Travel to Mauritius Island


If you want to experience a memorable trip in a luxurious Garden of Eden setting, Mauritius, in the Indian Ocean, is waiting for you. One of the most beautiful destinations in the world, you will think that you are dreaming of its kilometres of real-life, beautiful beaches lined with palm trees, its houses on stilts, and ideal resorts: the perfect setting for you and your better half to swear eternal love. 

Between the island of Reunion to the west and Rodrigues to the east, Mauritius rivals the Bora Boras, Maldives, French Polynesias, and Tahitis of this world. Paradise for nature lovers, its wildlife and flora contain a wealth of unique attractions that you will not forget any time soon. 

Chamarel and the Land of Seven Colours 

One of its wonders is undoubtedly the Seven Coloured Earths. Nowhere else in the world will you find a landscape as beautiful as the one created by the sand dunes in this clearing in the Chamarel region, in the southwest of the country. 

The seven colours are the result of volcanic ash containing inorganic oxides of various colours, which, when mixed, end up separating. This natural spectacle is not to be missed, especially as the road that takes you to Chamarel offers its own breathtaking panoramic scenery. Chamarel Waterfall is another attraction not to be missed if you are planning a trip to Mauritius. 

The Trou aux Cerfs 

Another fascinating aspect of Mauritius is that, being a volcanic island, the destination is full of extinct craters. One of them is the Trou aux Cerfs, (also called Murr's Volcano), near the town of Curepipe. With a diameter of about 300 metres and a depth of about 80 metres, this volcano, extinct for 700,000 years, is visible for kilometres around. 

Cap Malheureux 

Cap Malheureux, near a graveyard of ships, is a small fishing village located north of Mauritius. A real must, you will visit it for the sublime view it offers of the surrounding lagoon as well as for its unique historical character. 

Once there, you will be treated to a stunning view of the Coin de Mire, a pretty little island located a few kilometres north of the country. There is also the symbol of Cap Malheureux, the Notre-Dame Auxiliatrice Chapel, in which many faithful gather to pray on Sundays. 

Grand Baie 

The most popular tourist destination, Grand Baie, also known as Grand Bay, is a coastal village bursting with luxurious hotels, bars, restaurants, nightclubs, and shops of all kinds. 

In the north of the island, a few kilometres west of Cap Malheureux, it is the favourite spot for partying and a meeting place for tourists visiting the island and foreigners who come to settle here permanently. 

Other Must Sees 

Other attractions not to be missed on a trip to Mauritius include the capital of Port Louis, Pamplemousses Botanical Garden, and swimming with the dolphins in Tamarin Bay, to name only a few.

Frequently Asked Questions

Mauritius had more than 1,222,340 inhabitants in 2019, or 96% of the total population of Mauritius.
Only one international airport in Mauritius, the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Airport (MRU), also called 'Plaisance Airport', located 48km from Port-Louis, the capital.
Mauritius has an area of ​​1,865 square kilometers, less than a quarter of the extent of Corsica.
From Montreal, the duration of flights to Mauritius can be up to 18h, over an approximate distance of 14,775km.
For information for the year 2019, Mauritius received more than 1,383,488 tourists.
Former Dutch colony until 1710, then French until 1810, Mauritius subsequently became British property until 1968, the year of its independence.
Mauritius has had this name since 1598, in honor of Prince Maurice of Nassau, eldest son of Guillaume D'Orange.
In Mauritius, sharks are not very present thanks to the neighboring island, Reunion, the two islands being surrounded by the coral reef which protects them; which does not mean that sharks are non-existent. Some species can be found there.
The most pleasant time of year to travel to Mauritius is from May until October when the temperatures are milder and the weather drier; the rest of the year it can be very hot and humid.
There is an 8 hour time difference in Mauritius with Quebec; exemple. if it is 1:00 p.m. in Quebec, it will be 9:00 p.m. in Mauritius.
The Mauritian rupee (MUR) is the monetary currency of Mauritius, which is approximately equivalent to 40.68MUR to 1US $, depending on the daily exchange rate. (formerly used code MRO)
In Mauritius, English is the official language; however the population also speaks French and Creole.
Canadians are advised to check their measles, hepatitis A and B, yellow fever and influenza vaccines, as well as the validity of basic vaccines before traveling to Mauritius. Consult your travel health clinic a few weeks before departure.
Mauritius is a tropical paradise which offers more than 330km of white sand; among the most beautiful beaches, Belle Mare located on the east coast is the longest and the most family-friendly; Ile aux Cerfs, an emblematic site of Mauritius with expanses of fine sand, which also houses a golf course; the beach of Trou-aux-Biches with its very fine sand attracts diving enthusiasts for its colorful seabed; Flic-en-Flac beach, the most popular and authentic on the west coast of Mauritius; and the beach of Pointe d'Esny, wilder, which attracts kitesurfing and snorkeling enthusiasts.
The Portuguese sailor, Domingo Fernandez Pereira, was the first to land on the island in 1511, he then gives it the name of 'llha do Cirne' (Cirne meaning Mauritius in Portuguese); then in 1598, the Dutch landed on the island and gave it the name of Mauritius, in honor of Prince Maurice of Nassau, eldest son of Guillaume D'Orange.
A tour of the island allows you to discover the history of Mauritius, through its museums and its historic sites of Port-Louis, Mahébourg and the Old Grand Port; the Pamplemousses Botanical Garden, created for over 300 years, one of the most visited sites on the island; the Land of Seven Colors, a unique site in its geological phenomenon; the sugar cane plantation, the tea route, and the tables of Mauritius with spicy flavors, are just a few of the visits to be made among many others.
Like the neighboring islands, Mauritius is prone to cyclones; the season starts around the end of December and ends around the end of March.
Yes, there are two low tides and two high tides per day in Mauritius.
Mauritius enjoys a mild climate all year round; from November to April, the temperature reaches 27 to 33 degrees C. with high humidity; from May to October, the temperature varies from 17 to 25 degrees C., the weather is drier, it is the most pleasant season for travelers.
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