The island nation of Mauritius in the southwest part of the Indian Ocean is nothing short of paradise. With its tumbling cascades, beautiful beaches and colourful coral reefs, it is a popular honeymoon destination. Find out more ahead of your voyage:
- Mauritius is a volcanic and mountainous tropical island with year-round warm temperatures. It has the third-largest network of coral reefs in the world, making it a haven for scuba diving aficionados.
- The capital of Mauritius is Port Louis, which is also the main port of the island. The country’s main airport, SSR International (MRU), is 26 nautical miles (48 km) southeast of the capital.
- English and French are the most widely spoken languages. Locals usually communicate with each other in Mauritian Creole, a French-based creole language. Hello is ‘Bonzur’ in Mauritian Creole.
- Mauritius is the only African nation with Hinduism as the dominant religion. More than half the population identifies as Hindu. The Grand Bassin Lake is a sacred pilgrimage site.
- Popular tourist attractions include the ‘Seven-coloured Earth’ Geopark in Chamarel, Black River Gorges National Park and the southern hemisphere’s oldest botanical garden: Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam.
- Mauritius’ delicious fusion cuisine has Creole, Chinese, Indian and French influences. Seafood is very popular; however, dholl puri is the most common street food. It is a yellow split-pea flatbread filled with cari gros pois (bean curry).
Prepare for your trip to this idyllic island nation by having a read of the articles below!