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Mauritius: Modern Treasure Island

Posted on July 26, 2010 | Travel Destinations6 Comments


Mauritius is the ultimate getaway in today’s world which is abundant and relishing in the gems of nature. These treasures include glorious unspoiled beaches, hidden springs and rich culture.

Water sports, beautiful marine life, and a great fusion of cultures and cuisines of India, Africa and Europe. Secluded lush green region in the insides of the island make way for waterfalls and hidden water springs. Also put on display are the portraits of the dodos which make us think of the future of the great Indian tiger.

Mauritius island

History:

The prince of Orange, Maurice of Nassau gave the island nation its name. Controversy is at the helm of the discovery of the island. The Malay traders and Arab merchants claim to have been aware of the Islands existence since the 10th century. According to history the first to colonize the island were the Dutch.

Location:

The island of Mauritius lies in the Indian Ocean. On the map of the world it is a small speck of land floating in the ocean. The hot summer season is from the month of November to April. And the warm months are from May to October.

Mauritius island location

Sight seeing:

Shopping is never out of the schedule here in Mauritius. Intricate models of Ancient ships make for great souvenirs. Luxury wear, great clothing of suits, trousers, dresses, shirts, swimwear of European brands cost one third of their price here. A memento of the extinct dodo bird makes for great gifts. Vanilla tea, rum, spices, and Mauritian fruit pastes are also good buys.

Mauritius shopping

You can see rare kestrel, the pink pigeon, and Aldabra giant tortoise at the Ile aux Aigrettes. These are protected species which are cared for by the Mauritius Wildlife Fund which has international standards for safe being of endangered species.

Aldabra giant tortoise

Grand bay is a Mecca for shopping, restaurants, discos and bars which liven up the nightlife. One can also indulge in windsurfing, water skiing and sailing. The Pereybere Public Beach is the best stop for bathing activities. Belle Mare has miles and miles of sandy beaches with Casuarinas trees beautifying them.

Mauritius nightlife Pereybere Public Beach

Plush waterfront shopping complex of Central market is located in the capital city of Port Louis. Chinatown, the bustling modern markets, serene harbors earned Port Louis the title of Star and key of the Indian Ocean.

Beautiful tea plantations, awe inspiring views are common in Trou-aux-Cerfs. The naval Museum is a must see for the local history.

Mauritius tea plantations

Food:

The people who have made the vacation island their home; have brought their unique cultures and cuisine here as well. The Indian Ocean cuisine favorite is the rougaille in which the chief ingredient is Tomato. Mauritian styled Biryani is a delectable rice, meat and vegetables affair.

‘Naked noodles’ is a local Chinese dish known as ‘mines touni’. The French fricassee is local favorite dish made up of bats. A paradise for sea food lovers where fresh oysters, shrimps, crabs, crayfish, prawns and many other varieties are all vying for your attention.

‘Heart of a palm tree’ is an expensive delicacy which along with sauce rouge and other sea food make the Millionaire’s Salad. Tamarind juice or the Alouda drink can help quench your thirst in the hot sun.

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6 Comments »

  • Pety says:

    I’d like to say that,Mauritius has a cuisine which is a blend of Creole, Chinese, European and Indian influences.

    It is common for a combination of cuisines to form part of the same meal.

    Mauritius has had strong ties with French culture throughout its history and was left with a very French “savoir vivre”.

    French dishes like the daube, civet de lièvre or coq au vin served with good wine are really popular!

    Good post!

  • Wandace says:

    Hi Pety,

    About the Indian influence I’d like to say that after the abolition of slavery,during the 19th century, Indian workers who migrated to Mauritius, bought their cuisine with them.

    Those indentured laborers came from different parts of India, each with their own culinary tradition, depending on the region.

    Chinese migrants, who arrived at the end of the 19th century have come mostly from the south-eastern part of China.

    Along the years, each community has adapted and mixed each other’s cuisine to their liking.

    Nice post!

  • Truce says:

    When I’d been here, I found that the production of rum is common throughout the Mauritius.

    Sugarcane is mostly cultivated for the production of “arrack”, a precursor to rum.

    However, it was during the French and English administration that sugar production was fully exploited, which considerably contributed to the economical development of the island.

    I ‘ve been to the three distilleries (Grays, Medine and St Aubin) of Mauritius today and on inquiry found it is in the process of opening an additional three!

  • Brett says:

    Hey,cool post! :-)

    I’d like to share that Rock music has recently gained a lot of popularity in Mauritius!

    Many bands like XBreed Supersoul and Serial Rapers have become famous!
    I’ve heard the Les Windblows, which is a well-known sega band from Mauritius

    It is probably the most popular group ever to have graced the island.

    Also,Indian immigrants have brought many of their own styles of music and dance, along with instruments like the sitar and tabla!

  • Sue says:

    I had been to Mauritius for further studies and found that the only available means of inland public transport, were through taxi cabs and buses.

    Transport in Mauritius has been free since July 2005 for students, the disabled and seniors.

    Around Port-Louis, the capital city, due to severe traffic jams transport has always been problematic.

    These are caused by both a lack of planning, and tolerance of

    Hawkers or street vendors who occupy the pavements and streets of the capital.

    The main base of the national airline, Air Mauritius and the country’s major airport is Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport.

  • Woww, Amazing place. What great environment, having lots of attractive places to visit, natural sight seeing places and many more. Get more information about this from this blog itself because nobody will never found such detailed information in depth. Thanks for this post.

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