Mauritius is a tropical island on the warm Indian Ocean offering world-class hotels, top spa's, golf, mountain climbing and beautiful white sandy beaches.
Mauritius certainly comes close to paradise and is a favorite beach honeymoon or wedding destination.
Mauritius is a small island of approximately 2040 km2 off the coast of Madagascar.
The beautiful white beaches are protected by coral reef almost all around except for the southern coast that offers wilder strands or dramatic cliffs. From the northern plains, the land rises to a central plateau dotted by lakes and extinct volcanic craters. A few uninhabited islets are scattered around the main island.
Summer is from November to April with temperatures of between 23 - 33 degrees Celsius. Winters are mild (from May to October) with temperatures of between 17 - 23 degrees Celsius. The wettest months (occasional cyclones) are between December and March with an average rainfall of 900mm on the coast and 1500mm on the central plateau.
English is the official language. French and Creole are commonly used. The currency is the Mauritian Ruppee (Rs). Mauritius is +4 hours ahead of GMT.
The Dodo (bird which is now extinct) was only ever found on Mauritius and lost the power of flight because food was abundant and predators were absent. The expression 'As dead as the dodo!' comes from the extinction of this bird which made man realize for the first time that he could induce the extinction of plants and animals. Head to the National History Museum in Port Louis to see relics from this bird.
Mauritius provides a multitude of possible recreational activities to explore the natural beauty of the island. Eco-activities, sports and water-based activities are all on offer. More adventurous activities such as zip-lines, mountain climbing and abseiling are designed for you to make the most of what our landscape has to offer. The best activities in Mauritius are by far the water-based activities and most beach hotels have at your disposal - windsurfs, dinghies, pedal-boats and speed boats for water-skiing. Yacht chartering or Day-cruising, sunset cruises, fishing excursions are available.
Typically, the West coast of Mauritius is better for water activities in the open sea while the East and West coasts are suitable for water-based excursions restricted to the lagoons. The North Coast is suitable for both open sea & 'lagoon' based activities. Other activities available are: dives in submarines or on “Subscooters,” and many other activities such as kite surfing, quad biking and mountain biking.
Mauritius remains a favorite destination for the big game fishing/deep sea fishing lovers.
Golf has also become a big attraction to Mauritius.
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