An island of beauty and charm… Clear warm waters and white sandy beaches make tropical dreams come true on Mauritius. After a day experiencing our world-famous watersports – most of which are offered on a complimentary basis to resort guest – enjoy an unparalleled view of the sun setting over the Indian Ocean before heading to one of our trendy bars, restaurants and clubs, all of which buzz with life. From there, contemplate how to fill tomorrow: a walk in one of our stunning nature reserves, perhaps, or a day relaxing at the spa. Life is full of pleasant decisions on Mauritius…
Mauritius is the ideal destination for a family trip because parents do not have to sacrifice quality for convenience here. The warm Mauritian welcome and the island’s safe beaches and gentle seas make the destination a great place for a family getaway.
Mauritius has something for everyone.
Children will enjoy:
• The interactive exhibits at L’Aventure du Sucre.
• Over-sized water lilies, deer and tortoises at Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam (SSR) Botanical Garden.
• Giant tortoises and crocodiles at La Vanille Reserve des Mascareignes.
• Exploring science and technology at the Rajiv Gandhi Centre.
• Horse-riding, quad-biking and either horse-drawn carriage or train rides through the beautiful estate of Domaines Les Pailles.
• 4 x 4 off road-trips at Espace Adventure.
• Watching dolphins from a catamaran launched at Tamarin.
• A day with birds, monkeys and lions at Casela Bird Park.
• The variety of marine life at the Aquarium at Pointe aux Biches
• A fun day out at Caudan Waterfront in Port Louis, with its train ride, children’s park and multiple games.
• A day at Trou aux Cerfs to view a dormant volcano crater.
• A day with the lions at Safari Adventures.
• Endless days on the beach.
Enjoy a new Lions Drive Through Attraction in Mauritius
Imagine pristine waters and clear blue skies greeting you at every turn as you enjoy kite-surfing, deep-sea fishing or a sailboat charter off the coast. Mauritius’ waters are packed with activities and excitement.
Mauritius is an idyllic location for Sea Kayaking. It ‘s beautiful vast protected lagoons offer great paddling experiences. From mangroves mazes to river mouths, as well as huge crystal clear lagoons & isolated islets. And for the more experienced paddlers, open water crossings are available.
This exhilarating sport can be undertaken between November and April. The main species that can be found in Mauritian waters are blue and black marlins, sharks, tuna and bonito. Fishing boats can be hired from most hotels and resorts.
A number of deep-sea fishing competitions have become regular events over recent years. The most prestigious of these is the Marlin World Cup, which takes place every December. The main fishing centres are around Rivière Noire, Le Morne, Flic en Flac, Trou aux Biches and Grand Baie.
Your Deep Sea Fishing Guide
Best time to fish: November to April
Species found in Mauritius: Blue or black marlin, all types of sharks, several varieties of tuna (skipjack, yellow fin and dog tooth), sailfish, bonitos, dorado, wahoo and barracuda.
Equipment: Fully-equipped fishing boats can be hired from most hotels.
Competitions: A number of deep-sea fishing competitions have become regular events over recent years. The most prestigious of these is the Marlin World Cup, which takes place every December.
Mauritius is now renowned among kite-surfing enthusiasts for its quality and variety of kite-surfing locations. These range from Anse la Raie and Cap Malheureux in the north to Poste Lafayette and Belle Mare in the east, and Pointe d’Esny near Blue Bay in the south.
Arguably, one of the very best places to do a spot of kite-surfing is Le Morne on the west coast, which is renowned for its blustery
Blue Safari – The Submarine
Experience a unique and spectacular way of diving – without ever getting wet – on-board a real submarine! Comfortably seated in an air-conditioned cabin under atmospheric pressure, you will discover the magic of Mauritius’ vibrant marine and coral life at depths of 35 metres under the sea.
Over the course of your 45 minute journey, you will visit the ship-wrecked ‘Star Hope’, corals and a 17th Century anchor. A fabulous experience, the Blue Safari Submarine is open to everyone from the ages of two to 77.
Blue Safari – Tête à Tête Lunches 35 Metres Beneath the Sea
Nowhere else in the world can you experience an hour and a half lunch for two at such depths. In this ‘once in a lifetime’ excursion, you will be served a gastronomic meal with the finest wine of your choice. The submarine’s pilot will attend to you personally, serving you with a welcome drink, a delicious meal, coffee and dessert.
This has to be one of the most original ways for two people to celebrate a special event.
Blue Safari – The Sub-Scooter
Enjoy the thrill of piloting your own underwater scooter three metres beneath the sea’s surface.
During this 35 minute experience, individuals or couples will be accompanied on their scooter by qualified scuba divers, thus ensuring they are in safe hands to witness Mauritius’ marine fauna and flora from the large, transparent panoramic cupola that rests on their bike.
Participants need to know how to swim in order to hire a sub-scooter.
Minimum age: eight years.
The Blue Safari Submarine also offers exclusive dives with the BS 600 Submarine: •Exclusive reservation of the BS 600 submarine (two to five people). •Lunch for two. •Champagne at 35 metres (two to four persons). •Underwater weddings (three to five people).
The cylinder-shaped methacrylate cabin of the BS 600 Submarine is entirely transparent, thus offering an incomparable panoramic view of the ocean.
For all exclusive dives, you will be greeted by a private hostess who will guide you to a transfer boat, booked especially for you.
Blue Safari Submarine
Royal Road, Grand Bay, MAURITIUS
Tel : (+230) 263 3333
Fax : (+230) 263 3334
Diving in Mauritius
With 330 kilometres of coastline encircled by a coral barrier reef that protects the turquoise lagoons of the island, Mauritius offers exclusive diving experiences to its visitors all year round.
With its safe lagoons stretching up to the barrier reef, its passes, drop-offs and wrecks, the island provides a wide variety of dives for both beginners and those with more experience.
What is great about diving in Mauritius is the proximity to shore. Although most of the more challenging dive sites are found outside of the barrier reef, they are still invariably reached with a 20-minute boat ride.
What’s more, Mauritian and Rodriguan dive centres place a lot of emphasis on the preservation of the Indian Ocean’s fragile, sub-aquatic landscape. You won’t find yourself clamouring for space at a crowded dive site here. Nor will you see boats being anchored – thus potentially breaking up a precious section of coral. Mooring buoys are used instead, in line with Mauritius Scuba Diving Association (MSDA) guidelines
(+230) 454 00 11
(+230) 454 00 11
The islets around Mauritius offer great potential for catamaran or yacht excursions – most of which include snorkelling trips, barbecues and Sega performances. Other sea excursions include sub-scooter, under-sea walk and submarine trips.
Dolphin-watching Introduced a couple of years ago, dolphin-watching is now very popular. Excursions are mainly organised on the west coast.
Phone: +230 263 8395/96 Fax: +230 263 7814 Mobile: +230 7109072
Enjoy a unique Exclusive and Private Catamaran Cruise
to Gabriel Island with its breathtaking beaches, lagoons and coral
Mauritius is not simply about sun, sea and sand. There is a whole other dimension to experience on the island, in the midst of its lush vegetation. Those who love nature will find much to love here.
One of the main ‘green’ attractions is the Black River Gorges National Park, which extends over 16,680 acres and provides a haven to highly endangered native plants and animals. It plays home to around 311 species of native and endemic flowering plants and nine species of birds that can only be found in Mauritius.
Green tourism is rapidly growing through the number of reserves and ‘domaines’ that are beginning to open up to tourists as well. Together, they offer many activities ranging from trekking to canyoning to horse-riding, plus exceptional panoramic viewpoints over the beautiful Mauritian landscape.
Safari Jeep trip in Mauritius
Sky-diving is a relatively new activity to Mauritius, but extreme sport lovers will nonetheless appreciate the skydiving options available on the island.
Enjoy a spectacularly scenic flight – possibly the most visually outstanding tandem sky-dive you can imagine. Every moment of these 3,000 metre, adrenaline-packed trips will have your heart thumping.
Z.I. Mon Loisir Sugar Estate Riviere du Rempart, Mauritius
HELICOPTER FLIGHTS: PREMIUM SERVICE FROM AIR MAURITIUS
Our company offers a range of helicopter services to take you directly to your hotel or provide you with an opportunity to discover Mauritius in a truly original way – an option that saves time and makes for an unforgettable experience!
Mailing Address Air Mauritius Helicopter Services SSR International Airport Plaine Magnien Mauritius Business hours 06.00 to 19.00 daily (including public holidays and Sundays) Phone (230) 603 3754/5/6/7 Fax (230) 637 4104
Hunting in Mauritius
Le Chasseur Mauricien
Hunting enthusiasts, rejoice!
Explore your passion for deer hunting and add to your exotic trophies with expert guidance from Lionel Berthault.
The Mauritius Challenge
Mauritius is the only place in the world where you can shoot a golden-medal Java Deer early in the morning, catch a big Marlin in the afternoon and shoot a Brown pig in the evening! Big fish, Java Deer, Wild Brown Pig, Pheasant, Hare and Japanese Partridge – If our Big Six interest you, hunt with us.
Le Chasseur Mauricien – Lionel Berthault,
Manick Lane – Palma Road ,
Mobile : +230 746 83 70
Fax : +230 427 15 83
Domaine des 7 Vallées
Located at Mare-Aux-Vacoas, at the centre of Mauritius, the Domaine des 7 Vallées is today a unique concept in Eco tourism with more than 4000 hectares of pristine wilderness awaiting your exploration.
Enjoy our breathtaking hunting facilities with amongst others, deers and wild boars on your shooting list or simply discover our forests, valleys, streams, ponds and waterfalls in perfect harmony with wildlife. Add some adrenaline to your exploration with our quad or mountain biking outings!
The Domaine des 7 Vallées represents the vision of a man, Alain O`Reilly, in his deep belief in the Eco Tourism Development of Mauritius together with the traditional Sea, Sand and Sun definition of the destination.
Alain O`Reilly is the father of Ecotourism in Mauritius since far back in 1987 when he opened a Domain in the South East.
In line with a world tendency towards the protection of the environment Alain O’Reilly decides, in 2006, to acquire 7 Valleys in the center of the island and to create the Domaine des 7 Vallées fourty times bigger
address: Domaine des 7 Vallées, Ligne Barrique,
Mare aux Vacoas
tel: (+230) 631
fax: (+230) 631 3198
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Local company Tourist Villages Co. Ltd recently launched its first tourist village in the town of Mahébourg. Situated in the gardens of the town’s naval museum, the retail space accommodates about 20 permanent exhibitors, all from Mahébourg region. All the items offered for sale are local handicraft creations.
In view of offering stand space to the maximum of operators, 11 individual craftsmen and two associations were selected. Preference was given to craftsmen from the south of the island who showed interest and responded to the invitation of Tourist Villages Co. Ltd.
This was a great opportunity for the 60 artisans represented by the Arts and Crafts Manufacturers Association of Mauritius (ACMAM) to promote their handicraft.
A second stand was also provided to Le movement Pour l’Autosuffisance Alimentaire – an association consisting of 12 member craftsmen from Vieux Grand Port who make handicraft from the pandanus (Vacoas) region.
Take a little something back home, be it a diamond necklace or a cashmere pashmina, a rack of spices or a colourful basket. Mauritius has shopping opportunities for all!
Duty & Customs
Duty-free items available in Mauritius now include popular photographic and cinematographic equipment and accessories, watches and clocks, cellular phones and other types of telephony elements, paintings, engravings and antiques, sunglasses and binoculars.
Duty isn’t applied to leatherwear and jewels, and levies have been reduced on perfumes and cosmetics.
Visitors returning home after a trip to Mauritius can claim a VAT refund at the airport by showing receipts and the corresponding purchased goods.
Every Mauritian is brought up with the Sega dance. With its rhythmic, lively music and colourful Creole lyrics, the Sega is regarded nationally as a dance that expresses freedom and ‘ joie de vivre’.
Despite this ‘feel-good’ vibe, it is interesting to note that the dance actually originated from slaves brought from Africa. Dancing around the fire at the end of a hard day’s work was their way of temporarily dispelling the painful moments of their miserable existence. Today, however, Sega has been adopted as the national dance, and can be heard and seen everywhere – from hotels to shopping malls. Expect to find local spontaneous Sega parties around a bonfire in remote village areas or on one of the island’s beautiful beaches.
The Natural History Museum, Port Louis: A classified building in Mauritius’ list of historical monuments, this interesting property houses displays of land and marine species, a Dodo skeleton, and images of other extinct or endangered species.
The oldest stuffed specimen in the museum is a Mauritian Dutch Pigeon that was killed in 1826. A skeleton of a Rodrigues Solitaire, discovered in Caverns Patate in 1900, is also exhibited in the gallery.
Other important scientific treasures are the unique but sadly incomplete skeletons of a Mauritian Red Rall and the Giant Mauritian Lizard – once the biggest lizard in the world. There is also a preserved specimen of the now-extinct Round Island Burrowing Boa.
The National History Museum, Mahébourg: This old colonial house, dating from the 18th Century, depicts the main episodes in Mauritius’ vibrant history. Old maps, delicate china, corsairs’ swords, ancient powder guns and remnants of shipwrecks are all on display here.
Mauritius Tea Route
“The Tea Route” offers a 3-step tour where you will discover the history of our island and its people, traditions and local flavors. You will visit the colonial period houses and gardens, discover the rum distillation processes and essential oils, the know-how of tea culture and other local sights. We propose also the organization particular events. Our restaurant “Le Saint Aubin” and “Bois Chéri” and his team of professionals offer a full range of activities and services catering to high level for all types of functions. should also be noted that since 2007, you the opportunity to stay in a house Creole freshly arranged for peaceful and relaxing weekend at the Auberge Le Saint Aubin.
La Table du Château
La Table du Château is a contemporary and stylish restaurant at the heart of the Labourdonnais domain. Christophe Hardy the Chef proposes a creative and evolutionary menu inspired from the fruits and vegetables from the orchard and recipes that the Wiehe family found in the castle’s archives.
As an extension of the restaurant, there is a tea room space where the fruit jellies and jams from the castle can be tasted along a cup of tea in a pleasant garden area.
tel: (230) 266 7172
fax: (230) 266 8246
Le Jardin de Beau Vallon
“Le Jardin de Beau Vallon”, where the local flavours unite with those of other continents, where tradition unites with innovation, reflects the hybrid creativity of our chefs, served by a zealous staff in a cheerful “table-d’hôte” style.
In the estate surrounding the “Le Jardin de Beau Vallon”, several fruit trees such as litchis, mangos, avocados as well as other tropical plants reign. The park offers a unique setting for functions and events such as cocktails and seminars.
Come and enjoy our swimming pool corner to relax you while sampling one of our cocktails, our pizzas, Paninis, and grills to the pleasure of yours children!
address: Beau Vallon, Mahebourg
tel: (230) 631 2850
fax: (230) 631 2850
Restaurant Rêve d’R, Mauritius
One of the distinct features of Restaurant Rêve d’R is that its seafood products are the best, in terms of quality and variety. Its fresh seafood products are second to none. All its seafood products are sourced from the best suppliers, local fishermen and fish banyans, and also from renowned international suppliers who have achieved excellence in the seafood business. Crabs, shrimps, prawns, lobsters, oysters, in short, products that will delight connoisseurs are all available. The restaurant also serves quality meat and chicken, other fine foods and vegetables also. It has exclusivity as regards the sale of the best wines sourced from the Doolhof Wine Estate. Its cuisine is a perfect blend of local food tradition and gastronomy. The bar, situated within the Constancia Lounge, brings delight and warmth to visitors.
Telephones : (230) 282 1414, 282 1515, 283 6113
Fax : (230) 282 1616
Le Chateau Bel Ombre
At the heart of the Domaine de Bel Ombre, Le Château, magnificently restored as a restaurant, provides a venue resplendent with colonial grandeur, reminiscent of Mauritian gone by days. A venue which lends itself to luncheons, dinners or special events.
address: Domaine de Bel Ombre, Bel Ombre,
tel: (230) 601 5516
fax: (230) 601 5555
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La Villa Garden Restaurant
The Garden Villa innovates and now offers its ART GALLERY RESTAURANT…New concept, new decor and new menu…
address: 1331 Chemin 20 Pieds, Péreybère, Grand
tel: (230) 262 75 52
C Beach Club
The Domaine de Bel Ombre is adding a beach club to its diverse range of leisure facilities as from December 2010. This new lifestyle rendez-vous in the south of Mauritius aims at being the island’s sea, sand and sun experience by excellence. Located right on the beachfront and adjacent to the Heritage Le Telfair and the Heritage Awali, the C Beach Club appeals to all ages and brings together tropical accents and Mediterranean flavours for genuine moments of cool chic relaxation.
C BEACH CLUB
Domaine de Bel Ombre,
Tel: +230 605 5400
Mauritius, so far away, yet so much at home…
Mauritius, a sparkling crystal in the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, will fascinate you. The contrast of colours, cultures and tastes makes the island so charming that the scene is set for an unforgettable holiday. Here, you have the opportunity to experience unparalleled luxury: a level of refinement that is head and shoulders above that on offer in other tropical holiday destinations. Here, you will discover the true meaning of ‘beauty’ – a realisation that will compel you to return to Mauritius’ shores time and again. Mauritius was named after Dutch Prince Maurice Van Nassau…