Mauritius Travel Overview
At a glance
Capital: Port Louis
Official language: English
Continent: East Africa
Vacation in Mauritius
According to Countryaah, Mauritius is a luxury destination in the southwest of the Indian Ocean. Endless white sandy beaches, excellent hotel complexes and numerous golf courses invite you to relax and unwind.
The island is east of Madagascar. In the north are the Seychelles and in the west the French overseas department La Réunion.
Capital: Port Louis
Official language: English
Rupee (100 cents)
ISO 4217 code
MUR / 480
Geo coordinates: S -20 ° -20 ‘-54.3 “E 57 ° 33’ 7.7”
Highest mountain: Mont Piton (828 m)
Total area: 2,040 km²
Mainland: 2,030 km²
Coastline: 177 km
Dependency: Great Britain until 1968
UN member since: 1968
Other political affiliation: Commonwealth
Form of government: Parliamentary monarchy
Export goods: Textiles, raw sugar, tea
BSP: $ 6,442,000,000
GDP: $ 6,747,000,000
GDP purchasing power parity: $ 16,670,000,000
Economic growth: 2.7%
GDP share of agriculture: 5.2%
GDP share of industry: 29%
GDP share of services: 65.8%
Inflation rate: 5.2%
State budget revenue: $ 1466,000,000
State budget expenditure: $ 1.88 billion
National debt: 65.4%
Export: $ 2,083,000,000
Import: $ 2,784,000,000
Foreign debt: $ 3,074,000,000
Gold and currency reserves: $ 1,432,000,000
Electricity consumption: 1,976 million KWh
Oil consumption: 22,100 million m³
Cultivation area: 51.87%
Bovine: 32,000 pieces
Residents in cities: 528,300
Average age: 30.8 years
0-14 years: 23.9%
15-64 years: 69.5%
> 65 years: 6.6%
Population growth: 0.82%
Birth rate: 15.43 / 1,000 residents
Death rate: 6.86 / 1,000 residents
Migration: -0.4 / 1,000 residents
Ratio men / women: 0.97
Fertility: 1.95 children / woman
Infant mortality: 14.29 ‰
Life expectancy men: 68.66 years
Life expectancy women: 76.66 years
Country codes and abbreviations
ISO 3166 Alpha 2: MU
ISO 3166 Alpha 3: MUS
ISO 3166 numeric: 480
Top Level Domain: must
IOC country code: MRI
UN / LOCODE: MU
Telephone connections: 404,000
Cell Phones: 662,000
Internet users: 340,000
Number of doctors: 1,230
Daily food intake: 3,020 kcal / resident
Last sovereign since: 1968
Main religious group: Hinduists
Prison inmates: 2,700
Defense Spending: $ 12,400,000
Arriving by plane
Air Mauritius (MK) (Internet: http://www.air-mauritius.de/) is the national airline. Air Mauritius flies to Mauritius from Berlin, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Munich, Vienna and Zurich. Good flight connections from Frankfurt / M. and Munich with Condor. British Airways, Swiss and other European airlines also offer flights to Mauritius.
Frankfurt – Mauritius: 11 hours 10 minutes (direct); London – Mauritius: 12 hours
Arrival by ship
The Mauritius Pride from Mauritius Shipping Co. Ltd (Internet: http://www.mauritiusshipping.intnet.mu/. Tel: (230) 242 52 55) operates several times a month between the main island, Rodrigues and Réunion. The crossing takes 24 hours.
ON THE GO
Traveling by plane
Air Mauritius (MK) (Internet: www.airmauritius.com) operates daily between SS Ramgoolam Airport and Rodrigues Island (flight time: 1h30). Air Mauritius Helicopter Services offers helicopter flights over Mauritius (Tel: (230) 603 37 54).
On the way by car / bus
The island has a good paved road network (approx. 1,600 km).
Bus: There is a well-developed and reliable network of public bus routes. From the bus stations in Port Louis (at the central market and at the Line Barracks), in Mahébourg and in Curepipe, buses leave continuously in all directions of the island. In the cities they run daily between 5.30 a.m. and 8 p.m. (between Port Louis and Curepipe until 11 p.m.) and in rural areas from 6.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. Stops are marked with the notice “Bus Stop”.
Taxiscan be recognized by the yellow sign on the door. They are all equipped with taximeters. Shared taxis, so-called taxi trains, are also waiting at central locations. A taxi can be chartered for a whole day at moderate prices. This has the advantage that you have a knowledgeable – and usually friendly – tour guide on board.
Car rental: There are numerous car rental companies on the island. Car rentals are available in Port Louis, Les Pailles, Rose Hill, Quatre Bornes, Curepipe, Forest Side, Goodlands, Grand Baie, Flacq, Mahébourg and Suriname. Minimum age: 21 years.
Documentation: International driver’s license recommended.
Seat belt compulsory.
inside built-up areas: 50 km / h
outside built-up areas: 80 km / h.
Traveling in the city
There are buses and taxis in all urban areas. The buses run in the city between 5.30 a.m. and 8 p.m. (between Port Louis and Curepipe until 11 p.m.). Bicycles and boats can be rented.
Out and about by ship
A luxurious catamaran of the MR Ocean Line (Tel: (210) 70 03) connects Mauritius with Réunion within 5 hours. Limited passenger connections from Port Louis (largest port) to Rodrigues Island with the Mauritius Pride of Mauritius Shipping Co. Ltd (Tel: (242) 52 55. Internet: http://www.mauritiusshipping.intnet.mu/).
The subsidiary Coraline Services of Mauritius Shipping Co. Ltd.also connects the island of Mauritius with the islands of Réunion and Rodrigues. The boat trip between Mauritius and Réunion takes between 10 and 12 hours. Those who only want to experience a sea trip as a day trip should visit one of the offshore islands of Mauritius. Catamarans call at the coral reef, the Ilot Gabriel, the Ile aux Cerfs or the Ile aux Aigrettes every day.