
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