The island had for a long time remained unknown and uninhabited. The Portuguese was the first European to land on the island at around 1511. Don Pedro Mascaren gave the name Mascarenes to the group of islands now known as Mauritius, Rodrigues and Reunion.
In 1598, a Dutch squadron, named the island "Mauritius", in honour of Prince Maurice Van Nassau of Holland. The first Dutch settlement lasted twenty years. They are remembered for the introduction of sugar-cane, domestic animals and deer.
Abandoned by the Dutch, the island became a French colony in 1715. The island was named "Isle de France". Under the French occupation, numerous buildings were built, a number of which are still standing today - part of Government House, the Chateau de Mon Plaisir at Pamplemousses and the Line Barracks. In 1810 a strong British expedition was sent to capture the island. "Isle de France" regained its former name `Mauritius'.
The British abolished slavery and this had important repercussions on the socio-economic and demographic fields. The planters turned to India, from where they brought a large number of indentured labourers to work in the sugar cane fields. Cultivation of sugar cane was given a boost and the island flourished, especially with the export of sugar to England.
It’s Culture - ‘Awaken to a different world’
Here you will find the whole world in one island. Mauritius is today a unique mosaic of ethnicity, language and culture. The island enjoys a degree of social harmony and cultural understanding that makes it a model for successfully promoting the benefits of ethnic diversity and co-existence.
Traditions and Festivals – ‘A nation's culture resides in the hearts of its people’
The main festivals and religious events celebrated in Mauritius are Cavadee, Chinese Spring Festival, Christmas, Divali, Easter, Eid-ul-Fitr, Ganesh Chathurti, Holi, MahaShivaratree, Père Laval Pilgrimage and Ugadi. Here you will find Hindu temples, Tamil Kovils, churches, mosques, Chinese pagodas and Buddhist temples all around Mauritius, exalting the universal message of peace and harmony.
We will make you feel and experience these unique journeys at the discovery of Mauritian traditions and festivals.
The Must See places - ‘Adventure awaits, go find it’
Let us guide you around the right places of the island. You will discover what makes this tiny country such a perfect holiday destination.
Besides its beaches and the numerous shades of turquoises of the lagoons and white reefs Mauritius has so much to explore.
It is the perfect destination for nature and hiking lovers with a naturally unspoilt environment. One perfect spot is ’Le Morne Brabant’ , a mountain that rises more than half a mile above sea level and was named a Cultural Heritage. For the nature lovers “Black River Gorges National Park“, is among the most beautiful park of the island where you’ll find miles of trails. With acres of undulating valleys, plunging waterfalls and thick green forest you will be discovering nature at its best.
Other places you should not miss are the spectacular craters such as the ‘Grand Bassin’ or the ‘Trou aux Cerfs’. Unique and wonderful you’ll discover the history of our inactive volcano and connect with the Hindu Religion in the Ganges River through a time of dedication to cultural rituals.
Apart from these you will find delicious street food and Authentic Creole cuisine around the island. We won’t fail to drive you to Port Louis having the best selection of favourite local snacks, with our famous dhal puri or roti and the different snacks known as gadjak here.
We will be guiding you from the recreational options and cultural depths to the history and typical Mauritian products.
Get ready to learn everything about Mauritius!
It’s People – ‘The soul of Mauritius’
The beauty of Mauritius lies in the warmth of its people. The authentic Mauritian smile and the richness of its people is the essence of Mauritius.
Meet the locals well known for their hospitality through our guided tours and share some unique exchanges and memories which will last a lifetime.