Top tip: Starboard out – port in
The land rises to form a fertile plain, which to date has seen an enormous amount of sugar cane production. Mauritius was the home of the now extinct flightless Dodo bird.
The island has a warm coastal climate (particularly January to April), with relatively little seasonal variation in temperatures, although they are generally slightly lower inland, with more rain on the plateau around Curepipe. Cyclones may occur between November and February. Sea breezes blow all year, especially on the east coast.
Facts and Figures
|Area||2040 sq km (788 sq miles).|
|Population||1,288,000 (2008 estimate)|
|Capital||Port Louis- population 14,7688 (2003)|
|Language||English is the official language. The most widely spoken languages are French, Creole (36 per cent), Hindi and Bhojpuri (32 per cent). Urdu and Chinese are also among the languages spoken.|
|Religion||51 per cent Hindu, 30 per cent Christian, 17 per cent Muslim.|
|Time||GMT + 4|
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