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In the northern tip of the island of Reunion, supported by the mountains, lies Saint-Denis, the largest city of the French overseas territories, with more than 145,000 inhabitants.

Saint Denis
Saint Denis

Being once a small village of settlers, it experienced an economic leap in the eighteenth century when it became the capital of the island of Reunion. Three centuries later, the city keeps track of its rich past. At Barachois you will have a clear idea of ​​its past: the guns evoke the war against the English. A little, further up the hill, the monuments of La Redoute recall that the blood flowed during battle.

Saint-Denis offers in its old center, beautiful Creole houses and colonial buildings in a single-old mansion style. The Art Library presents contemporary artists, the Natural History Museum has an amazing collection and the city contains within itself something magical.

Culture

Saint-Denis is a mostly harmonious crossroads of peoples and cultures. Old Chinese stores and businesses managed by Indo-Muslims in their kurtah.

All this, like Creole curry, create a perfect blend, combining customs and traditions from three continents- Africa, Asia and Europe. They are no ethnic Reunion but one people with subtle nuances that will welcome you during your stay in Saint-Denis.

This beautiful city is a real sea of greenery. Few French towns can boast of having as many trees and many gardens. That is why we find these large or small spaces where orchids, ferns, tropical plants and European roses compete in beauty. Saint-Denis is surrounded by hills forming forest sanctuaries, where you can relax in peace and enjoy the fresh air and the sound of ever falling waterfalls.

Climate

The climate being tropical, there are two main seasons. Winter lasts from April to September, it is cooler and drier, turning temperatures around 20 ° C and summer lasts from October to March and is rainy and prone to cyclones, with average temperatures of 28 ° C.

Fog often prevails in the mountainous parts of Saint-Denis. The temperature over there are always less than 18 ° C. To make the most of your trip, the months of May and June are the most appropriate, thus avoiding the influx of tourists and the wettest period.

The annual rainfall in Saint-Denis is approximately 1700 mm. The three wettest month with an average of 11 days of rain in January, February and March, the austral summer period.

Places to Visit in Saint-Denis

Saint-Denis lives to the rhythm of a mixed Creole tradition. You will discover with pleasure the pedestrian area, La Rue de Paris, the Art Library, the Creole houses scattered throughout the city, the covered market with its wrought iron architecture, Barachois and its coastal cannons, the Cathedral, the state Garden and its Natural History Museum, and the Léon Dierx Museum.

Furthermore, beautiful excursions await you: Quinquinas island, the Chaudron waterfall, la roche écrite, the village of Grande Chaloupe in particular. You will find varied accommodation, hotels, condos or homes where you can stay during your vacation.

Downtown

Saint Denis is principally a place to do shopping with its innumerable shops. Its pedestrian area allows to make purchases safely while blending into the daily life of local people. Likewise, always enjoying the city, you will see lots of Creole original houses, sometimes in ruins, mixed with more traditional and modern architecture.

The Covered market

A large covered hall to purchase small gifts and typical souvenir of Reunion for family and friends. Its wrought iron architecture gives it a very different aspect of traditional covered markets that can be found anywhere else.

Covered Market of Saint-Denis
Covered Market of Saint-Denis

The Barachois

The Barachois is the northernmost district of Saint-Denis and remains. The term “Barachois” is used in some parts of the French-speaking world to describe a coastal lagoon or lagoon separated from the ocean by a sandbar.

Saint Denis
Saint Denis

Saint-Denis’ Barachois is one of the most enjoyable walks of the island. Barachois is best known for what is found a little further on the coast itself: its battery of cannons pointing out to sea from Pointe des jardins, from which distances separating the island from the rest of the world are measured in kilometres. The place is also popular with tourists and honeymooners who come to have their picture taken at sunset.

Further east, the Barachois hosts a bowling alley and a concrete pool built in 1959. Designed by Guy Lejeune, while modern architecture symbolized the dynamism of the new department. The basin was filled, renovated, and transformed into a dancing bar.

The Cathedral

 This imposing cathedral situated Rue de la Victoire dates back at 1829. It has a lovely shaded courtyard, filled with a kind of figurative art fountain, made of cast iron, it comprises of a column, a basin and cherubs.

Garden of the State and the Natural History Museum

The shady garden has many treasures. The garden is more than a garden, it is a real plants conservatory. A variety of plants are to be discovered here and there in the aisles. Then its basin located in the center beautifully enhances the quality of its magnificence. Since the nineteenth it hosts the Museum of Natural History, a wide colonial building where the popularization of knowledge is the key word.

Musée Léon Dierx

First Museum of Fine Arts from overseas, it is the initiative of Marius and Ary Leblond that this neo-classical architectural building welcomes since 1911 an incredible number of works by world-renowned artworks as paintings by Cezanne, Chagall, Degas, Delacrois, Manet and Matisse as well as sculptures by Renoir and Gauguin.

The Noor Islam mosque

Located right on the shopping street of Marshal Leclercq, this splendid Mosque was renovated in 1970 as the previous was destroyed by fire a decade earlier. In 1905, the first mosque, which was erected on the same site, was the first of Reunion, and was built at the initiative of Muslim traders of Saint Denis.

Chaudron waterfall

Visiting the Chaudron waterfall and Bassin Bleu is one thing to do. The narrow path winding through the houses of the site remind you that the city of Saint-Denis is very close. Gradually, as you venture deeper, you enter a denser vegetation. The ravine and the river in the background will amaze you.

Have fun during your vacation in Saint-Denis!

There large areas of natural coral overflowing with marine life makes of Mauritius an exclusive place to discover the wonders of snorkeling.

If you are holidaying in Mauritius you’d most probably want to grab your snorkeling equipment and head to the beach.

Unlike Seychelles where the rise in the sea temperature caused by global warming to a massive whitening of its coral reefs, the marine fauna and flora of Mauritius Island is still well preserved.

Reunion Island on the other hand has very few coral reefs and the majority of its beaches are made up of volcanic ash. There are few places where you can enjoy swimming and snorkeling.

Mauritius: Lagoon

The lagoon is generally calm in the majority of places due to the fact that the island is surrounded by a coral reef. Mauritius is home to some of the most beautiful coral reefs in the world. Teeming with hundreds of colorful fish, underwater world of Mauritius is considered a natural wonder.

Diving in Mauritius
Diving in Mauritius

Coastal areas offer the best environment for all types of water sports. Snorkeling is the perfect way to take part in the pleasures of these incredible beauties of nature. Book a local guide for detailed dives and maximum safety.

Mauritius: Marine Fauna and Flora

Mauritius has one of the most abundant marine life of the Indian Ocean.  The moderate tropical sea temperature is ideal for the flourishing of the fauna and flora. It is not surprising at all that there is about four hundred and thirty different species of underwater creatures, including fish such as Parrot fish, Groupers, Napoleons, Sweet-lips, Angels, Trumpet, the clown fish, moray eels and lobsters.

More than two hundred different species of corals have been recorded by marine biologists. There is also a good number of sponges and sea anemones.

For fans of big game fishing, the deep water around the island teem with Tunas, Marlins, sharks and sea breams.

Dolphins can also be observed at certain spots including Tamarin and Flic en Flac. One can also see whales during their migration south of the island.

Mauritius: The Best Seasons for Snorkeling

Situated above the tropic of Capricorn, Mauritius enjoys a purely tropical climate. The water temperature averages the twenty-eight degrees Celsius in summer and twenty-one degrees Celsius in winter. The water temperature is therefore ideal for snorkeling throughout the year, even though summer months are considered the best.

In summer, warm water attracts an abundance of migrating fish. Marine plants also flourish during this season due to the availability of plenty of sunlight. During the summer season we can easily observe a wide variety of exotic fish due to the fact that reproduction occurs mainly during this period of time.

Mauritius: Best sites for snorkeling

There are many snorkeling sites scattered throughout the island. Beginners can easily learn to snorkel in the calm and shallow water of the lagoon. While experienced snorkelers can proceed directly to Snorkeling sites which are more adventurous such as caves, cliffs, wrecks, pinnacles and reefs. The most popular sites in Mauritius include “Colorado” and “Roche Zozo” outside Blue Bay on the south coast of Mauritius among others.

The east coast

Blue Bay

The Blue Bay Beach is known for its clean soft white sandy beaches and clear coastline. Due to the location of Blue Bay, it is a very popular beach destination for tourists as well as locals. The best time to enjoy the beach is during the week as it is normally very crowded on weekdays.

Blue Bay Mauritius
Blue Bay Mauritius

Blue Bay is especially famous for snorkeling. Since 1997, an area of three hundred and fifty-three acres that is located across from the public beach became the first and so far the only marine park in Mauritius.

The reasons for the foundation of this marine park are exceptional and unique coral gardens. The Blue Bay Marine Park offers a rare blend of flora and fauna. The Coral rocks are in well-preserved form. The marine park is home for about Seventy-two species of coral and thirty-two fish species. Some corals are as old as eight hundred years.

The is a visitor center where you can get information on the park in front of the public beach.

The best way to access the park is to take a glass bottom boat. The journey takes about half an hour.

The West Coast

Flic en Flac

The beach of Flic en Flac covers a long part of the western Mauritian coast. Boasting an incredibly clear water and aquatic life outbreak is probably one of the best spots for snorkeling. It also offers perfect opportunities for sunbathing and endless walks. If you walk on the beach to the south, you will reach the next village Tamarin after about half an hour, where you will discover a beautiful beach and the best place to surf in Mauritius.

A clown fish in Flic en Flac
A clown fish in Flic en Flac

Beware of sea urchins. A good measure of protection is to wear swimming shoes.

At the northern end of the beach, you can find a beach volleyball net that belongs to Villa Caroline, one of the cheapest and most beautiful hotels in Mauritius.

Tamarin

Tamarin is a beautiful little village situated only five kilometers from Flic en Flac. The “natural aquarium” is a sight to be seen at Tamarin. It is one of the most beautiful seascapes of Mauritius.

The "natural aquarium" in Tamarin
The “natural aquarium” in Tamarin

The Mauritian Marine Conservation Society (MMCS) is working on making it the site the second marine national park.

Tamarin is also a very interesting place to watch sunset.

NORTH COAST

Trou aux Biches

Trou aux Biches is mostly known for sunbathing, Snorkeling and other kinds of sports activities. Some people even say it’s the most beautiful beach of Mauritius as beach which extends over more than a kilometer has one of the cleanest beach and clearest water.  The proximity of the reef makes of Trou aux Biches an ideal place for snorkeling and diving.

Trou aux Biches also offers a lot of activities such as water skiing, parasailing, kayaking and big game fishing.

SOUTH COAST

Le Morne

Situated on the southwestern tip of the island, Le Morne is probably the  richest site in history and culture of Mauritius.  Le Morne beach is located on the peninsula under the foot of Morne Brabant, a mountain of about 550 meters. Le Morne Brabant has been classified by UNESCO as World Heritage since 2008.

Le Morne has a turquoise lagoon and very clear water which offers excellent visibility for snorkeling and diving.

Beautifully contrasted and blessed with never-ending sunshine, the western coast of Mauritius is the perfect place to spend your holidays. This side of the island is lined with some dazzling white sand beaches like Flic en Flac. The small coastal village of Flic en Flac is ideal for those looking to discover Port Louis and its surroundings. Other than its beaches, the west coast of Mauritius has a lot of natural attractions and sights.

Flic en Flac

flic en flac
Flic-En-Flac

Flic en Flac is known to be the best beach resort of Mauritius. Along its beaches, you will find a series of hotels following one another. Unlike other regions of the island, Flic en Flac records very little rainfall throughout the year. The sun always shines on its dazzling turquoise lagoon.

Flic en Flac climate

Sunset Flic En Flac
Sunset-Flic En Flac

Like Port Louis, Flic en Flac is sheltered from the South East Trade Wind of the Indian ocean and is one of the hottest places in Mauritius. Here the temperature never drops below 26°C and it easily reaches up to 35°C. The temperature of the lagoon varies from 26 to 28°C depending on the season. The beach itself is very spacious and is lined with Casuarina trees which help provide some shade. The climate of Flic en Flac is reflected in its lagoon, crystal-clear warm water contributing to a fabulous aquatic life.

Snorkeling & Diving in Flic en Flac

Diving-Flic en Flac
The beach of Flic en Flac is nearly two kilometers long and you can swim, snorkel or dive all year round. In fact, the beach is a paradise for diving with its numerous caves and wrecks like Cathedral and Rempart Serpent. Divers and snorkelers will really appreciate the lagoon of Flic en Flac as the current is nearly inexistent while visibility is at its best. So get your snorkel and diving equipment ready for the wonderful coral reefs and colorful underwater life of Flic en Flac. Its is advisable to wear protection shoes or snorkel fins to protect yourself from sea urchins and corals.

Around Flic en Flac

Casela
Other than its beaches, hotels, and villas, Flic en Flac has everything for the well-being of visitors. The village is equipped with numerous facilities like spas, clinic, beach restaurants, pubs, nightclubs, supermarkets and shopping malls. Nightlife there is much appreciated by locals and tourists alike. Few kilometers away from the village you will find the Casela Nature Bird Park, one of the oldest attractions of Mauritius.

Hotels in Flic en Flac

Beach villas Flic en Flac
Over the last years, Flic en Flac has seen a lot of development. Many hotels and villas settled to level the increasing number of tourists. There are more than 10 large hotels along its coastline. But beware that some hotels are better placed than others in view of front beaches. Pearle Beach, Hilton and Villa Caroline are the better placed for bathing and snorkeling. Nevertheless, you can still stroll along the beach and find your own bathing spot.

Port Louis

Port Louis
Port Louis at night

Mauritius isn’t just a beach destination, its capital city Port Louis is a living proof of that. With nearly 150, 000 inhabitants, Port Louis and its old streets is the liveliest city of Mauritius. The city is home to the major administrative and financial institution of the island.

Enclosed by a mountain range and the sea, Port Louis is the hottest city of Mauritius. When visiting Port Louis, it is very easy to spot the ancient buildings, Creole houses, and religious monuments. It is common to see a mosque, a temple, and a church just streets apart in Port Louis. This is the result of the great ethnic mix of the Mauritian society.

Port Louis is representative of the island’s colonial past. Alley after alley, the city of Port Louis reveals more and more about its culture and authenticity. You just have to stroll art and history will be everywhere around you.

The Port Louis Market

Mauritius Market
Also referred to as “grand bazaar” by locals, the Port Louis Market is the oldest market of Mauritius. It is the best place to find anything that the island has to offer. From exotic fruits and vegetables to tastiest Mauritian street foods, the market is a delicious food trip. Amongst the many street foods you will find there, the Dholl Puri is certainly the most famous of them all. In the case of thirst, we recommend you visit one of the many stalls of the market to taste the Alouda, a typical local milk-based beverage.

The market is quite crowded and loudly on weekdays, but this curiously adds to its charm. You will discover attaching and welcoming characters at the stalls. It is so nice to amble and ferret out the beauties of Mauritius in this market. In addition to the food, you will find the best handicrafts and souvenirs of Mauritius in the extended section of the market. Souvenirs like miniature musical instruments, clothing, spices, scents, original sculptures and many more.

Port Louis attractions

Port Louis Attraction
Fort Adelaide in Port Louis

The city of Port Louis is a must-see attraction in Mauritius especially for travelers who want to get soaked in the beautiful mix of culture and traditions. Place d’Armes, Champ de Mars, Fort Adelaide Chinatown, Jummah Mosque or Saint Louis Cathedral are charming religious architectures worth visiting. Port Louis is also the ultimate place for shopping in Mauritius, the Port Louis Caudan Waterfront is one of the biggest shopping malls of Mauritius. The waterfront has it all, hotels, pubs, restaurants, cinemas, live music and events, you can really a good day there.

Driving in Mauritius

Port Louis and Flic en Flac are just minutes away by car and a little bit longer in by bus. While the bus is inexpensive in Mauritius, it tends to be time costly. The easiest way to get around the island is to rent a car. This requires bringing a valid license, but you will be able to visit the different attractions at your own pace. Car rental tariffs are fairly competitive across the island and the price of fuel is fairly low. Driving is on the left and road signs are mostly displayed in English. The only downside of Port Louis is its regular traffic jams, especially from 8hrs to 9hrs in the morning and 16hrs to 17hrs. So plan your trip to Port Louis accordingly.

Have nice holidays in Mauritius!

Watersports Mauritius

Mauritius, four consonants, and four vowels to describe this little piece of heaven shining in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Located about 10,000 km from Europe, Mauritius is an island five time bigger than Isle of Man. If we can compare Mauritius in terms of area, one cannot simply compare the Mauritian landscapes.

On its 2040 square kilometers, the island offers a unique natural diversity. Some people even talk about a paradise. I won’t be that poetic, but one thing is sure, it is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Like you, each year more than one million visitors favor of Mauritius for their holidays, here’s why:

Mauritian Culture

culture Mauritius

If there is one thing more beautiful than Mauritian beaches, it has got to be the country’s culture. The traditions are cultivated by the multiethnic people and so friendly. From the very beginning, Mauritius was welcomed people from all around the world, Africa, Asia, Europe. And yet, all live in perfect harmony despite their different origins.

Language
Creole-Mauricien

As the country’s multicolor flag, the Mauritian culture is an incredible mix of colors and traditions. So unique that in some regions, Catholics speaking Bhojpuri, a living language mixture of Hindu and Creole languages. And we can draw the same conclusion for the Hindi citizens speaking French.

If we speak formally, French, English and Mauritian Creole are the three main languages of the country. The local press and other media are mainly distributed in French. The French (former colonizers) like Mahé de Labourdonnais have occupied the island for quite some time, this explains why the cities and towns names are mostly in French.

Mauritian Creole is based on French combined with terms from different cultures and religions of the island. Wherever you are in Mauritius, you can be sure that Mauritians understand and speak French and English despite a slight accent.

Mauritian cuisine

Mauritian creole food

Mauritian cuisine is quite particular. Certainly it is less assorted than English gastronomy, but it has something to tickle one’s taste buds. The traditional Mauritian cuisine is slightly spicy and the daily Mauritians gastronomy is based on rice, dried beans, and curry.

Chinese cuisine is widespread throughout the restaurants on the island. Fried noodles, chop suey are amongst the most popular dishes. The “Briyani” national dish but the tastiest Mauritian cuisine are the street foods that can be found all over the island.

Tourists really enjoy the tasty “Gato-Piments, dholls puris, samosas,” those can be even found in hotels. Although French cuisine has much impacted on the Mauritian cuisine, tea persisted as an English tradition.

Climate

Hilton-Flic-en-Flac-Sunset

Located near the Tropic of Capricorn, Mauritius enjoys a tropical weather throughout the year. On a world map, at the height of the Tropic of Capricorn the sun is at its closest point to earth. So, it’s hot in Mauritius, very hot. The temperature never drops below 26 ° C and it can easily go up to 34 ° C.

The time on the island is relatively warm and moist, but the east coast tends to be a little cooler owing to the fact that it crosses the southeast trade winds. However, the west coast is much warmer, especially in Port Louis, the capital city of the island.

Like other countries of the Southern Hemisphere, Mauritius has only two seasons, summer and winter. Summer in Mauritius is between October and March and winter during the rest of the year. The Mauritian winter is explained by a slight drop in temperature. No cold weather or snow here, in the winter sun shines softly. And yes, you better bring sun cream, even in winter!

Mauritian hospitality

Hospitalité Mauricienne

“Mauritius, its a pleasure! “Is the motto of the Mauritian hospitality. Here everything is done to the well-being of the visitor. You will see upon your arrival on the island, an enchanting welcome. Some hotel resorts offer a custom welcome to visitors.

At each corner of the island, we find some of the finest hotels in the world. Luxury hotels like the One & Only St Geran and Le Touessrok are consistently ranked among the finest hotels in the world.

Maurice is a luxury destination. So luxurious that even four-star hotels are ideally located (I mean on the beach). Villa Carolina or the Pearle Beach Resorts & Spa are two of many hotels that offer excellent service for attractive prices.

Other than the large hotels, there are many villas in Mauritius. Beachfront or in the countryside, the villas stand as a less expensive alternative to hotels. The villa of Belle Riviere is the perfect example of the latest trend in hospitality. Not far from the beaches and at the same away from crowded tourist areas, you can enjoy all that the island has to offer, including privacy.

Green island

Mauritius-greenery

Mauritius is much more than a beach destination 100%, thanks to its tropical climate, the island has benefited from a flourishing wildlife. The fauna of the island is comprised of more than 700 native plants including many endemic ones.

The Mauritius Wildlife Foundation and other organizations are working hard to preserve this rich natural heritage. So, today you can visit this biodiversity in national parks and gardens.

SSR Botanical Garden

SSR Botanical Garden Pamplemousses
This beautiful botanical garden extends over 35 hectares and is the oldest botanical garden in the southern hemisphere. Also known as the SSR Botanical Garden, this garden owes its reputation to its famous giant water lilies and lotus flowers.

The garden is located few minutes from Port Louis and is one of the most visited places in Mauritius. It includes nearly a hundred species of palms, baobabs and especially a mythical sacred fig tree. For the low price of 5 pounds you can wander through the endless aisles of the garden and if you like plants, please do hesitate to hire a guide at the entrance, you will discover so much more.

The Gorges National Park Black River

Black River Gorges Nature Park
Located in the southwest, the National Park Black River Gorges is the largest natural park of Mauritius. A reserve of more than 6, 500 hectares of dense forest that lets us imagine what it was like Mauritius centuries back.

The park is not only a botanical sanctuary but also a natural reserve where live the rarest birds of Mauritius, an open-air museum. The Nature Reserve of the Black River Gorges offers over 50km of trekking pathway, it is advisable to visit the park with a group or in the presence of a guide.

The seven colored earth of Chamarel

Chamarel Seven colored Earth
The seven colored earth of Chamarel attracts thousands of visitors each year. Located a few minutes drive from the National Park just after the village of the same name, the colorful lands of Chamarel impel the curiosity of many.

The varied hues land dunes of Chamarel is explained by the presence of volcanic ashes, which over time and erosion formed the multicolored soil . But what we still can not explain is, when you try to mix the different colors, few minutes later, the land intertwine to regain their natural colors! Isn’t curious?

100 beaches!

Hidden beaches in Mauritius
With over 330 kilometers of coastline, the island has over a hundred beaches.Whether you are looking to dive, snorkel or just sunbathe, there is a beach for everything in Mauritius.

The beaches are kings in Mauritius and it’s probably the place you will spend the best moments of your holidays. This is why we are happy to share with you the top 5 most beautiful beaches of Mauritius and its neighboring islands.

# 1 Flic-en-Flac

Flic-en-Flac-Mauritius
Oh, Flic-en-Flac and its kilometers of white sand, who can forget Flic-en-Flac after visiting Mauritius? The beach of Flic en Flac is located on the west coast facing the village of the same name, one of the sun-drenched villages of Mauritius.

The beach is lined with casuarina trees for shade and its dazzling turquoise laguna is simply irresistible. Flic-en-Flac is the liveliest beach of Mauritius, you can practice many water activities like water skiing, paragliding or glass bottom boat tours. But the most interesting activity in Flic en Flac is snorkeling, get your fin and snorkel set ready!

# 2 Grand Baie

Grand-Baie-Ile-Maurice

Located in the north, the village of Grand Bay is the main resort of Mauritius. The beach is enlivened by the presence of some beach restaurants, hotels, bar and numerous villas.

The beach of Grand Baie is spread over several kilometers long where the waves come aground on stretches of white sand. The water is clear and shallow. This is great for swimming and diving, but one can also practice a lot of water activities.

# 3 Tamarin

Swim with the Dolphins Mauritius
Swim with the Dolphins Mauritius

Beach Tamarin is rather special, not only because of its white sand but also for its unique waves. Tamarin is the most trendy beach of Mauritius, many youngsters come here to surf and enjoy the waves.

Tamarin is not as popular as Flic-en-Flac. The beach is far from the big cities and major touristic areas, which certainly helped to retain its authenticity. On weekdays, Tamarin is quite uncrowded, but it gets busier on weekends.

Tamarin Bay is also the best place to see the dolphins. One can even swim with dolphins and boats depart from the beach of Tamarin. So if you want a Mauritian beach like no other, you want the beach of Tamarin

# 4 Belle Mare

belle-mare

Belle Mare is a luxurious beach. Located in the east of Mauritius, this beach is very much uncrowded. The East of Mauritius is characterized by much more natural beaches and sceneries than west of the island. There are quite a few hotels but very little urban development.

The beach extends to Palmar, kilometers of white sand to lay your beach towel and relax. If you prefer some shade, Belle Mare is the beach of palms trees and casuarina trees.

# 5 Le Morne

Le-Morne

With its white sand, turquoise waters and the mythical Morne Brabant as background, Le Morne beach is a living postcard. A place cut off from the rest of Mauritius.

Alongside Bluebay, Le Morne beach is one of the most beautiful beaches of the south of Mauritius. The lagoon is protected by a natural coral reef.

Useful information

The time difference between Mauritius and Uk is two hours in summer and three hours the rest of the year.
The flight time is 11 hours
The Mauritian rupee is the currency of the island. (1 £ = Rs 50)
The voltage is 230 volts and electrical outlets are type C and G
Healthwise, no vaccine is needed in Mauritius
Tap water is safe to drink
Mauritian roads are all free
Driving is to the left
You can use your mobile phone in Mauritius, but check with your operator for rates
There are post offices in all regions of the island
Bus services cover the whole island, check here
Do not forget your camera!