Mauritius Country Information

Mauritius Country Information

“Small, but remote” is about Mauritius. For many years now, this tiny country has been working steadily (and, one must think, very profitably) in the niche of a rather expensive, but at the same time quite popular destination. However, no wonder: the island has excellent beaches with fine sand and rare beauty of the underwater world, which attracts divers from all over the world. All this abundance is complemented by excellent opportunities for exciting sea fishing. In addition, newlyweds like to relax here, as well as “experienced” spouses celebrating a round or not very wedding anniversary in Mauritius. All this is, of course, very expensive, but those who rest here, for some reason, are not inclined to complain about the high cost.

Total area:

2,040.00 thousand km²

Population:

1,240,827 people

Capital:

Port Louis

Religion:

Hindus 48%, Catholics 23.6%, Muslims 16.6%, Protestants 8.6%, others 2.5%

Official language:

English

Official currency:

Mauritian rupee

Geographical position:

The state of Mauritius is located on the islands of Mauritius, Rodrigues, Agalega and the Cargados-Carajos archipelago in the western part of the Indian Ocean, 800 km east of Madagascar, 3 thousand km. off the east coast of Africa and is part of the Mascarene Islands, which are of volcanic origin. The area of ​​the island of Mauritius is 1865 sq. km. The island is 65 km long and 48 km wide. The total length of the coastline is 330 km, of which 100 km are beaches.

Climate of Mauritius:

The climate of Mauritius is tropical, but the southeast trade winds soften the heat. The seasons are divided into summer, hotter and more humid, from October to March (+27-30*С) and winter, cooler and drier, from April to November (+20-24*С). Water temperature all year round – from + 22-26 * C.
The best seasons on the island are from September to December, and from March to June

Kitchen:

It goes without saying that Mauritian cuisine – whether Chinese, Indian, European or Creole – is an expression of ethnic diversity. Consequently, there is a huge selection of various dishes that use products that the island abounds. Lamb, poultry, fish, shellfish, vegetables are accompanied by spicy sauces. Rice is most often served as a side dish with any dish. If you are not a particular fan of spicy dishes, you are offered fish of a wide variety of species or crustaceans. Mountains of fresh exotic fruits await you in picturesque markets and hotels.

In Mauritius, you can discover the culinary secrets of three continents by tasting Indian and Creole curries, French pepper steak, English roast beef, Chinese delicacies and of course all kinds of seafood and exotic fruits. Don’t miss the opportunity to taste the famous Mauritian white rum and Mauritian beer.

Beaches:

All the beaches on the island are sandy, maintained in perfect condition: every day they are cleaned from debris, coral debris and algae. For guaranteed safety of feet in Mauritius, as in any country “with corals”, it is recommended to go into the water in beach slippers (for the most part, this applies to wild beaches). The level of insolation on the island is very high even on cloudy days (proximity to the equator affects), therefore, high SPF sunscreens are highly recommended. Plus, of course, do not forget about sunglasses and hats.

The place Flic-en-Flac is very popular among the Mauritians themselves for a reason: the beaches there are beautiful, and the Casela Bird Park nature reserve is located nearby. Tamarina Bay has a completely different “profile”: it is the wildest and most pristine on the coast, and due to strong waves it is a “tidbit” for surfers.

In the east of the island is the beach of Bel Mar with deep lagoons and calm waters. Pereybere Beach in the southwest is considered the most “party” on the island. In the southern part of the island, the hilly coastline gives way to the Trois d’Haus Douce beach, which stretches for 11 km as a wide strip of the finest sand.

Fishing:

Fishing on the high seas is one of the main attractions of Mauritius. At any time of the year, record specimens of blue marlin, hammerhead fish, tuna and barracuda are caught here. The best time for fishing is September-April, and the least “cool” months are June and July. The most fishy are the bays off the southwestern coast, from the Riviere Marlin Noire to Morne Brabant.

Fishing boats can be hired at almost all hotels on the island, but in high season it makes sense to book a boat in advance. You can also arrange to go out to sea with some local fisherman: such fishing can be even more interesting and productive than the “official” one, and at the same time it will cost much less.

Surfing:

This sport in Mauritius is very popular, as well as windsurfing and kitesurfing. From May to December, when the strongest winds are here, the height of the waves sometimes reaches seven meters! However, you should not be afraid of this size: beginners can always be trained in the lagoon, on calm water. All necessary equipment can be rented.

The best surf spot in Mauritius (and one of the top 20 in the world) is Tamarin Bay. There you can easily meet a couple of surfers in a day – world-class celebrities.

Mauritius Country Information