In the Indian ocean over a thousand miles from the southeastern coast of Africa, it is the gorgeous island of Mauritius. Mauritius is full of wonderful sandy beaches, coral reefs, forested mountains and beautiful national parks and gardens. Mauritius is also known as Island city. Mauritius itself is enriched by a broken ring of mountain ranges composed of extinct volcanoes, streams, waterfalls and rivers all covered in forests. Its surrounding lagoons are protected from the open sea by worlds third largest coral reef, which surrounds the island. These reefs protect beach goers from attacks by sharks and jelly fish.