Travel Guide to Mauritius – Mauritius in the Indian Ocean about 900km from Madagascar removed. The island’s capital is Port Louis and has about 147,000 people.
The two main islands: Mauritius and Rodrigues approximately 600km in the North belong to the Mascarene Islands. There are other islands in the north of the main island, Cargados Carajos islands about 500 km in the North and Agalega islands about 1,000 km in the North.
Other cities in Mauritius Port Louis (capital city) in the north of the island along the coast. Quatre Bornes (southeast of Port Louis in the interior), Curepipe (southeast of Port Louis in the interior), Pampelmousses (north of Port Louis in the interior), Triolet (north of Port Louis in the interior), Grand Baie/ Grand Bay (tourist area north of Port Louis on the coast), Flic en Flac tourist center (southeast of Port Louis on the coast), Mahebourg in the southeast of the island along the coast.
Mauritius is a safe place, but you should always have an eye on valuables and wear no jewelry, camera, mobile phone or wallet so that it is easy detournable. This applies especially to the markets and streets of Port Louis and the racecourse. One should the area south of the Maritim Hotel Balaclava and the beach of the Baie du Tombeau, both not far from Roche Bois avoid.
The Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport (MRU) is the international airport of Mauritius about 40 kilometers southeast of Port Louis located. He is approached directly from the German-speaking countries from three airlines:
- Air Mauritius from Frankfurt am Main, Munich and Geneva (seasonal)
- Condor from Frankfurt am Main
- Emirates via Dubai
- Air France via Paris
- British Airways via London
- Edelweiss Air from Zurich
By ship, There is a ferry service between La Reunion and Mauritius by the Mauritius Shipping Corporation Ltd. and their two ships, the MS Mauritius Pride and Mauritius Trochetia MS. The crossing takes about 12 hours and costs about 85 €.
Taxis and minibuses with driver is hardly more expensive than rental cars. As in Mauritius (and Rodrigues) is left down and the road conditions (traffic circle) are sometimes very confusing, you should entrust the local drivers still. Look at all the vehicles on a working air conditioner. Action rarely worthwhile, but the price you need before starting the journey agree. It makes sense in particular, a taxi, etc. to use if you want to drive to Port Louis, as the local driving style is not very European – it scooters and mopeds to overtake on the right and left. Day trips by taxi cost about 2500 – 2800 rs depending on the route. Airport transfers by taxi, depending on the distance 15 – 45 Euro
There are many different car rental companies in Mauritius. Therefore, it is worth comparing prices! On site to get a car cheaper than at local agencies in the major international agencies. But always consider carefully the terms of insurance. A small car has been for 30, – € per day to get. The longer you rent, the cheaper it gets. Whether taxi or rental car man should perhaps first decide on the spot, if you have seen the traffic. Some car rental companies deliver the car directly to your accommodation.
Bus ride an experience that you should not miss. On top of that is leading the bus terminus. While waiting for the bus thinking it here on the left. While there are timetables, just hanging out, unfortunately, not this. On Sunday, buses run less. Instruct the bus by waving to stop. You get on the bus sits down. best on the sunny side away from the guard comes, they say his goal, he says the price you pay with the least possible money, but it is also changed and you have to get a ticket. The lift ticket, it is often controlled! Exit: to ring before the desired bus stop. The fares are very cheap! So taste a ticket from Grand Baie to Port Louis about 35 rs (80 cents) per person.
Bus stations are in all major towns such as Port Louis, one north and one south, Goodlands, Centre de Flacq, Curepipe, Mahebourg. The buses run almost continuously, 5:30 to 20:00 There goes the last one from Cap Malheureux towards Port Louis. In Grand Baie, next to the restaurant La Jonque, every half-hour express train to Port Louis. This does not run on Sundays. In contrast to the normal bus he drives over Pamplemousse.
Depending on demand, there are daily one or more flights between Mauritius and Rodrigues. On this flight you only have 15kg baggage allowance! The excess baggage charges are not high (AFAIK
English is the official language, but still a majority of the population better understand the French language. The younger people who earn their livelihood in banks or in tourism is also likely familiar with German. This is not always immediately apparent. The original Mauritian, the Creoles speak, still Creol. This is a variation of French. Since there are many Indians and Chinese on the island are well represented Indian and Chinese.
Due to the variety of peoples, the cuisine of Mauritius is very diverse. Thus, there are European in Mauritius, Creole, Indian and Chinese cuisine. A typical Mauritian meal consists of either a large or Farata upland rice, a type of flatbread, consisting of water, flour, butter and salt as a basis. This is usually a sauce, also known as curry, and served fish or meat, mostly chicken, and a small serving of vegetables typical nationwide. Generally, the Mauritian cuisine is spicy and sharp.
The party scene is located in Mauritius, especially in the north to Grand Baie around. Various clubs invite you to the weekend mainly house music. The Banana Bar is always different typical bands to host, and with its beach-style its lounge atmosphere. The Beach House is a restaurant right on the beach, Saturday Sega bands from the open grill with menu links. Since 2009 it once a year an opera festival in Mauritius.
Nudism is prohibited! Topless on the “beach hotel” tolerated. But even without the above makes a bad impression on the population. It is simply not common, many Mauritianerinnen go even with street clothes into the water. With inspections of the interior is best worn a bit short-sleeved and has covered the knees. Smoking and drinking in public places from March 2009 in Mauritius prohibited! Yes even in the Mauritius Non smoking law is now arrived. Effective immediately, the smoking in enclosed public places like restaurants, clubs etc but also prohibited in all workplaces. If this law violated must be expected with a fine of € 250 or imprisonment for inability to pay with a maximum stay of 12 months.