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Welcome to Mauritius

Mauritius

Capital: Port Louis

Population: 1,339,827 (July 2015 est.)

Dialling Code: +230

Currency: Mauritian rupee

Time zone: UTC+4

Continent: Africa

The island nation is located on the Indian Ocean about 2,000 kilometres off the southeast coast of the African continent. Blessed with some of the best beaches in the world, Mauriitius is a dream destination for many beach lovers. There are various resorts you can choose from and the people are warm and welcome.

Mauritius is a tropical island and like many tropical islands it is lush green and has colorful vegetation throughout the year. The country attained her independence from UK in 1968 and runs a stable democracy with regular free elections and a positive human rights record; the country has attracted considerable foreign investment and has one of Africa's highest per capita incomes.

Information & Facts

Attraction Overview

Mauritius Botanical Garden

Mauritius Botanical Garden, also known as Pamplemousses Garden and SSR Botanical Garden, is one of the most popular tourist attraction in Mauritius, and is located near Port Louis. It is the oldest botanical garden in the Southern Hemisphere.

Port Louis

Port Louis is capital and the largest city in Mauritius. Port Louis was constructed in the year 1735 by the noted French governor, Mahe de Labourdonnais.

Grand Bassin

Grand Bassin, known also as Ganga Talao is a lake situated in a secluded mountain area in the district of Savanne, deep in the heart of Mauritius. It is about 600 meters above sea level.

Chamarel park - 7 colored earth & Chamarel falls

7 colored earth & Chamarel falls - The “seven-coloured earth” of Chamarel is a geological curiosity and a major tourist attraction of Mauritius. The landscape at Chamarel is truly unique, it is the only place in world where you can find a clay earth of 7 colors at one place. The colors of these unique dunes are red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple and yellow, purple and red are predominant.

 

Business

Historically, sugar has dominated Mauritius' agricultural economy and today accounts for 25% of export earnings. Since independence in 1968, the government has deliberately sought to diversify by developing the industrial and service components of the economy.

The island's industrial capacity is centred on a number of Export Processing Zones and its service economy is based on tourism and financial services, as well as a growing telecommunications provision which has attracted more than 9, 000 offshore entities. Tourism is well established and now worth over US$500 million annually. Investment in banking is more than US$1 billion. The overall economy grew at 2.5% in 2005, with inflation at 5% and unemployment 9.6%.

Climate

There are no much differences in the weather conditions during the year and there are no well-defined rainy/wet and dry seasons.The Mauritius weather is very pleasant and allows the visitors to have perfect holidays all the year round. You can decide to come to Mauritius at any time of the year and you will be sure to have a comfortable weather during your stay.

Customs

Religion: 

48% Hindu, 32% Christian (mainly Roman Catholic), 17% Muslim, 2% Chinese Buddhism and Confucianism, 1% other.

 

Duty Free

The following goods may be imported into Mauritius by travellers aged 18 and over without incurring customs duty:

• 250g of tobacco products.
• 1L of spirits and 2L of wine or beer.
• Other goods to the value of Rp7, 500 (Mauritians under 12 years old or foreigners) or Rp15, 000 (Mauritians over 12 years old).

Banned imports:

Prohibited items include dangerous drugs, obscene literature and pornographic materials.

Restricted items requiring a permit include arms and ammunition, and endangered species.

You must declare all fruits and vegetables, plants and seeds, handicrafts made from animal parts (eg bone or feathers), wooden items, and outdoor equipment which may contain traces of soil such as camping gear, golf clubs, bikes and sports shoes.

If carrying prescription medicines, you must bring a copy of the prescription and ensure the medicines are in the original, labelled container.

 

Electricity

The electricity supply is 220 volts. Bring along your travel adapter incase the socket is different from yours.

Getting Around

There are different transport facilities when it comes to travel to different places in Mauritius. The most widely used transport is the bus, which can be kind of affordable compared to other means of transport.

The country consists of a good bus network, which is available across the island. Most of the buses are well maintained, except you might find some, which are not that comfortable to travel. It is quite fun to explore the real Mauritius, if you are covering short distances. You’ll get to mingle with the locals, and learn more about the day to day life.

Choosing to travel by car is the best way to explore the island at your own pace and comfort. If you wish to drive then you can always rent with car rental agencies which include, both local and international firms. In Mauritius you drive on the left – hand side of the road and give way to the right, which is quite unusual for some of you.

Health

Public medical facilities are numerous and of a high standard and there are several inexpensive private clinics, mostly staffed by doctors educated in the west. There is no reciprocal health agreement with the UK; foreign visitors have to pay at state-run clinics and hospitals. Emergency evacuation health insurance is advised for those at serious risk.

Note: For travellers applying for a working visa or permanent residence, a HIV test will be required.

Language

Official Language: Creole, French and English

Money

The official currency is Mauritian rupee

Passport Visa

Passports:

To enter Mauritius, a passport valid for the duration of stay with at least one blank page is required by all nationals.

Visas

Prospective visitors are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements for Mauritius.

Safety

Just like any responsible person, you would take care of your valuable belongings, and pay much attention while you venture out late at night, the same apply when you visit the country. There is no such things like curfews, vandalism, lady-boys, terrorist attacks, or shoot outs here in Mauritius.

Though, there are certain places that you should avoid, especially certain city outskirts, or ‘ghettos’, where the chance of getting robbed is high. You have to take particular attention while visiting the central market in Port-Louis, especially at the end of the year, when the street is usually over crowded.

Time

UTC +4

Tipping

Tips are always appreciated. However, do not feel obliged. Mauritians seem to know that a tip has to be earned, and they will naturally do their utmost to make you happy, whether it's for service in a hotel, restaurant or taxi.

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