About Mauritius

Having been a settlement for not only the Portuguese but also the French and the British, Mauritius finally gained its independence in March of 1968.  The years following its independence were a difficult time for Mauritius but after 15 years of hard work it became a stable economy. Now rated as one of the world's top luxury tourism destinations it enjoys a sub-tropical climate with clear warm sea waters, attractive beaches, tropical fauna and flora all complemented by a multi-ethnic and cultural population that is friendly and welcoming.

About Mauritius
Situated in the Indian Ocean, approximately 2,000 kilometres off the south east coast of the African continent lies this beautiful island nation, officially known as the Republic of Mauritius.

The Republic of Mauritius also incorporates the island of Rodrigues, which lies around 560 kilometres to the east, the Agaléga situated some 1,000 km to the north of Mauritius and Saint Brandon which is roughly 430 km to the north-east of Mauritius.

Size: (Approx) 2,000 square kilometres

Population: (Approx) 1.3 million people

Capital: Port Louis

Languages: Mauritian Creole, French & English

Religion: Hindu, Catholic, Muslim & Buddhist

Land borders: N/a

Climate:  Mauritius enjoys a relatively mild climate. Although temperatures are rather moderate throughout the year with occasional rainfall, the most pleasant times to visit the island are between the months of April and June and between September and December.

Money: Mauritian Rupee

Tipping: Tipping in Mauritius is not expected, but will always be appreciated as salaries in the tourism industry are low.  Mauritians understand that a tip has to be earned therefore if you feel that the quality of service is good then it is a good idea to leave a tip to show your appreciation.

Formalities: A visa is not required if you are a UK resident holding a UK passport. For all other nationalities please check with the foreign office to confirm what your visa requirements are.

Travel advice: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office produce up-to-date information on countries around the world. This can be checked on



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