Entries by Susan Fleming

Giant Tortoise in Mauritius

Giant Tortoise In Mauritius The Giant Tortoise in Mauritius is in fact the Aldabra Giant Tortoise, from the Seychelles. Unfortunately the native tortoises went the way of the dodo. With man’s arrival on the Island, the tortoises were harvested as a food source and their young were killed by newly introduced animals such as pigs, cats, […]

How Not To Offend In Mauritius

How Not To Offend In Mauritius There is a different culture and way of life over here, so find out below how not to offend in Mauritius: Shopping:- The customer is never right. The shop keeper is there to sell you goods and they feel you are imposing on them if you ask to look […]

History of Mauritius

History of Mauritius Below is a brief history of Mauritius showing important dates and events for the island. 1498 – Portuguese explorers stumble upon Mauritius 1598 – Dutch claim the uninhabited island. They name it after their head of state, Maurice. 1662 – Lat widely accepted sighting of the dodo 1710 – The Dutch withdraw permanently […]

Fishing in Mauritius

Fishing in Mauritius Want to know about going fishing in Mauritius whilst your on holiday on this beautiful island?  Mauritius is ideally positioned to access the many exciting species of fish that frequent the warm, tropical waters of the Indian Ocean. The volcanic island is surrounded by a steep drop in the continental shelf, which means deep […]

Mark Twain in Mauritius

Mark Twain in Mauritius Mark Twain in Mauritius wrote  “Mauritius was made first, and then heaven, and heaven was copied after Mauritius” This is an often quoted line to convey the amazing beauty of the island of Mauritius.  Mark Twain, an American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher and lecturer was in Mauritius on his “Following the Equator” lecture tour. […]

Paul and Virginie

Paul and Virginie Paul and Virginie is a book by Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, first published in 1788. The French writer was also a botanist, natural historian and vegetarian, who travelled to Mauritius to study plants in the late 1760s, later becoming manager of the famous Jardin des Plantes botanical garden in Paris. Paul and Virginie are friends since birth who […]

Air Mauritius Airlines

Air Mauritius Airlines Air Mauritius Airlines  (IATA: MK / ICAO: MAU) was founded on 14 June 1967, by Air France and is the national airline for Mauritius. Their headquarters are based in Port Louis, the island’s capital. The airline currently has a fleet of 15 aircraft. Its main hub is Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport (SSR). Air Mauritius airlines is […]

Grand Baie Mauritius

Grand Baie Mauritius Grand Baie Mauritius (Grand Bay) is a coastal village located in Rivière du Rempart District, the western part also lies in the Pamplemousses District. In the 17th century the Dutch used to call Grand Baie ‘De Bogt Zonder Eynt’, which meant the ‘Bay Without End’. Today, the resort town of Grand Baie Mauritius is the most popular […]