VERDANT, EXOTIC, COLOURFUL AND SOPHISTICATED
The attraction of this balmy island, chattering with bird calls and cascading waterfalls, is as apparent today as it has always been, drawing glamorous visitors from around the globe. The airy colonial homes of a bygone era have been replaced by an offering of sophisticated resort hotels which set standards the world over. But there is more to the island that just self contained resorts. For the beach connoisseur the island is a treasure but between the shores of dazzling sand and blue seas is a scenic island; extinct volcanoes, lakes, waterfalls, forests and botanical gardens.
The north of the island tends to host the most inviting beaches. Grand Baie is certainly one of the finest and its small town provides some wonderful bars and restaurants, creating a very cosmopolitan feel. Other excellent beaches are found on the east and west coast but, as the island becomes more rugged to the south, the beaches diminish. The mountains, however, provide some impressive scenery with magnificent views from the top of Black River Canyon looking out across the densely forested gorge to the coastal plain beyond.
With a good ‘motorway’ running across and around the island it is easy to explore and the number of points of interest should certainly keep the inquisitive traveller busy. The multitude of races and religions living side by side on the island, resulting in a year-round schedule of festivals, adds a level of vibrancy, colour and impetus to get up and explore.
Mauritius definitely appeals to a wide range of clients:- honeymooners can stay in lovely hotels, relax on wonderful beaches, enjoy superb levels of service and be pampered in the finest Spa’s whilst enjoying plenty of romantic elements; for families there are many world-class resorts with quality kid’s clubs and an amazing array of facilities to keep everyone entertained; golfers can play on top class courses and watersports enthusiasts will find it a playground of opportunities with all resorts offering free non-motorised watersports and most including water-skiing. Activity seekers can enjoy 4×4 excursions, canyoning, hiking, rock-climbing, quad-biking, karting, kite surfing, cycling, horse-riding and much more! The island also offers some decent shopping opportunities for those craving a retail fix!
Mauritius is a tropical island and is not far from the Capricorn, meaning the sun is at its highest here. The Summer months (Nov-Apr) enjoy average temperatures of 26-32°C, whilst Winter (May-Oct) is slightly cooler. Rain tends to occur more in Summer but Mauritius does have a micro-climate, so whilst it may rain in one area in could well be dry and sunny in another part of the island!
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
Mauritius is a tropical island with just two seasons and is basically a year-round destination with a pleasant temperature throughout the year. The highest temperatures and the highest levels of humidity occur during their summer months of November through March but these months also get the most rainfall. The winter months of April to October are cooler but still very good and this is a much cheaper time to travel with some exceptional deals on offer! Scuba diving and deep sea fishing are best during the summer months, whilst families will enjoy the milder winter months as will golfers. Honeymooners will find Mauritius a good option year round.
Health & Vaccinations
We recommend that you are up to date with all of the usual vaccinations – Typhoid, Polio, Hepatitis A & B, Tetanus and Rabies. You will also need a Yellow Fever vaccination if visiting a Yellow Fever area before entering Mauritius (for example if combining with Kenya or Tanzania on a two-centre itinerary). Please contact your local GP for full advice at least 3-4 weeks before travel.
Passport & Visa
British passport holders must be in possession of a full 10-year passport and must have at least 6 months validity beyond the date of the return journey. In addition we also recommend that you have a minimum of 2 consecutive blank pages in your passport. British passport holders do not require a visa to enter Mauritius.