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Lying roughly 6,000 kilometres west of Perth and just above the Tropic of Capricorn, the island of Mauritius has a central plateau with impressive mountains and is skirted by white sandy beaches. Offshore are coral reefs and crystal clear turquoise waters which are begging to be explored. The idyllic nature of this holiday destination is partly inspired by the fact that the island’s population tends to stay inland, leaving the coastal strip for uncluttered tourism.
Given that guests tend to spend most of their time within their resort, great efforts are made to ensure maximum enjoyment, with many resorts offering complimentary land and water sports. Take the opportunity to laze by the pool, read in the balmy climate or stroll along the beach and swim in the calm waters. For families, Mauritian resorts offer unparalleled opportunity with kids clubs, activities and babysitting services available to guests. Parents and grandparents can relax and enjoy their stay, knowing the youngsters are in very good hands.
With a population of just over 1.2 million, Mauritius is unique for its cultural diversity: Indians, Creoles, Muslims, French and Chinese all work together whilst preserving their traditional cultures. First known to Arab traders, the island was claimed by the Portuguese in 1510 and occupied by the Dutch between 1598 and 1710. Mauritius was colonised by the French in 1715 and the British in 1890; it remaining a British colony until it became an independent sovereign state within the Commonwealth in 1968, before becoming a republic in 1992.
English is the official language, however Creole and French are more widely spoken by locals.
Passport and Visas
Each person must carry a passport with at least 6 months validity from the date of arrival into Mauritius. Australian passport holders do not require a visa prior
to arrival in Mauritius. Asia Escape Holidays highly recommends checking all
visa requirements with the appropriate embassies or consulates before making travel arrangements. Alternatively, please ask your travel agent for more information.
Experience a pleasant climate with a year-round average of 21–26 degrees celsius and with an average water temperature of 27 degrees celsius. There are no clearly defined wet or dry seasons however the highest rainfall is between January and March. Winter: May–September (winds are higher during this time). Summer: October-April (the east coast is cooler during this time).
Public transport (yellow buses), hire cars and taxis (be sure to fix the price prior to departure) are available. Mauritius is an ideal environment for self-driving as there is so much to see and explore. Being an ex-British colony, Mauritians drive on the left-hand side of the road and observe the give way to the right rule, just as we do in Australia.
Mauritian cuisine is adapted from three continents, creating a fantastic combination of international delights. Travellers love the delicious street food of Mauritius which varies from spicy Indian creations to French-style desserts; this fusion of different cuisines inspires many dishes which are unique to the island.
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