A multicultural and safe island
As a travel country, Mauritius is safe because the political situation is stable. The usual caution in busy urban areas is sufficient, as there is a risk of pickpocketing in cities.
Nearly half of the Mauritians are Hindus. Roman Catholics and Muslims also live on 15-25% of the island, making Mauritius a multicultural island.
The official language of Mauritius is English, but it is spoken by less than one percent of the population. The majority of the population speaks the local Creole language and other local languages. English gets along, and some Mauritians also speak French.
Hurricanes are possible in November-May. Chikungunya and dengue fever may also occur in October-May.
FLIGHTS, ACCOMMODATION AND MOVEMENT BY MAURITIUS
Mauritius hotels have the most imaginative swimming pools.
Flights and trips to Mauritius
The most common route to arrive in Mauritius is Port Louis International Airport.
Air Mauritius operates about 30 weekly flights to Mauritius from major European cities such as Paris. Other airlines flying to Mauritius include Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Emirates Airlines and Condor.
Non-stop flights from Helsinki to Mauritius cost around 500-600 euros. The trip can be obtained with 1-2 stopovers.
The Travel Exchange and TUI offer package tours to Mauritius. At best, the price of a couple of weeks package trip with flights and hotels can be less than 1,000 euros.
Hotels and accommodation in Mauritius
Short for MUS by abbreviationfinder, Mauritius is known as a luxury resort and is also reflected in the hotel offer. There is plenty of good accommodation on the island and many hotels in Mauritius offer a variety of pampering spa treatments.
However, a good level is also reflected in prices. A hotel night in Mauritius costs on average around 100-200 euros, but accommodation in cheaper hotels can also cost 30-70 euros.
Getting around Mauritius
For longer trips in Mauritius, you should take the bus in particular, which offers an island-wide route network and low prices. However, bus schedules are very flexible, meaning travel is slow and less punctual.
You can also take a taxi to the resorts of Mauritius. For example, when leaving the airport, you can check the price level of taxis on the airport website. The price should also be agreed in advance.
The traffic on the left side of Mauritius is different from the Finnish one, so it is good to keep in mind the differences in traffic when renting a car.
Mauritius ’neighboring islands can be reached by flying within Mauritius from airports such as Port Louis and Sir Seewoosagur.
ATTRACTIONS OF MAURITIUS
The Roman Catholic Red Church is about ten minutes from the popular Bay of Tourists.
Beach life in Grand Bay
Located in the northern part of Mauritius, Grand Bay was the first area to which tourist crowds found their way, and the resort has maintained its position as one of the island’s tourist centers. The beach resort has a slightly small town feel, with promenades and beach promenades.
There is beach life in Grand Bay, and the refurbished La Cuvette, for example, is definitely worth a visit. Another popular beach is Pereybere Public Beach, which has plenty of shopping, restaurants and pubs. A shopping traveler should at least visit Sunset Boulevard, the Grand Bazaar and La Croisette.
Both locals and tourists head to Grand Bay when they want to spend a fun evening outdoors. Grand Bay has restaurants, bars and discos at your fingertips.
The capital is Port Louis
Named after the King of France, Port Louis is the capital of Mauritius and the largest city in the country. Port Louis, with less than 200,000 residents, is home to one of the most important ports in the Indian Ocean, as well as a busy airport.
In Port Louis, you can stroll through the Portuguese, French and British streets and discover the island’s multi-stage history. The best view of the city is obtained by climbing the fortress of Adelaide, located on a high hill.
The city’s best-known attractions include Port Louis Old Town on the mountain and the dodo at the Natural History Museum.
The village of Triolet
In the northern part of Mauritius, it is worth visiting the village of Triolet, which offers the opportunity to explore the largest Hindu temple on the island.
Originally built in 1819, the Maheswarnath Temple was built in honor of numerous Hindu gods. The traveler should remember that all leather accessories should be left out when visiting Hindu holy places.
Mauritius’ top attractions are nature. One of the most popular attractions on the island is Le Morne Brabant, where hikers can admire rugged scenery, among other things. The mountain in the southwestern part of the island symbolizes freedom because, according to the story, slaves jumped from the hill to their deaths before slavery was banned in 1834.
In the nature of Mauritius, there is enough to admire elsewhere in the southern parts of Mauritius. Rochester’s 10-meter waterfall in southern Mauritius is an ideal place to spend a picnic and admire the scenery. The Black River Gorges National Park is also a great place to hike and explore the island’s stunning nature.
The best way to get to the heart of nature is on guided tours, which can be booked from tour operators.
THE BEST OF MAURITIUS
Le Morne Mount Brabant is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The best activities in Mauritius
- Lounging on the beach
- Deep sea fishing