Jetty at Maritim Hotel, Mauritius
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Mauritius Travel Guide

Key Facts
Area

2,040 sq km (788 sq miles).

Population

1.3 million (2013).

Population density

648.2 per sq km.

Capital

Port Louis.

Government

Republic established in 1992. Gained independence from the UK in 1968.

Head of state

President Rajkeswur Purryag since 2012.

Head of government

Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam since 2005.

Electricity

220 volts AC, 50Hz. UK-type three-pin plugs are commonly used in hotels.

A hypnotic blend of Indian, Chinese, African, French and British influences, Mauritius is a dazzling Indian Ocean island that enchants nearly all who visit. But while its famous white sand beaches and luxurious hotels are its top attractions, Mauritius offers far more to do than most tropical islands, with superb hiking, mountain climbing, diving and ecotourism opportunities.

Off major shipping routes, Mauritius remained uninhabited until the 16th century, allowing it to develop into one of the world's biodiversity hotspots. It was favoured by pirates and occupied briefly by the Dutch before the French brought African slaves to work the sugar plantations. Captured by the British in 1810, Mauritius achieved independence in 1968.

Mauritius today is one of the wealthiest countries in Africa, a successful, multicultural society where the friendly co-existence of peoples and religions expresses itself in croissants for breakfast and curry for dinner, and brightly painted Indian temples sitting alongside French colonial mansions.

Travel Advice

Last updated: 16 April 2014

The travel advice summary below is provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. 'We' refers to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. For their full travel advice, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

The cyclone season in Mauritius normally runs from November to May. You should monitor weather updates from the Mauritius Meteorological Services or the Severe Weather Information Centre.

Drug trafficking carries severe penalties.

Around 100,000 British tourists visit Mauritius every year. Most visits are trouble free.

There is a low threat from terrorism. 

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel. 

Edited by Jane Duru
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