Mauritius is a beautiful island nation situated off the coast of the African continent in the southwest Indian Ocean, around 560 miles (900 kms) east of Madagascar. Guests on holidays in Mauritius would find irregular terrains with small coastal plains, almost entirely surrounded by coral reefs.
A land comparable only to heaven, according to Mark Twain. Mauritius lies in the midst of holiday havens Seychelles and Maldives. Travellers planning holidays to Mauritius would be greeted by bright blue skies, warm tranquil waters, white sandy beaches and cool sea breezes combined with renowned Mauritian hospitality; which is why Mauritius holidays are every traveller’s dream. Vibrant colours and exotic tastes blend with breathtaking backdrops to form a magical holiday in Mauritius. For every tourist looking for a holiday of a lifetime, Mauritius holidays are a chance to live out your dream. Its fascinating history has seen the Dutch, the French as well as the British rule the island at some point of time. While holidaying in Mauritius, traces of its colourful past are evident in the island’s food and language.
Mauritius was first explored by the Portuguese in the 16th century and later settled by the Dutch in the 17th century. The subsequent two centuries had seen the French and then the British gain control of the island. Mauritius gained independence in 1968, and went on to become a republic within the Commonwealth in 1992. Mauritius, like India, Maldives, Hong Kong and Singapore, being an ex-British territory, has more British interest than from other European countries and continues to be one of UK's most preferred holiday destination.
Tourists on Mauritius holidays can meet people from countless different ethnic groups. Its population of 1,284,264 (July 2009 estimate) is made up of Hindus (48%), Christians (32.2%) and Muslims (16.6%) amongst others. You would hear people speaking Creole and Bhojpuri during your Mauritian holiday along with some French and English. The currency in Mauritius is the Mauritius Rupee (MUR). The current exchange rates are 1 British Pound = 50.3 MUR OR 1 US Dollar = 33.58 MUR (check latest currency exchange rate).