Mauritius is my home country. As Mark Twain and so many others have described it, Mauritius is like paradise. Rather than trying to describe it in my own words, I’ll use quotes others have crafted so beautifully about Mauritius.

Mauritius will enchant you, will uplift your soul, making you feel that you belong to the chosen few. Every visitor enjoys personal attention. Every encounter is an opportunity to discover a friendly face. Behind each smile lies the promise of a unique holiday. The contrast of a multitude of colours and tastes, the island, set in its turquoise sea, is an oasis of peace and tranquillity. Mauritius, a melting pot where past and present are smoothly blended together, offers an essential beauty that will compel to return to its shores time and time again. May your stay with us remain engraved in your memory forever. – Mauritius.net

 

Beautiful lagoons, radically shaped volcanic mountains, and a cultural cocktail of Euro-Asian inhabitants make Mauritius—a small nation about half the size of Australia’s Kangaroo Island and some 2,000 km (1,242 miles) east of the African continent—more than just a swanky resort getaway. Although you can relax on some of the world’s most breathtaking beaches, you’ll also find grand plantation mansions that evoke the island’s colonial past, Hindu shrines adorned with marigolds, national parks abundant with exotic animals and plants, and delicious cuisine that fuses Creole and French flavors. – Fodors

Mauritius lies right in the middle of the Indian Ocean. The closest mainland is probably South Africa which is some 4 hours flight or so away, unless Madagascar counts.

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Mauritius’s population consists of people of many racial backgrounds – whites (descendants of the colonizers), black (descendants of slaves), chinese (descendents of traders) and indians (descendents of indentured laborers). We all live in harmony and know and respect each other’s culture, rite and rituals.

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Mauritius is famous for the Dodo Bird. The Dodo – the extinct flightless bird which was endemic to Mauritius – evolved over hundreds of thousands of years from a humble pigeon-like ancestor; most likely becoming flightless due to the lack of predators and the ease of living off fruit that fell onto the ground. Today the Dodo is one of the national symbols of Mauritius, taking pride of place on the country’s coat of arms.

 

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The official language of Mauritius is English, but it’s not spoken much, mostly read and written for official documents. The informal street language is Creole and the formal communications language is French. Also, most Mauritians, depending on their ancestry speak a fourth oriental language such as Hindi, Tamil, Hakka, Mandarin, Marathi, Arabic, Telegu or Urdu.