Mauritius is a tropical island paradise situated in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, just north of the the Tropic of Capricorn. Surrounded by a tropical sea, enhanced by golden beaches, covered with swaying fields of sugar cane and fringed with exotic coconut palms and casuarinas – Mauritius is truly a garden resting on waters only four hours away from Johannesburg by air.
The west coast resorts are renowned for great weather and offer some of the best diving and watersports in the world. They are also ideally situated should you want to explore. The east coast is more isolated and offers privacy to those seeking top-class hotels and superb beaches.
A Mauritius holiday is an unforgettable experience and with activities such as diving, snorkelling, fishing, golf, walking and sailing - you are guaranteed never to be short of things to do.
The island has a cosmopolitan blend of French, British, Indian, Chinese and Creole cultures, making it easy to understand why a trip to the beautiful island of Mauritius is a truly unique experience. The food has evolved into a blend of French, Mediterranean and Eastern Cuisine. Entertainment in Mauritius is sophisticated and stylish.
Mauritius is, in every sense of the phrase, sheer paradise. The lagoons are pristine, the coral on the reef is growing and the beaches are pure, powdery white. The top hotels are consistently being voted amongst the best in the world, and the rest are consistently excellent.
Mauritius can be explored by hiring a jeep, a car or using the local bus service which spans the island.
An international driver's licence is required if you intend to hire a rental car in Mauritius. Taxis are however readily available and reasonably inexpensive.
The warmest months in Mauritius are between November and April. Temperatures range around 27 degrees centigrade. The coolest months are between June and October when tempratures average around 22 degrees centigrade.
Surf temperatures inside the reefs near shore are around 23°C (74°F) in winter and 27°C (81°F) in summer.
Power supply throughout the island is 220 volts with square three-pin plugs.
The Mauritius monetary unit is the Rupee. Rupee travellers cheques may be purchased in South Africa and are recommended for your visit to the island.
Mauritius time is four hours ahead of Greenwich time, and two hours ahead of South Africa standard time.
The official languages of Mauritius are English and French. The local dialect is Creole.