About Mauritius

Geography and Geology

Geography of MauritiusMauritius is a tiny, seemingly insignificant island 890km east of Madagascar and 1200km off the coast of Africa. It was created by volcanic activity eight million years ago. The volcanic peak has been eroded and shaped the dramatic mountains and rock formations found on Mauritius today. Volcanic activity on Mauritius has ceased. Read More…

History

History-of-MauritiusThe first Europeans to have visited Mauritius were the Portuguese at the beginning of the sixteenth century (most probably in 1510). The Dutch who settled in the island in 1598 named it Mauritius after Prince Maurice of Nassau. Mauritius achieved independence on 12 March 1968 and adopted a constitution based on the British parliamentary system. Read More…

Language of Mauritius

Language in MauritiusThe official language of Mauritius is English. However the main language spoken on the island is Creole, a language based on French. In addition the different ethnic groups speak such languages as Chinese and Hindi. Other languages spoken by smaller numbers include: Tamil, Hindi, Urdu, Hakka, Bhojpuri and Mandarin. Read More…

Climate of Mauritius

Weather in MauritiusWhen you are planning your holiday to Maurtius, your first question I am sure, is when to visit Mauritius. You do not want to travel 8hrs to sit in rain! So, when to go? The weather in Mauritius is tropical, so the temperature throughout the year is warm, but there are two main seasons. Read More…

Food in Mauritius

Food in MauritiusMauritius is a paradise not only for the eyes, but also for the palate. You will find a variety of flavours and aromas from the different migrations through its history, with culinary traditions from France, India, China and Africa. Most hotels have a restaurant or two near by to serve you with a delicious variety of tastes.  Read More…

Shopping in Mauritius

Shopping in MauritiusShopping in Mauritius is a pleasure! There are a lot of bargains to be had. A good option is to hire a taxi driver and ask him to take you to the factory shops. Specialities are carved model ships, duty-free diamonds and designer clothing. There are many clothing factory shops. Learn all about Mauritius shopping. Read More…

Transport in Mauritius

Transport in MauritiusThere are various methods of transport used in Mauritius including; bus, car, taxi, helicopter and boat. Bus and taxi services are best used in urban areas. Bicycles and motorbikes are also available for hire. There are a host of car rental companies scattered across the island and some hotels will help you arrange transportation. Read More…