Located in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is an island nation comprised of smaller islands and archipelagos. Mauritius is southeast of Africa and southwest of Asia. There are seven main islands and archipelagos in Mauritius. In no particular order, they are Chagos Archipelago, Mauritius, Tromelin, Agaléga, Saint Brandon, and Rodrigues.
GPS Location and Most Extreme Points of Mauritius
The GPS coordinates of Mauritius are 20.3484° S and 57.5522° E. These latitude and longitude values place Mauritius in the southern and eastern hemispheres, meaning that Mauritius is situated below the equator. Though Mauritius lies in the waters between the continents of Africa and Asia, it is considered part of Africa.
The northernmost point of Mauritius is located on the northern island of Agalega, in the town of Tappe à Terre. The most extreme point to the south is found on Mauritius’ main island, in the city of Le Gris Gris in the Savanne District. To the east, Mauritius extends as far as Rodrigues Island, in the city of Trou d’Argent. The westernmost point is on the same island as the northernmost point, though in a different city. Mauritius’ most extreme point in the west is called North West Point on the northern island of Agalega.
Elevation Levels: Tallest, Average, and Shortest
The mean elevation of Mauritius is 0 feet, so at sea level. The lowest point is equal to the average level of elevation, located along the coastlines where Mauritius meets the Atlantic Ocean. At its highest peak, Mauritius reaches an altitude of 2,716.54 feet above sea level. This point is located at the very top of a mountain by the name of Piton de la Petite Rivière Noire. This peak is part of the Black River Mountain Range.
Total Area of Mauritius: Population and Density
The total area of all the islands considered to be part of Mauritius is approximately 790 square miles. The population of Mauritius is estimated to be 1,269,686 people. Taking total area and population into consideration, the population density of Mauritius is approximately 1,608 people per square mile. With a population density of this magnitude, Mauritius ranks as the 21st most densely populated countries in the world.