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The nation island of Mauritius, officially known as the Republic of Mauritius, is located in the Indian Ocean, approximately 2,400 kilometres off the South East Coast of Africa. The island is world-renowned for its unique beauty, enviable climate, laidback lifestyle and stunning coastline.

Mauritius covers an area of 1,865 square kilometres and is 65 kilometres in length and 45 kilometres in width. The island’s interior is dominated by steep hills with rugged peaks and mountains strewn in lava rocks. Due to its wet, humid climate during certain times of the year, Mauritius is scattered in lush vegetation.

Bordering its verdant volcanic interior, is 330 kilometres of the most stunning of coastlines. Set within a network of coral reefs, huge lagoons dominate much of this breath-takingly beautiful coastline, where the sapphire water of the Indian Ocean gently laps white-sandy beaches.

The island’s tropical coast line is a hub for water activities, such as snorkelling, diving, surfing, boat cruises, fishing and much, much more.

Mauritius is home to around 1.2 million people of diverse ethnic groups, including Creoles, Muslims, Hindus, Europeans and Chinese. The different cultures live in harmony and peace, with the people of Mauritius being known for the kindness, tolerance and friendliness. English is the official language of the island, but most Mauritians are bilingual, with Creole and French being widely spoken.

Mauritius was discovered in the 10th century by the Arabs. However, the island wasn’t officially explored until the 16th century by the Portuguese and was eventually settled by the Dutch in the 17th century. In 1715, the French took control of Mauritius, establishing the island as an important naval base for Indian Ocean trade.

Mauritius was captured by the British in 1810 during the Napoleonic Wars and has remained an important British naval base ever since.

The scenically stunning, laidback and exhilarating island is brimming with fun-filled land and sea-based activities, to enthral all ages and tastes.

If you want more information about the incredibly beautiful island of Mauritius and would like assistance finding and booking accommodation for the best price, get in touch with the Mauritius Holiday Experts.

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