This beautiful, volcanic island is located in the Indian Ocean, just off the south-eastern coast of Africa. The beaches boast fine, white sand, palm trees and an unspoilt coral reef runs along most of the coastline. The country includes the main island of Mauritius, as well as Rodrigues and the surrounding smaller islets. The size of the main island is modest – 45km in width and 65km long, with a cosmopolitan population of approximately 1.2 million. English is the official language, however both French and Creole are spoke by most of the inhabitants. Due to the diverse culture and traditions of those who live there, Mauritius is a true melting pot of fusion food and customs. Fruit, vegetables and seafood play a major role in Mauritian cuisine, as does the delicious sugar! Being a top tourist destination, visiting the island of Mauritius does not disappoint. Activities range from water-sports and water based activities such as scuba diving and sailing to hiking, guided walks, city tours in the capital of Port Louis, horse riding, nearby island excursions, as well as visiting the museums, parks and reserves. The climate is tropical with warm and dry weather in the winter months (May to November) and hot, humid summers (December to April).
Grand Baie is situated on the north coast of Mauritius, approximately and hour and a half drive from the airport and is arguably the most frequently visited destinations for holidaymakers. With designer boutiques, a variety of bars, restaurants, cafes, curio shops and nightclubs there is a little something for everybody. The area is renowned for its splendid sandy, white beaches and crystal clear blue waters. The east coast is quite exclusive, and home to some of the more luxurious hotels and estates. Beaches are pristine, with the softest white sand and azure ocean with secluded coves and lagoons. It is quieter than the rest of the island, devoid of the mass of tourists and souvenir shops. Ile aux Cerfs is worth a visit, with its long stretch of beach lined with restaurants, a boathouse and turtle farm. The West Coast is more developed, with good roads, white sandy bays and calm turquoise waters. Flic en Flac is one of the more popular beaches for families with young children as the water is shallow and still. Tamarin Bay has a name as one of the best surfing spots on the island with massive waves between the months of June to September. The west coast is also home to resident dolphin pods, and visitors can go out by boat to admire and swim with these beautiful creatures. Port Louis, the capital, has some fantastic street markets, museums and old colonial houses. The South Coast, known as Savanne, is situated approximately 45 minutes from the airport. It is considered to be more wild and remote with natural bush and lush vegetation, high basalt sea cliffs and enormous waves. Less developed than the rest of the island, with some traditional fishing villages, national parks and reserves.
The local airline, Air Mauritius, is a reliable and comfortable carrier with multiple flights a day operating between Africa, Europe, Asia and Australia.