Honeymoon Destinations October November
A picture perfect beach resort in Mauritius
Arab traders discovered the then uninhabited island of Mauritius in the 10th century. But it was not enough happy to consider permanent settlement. The Portuguese first landed in the sixteenth century, but they also went through the possibility to claim for their king. But in 1598 Dutch finally seized the opportunity. The island was grabbed for and on behalf of Maurice, Prince of Orange and Count of Nassau-then ruler of Netherlands.
In the following century, the Dutch established settlements and devised means to live off the land. They introduced sugar and snuff, which raised with labor from African slaves. Sugar is today still an important part of the economy. The Dutch were insensitive to the extremely fragile ecosystem which is an island like Mauritius. On his watch, most of the islands indigenous forests were felled, and lost. The bird known as dodo also jumped to extinction. Thus did the trigger-happy Dutch give life to the phrase "as dead as a dodo."
The Dutch courage that had pioneers made was not to last however. They were subjected to extensive testing by the forces of nature – cyclones, droughts and floods. And also by the forces of man, the pirates were a constant headache. In 1710, fled to the more hospitable Cape of Good Hope at the southern tip of Africa. Shortly after five years after the Dutch left, the Frenchman claimed the island, and renamed it Ile de France.
The French were much more successful than the Dutch in the potential of the island. Maintaining public order and laid the groundwork for the administration of society. In the celebrated French Governor of Labourdonnais Mahé, began the actual construction of the nation. The French brought slaves from Africa and more expanded further sugar farming. They also presented some social and economic infrastructure to support the settlers. Port Louis, named for King Louis XV, and today the capital of Mauritius, dates from this period.
Although the French had introduced systems of law and order, Port Louis turned to be a favorite of pirates. Corsairs were mercenary marine who specialized in the plunder of ships on behalf of a client country. The British, a great sea power at the time, they had a personal interest in ending the power of these mercenaries. And that is how Mauritius, so far from Europe, was involved in the Napoleonic wars. In 1810, the British backed by superior force of arms, convinced the French to leave the island.
In 1814 the Treaty of Paris, the British – magnanimous victors indeed, allowed the French settlers to remain in Mauritius. They also were allowed to keep their heritage, language, religion and legal system. Britain re-name the Dutch had given the island, Port Louis, but kept the name. But in the century and a half that the British ruled, were never really as grounded as the French had been.
Franco-Mauritians prospered on an agrarian economy based on slave labor. But in 1835, felt the capricious hand of a great power, when it abolished slavery. This is perhaps the most important measure carried out under British rule, and the consequences it had a powerful effect on the evolution of demography of the nation. India, a British colony in abundance in human resources is the answer to the labor problem that arose. In the years that followed, the descendants of Indian workers who came to work the sugar fields greatly multiplied. The Chinese also came as laborers and traders.
Today indo-Mauritians constitute close to 70% of the population. As in other colonies that historical period and until the 1930s in Mauritius, non-whites were little say in the direction of the country. And that is why Gandhi – that great liberator of the mind of men, came to Mauritius in 1901, in particular to give heart to Indo-Mauritians. After years of concessions to democracy long, the British finally gave up in 1968, when at last independence.
The talk about past events are however very recent. About eight million years, the island emerged from the depths of the sea as a result of volcanic activity. Covering 1,860 km ², is located just above the Tropic of Capricorn, 890 km east of Madagascar. The rise of the sea, the formation of the central plateau is about 400 m on sea level. There are mountains scattered in the island, and a few peaks, the highest of which reaches 820 m.
As a country, Mauritius includes the islands of Rodrigues and Agalega, Carajos load banks and some smaller mostly uninhabited islands. Mauritius is almost entirely surrounded by a coral reef that has reputed to be the third largest in the world. Both the Dutch and the French were extremely reckless in allowing the uncontrolled invasion of indigenous forests. At present, less 2% of these forests remain. Many of the nearly 700 species of native plants endangered. Since late 1970, a belated but systematic effort has been undertaken to preserve the island's unique flora.
The wildlife faces similar dangers. First, the migration of animals to this isolated island was by air or sea only, greatly limiting the diversity of species. The animals the Dutch found included out-sized reptiles and flightless birds. But except for bats, there were no mammals and amphibians at all. The animals brought aboard ships by man are the monkeys and rats – thanks to the Portuguese, while the Dutch take credit for deer and wild boar. Some of these animals threaten to choke the life of native species – They eat their eggs and even their young.
Mauricio's not all bad news for lovers of nature "-there are plenty of birds and marine life is abundant. However, some species of endemic birds, like the Mauritius kestrel, echo parakeet and the number of pink pigeons, no more than a few hundred. These are now under some form of captive breeding program, hoping to increase their number.
the sea off the island boasts more than 1,000 marine life species of fish, shells and mollusks, in numbers beyond counting. The spectacular way to explore the spectacular underwater world aboard a submarine. The sub also allows you to see some ship wrecks dating back to the Dutch period.
You can swim at various places at beaches, lagoons and inlets. Swimming beaches are best for the north, although there are other good sites in the southwest and west near Flic en Flac. The west coast offers good sites for surfing at Tamarin, and diving at Flic en Flac. In Grand Bay beach, you get a good shopping, nightclubs, bars and restaurants and the chance to interact with people. In addition, swimming, surfing, sailing and fishing is good. From here you can also make a boat tour of the islands to the north.
Inside the islands, there are good opportunities for hiking and trekking. Black River Gorges National Park has excellent walks, and at the same time, you can see some endemic plants and birds. Macchabée Forrestière Reserve and Rivière Noire National Park are also good for hiking. In addition, captive breeding to increase number of endemic birds endangered Mauritius is at work here. For hikers, you'll do well on the plateau at Curepipe and Rodrigues.
The Royal Botanical Gardens of Pamplemousses are very popular among visitors. The gardens date back to 1735, during the French period. Here you will see a large collection of exotic and indigenous plants in a privileged environment. Among the most peculiar specimens are the giant Victoria regia water lilies, whose origins found in the Amazon, and palm talipot known flower once every 60 years before his death. In Casela Bird Park, you can see some of its 140 species of birds, including the rare Mauritian pink pigeon. Some of these excursions are included in tour packages offered by various vendors in Mauritius.
Mauritius offers some excellent golf courses, and visitors are increasingly aware of it. There are at least three hotels with 18 hole courses and another five golf 9 holes. The Ile aux Cerfs course, which sits in its own tiny island is the most spectacular. For honeymooners, the island is very welcoming. Most hotels offer a honeymoon package special. As a nonresident, you can easily tie the knot here. But a few formalities must be completed with public officials, make sure you comply before arrival.
Mauritius is on the road various cultures of Europe, Africa and Asia. The Dutch, French, African, Indian, Chinese and British was the subject of one form or another and today have influenced the character and cultural life of the island. Although the island is closest to Africa geographically, culturally it is much closer to Asia.
The biggest racial groups are Indo-Mauritians who constitute about two thirds of the nations 1.2 million peoples, followed by Creoles – Afro-Mauritians who are just over a quarter of the population. Franco-Mauritians and peoples of Chinese origin combined make up 5% of the population. While English is the official language, French, Creole, Bhojpuri and Urdu are spoken. Religion is another factor that defines the population of the island, with Hinduism (51%), Christianity (30%) and Islam (17%) leading.
The cuisine of the island reflects the diversity of its people. French, Creole, Chinese and Indian foods – with local variations are all here. Wherever you stay, you will most likely be able to see or even dance the Sega. This energetic and erotic Creole dance has its origins in the fields cane, in the days when African labor was captive. You may also be lucky to find any of the various festivals celebrated in this multicultural country. The most widely traveled however, be prepared for Cavadi. In this Tamil festival, penitents pierce their bodies, tongues and cheeks, while a march on shoes nails.
Tourism is one of the main pillars of the Mauritian economy. Most visitors come from South Africa, Germany, France, Australia and the United Kingdom. Hotels in Mauritius are numerous and range from 5 star luxury for those with only basic services. Budget stay comes in the form of bungalows, guest houses and apartments with kitchens. The period from June to September and around Christmas is high season and if you plan to travel then we suggest you book your accommodation in advance. Mauritius is still relatively affordable, although there has been talk of making it a beach destination market up.
Mauritius is a destination all the year. The best times to visit however, are the periods April to June and September to November. These are the months when less rainfall and temperatures are moderate. From January to April is hottest, and daytime temperatures can reach 35 ° C. Temperatures tend to be lower inland, away from the coast. The main rains, included between December and April, although there is light rain throughout the year. November to February is when cyclones are most likely to occur. But do not be deterred, opportunities Meeting cyclones are not very high, and is expected to hit the island about once every 15 years.
If you are keen on water sports, beware that diving is best from December to March, and surfing between June and August. For fishing, come between October and April. You should be comfortable with light clothing appropriate for the tropical climate. But you need warmer clothing for the nights of the winter months and south, between July and September. All that time of year to travel, are carriers of some rainwear. In the summer months between November and April, you are advised to bring sunglasses, sun hats and sunscreen.