One word to describe Mauritius: paradise. This country is the most developed of the Mascarene Islands, and just a mention of Mauritius’ name evokes images of a tropical getaway that is characterized by both vacation luxury and natural beauty.

Mauritius is well known for its beautiful beaches, cobalt-blue waters, and topnotch hotels. However, the country can offer things deeper than swimming and a tan – Mauritius also has historical places, cultural diversity, geographical wonders, and various activities for tourists of all ages.

The people of Mauritius are warm and friendly, with most of them coming from an Indo-Mauritian heritage (68% of the population). A significant percentage of the population (27%) are Creole, and the rest are of Sino-Mauritian and Franco-Mauritian descent.

Hindu is the most commonly practiced religion in the country, with 48% of the population following it. The next two most popular religions in Mauritius are Roman Catholic (23.6%) and Muslim (13.6%).

Most of the population (80.5%) speaks Mauritian Creole – a French-based language which has also borrowed from English. English is the official language of the country, and most of the locals are functionally literate in the language, but they prefer to speak in their native language at home.

Electricity in Mauritius is at 230V, so make sure not to bring along any electronic devices that only work at 110V. The plug types used in the country are the Type C Europlug and the Type G British. You may need to bring along adapters for your gadgets.