Mauritius

by Alexandra Richards 

£17.99

Mauritius Travel Guide – Holiday tips and expert advice on everything from Port Louis, Rodrigues and Réunion highlights to world-class diving and beach resorts. This guide also features suggested itineraries, wedding and honeymoon options, tropical wildlife and flora, hiking and water sports, Grand Baie, Roches Noires, Vieux Grand Port, St-Denis.

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About this book

This new, thoroughly updated tenth edition of Bradt’s Mauritius, Rodrigues and Réunion remains the most comprehensive English-language guide available and is the only full-blown guide to focus solely on the Mascarene Islands, a place where the dodo once roamed and which today produces exquisite vanilla-flavoured tea. World-leading luxury resorts, excellent beaches, watersports and lively nightlife, weddings and medical tourism, the raw unspoiled beauty of Rodrigues and fascinating birdlife of the Ile aux Cocos nature reserve, world-class hiking through the mountainous interior of Re´union and an intriguing blend of European and African culture are all covered.
Unlike other guides, Bradt’s Mauritius includes detailed sections on natural history and conservation for each of the islands, as well as guides to and maps of their nature reserves. The Bradt guide also offers more detailed background information on history, culture and politics, plus fuller information on activities and sights, as well as in-depth coverage of the full range of accommodation and restaurant options, from budget to luxury.
Activities for each island are included, covering everything from golf and horse riding to expert analysis of individual dive sites, plus extensive information on flora and fauna. Adventure sports and hiking on Réunion are covered, as is the most recent information on getting married in Mauritius, plus detailed coverage of Mascarene culture. Food, local recipes, language, customs, music and medical tourism are all included, and a language appendix offers useful phrases in Mauritian and Réunionnais Creole. Whether you’re planning a honeymoon, fascinated by the wildlife, or just want to relax into uncomplicated island life, the Bradt guide is the ideal companion.

About the author

Alexandra Richards (www.alexandrarichards.net) grew up in the beautiful English county of Dorset, where she developed a love of rural life, the natural world and outdoor pursuits. She graduated from Durham University in 2000, where she read modern European languages. During her studies she spent a year teaching English in Re´union and took the opportunity to travel in the Mascarenes. Since that time she has been returning to the Mascarenes as often as possible and has written the past six editions of this guidebook. Alex is a freelance travel writer with a passion for photography, natural history and adventure. You can follow Alex on Instagram @alexandrarichardstravelwriter and her travels with her young son at @travelswithbabyarchie

Contents

PART 1 MAURITIUS: GENERAL INFORMATION
Chapter 1 Background Information
Geography, Climate, Natural history, Nature reserves and conservation, History, Government and politics, Economy, Tourism, People, Language, Religion, Education, Culture
Chapter 2 Practical Information
When to visit, Highlights, Suggested itineraries, Tourist information, Tour operators, Red tape, Embassies, High Commissions and consulates, Getting there and away, Health, Medical tourism, Safety, Women travellers, Travellers with a disability, Travelling with kids, Gay/lesbian travellers, What to take, Money, Budgeting, Getting around, Accommodation, Eating and drinking, Public holidays and festivals, Shopping, Arts and entertainment, Photography, Media and communications, Business, Cultural etiquette, Travelling positively
Chapter 3 Activities
Spa treatments, Golf, Horse racing, Horseriding, Football, Deep-sea fishing, Scuba diving and snorkelling, Other undersea experiences, Sailing, Windsurfing, Kitesurfing, Waterskiing, Hiking and adventure sports

PART 2 MAURITIUS AND ITS DEPENDENCIES
Chapter 4 Port Louis
History, Around town – an overview, Getting there and away, Tourist information, Where to stay, Where to eat, Nightlife and entertainment, Shopping, Other practicalities, What to see and do
Chapter 5 Northern Mauritius
Baie du Tombeau to Pointe aux Piments, Trou aux Biches to Pointe aux Canonniers, Grand Baie, Pereybe`re, Cap Malheureux to Grand Gaube, Northern offshore islands, What to do in Northern Mauritius, What to see in Northern Mauritius
Chapter 6 Eastern Mauritius
Roches Noires to Belle Mare, Trou d’Eau Douce, South of Trou d’Eau Douce to Bois des Amourettes, What to do in Eastern Mauritius, What to see in Eastern Mauritius
Chapter 7 Southern Mauritius
Vieux Grand Port and Mahe´bourg, South of Blue Bay to Souillac, Riambel to Baie du Cap, What to do in Southern Mauritius, What to see in Southern Mauritius
Chapter 8 Western Mauritius
Morne Brabant to Tamarin, Chamarel and surrounds, Wolmar and Flic en Flac to Port Louis, What to do in Western Mauritius, What to see in Western Mauritius
Chapter 9 Central Mauritius
Plaines Wilhems, Moka, What to do in Central Mauritius, What to see in Central Mauritius
Chapter 10 Island Dependencies
Agale´ga, St Brandon, Tromelin, The Chagos Archipelago, Diego Garcia

PART 3 RODRIGUES
Chapter 11 Background Information
Overview, Geography, Natural history and conservation, History and politics, Economy, People, Language and education, Religion, Culture
Chapter 12 Practical Information
Highlights, Tourist information, Tour operators, Red tape, Getting there and away, Health and safety, What to take, Money and banking, Getting around, Accommodation, Eating and drinking, Photography, Communications
Chapter 13 Exploring Rodrigues
Port Mathurin, Around Rodrigues, What to do in Rodrigues, What to see in Rodrigues

PART 4 RE´UNION
Chapter 14 Background Information
Geography, Climate, Natural history and conservation, History, Government and politics, Economy, People, Language, Religion, Education, Culture
Chapter 15 Practical Information
When to visit, Highlights, Suggested itineraries, Tourist information, Tour operators, Red tape, Useful contacts, Getting there and away, On arrival/departure, Health, Safety, Women travellers, Travellers with a disability, LGBTQ travellers, Travelling with kids, What to take, Money, Budgeting, Getting around, Accommodation, Eating and drinking, Working hours, Public holidays, Festivals, Shopping, Arts and entertainment, Photography, Media and communications, Business, Buying property, Cultural etiquette
Chapter 16 Activities
Multi-activity companies, Hiking, Canyoning, Mountain biking, Horseriding, Golf, 4×4 excursions, Microlighting, Paragliding, Bungee jumping, Helicopter rides, Watersports, Deep-sea fishing, Glass-bottom boats, Boat cruises and dolphin watching
Chapter 17 Northern Re´union
St-Denis, Around St-Denis, What to do in Northern Re´union, What to see in Northern Re´union
Chapter 18 Eastern Re´union
Ste-Suzanne to Bras-Panon, St-Benoi^t to Ste-Anne, Ste-Rose and surrounds, South to La Pointe de la Table, Piton-de-la-Fournaise, What to do in Eastern Re´union, What to see in Eastern Re´union
Chapter 19 Southern Re´union
St-Philippe and surrounds, St-Joseph and surrounds, St-Pierre and surrounds, St-Louis to L’Etang-Sale´, What to do in Southern Re´union, What to see in Southern Re´union
Chapter 20 Western Re´union
St-Leu, St-Gilles-les-Bains and surrounds, St-Paul to La Possession, What to do in Western Re´union, What to see in Western Re´union
Chapter 21 The Interior
La Plaine-des-Palmistes, La Plaine-des-Cafres, The cirques

Appendices
Language
Further info
Index