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- Area: 2,040 km² (787 sq mi)
- Calling Code: +230
- Currency: Mauritian rupee (MUR)
- Population (EST): 1,295,789
- Official language: Mauritian creole, French, English
- Time Zone: MUT (UTC+4)
Mauritius – Places to Visit
Mauritius at a glance
The island, with a surface area of 2,040 square kilometres, is located 20º south of the equator and 57.5º east. English is the official language, although French and Creole are commonly used. With a population of 1.2 million, the literacy rate hovers around 90%...
Port Louis, Capital of Mauritius
Port Louis, the capital of Mauritius, was founded by the French governor and colonist Bertrand-François Mahé de La Bourdonnais in 1735. Situated on the west coast, it is protected by a curve of picturesque mountains. International businesses and financial institutions rub shoulders with colourful markets in this vibrant city...
The north provides some fine beaches, a great range of accommodation and restaurants, world-class watersports facilities, wonderful shopping opportunities and entertainment. It was one of the first spots in Mauritius to welcome holidaymakers...
The South & South-East
This region has a completely different landscape to the rest of the island. Gris Gris, for example, is one of the few areas of Mauritian coastline that is not shielded by coral reef and is therefore the best point from which to observe dramatic waves crashing against the rocks...
Some of the best beaches in Mauritius can be found on the east coast, including Blue Bay and its marine reserve and the delightful swathes of sand that exist around Belle Mare. Also here is Trou d’Eau Douce: the main jumping off point for the islet Île aux Cerfs...
The West & South-West
The west and south-west is an adventure playground for nature and sports-lovers. Flic en Flac, with its white beaches fringed with Casuarinas trees, is a popular location for weekend beach activities such as swimming and snorkelling. Grande Rivière Noire and Tamarin were fishing villages that have been transformed with luxury villas and are now popular deep-sea finishing spots...
Inland & Centre
The island’s most central town, Curepipe, is a major commercial hub yet also houses an extinct volcano called Trou aux Cerfs. Other features of the central plateau include Ganga Talao: a natural lake that is an important pilgrimage site for Mauritian Hindus festival...
Credit goes to this bird that put Mauritius, for the first time, on the world map. Though extinct for more than 300 years now, the giant bird still continues to stir amazement in visitors at the country’s National History Museum, where one of the few remaining skeletons is on display...
The Aapravasi Ghat Immigration Depot is another UNESCO World Heritage site. It is the only surviving remnant of an immigration depot typical of those established in the second half of the 19th Century to welcome indentured labourers...
Festivals & Cultural Events
Mauritius is a blend of diverse cultures and religions. Our population coming from three continents has brought traditions and beliefs from their ancestral countries. Religious festivals are celebrated in a spirit of peace and harmony throughout the year...