Some 1500 miles off the East coast of Africa lies the stunningly beautiful island of Mauritius. Formed over 8 million years ago as a result of volcanic activity, this small island boasts long stretches of dazzling white sandy beaches, tranquil lagoons, a magnificent mountainous interior and a coral reef spanning the entirety of its coastline. The island forms part of the Mascarene Archipelago; all that now remains of the ancient land mass that once united the great continents of Asia and Africa. Situated just south of the equator, Mauritius is an all year round destination with a tropical summer (November to April - Average coastal temperature of 29 degrees C) and a subtropical winter (May to October -average coastal temperature 24 degrees C). The driest months are between May and November. The island is a twelve hour direct flight from Britain, and is four hours ahead of GMT.