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About Mauritius: Capital city, Port louis, MauritiusMauritius, known officially as the Republic of Mauritius, is an island nation located off the coast of the African continent in the southwest Indian Ocean. It is a volcanic island of lagoons and palm-fringed beaches with coral reefs surrounding most of the coastline. The island is situated approximately 2400 kilometers off the South East Coast of Africa. The island covers an area of 1,865 square kilometers or 720 square miles, with 330 kilometers of coastline. Mauritius is 45km in width and 65km in length.

Mauritius is known as the tropical paradise by many people around the globe. This is true, especially as Mauritius has a lot to give to those who come searching for fun filled vacations. The capital of Mauritius is called Port Louis and is the home of many offices and businesses. The port is as well found in Port Louis, so ships which need to embark and disembark need to head there. 

Food, Dish, MauritiusThe total area of Mauritius is around 2000 sq. kilometers with 330 km of coastline m ostly surrounded by coral reefs. Surveys showed that during the year 2006, the population of Mauritius was around 1.3 million. Although the official language of Mauritius is English. Most people in Mauritius readily speak French and Creole. However, important Government communiqués are given in English and then translated in French for the whole population. Mauritius became a Republic in the year 1968. Nowadays, every book refers to the island as the Republic of Mauritius. 

Mauritius Things to Do: Mauritius has earned the reputation of a top holiday destination, but only few of the island visitors know that Mauritius is one of the leading destinations in the world while referring to the large variety of the activities it offers in comparison to its size.

When visiting Mauritius you are sure to benefit from an amazing selection of almost 200 activities, attractions and places of interested all waiting to discovered.

From more traditional museums, parks and reserves, to extreme activities, sea cruises, island trips and many more, you will find it all!

What to wear in Mauritius: When visitHoli festival, Mauritiusing Mauritius it is advisable to take your best beach and casual wear. In the winter months (June -September), carry some light woolen clothing for the cool evenings. Please show due respect when visiting religious places. Wear appropriate clothing (and remove leather shoes and belts) when entering a religious premises.

Currency: The Mauritian unit of currency is the rupee (Rs), which is divided into 100 cents (c). There are coins of 5, 10, 20, 25, 50 cents, and of 1, 5 and 10 Rupees (Rs). The bank note denominations are in 25, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000 and 2000 rupees.

Blue Penny Museum, MauritiusPlaces of interest in Mauritius: Blue Penny Museum: Blue Penny Museum is far more wide ranging than its name suggests, taking in the history of the island's exploration, settlement and colonial period and even detouring into the Paul and Virginia legend. It's Port Louis' best museum, with a fantastic selection of antique maps, engravings from different periods in history, and photographs that show a then-and-now look at Port Louis.
On the ground floor you'll see the country's most famous work of art: a superbly life-like statue by the Mauritian sculptor Prosper d'Épinay, carved in 1884. Based on Bernardin de St-Pierre's novel Paul et Virginie , the sculpture depicts the young hero carrying his sweetheart across a raging torrent.

Central Market, MauritiusCentral Market: Central Market is a good place to get a feel for the everyday life of many locals, watch the hawkers at work and buy some souvenirs. Most authentic are the fruit and vegetable sections (including Chinese herbal medicines and aphrodisiacs).

Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens: The gardens, named after Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam, the first prime minister of independent Mauritius, were started by Mahé de Labourdonnais in 1735 as a vegetable plot for his Mon Plaisir Château (which now contains a small exhibition of photographs). The landscape came into its own in 1768 under the auspices of the French horticulturalist Pierre Poivre. Like Kew Gardens, the gardens played a significant role in the horticultural espionage of the day. Poivre imported seeds from around the world in a bid to end France's dependence on Asian spices. The gardens were neglected between 1810 and 1849 until British horticulturalist James Duncan transformed them into an arboretum for palms and other tropical trees.

Black RiveBlack River Gorges National Park, Mauritiusr Gorges National Park: Black River Gorges National Park is a national park in the hilly south-western part of Mauritius. It was proclaimed on June 15, 1994 and is managed by the National Parks and Conservation Service. 

The park protects most of the island's remaining rainforest although much of this has been degraded by introduced plants such asChinese guava and privet and animals such as rusa deer and wild pigs. Several areas have been fenced off and invasive species have been eradicated from them to preserve native wildlife. Many endemic plants and animals still occur in the park including the Mauritian flying fox and all of the island's endemic birdsGanga Talao, Mauritius: Mauritius kestrel, pink pigeon, Mauritius parakeet, Mauritius cuckoo-shrike, Mauritius bulbul, Mauritius olive white-eye, Mauritius grey white-eye and Mauritius fody. The park is located at B103 - Plaine Champagne Road, Mauritius.

Ganga Talao: Ganga Talao is a crater lake situated in a secluded mountain area in the district of Savanne, deep in the heart of Mauritius. It is about 1800 feet above sea level. 

 

Regions of Mauritius

Black River

Flacq

Grand Port

Moka

Other

Pamplemousses

Plaines Wilhems

Port Louis

Riviere du Rempart

Rodrigues

Savanne

 

 

 


Regions within Mauritius:

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