Filming in Filming on location in Mauritius
Mauritius is an island nation in the Indian Ocean situated 1,200 miles south-east of the African mainland. Independent from Britain since the late 1960s, the country offers idyllic white-sand beaches and modern cityscapes within close proximity, all of which appeal to producers looking for more exotic filming locations.
The country has a population a little less than 1.5 million and a small but skilled community of production professionals. Helicopters are available to film the Indian Ocean sights from the air, although camera mounts need to be imported. Mauritius offers casting options too, with 68% of the population Indo-Mauritian and 27% Creole. The country also has small Sino-Mauritian and Franco-Mauritian communities.
Visiting productions can get support from the Mauritius Film Development Corporation as well as several local servicing companies, while a 30% rebate is also available for features, documentaries and TV dramas.
Popular Mauritian filming locations include the Casela Nature Park and the Ganga Talao crater lake, while eye-catching urban locations include Government House that dates back to 1740 and the 19th Century Jummah Mosque in Port Louis.