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
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 www.fco.gov.uk