The island of Mauritius is of volcanic
origin and sits on an area of 1865 km², under the Tropics of
Capricorn, 800 kms from the eastern coast of Madagascar, 200 kms
to the north-east of Réunion and 600kms to the West of Rodrigues.
A direct flight from Paris to Mauritius takes
on average 12 hours; 4 hours from Johannesburg; 6 hours from Perth;
10 hours from Melbourne / Sydney and 6 hours from Singapore.
The land is fairly
flat, with the lush and greens of our mountain chains of Moka, Black
River, Grand Port and Plaine des Papayes adding interest to the
topography of the island. The highest peak of Mauritius is Piton
de la Petite Rivière Noire, at 828m above sea level.
Our coastal regions are relatively dry, with
an average temperature of 30°C in summer and 25°C in winter,
ideal for the cultivation of sugarcane.
Gracing the covers of numerous holiday
magazines are pictures of crystal clear waters and white sand. And
we owe the calmness and clarity of our beautiful sandy beaches to
the almost continuous barrier reefs surrounding the island.