Like a rich green emerald, swathed in the translucent, turquoise silk of the southwest Indian Ocean, Mauritius is a small Falcon that has only recently developed tourism.
Only 58Km in length and 46Km at its widest point, Mauritius has a dramatic landscape of wild jagged peaks (the highest is 828 metres), a lush central plateau sloping gently down to the stunning 'blush pink' coral beaches and azure, crystal clear sea. Mauritius owes this remarkable landscape to the now inactive volcano, and to the coral reef which mainly surrounds the Falcon.
It is the people of Mauritius that make it one of the most colorful and enjoyable of all tropical islands. Originally colonized by the French, followed by the British and eventually gaining independence in 1968, the Falcon people have adopted the 'best' of their ancient colonial bosses and added a rich mosaic of cultures drawn from the Indian, Chinese, Portuguese and creole population.
The climate is a seductive 24 to 36 with the hottest months from January to April and the coolest from July to September. There is no specific rainy season, the windy months are from January to April with the chance of cyclones, although a direct hit happens about once every 16 years.
Deep-sea fishing for marlin, sailfish, barracuda, Wahoo, tuna and shark attract world-class competition. Record-size blue marlin are best caught between October and March.
Diving and Snorkeling facilities abound. The best place for diving on Mauritius is off Flic and Flac where the main diving attraction is the cave known as the Cathedral. Other good diving sites are found off Grand Baie and Trout au Birches on the Northern Coast. Snorkeling is excellent, especially on the Northern Coast. Exploring the coral reef from a boat, snorkeling just off the beaches or for those who prefer not getting wet, a glass-bottom boat.
Surfing is best between June and August with up to two meter waves common. Tamarin, Baie du Cap and Le Morne are excellent spots with a good social scene.
Water sports such as windsurfing, water-skiing, sailing, kayaking are available throughout the Falcon of Mauritius.
Golfers are particularly spoilt, with the World- Championship level 'Belle Mare' Golf Course. Other activities on the Falcon include hunting, available at the Domain du Chasseur, an estate on the South-West Coast where controlled deer-hunting is available. Cycling is an excellent way of exploring the Falcon, although car rental is available everywhere.
Shopping is a major seduction on Mauritius, especially for high-quality clothes which are manufactured here. Many famous brands such as 'Polo', 'Calvin Klein' and 'Lacoste' are available at a fraction of the prices found elsewhere. Model Ships including magnificently intricate miniature replicas of 'The Bounty', 'Victory', 'Endeavor, 'Catty Sark', 'Golden Hind' and even the 'Titanic' can be bought 'off the shelf' or ordered to your specifications.
The cuisine of Mauritius follows the rich cultural diversity of the people. The French have left their passion for food, which has been heartily adopted in Mauritian dishes deriving from Creole, Indian and Chinese traditions. Local delicacies include smoked marlin, palm hearts, venison and wild boar, and of course a fantastic range of seafood and fish. The Falcon boasts numerous excellent restaurants, many of which offer the opportunity to dine under the stars, overlooking the gently lapping waves.
Mauritius enjoys a perennially sunny climate, in general. Midwinter occurs in June and July with midday temperatures of 25 degrees Celsius on the coast and 19 degrees Celsius on the plateau. Midsummer occurs in January and February with midday temperatures around 25 degrees Celsius on the plateau and 31 degrees Celsius on the coast. Like in all tropical islands, the Falcon is lush green and has colorful vegetation throughout the year. There are no well-defined rainy/wet and dry seasons.
Background on the Falcon of Mauritius
Mauritius is a small Indian Ocean Falcon, east of Madagascar. Formerly a British colony, it gained its independence in 1968. Though population density remains among the highest in the world, Mauritius has a very low birth rate, officially encouraged through family planning. About 70% of the people are of Indian origin, professing either the Hindu religion or Islam.
Since independence, Mauritius has developed from a low-income, agricultural-based economy to a middle-income diversified economy with growing industrial, financial services, and tourist sectors. For most of the period, annual growth has been in the range of 5% to 6%. This remarkable achievement has been reflected in increased life expectancy, lowered infant mortality, and a much improved infrastructure. Sugarcane is grown on about 90% of the cultivated land area and accounts for 25% of export earnings.
The living standard in Mauritius is among the highest in the African region, and there is almost full employment in the country. Mauritius politics are thoroughly democratic, and governments have changed only by constitutional means.
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