Located in the Indian Ocean, well off the eastern coast of Africa and in the Southern Hemisphere, this island nation is world-renowned for its natural beauty. Boasting a mild tropical climate, Mauritius has a warm summer peak season that starts in November and lasts through April and a cool winter from June through September, with May and October as the change in seasons.
When visiting Mauritius on a business aviation trip, you will arrive at Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport (FIMP), where inflight catering is available through the Air Culinaire Worldwide Network, for departing flights. If you are in need of scheduled chauffeured ground transportation during your time in Mauritius, this service is available through Universal Private Transport.
The nation Mauritius is actually made up of an island named Mauritius, an island named Rodrigues and some smaller islands by them. The island of Mauritius is a volcanic formation with beautiful pristine beaches, mountains, forests, waterfalls and more to explore. In southwestern Mauritius, you will witness the natural anomaly called the Seven Coloured Earths, where an exposed hillside is composed of soil colors that range from red, yellow, brown, green, blue, violet and purple. Black River Gorges National Park which is in a rainforest; Ganga Talao, a crater lake in the mountains; and picturesque waterfalls such as Tamarind Fall and Chamarel Waterfall are all wonderful sites to take in the allure of Mauritius.
Being that Mauritius has large groups of various religious and ethnic groups in its 1.2 million citizens, you will find a variety of cultural events to attend. Each year for the Chinese New Year, locals celebrate with a Chinese Spring Festival. Hindus, who make up almost half of the population, celebrate Cavadee Festival and Thaipoosam Cavadee at the end of January and beginning of February. Additional Hindu festivals celebrated throughout the year are Maha Shivaratree, Holi Festival, Ganesh Chaturthi and Diwali. Muslim holidays, such as Eid-Ul-Fitr and Christian holidays, such as Christmas and Easter, are also celebrated. Some events that are unique to Mauritius are the International Kreol Festival in December (celebrates Creole culture), Father Laval Day on September 9 (celebrates the work of healer and missionary Jacques-Desire Laval) and the nations’ Independence Day (March 12).
Island life, of course, means you will find seafood front and center in local cuisine. Tropical fruit, such as pineapples and coconuts, are plentiful. You will also find strong cultural influences from Creole, French, Indian and Chinese populations. Dholl puri, curry, biryani and roti are a few Indian dishes you will find along with dim sum and Cantonese dishes. Be sure to try our Mauritian sugar, which even has its own museum where you can try samples. Sugar has been so important to the local economy that is served as currency here for centuries.
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