MAURITIUS WAS MADE FIRST, AND THEN HEAVEN. HEAVEN WAS COPIED AFTER MAURITIUS - MARK TWAIN
MAURITIUS is a small island located in the Indian Ocean. It is a volcanic island of lagoons and palm lined, sandy white beaches with coral reefs surrounding most of the coastline. Mauritius is 45km in width and 65km in length with a population of around 1.2 million people. It has a reputation for stability and racial harmony among its mixed population. Hindus, Muslims, Creoles, Chinese and Europeans all live together in harmony. Most Mauritians are bilingual being equally fluent in French and English. English is the official language, but French and Creole are widely spoken.
Geography of Mauritius
Located just off the southeast coast of Africa, some 900km east of Madagascar, is the island nation of Mauritius. Surrounded by the warm Indian Ocean, the island is 2040km2 in size and forms part of the Mascarene Islands, with La Réunion to the southwest and Rodrigues to the northeast. As a Republic, it also includes the islands of Cargados Carajos, Rodrigues and the Agalega Islands, while its capital is the city of Port Louis.
Climate in Mauritius
Mauritius enjoys a mild tropical climate all year round. The winter months are typically warm and dry from May to November, while summer is hot and quite humid from December to April.
Coastal temperatures: 22°C in winter to 34°C in summer.
Sea temperature: 22°C to 27°C.
Languages in Mauritius
Mauritian Creole, French and English are mostly spoken on the island. While English is the only official language, the lingua franca is Mauritian Creole and the newspapers and television programs are usually in French.
Culture in Mauritius
The island is a melting pot of cultures with Indian, African, Chinese and French citizens adding to its unique diversity. As a former French and then British colony, the island also shows strong European influences.
Money/Currency in Mauritius
The local currency is the Mauritian Rupee (MUR) which is divided into 100 cents. Credit cards are accepted by most businesses. Convert your currency in Mauritian Rupees here.
Driving in Mauritius
In Mauritius we drive on the left side of the road. The island has a network of well maintained roads, with a motorway going across the island from the airport in the south through the capital city of Port Louis all the way to the north coast. Buses and taxis are a safe and popular way to get around the island, while cars can also be hired.
Direct Flights to/from Mauritius
Air Mauritius is the national carrier for the island. It operates a network of routes to the local islands and international destinations in Africa, Australia, Europe and Asia, with daily or weekly flights to most major cities in these destinations.
What to do in Mauritius
Mauritius offers a wealth of natural beauty and exciting activities for every traveler. Visit the island's several unique natural features, including the Seven Coloured Earths of Chamarel, the Black River Gorges and two UNESCO World Heritage status monuments. For the sporty set, there are a number of world-class golf courses to enjoy, as well as a host of water sports such as deep sea fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling and kite surfing to name a few. Go trekking through the lush forest, or explore the nearby villages and markets on bicycle. The island offers a rich colonial history to be explored with fascinating local culture and a variety of exotic and colourful religious festivals. Hundreds of shopping centers sell locally made textiles, jewelry, sugar and local preserves. Visit the nature reserves where you can spot some of the native endangered species, both in the ocean and inland. Every moment in Mauritius is an opportunity to discover something new. Have a look at all of our Activities on offer or join one of our Sightseeing tours.