Mauritius Island Destination Information
Only 58Km in length and 46Km at its widest point, Mauritius has a dramatic landscape of wild jagged peaks (the highest is 828 metres), a lush central plateau sloping gently down to the stunning ‘blush pink’ coral beaches and azure, crystal clear sea. Mauritius owes this remarkable landscape to the now inactive volcano, and to the coral reef which mainly surrounds the Island .Like a rich green emerald, swathed in the translucent, turquoise silk of the southwest Indian Ocean, Mauritius is a small Island which has only recently developed tourism.
It is the people of Mauritius that make it one of the most colorful and enjoyable of all tropical Island . Originally colonized by the French, followed by the British and eventually gaining independence in 1968, the Island people have adopted the ‘best’ of their ancient colonial bosses, and added a rich mosaic of cultures drawn from the Indian, Chinese, portuguese and creole population.
The climate is a seductive 24°C to 36°C, with the hottest months from January to April and the coolest from July to September. There is no specific rainy season, the windy months are from January to April with the chance of cyclones, although a direct hit happens about once every 16 years.
Water sports such as windsurfing, water-skiing, sailing, kayaking are available throughout the Island of mauritius.
Golfers are particularly spoilt, with the World- Championship level ‘Belle Mare’ Golf Course. Other activities on the Island include hunting, available at the Domain du Chasseur, an estate on the South-West Coast where controlled deer-hunting is available. Cycling is an excellent way of exploring the Island , although car rental is available everywhere.
Shopping is a major seduction on Mauritius, especially for high quality clothes which are manufactured here. Many famous brands such as ‘Polo’, ‘Calvin Klein’ and ‘Lactose’ are available at a fraction of the prices found elsewhere. Model Ships including magnificently intricate miniature replicas of ‘The Bounty’, ‘Victory’, ‘Endeavor, ‘Catty Sark’, ‘Golden Hind’ and even the ‘Titanic’ can be bought ‘off the shelf’ or ordered to your specifications.
The hotels on Mauritius are of a very high standard, and those selected by Island con-Safari are amongst the best in their price ranges.
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