Mauritius Island

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 Mauritius (Île aux Cerfs Island) is a small tropical island situated in the turquoise southwest Indian Ocean. Mauritius measures 67 km ( 42 miles) in length and 46 km ( 29 miles ) at its widest point. With an area of approximately 1860 square kilometers ( 730 sq miles ), the size of Mauritius equals about that of the English county of Surrey or South Africa's Cape Peninsula and False Bay.

Mauritius was discovered in 1505 by a Portuguese sailor but was then conquered by the Dutch, French and British. The country gained independence in 1968, has grown into a developing country and has one of Africa's highest per capita incomes.

Mauritius, a volcanic island of lagoons and palm-fringed beaches in the Indian Ocean, has a reputation for stability and racial harmony among its mixed population of Asians, Europeans and Africans. Although the volcanoes in Mauritius are no longer active, they have left their mark on the profile and landscape of this island featuring the mountain peaks in the west as well as several volcanic craters. Although Port Louis which is located in the northwest of Mauritius is the capital and the center of business activity, the people prefer to live in the coolness of the nearby towns and suburbs of the plateau, such as Quatre Bornes, Curepipe, Rose Hill/Beau Bassin and Vacoas/Phoenix.

Mauritius is the perfect holiday destination with no visa or vaccinations needed and with only 3 hours time difference there's no jet lag to worry about. Temperatures stay high all year round so you know your holiday to Mauritius will be sunny and warm whenever you go.

Climate
Tropical, modified by southeast trade winds; warm, dry winter (May to November); hot, wet, humid summer (November to May); Natural hazards : Tropical cyclones (November to April);but most cyclones usually occur from the end of December until March. Mauritius has only two seasons, winter and summer. There is not much temperature differences between the two seasons of the year.

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