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Mauritius Holidays

It is not surprising that Mark Twain once remarked that God modelled Heaven on Mauritius, because this jewel of the Indian Ocean is truly paradise on earth. It is a relatively small island (no larger than Surrey), bathing in the hot tub of the warm Capricorn Sea, in the coral reef belt of the Indian Ocean.

Mauritius offers golden, powder-soft beaches embraced by coral reefs and fringed with exotic coconut palms bordering translucent sea lagoons. There are also dramatic mountain ranges, tropical forests, tumbling waterfalls, gently swaying fields of sugar cane, chic hotels, sophisticated cuisine, superb water sports and charming cosmopolitan people with infectious smiles.

When you consider that Mauritius also offers a tropical all-year-round climate and superlative service levels, you will appreciate the wisdom of Mark Twain's words.

 

Beyond the Beaches, Mauritius:

Aside from relaxing on the beach, engaging in watersports or enjoying a round of golf or two, Mauritius offers a host of alternative pursuits. There are so many things to see and do, we would like to present just a few of the options to help you make the most of your time on this jewel in the Indian Ocean. Our Ground Handlers, White Sands Tours have information desks at all of the major hotels and would be delighted to arrange an excursion for you. 

Eco Tour Adventure in Paradise - Take a thrilling zip slide for a bird's eye view of the forest canopy. Explore the luxuriant flora and fauna of the river, forest, cane fields and banana plantation before cooling off with a refreshing swim in a natural pool. 

Eco Tour Trek - Discover the indigenous species of flora and fauna on a trekking tour. Visit La Vanille Réserve des Mascareignes home to over 2,000 Nile crocodiles and Ile aux Aigrettes (Mauritius Wildlife Sanctuary) to view the rare pink pigeon and indigenous vegetation as well as visiting the world's largest captive breeding reserve for the Aldabra Tortoise. Along the route, enjoy magnificent views of the Grand Port mountain range and lagoon and enjoy a trip through Paradise Valley. 

Family Tour - The whole family will share special memories visiting nature parks and observing rare and fascinating animals such as the pink pigeon, the green gecko, giant tortoises, Java deer and wild boar in their natural or protected habitats. Explore the little known villages of Mauritius and meet the local people. 

Sunset Cruise - Enjoy a romantic cruise departing from Black River on the West Coast. Don't miss the impressive views of the Rempart Mountain and Black River Range whilst sipping cocktails and nibbling canapés. Relax and enjoy the magic of the sun setting over the horizon on board the spacious O' Plezir catamaran. 

Culture - Mauritius opens its heart to you. Meet the people, taste the cuisine and learn how to cook it, learn about the traditions and the cultural heritage of this beautiful island. Visit The World Heritage Site, Aapravasi Ghat to explore the history of sugar as well as the Blue Penny Museum housing the historic Post Paid stamps. 

Explore Mauritius Your Way - Just sit back, relax, and take in the stunning scenery as your private guide drives you around the best spots that Mauritius has to offer. Alternatively, enjoy the freedom of exploring the island in a GPS equipped chic mini cooper convertible or new Beetle. Go where you want to, when you want to! 

Land Excursions: Tea Route, History and Culture, Sugar Adventure, Shopping Tour, Scenic South with Casela Nature Park. 

Sea Adventures
: Sail the Dolphin Coast, Eastern Sailing Magic, Northern Islands Sailing, Power boats, Ile aux Cerfs, Ile des Deux Cocos, Undersea Adventure (Blue Safari Submarine and Helmet diving), Deep Sea Fishing. 

From the Air: Enjoy a bird's eye view of this tropical paradise - take a helicopter trip around the island. 

Island Hopping: Day trip or overnight trips to Reunion or Rodrigues Island. 

 

Useful Information on Mauritius:

Location: Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar.

 

Size: 36 miles by 25 miles.

Population: 1.2 million.

Local Time: GMT + 4 hours.

Visa: None required by UK or Irish passport holders.

Currency: Mauritian rupee.

Tipping: You may wish to tip any hotel staff members who have been particularly attentive, and you could pass some spare cash to staff at the end of your stay. The hotel will usually let you add something onto your credit card charge if you want to give a general 'tip' that's divided among all staff. Taxi fares are usually negotiated in advance for a trip or tour, if the driver has been particularly helpful then an extra Rs100-200 shows your appreciation.  In restaurants, even if a service charge is added onto your bill, you could leave a few loose coins or a small note for good service. 

Vaccinations: None compulsory, contact your doctor.

Flying Time: UK/Ireland approximately 12 hours. 

Telephone Code: +230. 

Electricity: 220/240 volts.  

Tourist Office (UK): Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority +44 (0) 20 7584 3666. 

Language: English, Creole, French. 

Smoking: Smoking is prohibited in indoor public places, on public transport, and in public transport facilities.

 

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