Flag of Mauritius


The Republic of Mauritius is an island nation off the coast of Africa in the southwest Indian Ocean, about 900 km (560 mi) east of Madagascar and about 3,943 km (2,450 mi) southwest of India. In addition to the island of Mauritius, the republic includes the islands of St. Brandon, Rodrigues and the Agalega Islands. Mauritius is part of the Mascarene Islands, with the French island of Réunion 200 km (125 mi) to the southwest.

The flag of Mauritius has red, blue, yellow and green stripes, with the red stripe representing the struggle for independence, the blue stripe representing the ocean around the island, the yellow stripe representing the sun and golden light of independence and the green stripe representing fruitful soil and vegetation.

Mauritius is the most accessible island in the Indian Ocean, boasting as much tropical paradise as Maui or Martinique and, better still, offering it at a bargain. Though nestled up alongside Africa, it's actually more influenced by its British and French ties and massive Indian workforce.

Here, visitors can enjoy a dish of curried chickpeas or a nice Yorkshire pudding on the terrace of a French café, sipping imported wine or a thick malty ale while listening to Créole music and the conversation of locals in any number of lingoes.

Mauritius is perfect for those looking for a lazy beach vacation, but also offers additional highlights in the rambling interior and the multicultural capital Port Louis. Its range of visitors' facilities runs the scale from pamper-happy beach resorts and organised excursions to locals who'll put travellers up in their homes and rent out their cars for daytrips.

Map of Mauritius