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Mauritius island is situated in the Indian Ocean...
The hotels have a range of facilities...
The island consists of people of Asian, African and European origin...
Mauritius regroups some of the world's loveliest beaches...
All types of water sports and activities...
The Mauritian Wildlife Foundation...
The Portuguese sailor Bartholomew Dias...
Mauritius issued its first postage stamps on 22 September 1847...
Mauritius island is situated in the Indian Ocean, 2000 km South East of Africa. Port Louis is the capital city and seaport, and one airport is at Plaisance. The island is of volcanic origin, with small coastal plain and discontinuous mountains encircling a central plateau. Nearly 177 km of coastline, surrounded by coral reefs, account for turquoise lagoon and sandy beaches.
The hotels have a range of facilities to service an unequivical environment that includes, restaurants of the highest calibre, en-suite rooms with most offering air-conditioned rooms, with telephone and television, swimming pools and sports facilities. The coastal ones usually give direct access to beaches and also offer Water Sports facilities. Hotel animation is often ensured by local bands and artists.
Hiring a bungalow, villa or appartment in any part of the island is possible, for those who want to be autonomous and spend a tranquil holiday.
Synonym of convergence of cultures, the island consists of people of Asian, African and European origin. Their ancestors, whether colonisers, or slaves and workers, have introduced their languages, values, traditions and religions, all coexisting in peace and harmony, following the motto “Unity in diversity”.
The friendly Mauritian people have, for long, offered a cordial welcome to visitors. The attitude and customs of the former enable their counterparts from different parts of the world to feel at home.
Mauritius regroups some of the world's loveliest beaches. Each having its particularity and tropical marine flora and fauna, sheltered by coral reefs. The turquoise lagoons, golden sand, and warm sun as you never did! Each beach will leave unforgetable souvenirs.
Rich in colour and variety, the northern coastline offers breathtaking paradisiacal views. Grand Baie, considered as the Côte d'Azur of the island, with a wide variety of hotels, boutiques, restaurants and night clubs. Péreybère, Mont Choisy and Trou aux Biches are among the best places to swim in Mauritius, with it's endless sand, deep blue and clear waters.
Mauritius offers exceptional possibilities for all types of water sports and activities.
Mauritius is fast growing as a shopping paradise. With more and more shopping centres, where tourists are sure to find a bargin.
A night out in Mauritius, caters for great entertainment.
There are many other sporting and lesuire activities around the island.
In 1987 the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation obtained the lease with the aim of restoring this unique habitat to a condition as near as possible to what it was 400 years ago when man first arrived in Mauritius. After much effort, this dream is starting to become reality. The island has become a showcase for the work undertaken by MWF, a sanctuary of animal and plant species unique to Mauritius and found nowhere else in the world.
History of Mauritius
1488: The Portuguese sailor Bartholomew Dias, wrote the first chapter of the fascinating history of a commercial sea route between Europe and Asia, known as the Spice Route, by rounding the Cape of Good Hope. And without in the least being aware of it,he was also writing the first pages of the History of Mauritius, which was then still uninhabited, and which in the course of time, became the turntable of the commercial route between Europe and Asia.
Postal History in Mauritius
Mauritius issued its first postage stamps on 22 September 1847, under Governor William Gomm. The system completely overhauled the course of postal invoicing, since before the introduction of postage stamps, it was the addressee who had to pay the cost of carrying the letter and not the sender as is the case now. Only four countries had issued postage stamps before Mauritius: England in 1840, Brazil and Switzerland in 1843 and the U.S.A in 1847. Mauritius thus became the fifth country in the world to have issued its own postage stamps.