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The Republic of Mauritius

Discover the Republic of Mauritius, a distant gem that welcomes you as if you were at home. Mauritius, sparkling like a crystal in the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, is an invitation to wonder. The harmony of colors, the richness of cultures, and the diversity of flavors give this destination a unique charm, promising a dream vacation from the moment you arrive.

The Mauritian experience transcends the usual luxury of the tropics with unmatched refinement. The island's authentic beauty, discovered through its landscapes and warm hospitality, promises an irresistible call to return, again and again. Mauritius, heir to the name of Prince Maurice Van Nassau, elegantly combines history and modernity.

Whether it's for an ecological stay, family vacation, getaway with friends, unique culinary explorations, or medical tourism, Mauritius offers an infinite palette of experiences suited to every visitor. As a key economic player, Mauritian tourism meets everyone's expectations with a range of options for all budgets.

Divided into five regions – North, South, East, West, and the Center – Mauritius is characterized by its diversity. Tourists often favor coastal accommodations, drawn by the paradise-like beaches. Discover the idyllic beach of your choice on this enchanted island and be charmed by Mauritian hospitality.

Explore the North with its beautiful beaches like Pointe aux Canonniers and Cap Malheureux, perfect for water activities such as water skiing and kite-surfing. The wild South invites you to discover iconic places like Gris-Gris and the majestic Morne Brabant. In the East, don't miss île aux Cerfs, a paradise for golf and water sports in its sparkling lagoon.

The Center of Mauritius, with Grand Bassin, is ideal for those who wish to explore Mauritian culture and the island's spiritual heritage. The West, home to the famous Flic-en-Flac beach and the picturesque village of Chamarel, will enchant you with its colored earth and waterfalls.

Discover the local cuisine with a refreshing cocktail or grilled lobster, and taste the specialties of Flacq and other local markets. For an even more authentic experience, stay in a traditional bungalow or take a catamaran excursion to île aux Bénitiers.

Dive into the depths for a scuba diving adventure, or discover the richness of marine life on a Mahébourg outing. For Christmas enthusiasts, Mauritius offers a unique blend of local and international festivities.

Make a stop at Rodrigues Island and Réunion to enrich your experience in the Mascarene Islands. Whether it's ecotourism in Albion or romantic getaways in Choisy, Mauritius and its surroundings are an invitation to a journey to the heart of a lost land, between Africa and Asia, imbued with French influence and exoticism.

Port Louis, the bustling capital, is a must-visit with its vibrant markets and historical sites such as Aapravasi Ghat. The island's history is richly illustrated in places like the Grand Port District and Plaines Wilhems. For a taste of local culture, delve into the Sino-Mauritian influences in Curepipe or explore the colonial heritage in Mahébourg.

The Mauritian rupee is the local currency, and you can explore cities like Vacoas and Beau Bassin-Rose Hill to experience daily life. The island is also home to the Mauritius Regiment and the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation, both playing crucial roles in the island's heritage and conservation efforts. Climb the Piton de la Petite Rivière Noire, the highest point in Mauritius, for breathtaking views.

Mauritius is steeped in history, from Bertrand-François Mahé de La Bourdonnais's legacy to the story of the dodo, an iconic symbol of the island. Discover the linguistic diversity with Mauritian Creole, English, and French being widely spoken. Don't miss exploring the Agalega Islands and the lesser-known Tromelin for more adventure.

Mauritius invites you to a journey that blends the best of the Indian Ocean, from Madagascar's proximity to the unique charm of the Creole culture. Whether you are exploring the rich past of the island or enjoying the modern luxuries, Mauritius promises a unique and unforgettable experience.

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Geography and Demography

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The island is actually an island nation located off the southeast coast of the African continent. It covers about 1900 square kilometres and is about 900 km east of the larger island of Madagascar. It can be considered a volcanic island of lagoons; its beaches are lined with palm trees with coral reefs surrounding most of its beautiful coastline, all with very comfortable weather.

The Republic has a mixed population of about 1.2 million people who live together in stability and harmony. Made up of many different cultures from around the world, there are people of Chinese, Muslim, Hindu, Creole and European descent. This fusion of cultures makes the island a unique place in the world. It has been categorized as the richest destination in Africa.

The largest percentage of the republic's population is bilingual, where they are fluent in French and English. But one can also come across a minority of the population who are quadrilingual due to their origin. In fact, English is the official language, but French and Creole remain widely spoken. This fusion has contributed to great social and economic successes among other African countries.


An international biodiversity hotspot known for its natural beauty and for being the birthplace of the dodo, the island is on the move to reduce the ecological footprint of tourism on the island. Volcanic mountains, savannah-style plains and pockets of old-growth forest with endemic plants and wildlife offer many opportunities for green adventure, from bird watching, quad biking and zip lining to blue marlin fishing and nature walks.

The Black River Gorge National Park is located in the "wild" southwest and has 6,500 hectares of natural beauty interspersed with hiking trails that are home to native trees and rare birds. A guided tour of the tiny coral wildlife sanctuary of Ile aux Aigrettes in the south-east is a chance to see the island's famous Pink Pigeon which, along with the Mauritius Kestrel, Mauritius Parakeet and Mauritius Skink, have been brought back from the brink of extinction. The Aldabra turtles, also reintroduced on Ile aux Aigrettes, can be seen in all stages of development at La Vanille Réserve Des Mascareignes, the only breeding centre of its kind in the world.

The Casela Nature and Leisure Park offers the opportunity to try eco-tours on a Segway and the longest zip line in the Indian Ocean, which offers a magnificent view of the forest canopy. Sugar estates have opened as eco-adventure parks offering nature walks, quad biking, horse riding, mountain biking and 4×4 safaris to spot deer, monkeys and wild boar in vast expanses of countryside. Favourites include Domaine L'Etoile on the east coast where a Mauritian meal is served in a pretty thatched cottage, once the setting for the French film Paul & Virginie and Frederica Nature Reserve at Domaine de Bel Ombre with a picnic at the foot of a pretty waterfall and the night safari by 4×4.


Mauritius' culinary wealth is unparalleled and ranges from Michelin-starred chefs, to fine dining, to attractive snacks sold by street vendors. The delicate "heart of palm" salad is exquisite in Mauritius and is something to try at all costs. Cultural festivals, such as the Chinatown Festival, are known to attract thousands of Mauritian and foreign visitors for their original dishes. Traditional local restaurants offer a dizzying variety of typical and tasty Mauritian dishes, reflecting the island's mixed heritage. A mixture of French, Indian, African and Chinese are all found on the plates.

Alongside curries, briani and vindaye, discover the Creole-style rougaille, the Chinese-inspired bol renvers and French-style meat stew or daube. Pair it with a local Phoenix beer or a lemongrass and ginger drink. Why not also try a homemade digestive rum, flavoured with coconut or chilli? A gastronomic tour of the streets of the capital, Port Louis, ranked among the top ten cities in the world for street food by international media, is an unmissable journey for foodies. Sample the ubiquitous street food: dholl puris, samosas, taro cakes and chilli cakes, in the country's many small restaurants.
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