FIRST TIME TRAVELLER INFORMATION
Located off the eastern coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean Islands, the peaceful island of Mauritius is a remarkably holiday destination
Notorious for its crystal-clear waters, stunning white sand beaches and a wonderful tropical climate, most visitors spend their days relaxing on beaches or in one of the many luxurious holiday resorts fringing them. There is so much to discover on this beautiful island. Visitors can look forward to a variety of activities including: swimming, snorkelling, and diving as well as spectacular sunset cruises. Tourists who venture inland will discover lush and jungle-clad mountains, sparkly blue lagoons, immaculate waterfalls, extinct volcanic craters, charming little towns and villages with friendly locals. Must-see attractions include: the bustling capital of Port Louis with its lively local markets; the remarkable 85 metre-high Chamarel Waterfall.
Herewith is a sample itinerary of what to experience and do in Mauritius!
The currency in Mauritius is the Mauritian Rupee – Majority of prices are quoted in Euros
You Can use this link to convert your local currency to the Mauritian Rupee – EXCHANGE CONVERTER
TRAVEL, TRANSPORT AND GETTING AROUND
One major highway runs north to south of the island, otherwise a good network of paved roads covers the island (these roads can tend to be narrow). There are several car hire firms include major international and independent firms. Driving is on the left-hand side of the road. Taxis are regulated and metered and linked to provinces or hotels, printed on a yellow panel on the drivers’ door. Bus and taxi services are best used in urban areas. Bicycles and motorbikes are also available for hire.
FOOD, DRINK & CUISINE ADVICE
Mauritius is a paradise for the senses, not only for the eyes with its beautiful landscape but also for the appetite.
Featuring culinary traditions from France, India, Asia and Africa, the best-known and appreciated cuisines in the world have been passed on through generations. Mauritians have a sweet tooth and make many types of rich cakes. The cakes vary and you can find cakes very much like those in France. Mauritius produces a wide range of cane rum.
CLIMATE & WEATHER
The hottest time of the year on Mauritius is December / March when you can expect temperatures of 30 degrees C (approx. 90 F) but with less humidity. There is always a breeze from the ocean however so that most people will find it pleasant. Cyclones (tropical storms) can also occur during this period. For those people who do not enjoy warm weather or want a more active holiday, we recommend going in July/August when the temperature is 24-26 C. On the coast the temperature can go down to 16-18 C during the night. As you can see the variation of temperature on Mauritius is small such that enjoyable holidays can be spent there at any time of the year. Although the weather is normally sunny it does rain. The rain showers are normally short and are a pleasant change from the sun.
CLOTHING & DRESS RECOMMENDATIONS
Pack for the beach – as simple as that!
Do not overload your suitcase with unnecessary clothes. Leave some room for any shopping that you do on your Mauritius vacation. Mauritius has a well-advanced textile industry so that instead of taking all your holiday clothes with you might consider buying them locally on the local market. The shops are full of ready to wear polo shirts, T-shirts, shorts, shirts, trousers, pullovers, dresses and beachwear at low prices.