Mauritius in the beautiful Indian Ocean
Located 1,200 miles off the south east coast of the African continent, in the beautiful Indian Ocean, is the island nation of Mauritius. This volcanic island chain emerged from the depths of the ocean some 8 million years ago. The island is encircled by a disjointed ring of mountain ranges varying in elevation between 300 m to 800 m. From the coastal plains and stunning beaches the topography raises to the central plateau, reaching an elevation of 670m.This diverse range in topography and rich volcanic soils are some of Mauritius’s greatest natural assets with beautiful tropical fauna and flora in the coastal plains to rich and diverse forests in the upland areas.
Mauritius is an idyllic setting with its stunning white sandy beaches, azure coloured lagoons, dramatic mountains and lush tropical vegetation. The diversity of the island is complemented by the diversity of its peoples with a mix of African, Chinese, Indian and many Europeans and has a result many Mauritians are multilingual speaking Creole, French and English which makes it a great location for tourists to interact with the friendly local populace. This colourful cultural diversity is seen everywhere on the island and is most obvious in the islands cuisine with something to suit all palates: spicy curries, noodles, European dishes and a plethora of fish dishes, which one would expect from an island surrounded by one of the world’s richest oceans.
This tropical paradise offers the tourist unrivalled luxury, attractions and activities that other destinations can only dream of providing. The coral white beaches and turquoise coloured lagoons are protected by a huge coral reef that encircles most of the island except for the southern end. The beaches and warm shallow lagoons are amongst some of the most spectacular and stunning anywhere in the world - a mecca for diving, swimming, snorkeling and deep sea fishing beyond the reef. For a change from the stunning beaches and luxury accommodation, head for the central mountain plateau with its cooler climate, dramatic mountain scenery, lakes and numerous ancient volcanic craters or spend a day in the capital city of Port Louis and admire its chocolate-box colonial architecture.
When is the best time to visit?
Due to its location the weather is pleasant all year round and the Indian Ocean never cools so swimming is perfect whenever you choose to go. However, here are a few things to consider before you make your mind up. Summer in Mauritius is between November to April when temperatures are at their highest and showers are more common. Peak season and consequently the most expensive time to visit are during the northern hemisphere’s winter months of December and January. It is a beautiful time of the year when the island is transformed into an unbelievable spectacle of colour with the tropical blooms in full glow, but this is also the time when tropical storms can occur.
Top Tip: If you like the warmer temperatures delay your vacation until February, March or April when accommodation rates are lower or even better still visit during Mauritius winter months of May to End of November when you can avoid the hottest temperatures and get the cheapest rates available. This time of year is also ideal for exploring the beauty of the island, walking in the stunning interior away from the summer heat.
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