Of volcanic origin and generally sheltered by barriers of coral reefs forming natural, safe, crystal clear lagoons, Mauritius has long been a dream destination. It is located approximately 2000 kilometres off the south-eastern coast of Africa, about 900 kilometres east of Madagascar. In addition to the island of Mauritius, the Republic includes the islands of St. Brandon, Rodrigues and the Agalega Islands. Mauritius is part of the Mascarene Islands, with the French island of Réunion 200 km to the southwest and the island of Rodrigues 570 km to the northeast.
Most people in Mauritius are bilingual and are equally fluent in English and French. Creole and French are the main languages in the everyday environment and several oriental languages are also spoken.
If the seemingly endless miles of beaches with sailing, windsurfing and water skiing, the natural hospitality of the Mauritian people and the huge range of different types of food are not enough, world-class accommodations offer high quality spas for those seeking well-being during their holidays, and there is a wide variety of stores to purchase textiles such as sweaters for which Mauritius is well known.
Mauritius is a paradise for deep-sea fishing, species include the blue or black marlin, all types of sharks and yellow tuna.
Some of the many places of interest: – the village of Flacq for the country’s largest open air market, Triolet offers an opportunity to visit the biggest Hindu temple, the Maheswarnath; Ile aux Aigrettes is inhabited by some of the world’s rarest birds such as the Pink Pigeon, and also the Aldabra giant tortoise; Chamarel where an undulating landscape revels the different shades of blue, green, red and yellow – apparently the result of the erosion of the volcanic ash.
The island of Mauritius is renowned for having been the only known home of the now extinct dodo.