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Essential traveler’s guide to Mauritius

If you have decided to visit Mauritius, this article is for you!

Wherever you set foot, you will be greeted with a broad smile! The population is extremely gentle, and this remains the key asset of this destination. During your trip to Mauritius, cultural, historical and natural riches will enhance your program of activities. Throughout the year, Mauritians celebrate their religion, their culture, their traditions … A panoply of events not to be missed under any circumstances!

Leisure offered in Mauritius

Extreme Sports Mauritius

Your holidays in Mauritius are an opportunity to practice many leisure activities. You can also sunbathe on the fine sand. To relax, thalassotherapy centers (Spa) open their doors to you, not forgetting the island’s restaurants, bars and nightclubs, grouped mainly on the West Coast and in the North, which await you for lively evenings.

Horse riding Mauritius

For lovers of sports or extreme sports, Mauritius is the perfect place for golf, diving, horse riding and extreme sports such as parasailing or ziplining. Its crystal-clear waters, the variety of aquatic fauna and flora are arguments particularly appreciated by the followers of scuba diving. The splendor and diversity of the landscapes make the island a favorite place also for hikers. Most of the trails are not marked, so we recommend that you be accompanied by a guide from the region.

Touristic attractions in Mauritius

When you arrive on the island, prepare your tour so as not to miss anything from its many exceptional natural and tourist sites. Its capital, Port Louis, is home to remarkable monuments such as the Government House, the Adelaide Fort built by the English and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Aapravasi Ghat.

Citadelle Port Louis
View from Fort Adelaide

Each corner of the island offers its share of surprising discoveries. Leave the capital and head north which is home to magnificent beaches: Trou aux Biches, Mont Choisi, Pereybère … This region welcomes many tourists attracted by its leisure centers, restaurants and nightclubs. And if you would like to discover Mauritius in its colonial years, a visit to Chateau Labourdonnais remains the best for you to discover a beautiful facet of this magnificent island.

Chateau De Labourdonnais

To the south and southeast, you can admire cliffs hit by waves of surprising power. Nestled between mountain and sea landscapes, the East of Mauritius awaits you for a moment of change of scenery and calm on one of the most beaches on the island like Belle Mare. And you can also visit Ile Aux Cerfs for a Creole barbecue and a guided tour of the East Mauritian waters.

To the west you can admire Le Morne Brabant, a UNESCO World Heritage mountain and visit the longest beach on the island, Flic-en-Flac. And finally in the center of Mauritius, discover completely different landscapes made up of Trou-aux-Cerfs, an ancient volcano, the Tea Route and the highlands sheltering Lake Ganga Talao, a major Hindu pilgrimage site.

Climate in Mauritius

Mauritius is in the tropical zone of the southern hemisphere, in the heart of the Indian Ocean. The geographical position of the island allows it to enjoy a warm climate when the countries of the North go through the cold seasons. It has a tropical climate, which offers two seasons: summer and winter. The temperature curve ranges from around 15 ° C to 30 ° C, with variations depending on whether you are in a coastal or inland region, on a plateau or in the plain. Winter experiences mild temperatures and low rainfall, while summer is hot and humid, with occasional rain and the risk of cyclones.

What should you put in your suitcases?

Be aware however that you can complete your wardrobe on site, Mauritius excels in the field of textile confection both in terms of quality and price. For the beach, don’t forget your sunglasses, a hat, high protection sunscreen and plastic sandals because even in luxury hotels, the seabed is lined with corals where sea urchins sometimes nest.

Where to stay during your vacation?

You will have a wide choice regarding accommodation in Mauritius. You can choose between 5 * luxury hotel, 4 * hotel and private villa. Why not try Airbnb? It all depends on you, but you will be satisfied whatever your tastes and desires.

Electricity

The voltage is 220 V, like in Europe, and most rooms are equipped with at least a French plug. It is advisable to bring an adapter during your trip, even if most of the concierges of the hotels on the Island will be able to lend you one.

Mauritian Currency

One Euro is approximately 40 rupees, the currency of Mauritius. There are no restrictions on imports of foreign currency in any form (drafts, letters of credit, travelers checks). International credit cards are accepted in all hotels, but also in restaurants and shops on the island.

Vending machines are available in all major cities on the island, and you can also exchange money at most hotels in Mauritius.

However, you will be able to pay most of your purchases in euros …

Approximate rates:

USD 1.00 = Rs. 30.00

EUR 1.00 = Rs. 43.50

FRF 1.00 = Rs. 3.510

Additional Info

Medical care is easily accessible, via very well-equipped doctors or private clinics and pharmacies are adequately provided. The food is rich and varied, both from small street vendors and in the many restaurants and you can also get your supplies from the supermarket.

Entry formalities in Mauritius

Anyone staying in Mauritius must hold a passport valid until the date of return. Nationals of the European Union do not need a visa.

Jet lag

Mauritius benefits from a small-time difference compared to France and the United Kingdom (GMT +4). The flight time from Paris where London to Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport is 11 and 12 hours respectively, as well as approximately 4 hours from Johannesburg. Compared to France, Mauritius is 3 hours ahead in winter and 2 hours in summer. When it is noon in France, in Mauritius it is 3:00 p.m. in winter and 2:00 p.m. in summer.

Customs allowances:

Duty Free: 200 cigarettes, 2 liters of spirits

Credit cards accepted:

American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Language

The island is multilingual. The official language is English and French is widely understood. The language of communication is Creole. But on a daily basis, Mauritians use French more spontaneously, so you will have no difficulty holding a conversation with the inhabitants of Mauritius.

Opening hours of the Services

Most services are closed on Sundays, but the supermarkets and shops remain open for half a day on Sundays.

Stores:

Mon. Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat- 0900-1730

Thu – 0900-1300

Sun – 0900-1230

Government services: Mon – Fri: 0900 – 1600

Banks: Mon – Fri: 0930 – 1430 Sat: 0930 – 1130

Commerce and Industry: Mon – Fri: 0900 – 1600 Sat: 0900 – 1200

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