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Island nation in the southwest Indian Ocean.

Districts of Mauritius : Black River, Flacq, Grand Port, Moka, Pamplemousses, Plaines Wilhems, Port Louis, Riviere du Rempart and Savanne.

Dependencies : Agalega Islands, Cargados Carajos and Rodrigues.

Destinations : Cap Malheureux, Curepipe, Domaine Les Pailles, Grand Bai, Grand Bassin [ Lake in a crater]  Mahébourg [ on the east side of the island ], Trou anx Cerfs [ forested crater of a ancient vulcano ].

Besides the Island of Mauritius the republic includes the islands of St. Brandon, Rodrigues and the Agalega Islands.

Mauritius is part of the Mascarene Islands, with the French island of Réunion 200 kilometers (125 mi) to the southwest.

Capital City Mauritius : Port Louis.

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Hotels in Mauritius

  Booking   -   Hotels in Mauritus [ Ebene, Pamplemousses, Flic-en-Flacq ]

    -   Hotels in Flic En Flac and Grand Baie

Centrally located hotels ranging from small family run budget accommodation to world-class five star hotels.


Travel Agents / Tour Operators

 Sovereign Premium Holidays  [ ATOL 230 ]
Flexible Luxury Holidays Mauritius. Sovereign is a specialist tour operator with more than 30 years experience.

Crystal clear waters and soft white sandy beaches form the ideal surroundings for a superb beach holiday. A unique feature of the landscape is the extinct volcanoes scattered around the island. The history of the island and its cultural variety blend to form a glorious mixture of the Indian, Chinese and Creole religions and cuisine.  
Holidays from dozens of leading specialist tour companies and accommodations who are passionate about conserving Africa's wildlife and benefiting its people.

  British Airways   -   Holidays in Mauritius
If your idea of paradise is blue lagoons, white-sand beaches and delectable food, your tropical Mauritius holiday will take you to seventh heaven. From Mauritius' deserted east-coast beaches to the booming resort town of Flic en Flac on the west coast, you'll find picture-perfect beaches everywhere on Mauritius holidays. Foodies should head for the gourmands' haven of Grand Baie.

Kuoni Holidays
Offering pre-bookable Mauritius Attractions, Experiences and Activities.

  AHRIM   -   Association des Hoteliers et Restaurateurs de l'Ile Maurice
Represent the accommodation and tourism facilities of Mauritius. Membership includes hotels, restaurants, inbound handling services, tourism-related sports acitivities, leisure and entertainment companies

Holiday Rentals / Apartments

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Search their unique selection of holiday villas, boutique apartments, luxury guest houses, hip hotels and safari camps. They offer stylish accommodation as well as your choice of holiday lifestyle.

Travel Guides Mauritius / Related books

Mauritius - Rodrigues - Réunion (Bradt Travel Guide) - ISBN 9812685499 Mauritius Berlitz Pocket Guide
Richards Alexandra (Author)
The Bradt guide is the most comprehensive book on the market to the Mascarene islands of Mauritius, its dependency Rodrigues and the French island of Réunion. It is the only guide to cover the full range of dining and accommodation options, from shoestring to luxury. It offers greater coverage of flora, fauna and conservation projects than other guides, as well as in-depth information on outdoor pursuits, beaches, food, culture and language. Whether visitors want to chill out amid Rodrigues's simple charms, hike through the volcanic landscapes of Réunion, or get married in Mauritius, the information is here. Alexandra Richards spent a year on Réunion Island, teaching English in schools, as a part of her university modern languages degree. She has kept in touch with many of the friends she made on the islands and returns as often as possible.
Paperback: 352 pages; Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides; 7 edition (13 July 2009); ISBN-10: 1841622907; ISBN-13: 978-1841622903.

 Lonely Planet Publications
Mauritius, Reunion & Seychelles travel guidebook.

Mauritius Berlitz Pocket Guide
Paperback: 144 pages; Publisher: Berlitz Publishing (24 Sep 2008); ISBN-10: 9812685499; ISBN-13: 978-9812685490.

Travellers Mauritius, 2nd (Travellers Guides)
Paperback: 160 pages; Publisher: Thomas Cook Publishing; 2 edition (18 Jun 2009); ISBN-10: 1848481411; ISBN-13: 978-1848481411.

Mauritius Airport - Plaisance Civil AirportTransport / How do I travel to Mauritius

Mauritius is situated at approximately 2000 kilometers to the south-eastern coast of Africa [ east of Madagascar ] with 330 kilometers of coastline. Inland features include a vast central plateau, subtropical forests, rivers, steams and waterfalls. Bordering this tableland are several mountain ranges consisting of diverse shaped masses of basalt testifying the volcanic origins of the island. Three peaks emerge: Piton de la Petite Riviere Noire [ 828mts ] and Le Pouce [ 812 mts. ].

  Port Louis Airport   -   Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam (MRU)
Airport serving the island of Mauritius and located in Plaine Magnien, near Plaisance. 26 nautical miles [ 48 km ] southeast of Port Louis, the capital of Mauritius. It is named for Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam [ 1900–1985 ], the first Prime Minister of Mauritius.
  Rodrigues Airport

  British Airways   -   Flight tickets to Mauritius

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  Airline Tickets /  Bargain Flights   -   Flights Mauritius / Price comparison possible

  Map Mauritius [ Uni Texas   -   Perry-Castañeda Library   -   Map Collection ]

Links   -   Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority [ MTPA ]
Quick facts, flying to Mauritius, what to visit, where to stay, what's new

  Government of Mauritius

  Port Louis   -   Capital city Mauritius   -   named after France's Louis XV
It is a port on the Indian Ocean, and the nation's largest city and main port.
Founded by the French governor, Mahe de Labourdonnais, in 1935. The harbour lies sheltered in a semi-circle of mountains. The town has plenty of character, and proudly signs of its historical elegance.

  Black River    -   Tamarin
  Flacq   -   Centre de Flacq
  Grand Port   -   Mahebourg
  Moka   -   Moka, 
  Pamplemousses   -   Triolet
  Plaines Wilhems   -   Rose-Hill
  Port Louis   -   Port Louis
  Rivière du Rempart   -   Poudre d'Or
  Savanne   -   Souillac 

  Anse La Raie
  Baie du Tombeau
  Bambous  [ Black River District ]
  Belle Mare
  Black River   -  district on the western side of the island   -
Black River 's famous areas include Tamarin Falls and the Chamarel coloured Earth.  Tourist areas :  Flic en Flac, Tamarin and Le Morne.
  Blue Bay
  Cap Malheureux   -   village in the Rivière du Rempart district
  Chemin Grenier
  Coin de Mire
  Flic-en-Flac  [ Black River District ]   -   longest beach on the island
  Grand Baie
  Grand Gaube   -   in the northeastern part of Mauritius
  Le Morne 
Top kite surfing / wind surfing destination because of  unique constant wind effects.
  Mahébourg   -   small city on the southeastern coast of the island of Mauritius
Capital of the Grand Port District.
  Pamplemousses   -   botanical gardens
  Pointe aux Canonniers   
  Pointe aux Piments
  Poste de Flacq (Choisy)
  Pointe de Flacq
  Poste Lafayette 
  Quartier Militaire   -   town in the centre of Mauritius, in the Moka District
Capital of Moka-Flacq district.
  Trou aux Biches
  Trou d'Eau Douce

  Dodo [ former didus ineptus, now raphus cocullatus ]  =  extinct bird
The Dodo is the most famous extinct species in the history of Planet Earth. Its first contact with Europeans was in 1598, when a Dutch expedition headed by Admiral Jacob Cornelius van Neck landed on an island, thick with dense forests of bamboo and ebony, off the East coast of Africa. The island was named Mauritius by the adventurous and artistic Admiral – the first man to draw the extraordinary and unique flightless bird, now universally known as the Dodo (from the Dutch word 'dodoor' meaning sluggard). The demise of the Dodo has been attributed to hungry Dutch sailors en route to the Spice Islands of Indonesia. They would take a dinner break on the tropical island and consume the defenceless Dodo, but it was clearly an acquired taste as the sailors named it 'valghvogel'- meaning disgusting bird.
Nowadays it is thought that pigs, brought in by the Dutch, were to blame. Run away pigs ate most of the food the Dodo also was after. See for fun stuff Dodopad.
  Fort Frederik Hendrik [ VOC ]
Built by the Dutch in 1638
  Martello Toweres
  Tamarin Falls

Cuisine  -  Mauritian Foods / Recipes

  Mauritian cuisine
The cuisine of Mauritius is a blend of Creole, Chinese, European and Indian influences....

Genuine Cuisine of Mauritius  -  Guy Felix
Paperback 111 pages (March 1992);  Publisher: African Books Collective;  Language: English;  ISBN: 9990300631
Best of Mauritian Cooking  -  Barry Andrews, Paul Jones, Gerald Gay (Photographer)
Hardcover 168 pages (August 30, 2000);  Publisher: Times Editions;  ISBN: 9971400715 
Leading and biggest restaurant directory and guide in Mauritius offering the most up-to-date information on Restaurants, Bars, Clubs, Cafes, Catering services, Food shops and related businesses in Mauritius.

History of Mauritius

Independence: 12 March 1968 (from UK)

Of volcanic origin and sheltered for its major part by barriers of coral reefs forming natural, safe, crystal clear lagoons, Mauritius has for long been a dream destination. Known to Arabs as early as the 10th Century, but officially "discovered" in 1505 by the Portugese navigator Pedro Mascarenhas, the island was occupied successively by the Dutch (1598-1712), the French (1715-1810), and was ceded to Great Britain in 1814 through the Treaty of Paris. On March 12, 1968 Mauritius acceded to Independence. Republic Day was proclaimed on 12 March 1992.

  History of Mauritius  -  Wikipedia 
Colonization [ Discovery, Portuguese Sailors (1507-1513), Dutch Sailors (1598-1637), Dutch colonization (1638-1710), Treatment of slaves, Legacy of the Dutch, French rule (1715-1810), British rule (1810-1968) ], Towards independence, Independence [ From Independence - 1994, 1995 - Present Day ].
  History of Mauritius  -  The French Settlement 1715-1810
In 1710 the Dutch abandoned for good the island after two unsuccessful attempts at colonisation. In September 1715, Guillaume Dufresne d'Arsel took possession of Mauritius in the name of King Louis XV of France. He named it the Isle de France, placed the French flag near what is now Port Louis, drew a document witnessed by his officers declaring the island French and sailed away after three days...
  Mauritius Museums Council 
The Mauritius Museums Council has two National and six Specialised museums under its purview : Natural History Museum, National History Museum, Robert Edward Hart Memorial Museum, Sookdeo Bissoondoyal Memorial Museum, Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Memorial, Centre for Culture [ Frederik Hendrik Museum, Mauritius Postal Museum, Museum of Indian Immigration ].

Mauritius from Its Origin  -  C. C. G. Le Comte
Mauritius from its origin aims to transmit the cultural heritage of Mauritius in a visual and inviting way with a high quality presentation.
The text is a history of Mauritius with an emphasis on historic sources, like accounts of travellers (Darwin, Twain, etc) government officers (Mahe de Labourdonnais, Cossigny, etc) and other eye witnesses (Bernardin de Saint Pierre).
Apart from the history, this book also includes chapters on subjects like: Geology, The Dodo, Creole, Sega, Paul and Virginia, Architecture and Immigration.
Mauritius from its Origin is also profusely illustrated with rare iconography and old as well as new photographs.
Hardcover 80 pages (May 2005);  Publisher: Christian le Comte;  Language: English;  ISBN: 0955028507 
A Concise History of Dutch Mauritius 1598-1710  -  Moree
Paperback (February 27, 2002);  Publisher: Kegan Paul;  Language: English;  ISBN: 0710307616
Dodo: From Extinction to Icon  -  Errol Fuller
A comprehensive illustrated guide to the dodo: its history, natural history, and its literary and cultural legacy. The extinction of the dodo from the shores of Mauritius followed closely on the arrival of Dutch and Portuguese sailors on the island in the 16th century. Using a diverse number of sources, the author describes the behaviour and myths surrounding this unusual and iconic bird. The first three chapters investigate the dodo's natural history through the use of historical documents, illustrations, paintings, old drawings and literary sources. Its behaviour is examined in the quotes from 16 of the written reports by travellers to the island, and the anatomy of the dodo is investigated from the bone records kept by anatomists and naturalists from the 16th to the 19th centuries. The mythology surrounding the dodo has grown ever since it became extinct. Lewis Carroll's use of the dodo in "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" elevated the bird to iconic status and sparked a spate of Dodo characters in newspapers, adverts and cartoons. In chapter four, the author investigates how man incorporated the image of the dodo into literature and the arts to become the powerful cultural icon that it is today. He then looks more closely at two other species: the Solitary Dodo, from the island of Rodrigues in the Indian Ocean and the White Dodo of the Reunion Island. Both are now extinct, but are thought to have been related to the Mauritian Dodo.
Hardcover 192 pages (October 7, 2002);  Publisher: Collins;  Language: English;  ISBN: 0007145721

Music, Art & Culture & Events

An estimated 10% of the Mauritian population of 1.2 million are Tamils.
Tamil festivals in Mauritius are the Cavadee, Tamizh Poottaandou (New Year) in April, Teemeedhi, and Thai Pongal.

  Culture of Mauritius

  Events in Mauritius [ national holidays and festivals ]

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