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An exquisite island paradise set in the middle of the warm Indian Ocean, Mauritius is a land of contrasts.

Boasting rugged mountains and blissful beaches, tranquil lagoons and lively seas, deserted islands, quaint, rustic villages and vibrant, bustling towns, to visit here is to step into a truly unique island playground. Tourists here are met with a difficult dilemma; consider the secluded and romantic charms of the east, the unrivalled luxury, culture and pre-eminent dive sites of the north or the fantastic beaches and water sports of the west and southwest.

Located 2,000 kilometres off the southeast coast of Africa, Mauritius is simultaneously small enough that all of its attractions can be reached within a few hours and sufficiently large enough to house all of the luxuries and sightseeing opportunities you could ever need. Surrounded by more than 150 kilometres of white sand, its immaculate beaches and turquoise seas are never far away. The most developed country in Africa, and ranked among the safest and most peaceful countries in the world, it is the perfect place for a family-friendly holiday.

Enclosed by the world's third-largest coral reef, containing two UNESCO world heritage sites and plenty of protected forests and marine parks, Mauritius is a pristine haven for wildlife. Ideal for divers of all levels, its waters boast no end of world-famous dive sites, peaceful lagoons, underwater caves and exciting shipwrecks to explore. Dolphin spotting and whale watching tours are run throughout the year alongside exciting submarine trips and deep sea fishing adventures. Head inland for the chance to spot some of the island's most unforgettable inhabitants including monkeys, lizards, and the spectacular Mauritian flying fox.

The product of hundreds of years of intermingling of colonial French, Dutch and British cultures with Indian and African heritage, Mauritius has developed a unique and vibrant Creole culture evidencing itself in the island's distinctive cuisine, music, dance, religion and local arts and crafts. Originating on the shores of nearby Madagascar, Sega dancing is the artistic and musical expression of the Mauritian way of life. Performed on the beach around a roaring bonfire, it's an unforgettable way to immerse yourself in local tradition.

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  • North Coast

    Highly popular for families, Mauritius' north coast houses some of the island's best cuisine, excursions and dive sites.

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  • East Coast

    Wild and free, Mauritius' east coast exudes the most marvellous sense of adventure and carefree living imaginable.

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  • South And West Coasts

    Diverse and dramatic, boasting the warmest weather and some of the best beaches, this part of Mauritius is hard to beat.

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Fast facts

  • Time Difference

    GMT +4

  • Currency

    Mauritian Rupee

  • Capital

    Port Louis

  • Flight Time

    Approx. 11 hrs 50 mins

  • Best Time To Go

    May to November

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