ABOUT 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. Port Louis, the capital of Mauritius, was founded by the French governor and colonist Bertrand-François Mahé de La Bourdonnais in 1735. Situated on the west coast, it is protected by a curve of picturesque mountains. Besides being a breathtaking natural spectacle, the mountain of Le Morne holds great importance in the history and memory of Mauritius. It was here, in the south-west of the island, that runaway slaves used to hide during the 18th and early 19th Centuries – protected by the mountain’s isolated, wooded and almost inaccessible cliffs.

CLIMATE Winter is May to October the highest temperatures vary between 20°C and 26°C in the coastal regions. In summer November to April it’s slightly higher, meaning 26°C to 32°C . The water temperature of the Indian Ocean can go up to 28°C

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BEWARE Petty crime is common. You should take precautions against theft. Take care of bags and valuables when visiting popular tourist areas including Port Louis, Grand Baie and Flic en Flac. Deposit your valuables and cash in hotel safes, where practical. Keep copies of important documents, including passports, separately. Ensure self-catering accommodation and hotel rooms are secure. Avoid renting accommodation from unregistered proprietors. All accommodation should be registered with the Ministry of Tourism. Most crime is non-violent, although the use of weapons is evident in some burglaries. Although uncommon, there have been some instances of sexual assault/rape. Avoid walking alone at night on deserted/public beaches or in poorly lit areas especially in the back streets of the business district of Port Louis.