Mauritius Travel Guide

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A tiny little island in the middle of the Indian Ocean, just east of Madagascar, Mauritius is one of those places that seems to be the perfect little slice of island heaven. From the turquoise seas to the pristine white beaches stretching out for miles and the luxurious accommodations allowing you access to plenty of sunbathing and swimming, Mauritius is absolutely an island paradise for the beach-lover. But the island also has a unique history dating back several hundred years, with plenty of colonial towns and ruins, ethnic and cultural diversity, and variation in the scenery.

Over the years the island has seen a variety of cultures. It was first discovered by Arabian sailors around the ninth century, but it wasn't until the Portuguese arrived in 1505 that civilization began. However, it was the Dutch who actually first colonized the island in 1598, and they remained until 1710, when they abandoned the island after deforesting it. This led to a nearly-100 year occupation by the French colonials, and then the British colonials from 1810 till the island gained its independence in 1968.

The island boasts a variety of geographical wonders. From mountains to rain-forests to beaches and some of the best diving on the planet, Mauritius combines it all into an amazing experience. Relatively unknown to the modern traveler, Mauritius is nevertheless one of the most beautiful and safe places to experience an island adventure. Distinctly different from the Caribbean, travelers can explore such wonders as the Black River Gorges National Park with its massive waterfall, or the coastline along the Le Morne Peninsula. The colonial mansion of Eurka, nearly perfectly preserved, provides a look back into 1830s life, or visitors can tour the Grand Bassin of Ganga Taloa, a lake within the crater of an extinct volcano.

While relatively safe for all levels of travelers, with the native language as English, be sure to bring plenty of mosquito repellent and prepare for the island experience of a lifetime.

Grand Baie #1 most popular location
Grand Baie is a coastal village in Mauritius located in Rivière du Rempart. In the 17th century the Dutch used to call Grand Baie the 'Bay Without End'. Today it appears as though it's the d…
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Flic en Flac #2 most popular location
Flic and Flac is a charming and quiet town at the West Coast of Mauritius. Lined up along its white sand beach are some hotels like Sofitel and Hilton.
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Belle Mare #3 most popular location
Belle Mare boasts one of the best beaches of Mauritius with 10km of very white sand and the clearest crystal blue sea. Located on the east Coast of Mauritius, this beach is one not to be mis…
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Mahebourg #4 most popular location
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Port Louis #5 most popular location
The history of Port Louis first starts at the eighteenth century when the French took possession of the island. As a tribute for their King, Louis XV, the French settlers named the region as …
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Pointe Aux Piments #6 most popular location
Le Morne #7 most popular location
The Le Morne Peninsula is situated on the very south west corner of Mauritius. The area is highlighted by a single standing basaltic rock – Brabant - with a summit 556 meters above sea leve…
Balaclava #8 most popular location
Bel Ombre #9 most popular location
Cap Malheureux #10 most popular location
Black River #11 most popular location
Black River is a district of Mauritius on the western side of the island. It is the third largest district of Mauritius in area, but the smallest in terms of population. Its famous areas incl…
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Rodrigues #12 most popular location
Rodrigues is an autonomous outer island of the Republic of Mauritius located in the Indian Ocean. It is a part of the Mascarene Islands which include Mauritius and French Réunion. As most of…
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Grand Gaube #13 most popular location
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Poste de Flacq #14 most popular location
Chamarel #15 most popular location
Chamarel is a village in Mauritius located in the Black River district. The population here is one of the lowest in Mauritius (about 700 citizens). Chamarel is unique and it is Mauritius’ o…
Blue Bay #16 most popular location
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Tamarin #17 most popular location
Tamarin is a village on the western coast of the island and a place with a very small population in the region of Black River. In the past it was a fisherman village. Recently Tamarin has dev…
Pamplemousses #18 most popular location
Pamplemousses is a small town in a district of the same name, located in the north west of Mauritius, and is one of the most densely populated parts of the island. The name of the town comes …
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Chemin Grenier #19 most popular location
Chemin Grenier is a small village in Mauritius located in Savanne District. Despite its small size it is still the busiest and largest village of the South. It is located nicely, in the most …
Rodrigues Island #20 most popular location
Volcanic Rodrigues Island is an autonomous outer island territory of Mauritius 350 miles to the east, It is served several times daily by Air Mauritius. Only 11 miles long and 4 miles wide, …
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Baie du Cap #21 most popular location
Baie du Cap is a small village in the district of Black River in the south end of Mauritius. The village itself doesn’t have much to offer. There are no hotels here and the ocean in this pl…
Ile aux Bénitiers #22 most popular location
Ile aux Bénitiers is a large coral sand island 2 km long and 0,5 km at its widest point . It is not inhabited. It is situated about 0,5km off the coast at South West of Mauritius. The la…