world-in-one-island slice of paradise! Mauritius, a truly fascinating Island
country. Its very name conjures up images of tropical luxury and stupendous
extravagance. While in many destinations famed for cobalt-blue seas, white
sandy beaches and luxury hotels, you may eventually find yourself wishing
for something to do besides sunbathing and swimming, it’s often hard to know
what to do next in Mauritius. The island is loaded with historic sights,
cultural diversity, geographic variation and almost limitless activities to
distract you from the daily grind of beach and pool. But perhaps its single
biggest asset is the relaxed charm of its warm and welcoming people.
the most developed of the Mascarene Islands, but with a bit of effort and
resourcefulness you can escape the crowds and find your own patch. The
smells, noises and bustle of the mercantile capital Port Louis, Africa’s
wealthiest city, are never far away, while the busy garment markets in the
Central Plateau towns of Quatre Bornes and Curepipe and Black River Gorges
National Park's dramatic virgin forests give the lie to Mauritius being just
another beach destination. But what beaches! From the stunning sand-rimmed
lagoons and popular wide public beaches to the picturesque islands off the
country’s coastline, there’s truly something for everyone here. Add to this
the joys of Chinese, Indian, French and African cuisine, the rousing beat of
séga music and the infectious party spirit of the locals, and you
soon understand why Mauritius really is so many people’s idea of paradise on
This Mauritius island lies about 800 kilometers east of Madagascar between
longitudes 57 18' and 57 49' east, and latitudes 19 59' and 20 32' south.
Pearl-shaped, it is sixty-one kilometers long and forty-six kilometers wide
at the extremes and has a total land area of some 2,040.........
The island has two seasons. The hot and wetsummer lasts from
November through April. February is the warmest month with temperatures
averaging 27° C in the lowlands and 22° C on the plateau. Cyclone season
runs from December through March,........
The vibrant culture of
Mauritius is replete with some of the most fascinating and years-old customs
and traditions. The European, Indian, Chinese and African cultures converge
together to make up the colorful. Each aspect of Mauritian culture-its
cuisine, religions, festivals, language and literature is a living proof of
the myriad Asia, African and Western influences..........
Mauritius was known to the Arab and Malay sailors
as early as the 10th century AD, the first visit by the Portuguese sailors
was in the 16th century. But actual colonization was begun by the Dutch in
1638. Mauritius was populated over the next few centuries by waves of