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Discovering Mauritius and also of its people is a journey in some of the most fascinating ancestral traditions. The legacies of those who for the past 400 years have settled on its shores, where Europe meets India, China and Africa in a frenzy of colours, scents and savours. Festivals and religious ceremonies in Mauritius have passed untouched and are still celebrated bearing testimony of the inhabitants' ties to their origins. Through the years the mixture of people has brought about quite a unique mauritian culture.
There are also numerous activities to enjoy. The warm crystal clear waters of the lagoons and white sandy beaches are ideal for any water sport activities. Sailing, diving, snorkelling, ski, etc. can be practiced in the best conditions all year round. With record catches the island boast one of the best reputations around the world for deep-sea fishing. Nightlife is catered for by a number of restaurants, bars, cinemas and nightclubs. Gamblers might prefer the subtle and thrilling atmosphere of a number of casinos found in towns and beach resorts.
Mauritius countryside hides some hidden beauties, which are sometimes forgotten. Luxuriant tropical vegetation, water falls with mountain landscape as backdrop, cane fields and villages entice the exploration of some subtle and charming beauties.
Mauritius is a tropical island situated in the South West Indian Ocean approximately 2,000 kms from Durban, 6,000 kms from Perth and 4,700 kms from Bombay (now called Mumbai). Of volcanic origin, it is almost entirely surrounded by coral reefs and has a coastline of 330 kms of white sand, (200 km Coastline 150 km fringing reefs), 36 miles long and 25 miles at its widest (1865 Km2), the island is surrounded by lagoons and has extinct volcanoes, mountains, waterfalls and luxuriant vegetation on its central plateau.
Mauritius is lush green and has a colorful vegetation throughout the year. There are no well-defined rainy/wet and dry seasons. The average maximum daytime temperature on the central plateau varies from 22 degrees Celsius in August to 28 degrees Celsius in February. Along the coastal areas, temperatures are generally 3 to 5 degrees higher with the western and northern regions warmer and drier.
Mauritius is surrounded by beautiful beaches along its 100 miles of coastline. The white sandy beaches are shaded by coconut palms and casuarina trees have made its reputation as one of the best sea resort in the world. Most of the best beaches are found in the North, West and East. The South has fewer good beaches as it is unprotected by fringing coral reefs. Elsewhere however, the fringing reefs form a protective barrier that makes the lagoons sheltered, and calm. These lagoons are safe and remain calm all year round. Some of the best beaches in the North are; Grand Bay, Pereybère, Mon Choisy, Trou aux Biches. Flic en Flac, Tamarin and Le Morne are the favourites in the West. Belle Mare, one of the longest beaches in Mauritius is found in the East. And Blue Bay is the most favoured spot in the South East.
Shopping in Mauritius is a journey in time and space of the civilisation and cultures that have come across its history. The sculptures and drums of Africans origin, colourful sarees or tailor-made suit, is a proof of this diversity. Traditional Mauritian Arts and Crafts products and the best-branded luxury goods can be found in a number of shopping centres/arcades in all the towns and beach resorts. There are also a number of duty free shops, which offers very attractive prices. Last but not least are the traditional and colourful markets.
In the Arts and crafts domain, Mauritius has made itself a reputation in the building of model ships. These miniature wonders, built to scale of the original plan, have every detail reproduced to perfection.Mauritius has had a tradition of jewellery coming from its Indian and Arabian immigrants. These masters' craftsmen have left a legacy of quality and impeccable finish. Mauritius being a big producer of textiles, you will find it useful and worthy to visit the many factory shops around the island. Cashmere sweaters and cardigans can be purchased at very advantageous prices. These same products are sold all over Europe at much higher prices.
Moreover, some shops sell beautiful Indian clothes like sarees at very reasonable prices.
For More Info See Mauritius Travel Guide