Mauritius Facts and Figures
Find here some facts and figures about Mauritius Island.
• Mauritius is located in the Indian Ocean and is considered as the accessible island in the Indian Ocean.
• Mauritius is reachable by direct from a large number of capital cities which make it very easy to visit the island.
• The highest point in Mauritius is the Mont Piton de la Petite Rivière Noire with a height of eight hundred and twenty eight metres.
• The longest river of Mauritius is Grand River South East and measures thirty four meters long.
• The wettest area of Mauritius is Curepipe where it rains quite a lot during the whole year, almost three metres yearly.
• The west coast is considered as hottest part of Mauritius where the temperature can reach thirty to thirty four degrees Celsius in summer.
• The windy part of Mauritius is east coat.
• The Tamarind Falls is the highest waterfall in Mauritius.
• The hottest months in Mauritius are from December to February.
• The coolest months are from June to August.
• October is the driest month in Mauritius.
• The first Europeans to visit Mauritius were the Portuguese.
• Mauritius was named after the Prince of Netherlands, Maurice de Nassau, after the Dutch claimed the island in 1598.
• The dodo is unique to Mauritius and no longer exist. The dodo is a big flightless bird. The dodo has been eaten by the Dutch sailors as it was an easy bird to catch and the rest were killed by the pigs and rats introduced by the sailors on the island.
• Mauritius got independence on the 12 March 1968 and became a Republic in 1992.
• The University of Mauritius has been constructed in 1972.
• The languages spoken in Mauritius are English, French and Creole.
• Some of strong cyclones are Carol in 1960, Jenny 1962, Gervaise 1975, Claudette 1979 and Hollanda 1994. The most violent and strong cyclone is Carol with big devastation on Mauritius Island.