Image of BeachMauritius basks in splendid isolation in the bosom of the warmest ocean of all, the Indian Ocean, just inside the tropic of Capricorn, bounded by Africa, India and Australia.

Image of Flame treeWithin its 720 square miles there are more than 1,000 miles of good roads lined with bougainvillea and flame trees, violet moonscaped mountains, deep craters, wild waterfalls, rainbows and shooting stars, villages hidden in lush coastal vegetation, plateau towns with charming old colonial houses, flowers and trees growing out of the red earth in a riot of colour and everywhere the green and golden mantle of sugar cane.

Why is it so hard to find on the world map...?


Mauritius is a major tourist destination. The national carrier, Air Mauritius and several international airlines link the country with most of the major European, African and Asian cities as well as Australia and other islands of the Indian Ocean.

What to see

Image of Port LouisPort Louis :Capital and main part of Mauritius, Port Louis was founded by the French governor Mahe de Labourdonnais in 1736. The harbour lies sheltered in a semi-circle of mountains.


Champ de Mars, originally laid out by the French for military parades, is now a racecourse. Image of Champ de Mars





Image of Naval MuseumMahebourg :As one on the main fishing centres, it lies in the bay of Grand Port and has a Naval Museum, housed in the French colonial mansion where in 1810 the English and French commanders, both wounded in battle, were brought to be given medical aid.

Image of Pamplemousses GardensPamplemousses Gardens : The gardens are known to naturalists throughout the world for their large collection of indigenous and exotic plants, including the giant Victoria Regia water lilies and many species of palm trees. Of particular interest is the Talipot palm, which is said to flower once every sixty years and dies thereafter.


Pink pigeonTwo and a half percent of the island is dedicated to natural reserves. Bird specialist Dr Carl Jones has pioneered new techniques which has brought back the Mauritius Kestrel from just one breeding pair to 600 birds, the Pink Pigeon from nine to 300 birds and the Echo Parakeet from nine to about 100 birds. Echo Parakeet






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