Mauritius, It’s a pleasure!
We love to write about Mauritius. A unique place which lead us posting some 200 articles as an attempt to match the island’s beauty. Pearl of the Indian Ocean, the Paradise Island, or the Southern Tropic sweet-spot, Mauritius’ bynames may differ from place to place but the island’s loveliness seems to charm everyone across the board.
The warm climate, postcard beaches, lush vegetation, rich cultural values, and legendary hospitality, Mauritius resounds as a plural destination, an exotic scenting experience, a tropical insignia, a place for the holiday of a lifetime just 10 hours away from Europe. Embark on a trip to Mauritius and its many natural wonders, minus the flight time!
We are in the Indian Ocean, at the height of the Tropic of Capricorn in the Southern hemisphere. In this part of the world, seasons are reversed and the sun is expected from January to December. On the side of this geographical position, the island of Mauritius benefits from a fairly warm and humid subtropical climate all year round.
The hottest months of the year in Mauritius occur between November and April. This period is characterised by a harsh sun with temperatures hitting 30°C on the coastal regions with occasional rainfalls.
Mauritian winter is quite amazing, visitors are promised sunny weather and warm lagoons. The temperature drops slightly during winter (May to October) offering beautiful balmy days.
When to visit Mauritius
Commonly speaking, it is always time to visit Mauritius. The type of climate in Mauritius is a microclimate. Which means that it could be raining on a part of the island whilst 2km further the sun could be shining in a bright blue sky. The only time to avoid is the cyclonic month of February. That said, Mauritius has not been visited by any major cyclone for more than a decade now.
If you want to enjoy water based sports like water-ski, diving or big game fishing, the months of summer are best opportune for those as this period comes with long sunny days.
For newlyweds and honeymooners, the months of winters are best suited as most beaches are deserted. Look for seasonal transitions, these usually offer the best climate in Mauritius.
Population: 1.296 million (2013)
Capital: Port Louis
Total area: 2,040 km2
Language: English, French & Creole
Currency: MUR Rupee
Time zone: GMT +4
Mean summer temperature: 24.7 °C
Mean winter temperature: 20.4 °C
Warmest months: January – February
Cyclonic period: January – March
01-JAN: NEW YEAR
02-JAN: NEW YEAR
24-JAN: THAIPOOSAM CAVADEE
02-FEB: ABOLITION OF SLAVERY
08-FEB: SPRING FESTIVAL
07-MAR: MAHA SHIVARATREE
12-MAR: NATIONAL DAY
01-MAY: LABOUR DAY
06-SEP: GANESH CHATURTHI
02-NOV: INDENTURED LABOURS
Tourist info: 152
Tourism police: 212 79 79
Airline data: 6033030
Meteorological Services: 6861031
Police: 999 or 112
Coast Guards: 2122747
Fire brigade: 115/995
National directory: 150
SAMU Ambulances: 114
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Grand Bay is considered the main seaside resort of Mauritius. It is a small village in the North of Mauritius,…
Le Morne Brabant is a historical mountain in the Indian Ocean, most precisely, in the south-west of Mauritius. It was…
The south of the island of Mauritius is full of mystic landmarks. Chamarel, being one of the main village of…
Formerly a typical fishing village of the Mauritian West Coast, Flic en Flac has now become a small town with…
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The south of Mauritius harbors unusual places and is only revealed to those who venture there to discover them. The…
On the northwest coast of Mauritius nestles Port Louis, the capital of the island of Mauritius. Sheltered by a chain…
A pearl that emerges from the bowels of the Indian Ocean … Among my travels, Mauritius is one of my…
Ideally found in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is one of the three Mascarenes islands. Often the Mauritian island is called…
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Although the island of Mauritius is world known for its picturesque sandy beaches than for its breathtaking mountain trails, it…
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If you have a valid driving license, we recommend car rental in Mauritius. Driving is to the left and good roads infrastructures link to the whole island. So take your keys, towels and sunglasses to discover the attractions at your own rhythm.
Visa: No visa required.
Passport: valid passport required.
Health: no vaccine needed
Flight Time (UK): 11 hours
Time Zone: GMT +4
Time difference: summer +3 winter +2
Coordinates: 20°17’s 57°33’E
Country code: +230
Currency: MUR Rupee (£1 ≈ Rs 50)
Credit card: largely accepted
Highest peak: 828 m (2717 ft) Piton de la Rivière Noire
Roads: all roads in Mauritius are free of use
Driving: is to the left, driver’s seat at the right of vehicle
Road Toll: SSR International Airport only
Mobile operators: Orange, Emtel & Chili
Mobile coverage: International roaming (add. Costs)
Tipping: not compulsory
Tax Tourist Refund: 15% refunded – Terms here
Electrical: Voltage 230 – outlets of Type C and G
Water: tap water is safe to drink
Bus services: island coverage