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Mauritius - Destination at a Glance

“Mauritius will enchant you and will uplift your soul, make you feel that you belong to the chosen few. Every visitor enjoys personal attention. Every encounter is an opportunity to discover a friendly face. Behind each smile lies the promise of a unique holiday. The contrast of a multitude of colors and tastes, the island, set in its turquoise sea, is an oasis of peace and tranquility. Mauritius, a melting pot where past and present are smoothly blended together, offers an essential beauty that will compel to return to its shores time and time again. May your stay with us remain engraved in your memory forever….

Mauritius Fast Facts

Mauritius, officially the Republic of Mauritius, is an island nation off the coast of the African continent in the southwest Indian Ocean, about 900 kilometres (560 mi) 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 (125 mi) to the southwest and the island of Rodrigues 570 km to the northeast.

Geographical Location

Mauritius is situated on the south west of the Indian Ocean, in the Mascarene archipelago, at 160 km east from Reunion Island and 920 km east from Madagascar. It includes the main island of Mauritius, Rodrigues, Saint Brandon and Agaléga. Mauritius is a volcanic island of 1865 km². The coast, 330 km long, is nearly entirely surrounded by coral reefs.

A vast plateau forms part of the landscape culminating with an altitude of 600 m. where you can find sub-tropical forests, rivers and waterfalls. This plateau has 3 chains of mountains with the highest peaks being Piton de la Rivière Noire (828 m), Pieter Both (823 m) and Le Pouce (812 m).

Capital

Port Louis

People

Indo-Mauritian 68%, Creole 27%, Sino-Mauritian 3%, Franco-Mauritian 2%

Religion

Hindu 48%, Roman Catholic 23.6%, Muslim 16.6%, other Christian 8.6%, other 2.5%

Economic Profile

Since independence in 1968, Mauritius has developed from a low-income, agriculturally based economy to a middle-income diversified economy with growing industrial, financial, and tourist sectors.

The Capital

PORT LOUIS is the capital of Mauritius. It is a port on the Indian Ocean, and the nation's largest city and main port. It is located in the Port Louis District. The population is 147,688 (2003 census).

Port-Louis is a real hive where big businesses and small trades cohabit to form this lively city. The intense inter mixing of races and cultures of this small city, which is enclosed between the sea and mountains, gives the place its colors and spirits, its shades and its strengths.

The city has approximately 150’000 inhabitants and has turned into a fiscal haven through its free zone. Everyday, more than 100’000 persons besiege its trades, its banks, and its enterprises. But, in spite of its daily traffic jams blending pollution, humidity and heat, this small city is not short of spellbound attractions. Is it because the past is nearly still perceptible? The ancient structures made up with basaltic rocks and the small houses built in wood have looked on distrustfully at the construction of the first buildings. Year by year, the past and the present coast along without merging completely.