Written by Tania Riddell on 21 Mar, 2004
Mauritius is located 1600km east of Madagascar. It has endless sugarcane plantations, dramatic mountains, some of the finest beaches and lagoons and a cultural mix of people. Over the years, Mauritius has been ruled by many: the Portuguese, the Dutch, the French and the…Read More
Mauritius is located 1600km east of Madagascar. It has endless sugarcane plantations, dramatic mountains, some of the finest beaches and lagoons and a cultural mix of people. Over the years, Mauritius has been ruled by many: the Portuguese, the Dutch, the French and the British. Mauritius gained independence in 1968. Mauritius would be best known for the Dodo bird, a flightless dove which became extinct in the late 17th century.
The capital of Mauritius is Port Louis. Mauritius has plenty of activities to keep the holidaymaker busy. Surfing (the best waves are situated at Le Morne), windsurfing, deep-sea fishing, yacht cruises, hiking in the mountains and horseback riding, to name a few.
We stayed in Mauritius for two weeks. We stayed at La Croix Du Sud Pointe Jerome for two days on our way to Kenya, only 15 minutes from the airport, it is very convenient; and we stayed a further 12 days at a privately owned townhouse we booked through www.wardhouses.com. We found this company extremely good. They can organise your airport transfers and they have a wide range of accommodation to choose from. Rather than stay in one of the big hotels where usually breakfast and dinner are part of your deal, we wanted to be able to choose to eat out for breakfast, lunch or dinner, which we did on many occasions. We were located between Grand Baie and Pereybere at Les Cygnes. Each day a lady would come in to clean and if need be she will also do your washing as well for a fee.
Grand Baie is the main holiday centre for tourists. Everything in the town caters to tourists. The main street is lined with trendy boutiques. Pereybere is a couple of kilometers north of Grand Baie. It has a good beach and reef. Pereybere is a good alternative to Grand Baie. It is worth hiring a car, which www.wardhouses.com can also organise for you, and exploring Mauritius in full. You can drive right around the island within a few hours. You can explore the Botanical Gardens, Tamarind Falls, Black River Gorges National Park, and also the coastal towns. The beaches along the coast are spectacular and it is worth taking a picnic lunch with you if you can and stop at one of these places.
We found the shopping on Mauritius to be cheap for some items. Cashmere was a good buy, along with Ralph Lauren, though I have since found out all the Ralph Lauren outlets should be closed down by the end of the year per a court order, as these garments are being made illegally. Other bargains were Prada handbags, Calvin Klein jeans, Hugo Boss shirts. We also found grocery shopping reasonable with products from France, Australia and New Zealand in the supermarket. There are plenty of good restaurants at reasonable prices.
Written by BelleJ on 18 Mar, 2005
The first thing that tripped me out when flying in over the island was that, from the air, you can see both sides and the top and bottom of the island. It's TINY: 60x40km! With 1.2 million people, it has one of the highest population…Read More
The first thing that tripped me out when flying in over the island was that, from the air, you can see both sides and the top and bottom of the island. It's TINY: 60x40km! With 1.2 million people, it has one of the highest population densities in the world. The capital, Port Louis, has only about 140,000 people, but just about everyone on the whole island commutes into the city, along a main two-lane road that runs the circumference of the island, so they know about peak hour traffic. It's madness. Apparently the government has promised to fix it, and the government before, and the one before that...
It's odd, but there was no culture shock with Mauritius. I think part of that is because there is no indigenous culture; it was completely deserted, except for the dodo and other long-since extinct characters, before being colonised in the 16th century by passing Portuguese sailors, then Dutch, then French, and then English pirates/colonials. Followed by a wave of Indians in the early 1900s, the population is a blur of Europeans, Indians, and Africans, with a smattering of Chinese, sometimes all mushed together but often distinct, thanks to religion.
So if you stand on top of the fortress that overlooks Port Louis, you can see a Buddhist temple, Catholic cathedral, Tamil compound, Hindu spires... and the food is the same. In the centre of the city, I snacked from a hole-in-the-wall serving halal biryani and curry, but the island speciality is smoked marlin.
Written by Jolantka on 06 Nov, 2011
The mysterious and intriguing island of Mauritius is a treasure of the Indian Ocean. It is surrounded by protective reefs, which create a turquoise lagoon. The same reefs can become treacherous traps for shipping in bad weather. There have been a number of…Read More
The mysterious and intriguing island of Mauritius is a treasure of the Indian Ocean. It is surrounded by protective reefs, which create a turquoise lagoon. The same reefs can become treacherous traps for shipping in bad weather. There have been a number of ships stranded on the reefs during destructive cyclones of 1931 when Port Louis was demolished and 1972 when many ships were shipwrecked. In fact, the first thing I noticed while visiting Poudre d’ Ore was a ship high up on the reef on the horizon. MV Angel I, registered in Panama, has been on the reef since August having its cargo unloaded to be toed to Port Louis for repairs once afloat on high tide.The main reason for visiting Poudre d’Ore was not just mere sightseeing but a search for a statue of Paul and Virginie. I found the romantic legend fascinating although sad since Virgenie’s ship got stranded on the reef of Poudre d’Ore and she has never returned to her beloved Mauritius and Paul. Virgine decided to leave France for two reasons – her love for Paul and her love for Mauritius. I was determined to explore the later – her love for Mauritius and simple life in harmony with nature. I have not been disappointed so far; the beauty of the island is undisputed. Finding the statue of Paul and Virginie proved to be more difficult. I managed to find a monument in honor of Paul and Virginie on the shores of Poudre d’Ore, but no statue.There is a lot of history in Poudre d’Ore. I came across Eglese Marie-Reine and a cemetery with some graves dating to late 18th century.My search for the statue of Paul and Virginie took me to Pampelmousses Gardens. I found a Paul and Virginie Avenue that led to a pedestal dedicated to Paul and Virginie – but no statue. However, there was no disappointment. Pampelmousses Gardens are a tribute to flora and fauna of Mauritius. There are varieties of palms, water lilies and giant tortoises. The Gardens are a mine of botanic wealth, conglomerate of plant species, some unique only to Mauritius. The freshens of nature and its colors are overwhelming. A visit to the Gardens satisfies all senses and the relaxation is complete listening to the bird song and breathing the sent of flowers.I have to admit I have eventually found the illusive statue of Paul and Virginie. Searching for it took me to places I probably would not have visited otherwise. Searching has been so much fun that I will not spoil your fun by revealing its location. Like recommending a movie you just have to see does not involve telling the story. Search Mauritius for its secrets – you will not be disillusioned. Virginie’s love for the island is fully justified. The beauty of nature is striking. Mauritius attracts the lovers of nature, harmony and beauty. Close
Written by kanen on 23 Apr, 2007
Mauritius is an island of 1865km with 330km of coastline and beaches. The island of Mauritius and Rodriguez constitute the archipelago of the Mascarene. Mauritius is located slightly above the tropic of Capricorn. South east of Madagascar. …Read More
Mauritius is an island of 1865km with 330km of coastline and beaches. The island of Mauritius and Rodriguez constitute the archipelago of the Mascarene. Mauritius is located slightly above the tropic of Capricorn. South east of Madagascar. Close