Mauritius is situated in the Indian Ocean. The Islands became well known after a rare species called the Dodo were discovered back in 1600. Mauritius is part of a collective group of three other main islands known as the Mascarene Archipelagos, which were named after the discoverer Pedro Mascarenhas.
Since independence in 1968 from the British it has one of the best managed countries in Africa, and this is reflected in it respect for law and order, public facilities and economic growth.
Mauritius makes an ideal yachting destination with it beautiful bays, turquoise waters holding an abundance of marine life, clear and safe public areas and unspoilt mainland. A good place to start is mooring at Port Louis. This is the capital of the Island and has many historical sites, good restaurants and shops. The country is a duty free Island now so this is enticing more visitors. The port was named after Louis XV when the French ruled the Island back in 1735. There are many colonial buildings to see in the city. The most popular is a visit to the Citadelle which dates back to 1835 and has beautiful views over the city.
From the port there is the Caudan Waterfront, which is a large colonial styled building with modern boutiques inside. Opposite is the grand 4 star hotel of the Labourdonnais, which is opulent yet relaxing foyer and fine dining restaurant. To get a taste of a local shopping it is a must to visit the Port Louis Bazaar. There are not any prices on any of the products, fruits or vegetables, so this is where the bargaining begins. Prices are usually written down on a wooden board, but everything is negotiable. For eating out in the capital a trip down to Chinatown is a must to taste the wonderfully fragrant and authentic dishes from China.
The language that is used by the local people is Creole, which is a mixture of English and French, but you will also hear Chinese and Indian spoken as well. The standard of living for the Mauritians has improved considerably, but they have not lost the emphasis on politeness and family values.
For those who love surfing this is the place to be. It became popular with the Australian surfers back in the 1960's at Tamarin Bay. It is the place to catch the perfect wave, which surfers have named “santosha”. The other beach in the south west is Le Morne Point, which is best for wind surfing as the winds are constant all year round. The best beaches on the Island all tend to be private and are part of the Hotel or a private villa complex. This is worth remembering and enquiring as to whether there is a beach, if you are intending to stay at a Hotel for part of the holiday.
By sailing yacht, catamaran or motor yacht an idyllic trip is to visit Ilot Gabriel, which is just off the northern point of the Island. It is beautifully unspoilt. You will be amazed at its beauty, and really is the scenery of picture perfect postcards.
For those who enjoy hiking a trip to the Black River Gorge is the place to visit. It is challenging, but worth it once you reach the summit at Chamgagne Plaine and look down to see the Gorge. The National Park has helped preserve many endangered birds and animals, and welcomes visitors to appreciate the delicate balance of the forests ecosystem.
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