Located in the indian ocean, south-eastern Africa, about 870 km east of Madagascar, Mauritius is 65 km long and 45 km wide (total area about 1 864.8 km2). It is surrounded by over 150 miles of white sandy beaches, protected by the third largest barrier reef in the world. On the coast of the main island there are some 49 islands and uninhabited islets – some are used as nature reserves for the protection of animal and plant species. Mauritius is part of the Mascarene Islands, with the sister island of Réunion 170 km to the southwest and the island of Rodrigues 570 km to the east.
Some markers on the map of Mauritius:
– the airport of Mauritius, SSR International Airport, is located in Plaisance, the South East, near Mahebourg.
– The peninsula in the southwest is the Morne Brabant
– Ile aux Cerfs is located in the lagoon east, opposite the town of Bel Air.
– Grand Bay is located in North West, not far from Calodyne