Filming 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.
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.
Mauritius has a tropical climate. Summer runs from November to May with temperatures that reach 33C on the coast and 28C in the plateau regions. The winter starts from May and runs to the end of October. Winters are slightly cooler, at 24C on the coast and 19C on the plateau regions, but they are more humid. July is the coolest month and February is the warmest. Heavy rainfall occurs between January and March and Mauritius is susceptible to tropical cyclones.