Mauritius was discovered by Arab sailors in the 9th century and colonised in 1598 by the Dutch, who named it after Prince Maurice de Nassau. Later, the French took over. After a naval battle in 1810, the French gave the island to the British. Mauritius is sheer magic, its white beaches, brilliant coral reefs and turqoise waters sure to drown your senses. An extremely friendly people, gorgeous climate, unique wildlife and exotic shopping options make Mauritius a dream destination.
Location: Mauritius lies 2000 kilometers away from the southeastern coast of Africa, and in the Indian Ocean, 4700 kilometers from India.
Tourist Spots: Black River Gorge National Park, Casela Bird Park, Domaine du Chasseur, Mauritius Postal Museum, Belle Mare, Rodrigues Island
Special Attractions: Deep sea fishing, Scuba diving, Windsurfing, Parasailing, Shopping, Golf, Spa.
Capital: Port Louis
Language: English, French, Mauritian Creole.
Currency: Mauritian Rupee
Major Cities: Mahebourg, Grand Baie, Port Louis.
Best Time to Visit: September to June.
How to Reach:
By Air: Many private and public carriers operate weekly flights connecting Mauritius to major European cities.
By Sea: Mauritius can also be reached by the sea route. Many cruise companies offer luxury cruises to Mauritius from nearby ports like Durban in South Africa.