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Check out our travel themes to help choose or perhaps inspire you. There are endless opportunities to explore, activities and themes to consider and plenty of room for relaxation. With over 54 stunning countries to choose from the possibilities play like an uncontrolled imagination. Whether you are an adventure seeker rolling along a golden landscape, your eyes plying the plains for a spectacular sight of wildebeest, or you seek peace, relaxation and tranquility for a safaris, or you want to awaken your taste buds with culture rich cuisines and heritage, beautiful beaches or luxury filled experience, we are here for you. The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences that suites your preference.

 
 
 
 
 

São Tomé and Príncipe Island

The exotic and beautiful islands of São Tomé and Principe close to the equator, is part of a volcano chain featuring striking rock and coral formations, rainforests and beaches. Like no other islands in the Atlantic Ocean, Sao Tome seems to embody a kind of lush tropical paradise a bio-diverse jungle preserve, covers much of São Tomé and is distinguished by Pico Cão Grande, a skyscraper like volcanic rock. The atmosphere here is palpably luxurious and it is an intoxicating blend of sunlight, sea, air and fantastically abundant vegetation. These islands are a haven for plant enthusiasts: about 28 percent of the country is forest, of which 44 percent is primary rain forest. There are more than 130 species of plants and 28 species of birds that you won’t find anywhere else. There is also home to more than 150 types of tree ferns and at least 129 orchid species.

Ilhéu das Rôlas Island

It is one of the smaller islands of São Tomé and Príncipe. The islet is located near the north coast of the island of São Tomé, 8 km north of the city of São Tomé. Flora and fauna dominates the island. The island has fauna including birds and some other animals as the islet was once part of the nearby island in the Late Ice Age. Also marine fauna surrounds the islet, one of them founded in the islet is the sea snail, the rock snail species Muricopsis hernandezi.

Ilhéu Caroço

The islet is located southeast of the island of Príncipe. The total area is 0,4 km² .

Wholly the islet is mountainous and elevates to 305 meters and the entire terrain is completely forested, it is considered being the highest islet in São Tomé and Príncipe. During the Ice Age, its elevation was over 400 meters. The island it not inhabited by humans. Fauna dominate the island, the dominant are just birds and of the sea including fishes and crustaceans.

Ilhéu das Rolas

Ilhéu das Rolas is an islet in São Tomé and Príncipe, in Africa. The island lies on the equator, off the southern tip of São Tomé Island separated by Canal das Rolas. It is in the Caué District of São Tomé Province. The island is home to a small resort, the Pestana Equador.

São Tomé

This island and smaller nearby islets make up São Tomé Province, which is divided into six districts. It rises to 2,024 metres (6,640 feet) at Pico de São Tomé and includes the capital city, São Tomé, on the northeast coast. The nearest city on mainland Africa is the port city of Port Gentil in Gabon located 240 kilometres (150 miles) to the east.

Príncipe

Príncipe is the smaller, northern major island of the country of São Tomé and Príncipe lying off the west coast of Africa in the Gulf of Guinea.[1] It has an area of 136 square kilometres (53 sq mi) and a population of approximately 5,000. The island is a heavily eroded volcano speculated to be over three million years old, surrounded by smaller islands including Ilheu Bom Bom, Ilhéu Caroço, Tinhosa Grande and Tinhosa Pequena. Part of the Cameroon Line archipelago, Príncipe rises in the south to 948 metres at Pico de Príncipe, in a thickly forested area forming part of the Obo National Park

Ilheu Bom Bom

The islet is located north of the coast of the island of Príncipe, one of the main islands of São Tomé and Príncipe and is almost completely forested. The island includes a couple of tourist resorts in São Tomé and Príncipe.

On the island has its own lighthouse built at the end of the 20th century in 1997, its focal height is 64 meters making it second and its range extends up to 20 km (12 nmi) for the white light while the green light extends up to 17 km (9 nmi).[2]

Since 2012, it forms a part of the UNESCO's Island of Príncipe Biosphere Reserve (also known as Príncipe Biosphere Reserve as it encompass its surrounding islands)

 

Pedra da Galé

The islet was formed out of a probably separate volcanic vent. During the Ice Age, it was slightly larger.

The islet is not inhabited by humans. Fauna dominate the island, only birds are the island's fauna, other fauna are in the sea surrounding the islet including fishes and crustaceans.

Since 2012, the islet forms a part of the Island of Príncipe Biosphere Reserve which includes Ilhéu dos Mosteiros, Bom Bom and most of the shallow waters to the north down to about 100 meters below sea level.

Pedras Tinhosas

Colored Earth of Chamarel is another must see place in Mauritius. This geological rock formation called the "Seven Colored Earth" is comprised of dunes of seven different colored layers (red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple and yellow), seen best in early morning sunlight. The color bands are believed to result from the uneven rates at which the once-molten rock cooled. One can buy trinkets with test tube creations of the earth at the site.
What's even more fascinating is that if you mix the colored earth together, they'll eventually settle into separate layers. And you may also be puzzled as the colors might play tricks on you and may appear to be shadows
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Praia Café Beach

Flic en Flac, situated along the west coast of Mauritius, has become the second tourist area of Mauritius after Grand Baie. A small seaside town on the western part of the island in the district of Rivière Noire. The name most likely comes from an Old Dutch phrase, "Fried Landt Flaak", meaning free, flat land. Flic en Flac is found in the district of Black River on the western coast of the island, about 15 km south of Port Louis the Capital of Mauritius. It is found between the village of Albion from the North and Tamarin and Black River from the South. Flic en Flac is located along the west coastline, with many hotels and villas having direct beach access. The drive from Flie en Flac to Port Louis takes about 30 minutes, while the drive to the airport takes about 1 hour.

Some of the famous hotels and resorts are the Preskil Beach Resort and the Paradise Cove Hotel and Spa. There are even five star properties like the Hilton Mauritius Resort which offer highly specialized service to its clients. They offer beach side locations that are specifically arranged for Hilton clients and offer some truly exotic gastronomic delights. For the budget travelers there are properties like the La Pirouge Hotel and Casino and the Gold Beach Resort.

Praia Bateria

Grand Bay, (or Grand Baie) is a seaside village and large tourist beach in the district of Rivière du Rempart at the north of Mauritius. Grand Bay was once called De Bogt Zonder Eyndt (Bay Without End) by the Dutch in the 17th century, and when visiting the village it is easy to understand why. Today, the resort town of Grand Bay is the most popular holiday destination in Mauritius. Grand Bay owes its popularity to the enchanting quality of its emerald waters and to its liveliness by day and by night. One of the best areas for sailing, windsurfing, water skiing and also a great place to discover the breathtaking underwater marine life. It is the departure point for deep sea fishing trips and for boat excursions to the islands north of Mauritius: Gunners' Quoin, Flat Island, Gabriel Island, Round Island, and Serpent Island.

Grand bay has many hotels and restaurants that one can recommend to the interested traveler. Some of them are the Villa Narmada, Merville Beach Hotel, Hotel Les Orchidees, Veranda Grand Baie Hotel and the Les Cocotiers Hotel.

Praia Banana Beach

Pereybere Beach is located in the village of Pereybere, in the northwest part of Mauritius. This is one of the many beaches of Mauritius situated in the Rivière du Rempart district.

Situated between Grand Baie and Cap Malheureux in the north, the lively Pereybere Beach is never far from anything. There is plenty of self catering accommodations in and around Pereybere, and this has made it a popular alternative to the more upmarket resorts around Grand Baie and Pointe aux Canonniers in the northwest.

It is also important to note that it is a relatively small beach at a mere 150 metres long.

Some of the well frequented hotels are Pereybere Hotel and Apartments, Paradizo Residence, Luxury Villas Perybere and Le Beach Club Hotel.

Praia dos Tamarindos

Belle Mare Beach is in close proximity to the town of Mahebourg which happens to be one of the larger towns in Mauritius. Belle Mare Beach is located on the southeast side of the main island and is very easily accessible. Belle Mare has perhaps the best golf course on the island. There are two courses- one 18 hole, specially made for the guests of the Belle Mare Plage Hotel and another 9 hole with some respectable greens that is going to get you marching with your golfing clubs.

Some of the popular hotels are The Residence Mauritius, Beau Rivage Hotel & Villas, Veranda Palmar Beach Hotel and Constance Belle Mare Plage.

Tamarin Bay Beach

The Bay Of Tamarin is located on the southwest coast of Mauritius in Tamarin, next to the Black River, on the west coast of Mauritius. It also called the surfing and bodyboarding center of Mauritius. Genuine and authentic, this mythical place is unavoidable for surfing since the 70s; as first introduced by the Australians who were living on the west coast of the island at the time.

Swimming is not recommended especially for children and inexperienced swimmers because there of unpredictable currents and big waves that break on the shore.

Blue Bay Beach

Blue Bay Beach located near the town of Mahebourg. It is just a short distance away from the airport. One of the most striking features of the blue bay beach is its crystal clear waters with the light tinge of blue that gives it a feeling of glow and purity. Studies have identified more than 50 different types of corals and many different types of marine life in the waters of the Blue bay Beach. The beach is also a very well maintained, peaceful and safe with police patrols that are stationed in the vicinity.

There are many hotels that are located close to the Blue Bay Beach. One of the closest is the Pingouinvillas which is just a few meters away from the beach. Other hotels include, Blue lagoon beach hotel, Shandrani Resort and Spa or the Paradise Beach hotel which all are just few km. away from the beach and all offer good value for money.

Mont Choisy Beach

The Mont Choisy beach is located on the northern side of Mauritius and is just an hour and a half from the airport. Stretching from Trou aux Biches to the Club Med in Pointe aux Canonniers this is Mauritius's longest beach. The beach is characterized by its gentle arch which shows the waters curving as they hit the shores. Like all other Mauritian beaches this beach is also characterized by gentle turquoise colored waters, powdery white shores and a rich marine life that is full of corals and diverse marine life.

 

The entrance to Mont Choisy Beach is guarded by a monument which commemorates the very first manned flight between Mauritius and Reunion Island. It was between a Frenchman named Sutel and a Mauritian named Jean Hily. The record books fail to show who won, however Hily lost his life while attempting the second round during October 4, 1934.

 

There are few hotels in its vicinity. Some of the famous are Villas Mont Choisy, Casa del Sol, Residence Capri, Trou aux Biches Resort & Spa and Seapoint Beach Bungalows. All these offers excellent accommodation and high quality service with the best of amenities.

Ile Aux Cerfs Beach

Île aux Cerfs Island otherwise known in English as the Deer Island lies in the east coast of Mauritius. Earlier the islands were popular for their deer population. Although the deer population has been extinct, however the island has a lot to offer in terms of flora and fauna. This island paradise is one of the most beautiful creations of Nature. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations with plenty of facilities and activities such as swimming, boating snorkeling, water skiing and a lot more. The waters are clear blue that provide striking visual of the exotic marine life. The beaches are also full of rocks and coral which make it a very exciting underwater trip meant to thrill every adventurer and nature lover.

The island also has some excellent hotels that offer great services. In fact there is even a five star property with its own golf course, Anahita Golf & Spa Resort. Other hotels include, Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa, Mauritius, Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita, Bubble Lodge and more.

Trou Aux Biches Beach

Trou aux Biches beach is located in the northwestern end of Mauritius. It's pretty popular among the travelers for its proximity to other tourist's spots. This is a very calm and still beach with only few corals. That makes it ideal for you to bring your little ones where they can build many sand castles and revel in their creations.

 

The beach of Trou aux Biches has a gentle slope, and that makes it safe for children and non-swimmers alike. The coral reef at Trou aux Biches being only 250 m from the beach, can also be described as one of the best snorkeling spots in Mauritius. The depths of the water can be easily reached and it offers a wide diversity of species. The beach is also very close to the Mauritius Aquarium that plays host to thousandths of local marine life. The fish feeding takes place at 11 and is a popular attraction. Also near Trou-aux-Biches Beach is a Hindu temple. You can enter the premises and see the culture of worship which turns out to be a very interesting experience.

The resort is also central point for deep-sea fishing. The fleet of ships can be seen at the end of the beach in the direction of the Grand Bay. Trou aux Biches Beach is well suited for long walks, a leisurely swim, a romantic dinner with your loved one and some much needed time of from our busy lifestyles.

 

There are a variety of options for accommodation. Hotels like Residence Capri- Trou aux Biches Beach Hotel, Le Palmiste Resort & Spa- Trou aux Biches Beach Hotel, Felicita Bungalow- Trou aux Biches Beach Hotel and Casa del Sol- Trou aux Biches Beach Hotel offer excellent choices and wide range of preferences for their guests.

Cap Malheureux Beach

Cap Malheureux is a small fishing village in Mauritius and it plays host to one of the most beautiful beaches you will able to lay your eyes on. Located at the northernmost tip of the country and it is just north of the Grand bay and about two miles from Pereybere. The beach is beautiful with clear waters and a dense network of trees in the backdrop is a perfect place where you can catch the shade and revel in the beauty of nature.

 

Cap Malheureux has landmarks which are important to the history of Mauritius. Cap Malheureux offers magnificent views of some small islands off the coast, such as Ile Plate. It is famous for its lighthouse around the mid 1800's and is still in use. You then have the Coin de Mire which basically is an enormous rock. This place specially has a lot significant importance because it was the launching point of the English where they seized control from the French and that occupation lasted till 1968.

Cap Malheureux is home to several cozy villas many of which can be rented. A good choice would be the Kuxville which is small family run three star property. There also other options like Cape Point Luxury, Villa Le Phare , Villa Pomme d'Amour, Capucine and few others.

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OVER THE MOON HONEYMOON & WEDDING

Mauritius is ranked among the best honeymoon destinations in the world, part of the reason why it is called the heaven island in the world.

Lilot, a Luxury Villa

Lilot is a Luxury Villa, on a Private Island, hidden in Paradise in the North East Coast of Mauritius Island. Shy away from the main land, nestled in the middle of a vast turquoise lagoon with a 360 view of the ocean. L’Ilot is surrounded by a private beach with volcanic rocks protecting your very own luxury villa in Mauritius. It's really quite unique among the mega-hotels for which this winter-sun hotspot is so well known. L’Ilot is your perfect island getaway destination and a true Mauritius holiday experience. The luxury of renting your own luxury villa in Mauritius on a private island is quite magical - more like a dream come true.

From Golf to Snorkelling, countless dips in the sea, reading, lunch on the veranda and afternoon siestas, are few activities and places to visit are within 30 minutes drive from the Villa. Roches Noires is located on the North East coast of Mauritius and offer easy access to the extensive range of facilities and activities to be found in the North and East of the island. It is 25km from the capital city of Port Louis , known for its animation and markets, and the world-renowned Pamplemousses Garden is less than a half-hour drive from l'Ilot. Roches Noires is also 15km from Grand Bay, the "Northern Riveira" know for its luxury shops, restaurants, night clubs, and access to sailing facility to the northern islands of Mauritius (Coin de mire, Ile Plate). And it is a few kilometers from the famous golf courses of the Eastern Coast, the Links, Legend, Ile aux Cerfs, and Anahita.

 

Thus, staying at L'ilot puts you in a very favorable situation, close to facilities and activities, but in a quiet and wild environment!

Oberoi Hotel

Oberoi Hotel, a leading hotel for honeymooners, one can get exciting experience of unending memories  and it is truly spectacular. Oberoi Hotels & Resorts is synonymous the world over with providing the right blend of service, luxury and quiet efficiency. Internationally acclaimed for all-round excellence and unparalleled level of reputation for redefining the paradigm of luxury and excellence in service among leisure hotels around the world. These hotels combine state of the art facilities with dependable service in a caring environment, presenting the ideal choice for luxury, honeymoon, business and leisure travelers. menu of experiences a close look. With personalized options, you could well have an Oberoi Experience that stays with you long after your holiday ends.

LUX Resorts

The LUX Resorts really delights honeymooners. The resort is situated in Grand Gaube, Belle Mare and Le Morne. This resort offers a unique and inspired lifestyle holiday experience, where couples can celebrate island life and get pleasure from living. The LUX Resort is a stunning place where couples can enjoy every moment. LUX Resorts are simpler and fresher, lightening and brightening and heightening the resort complex.

 

LUX Grand Gaube is shamelessly abundant in every tropical-paradise cliché, from palm-tree-strung hammocks to feet-in-the-sand dining under the stars. Add to that chirping tree frogs and singing birds. Treat yourself to a relaxing time in our LUX* Me spa or one of our pools with crystal clear water. At LUX* Grand Gaube, enjoy all the fun of authentic island life for a memorable stay.

LUX* Le Morne, offers flower-filled gardens, high-drama sunsets – that’s just the start of a stay in one of its lagoon-facing rooms & suites at the end of this leafy Unesco-protected peninsula. Its acclaimed spa, enjoys a grandstand view of that rugged and inspiring Le Morne Brabant peak. Admiring the natural spectacle of the Seven Coloured Earths, swimming with dolphins and kitesurfing at one of the world's best spots for this sport, right at your doorstep! You will experience an ultimate luxury resort service, whether in couple or family, with a dedicated staff to make your hotel beach holidays a memorable one.

LUX* Belle Mare, reopened after a renovation, not only wearing an all-new look, but also flaunting three showstopping restaurants, conceived by a foodie dream team. Michelin-starred Vineet Bhatia, global food and beverage guru Patrick John and innovative corporate chef Walter Lanfranchi have combined culinary forces to ensure this  luxury hotel in Mauritius is the place to dine in style.

Long Beach Golf & Spa Resort

Member of the Sun Resort family, the 5 star Long Beach resort faces an extensive seafront along the famous Belle Mare beach on the natural eastern coast. With its bold island chic and vibrant offer, the resort calls out to high-spirited families and couples with a passion for the now, seeking energetic times or relaxation.

Harmoniously arranged in three semi-circles, this resort consists of sophisticated and spacious rooms with contemporary architectures, including an average of 109m² of beach space.

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One&Only Le Saint Géran

The Iconic Resort of Mauritius nestled on a pristine private peninsula, is the ultimate tropical playground for romantics and adventurers alike. Bejewelled with swaying palms, carpeted in white sand, and world class spa and fitness center. Spa treatments are designed by world-renowned spa experts ESPA, each unique treatment combines the wisdom from traditional holistic therapies with the scientific power of the purest natural ingredients. Each results-focused experience is tailored to your specific needs helping you to have naturally beautiful skin and a renewed sense of inner calm.

A dedicated fitness team and an exceptional training environment make the fitness and well-being experience at One&Only Le Saint Géran anything and everything you want it to be.

There are endless activities From beach-inspired interiors to state-of-the-art sports facilities and rustic feet-in-sand dining, the diversity of flavors, activities, and spaces to explore have transformed her into a thrilling yet mindful retreat couples and families will adore.

WEDDING & HONEYMOON

Stylishly elegant tropical celebrations Hosted to exacting standards. Under majestic coconut palms, along a pristine ocean-lined shore, weddings at One&Only Le Saint Géran have to be seen to be believed. A sumptuous sanctuary with its own private lap pool, the One&Only Spa offers a range of rejuvenating treatments for couples to enjoy in the warm ocean air. And nights are filled with delectable dining experiences, fine wines, superb service, and thoughtful romantic touches.

CORPORATE MEETINGS & INCENTIVES

Amidst the invigorating energy of a tropical island paradise, meetings and incentives elicit unrivalled rewards.

Sun Resorts

Each exclusive luxury hotels in Mauritius (Le Touessrok, Long Beach, Sugar Beach, La Pirogue) have been forged with a unique purpose, making no two Sun Resorts identical. Whether you are looking for old world elegance, something a little ‘boho-chic’, modern sophistication, an adults-only retreat or a secluded island paradise—you can trust that Sun Resort have the perfect option for you.

La Pirogue is situated along the breathtaking sunset coast and bordered by scintillating turquoise waters, La Pirogue offers guests an incredible four-star experience in paradise. Imbued with authentic and unrivalled Mauritian charm, La Pirogue resembles a traditional fishing village, each bungalow’s thatched roof reminiscent of the unfurled sail of a local fishing boat, from which the resort derives its name. Set amongst a coconut grove and surrounded by lush gardens, this boho-chic hotel boasts a relaxed atmosphere that is still vibrant—perfect for both families and couples alike.

Sugar Beach: Imposing and impressive, the elegant five-star Sugar Beach unfurls along the sun-drenched, sheltered bay of Flic-en-Flac, bordered by crystalline waters, manicured gardens and one of the most picturesque beaches on the island. This plantation-style resort masterfully balances old-world opulence with modern comforts and offers panoramic views of the sunset over the ocean. A testament to the aesthetics of colonial estates in a bygone era, Sugar Beach Mauritius today provides a luxurious sanctuary for families and couples seeking the ultimate holiday in paradise.

Ambre Mauritius offers gorgeous four-star, all-inclusive accommodation for guests from the age of 16 at our adults-only resort. The uninterrupted views of the tropical Indian Ocean from our resort provide our guests with prime seating to one of nature’s most spectacular moments every day; sunrise—encouraging guests to live on the light side of life from the break of day. Designed with the intention to ensure this light filters into everything we are and do, from our beautiful open architecture to our unparalleled service, we set the stage for tranquil, carefree holidays in the sun.

Long Beach: Fringing the famed beach at Belle Mare along the untamed East Coast of Mauritius, lies the island chic Long Beach Mauritius. This magnificent five-star resort, encompassed by dense tropical gardens, is uniquely modern and provides the ultimate escape for discerning guests seeking a blissful haven with equal measures of relaxation and activity. Long Beach Mauritius offers unprecedented service and contemporary luxury for active couples and families along an immaculate beach that melts into cyan waters, where the energy is so pure and vibrant that you can feel it.

Royal Palm Hotel

Selecting Royal Palm Hotel for your honeymoon in Mauritius equals choosing perfection. With a structure that upholds privacy as its by-word, the hotel guarantees an all-round level of intimacy while offering different facilities. The resort is also renowned for the quality of its service. Attentive and discrete, the staff will make sure that everything is in tune with your desires. Finally, nestled between a white powder-like sand beach and a turquoise blue lagoon, the site of the Royal Palm is in itself the promise of a romantic trip in the tropics.

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RESTAURANTS

A world of distinctive culinary diversity bursting with exotic flavours and aromas.

La Bonne Marmite

La Bonne Marmite is a pioneer in the heritage of multicultural cuisine. An explosion of flavours awaits you in all food and drink outlets. Whatever your choice, your dining experience at La Bonne Marmite, in the heart of the old Port Louis, in Mauritius, will be unforgettable.

Black Steer

It's a 'chain restaurant' of sorts that I think originated in South Africa.

La Table du Chateau

La Table du Chateau is a contemporary fine dining restaurant in the heart of the area. Proposing a gastronomic menu with a creative touch, inspired by combinations of fruits and vegetables. Definitely a Mauritian Food to discover.

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Best Time to Visit

Mauritius enjoys a relatively mild climate. Although temperatures are rather moderate throughout the year with occasional rainfall, the most pleasant times to visit the island are between the months of April and June and between September and December. As Mauritius is located in the southern hemisphere, the summer and winter months are opposite to seasons in Europe.

 

Season’s summer: November to April

The weather is hot and humid during these months, with peaks in temperatures occurring in the months of December, January and February. Rainfall is abundant, especially on the central plateau. The highest rainfall normally occurs in the months of February and March. Daylight hours typically run from 5.30am to 7.00pm.

This is the best time for scuba diving – especially December through to March – and for deep-sea fishing. The cyclonic season extends right the way through from November to April. Most of the time, the cyclones manage to avoid Mauritius because of the small size of the island. However, if they come close enough, the bad weather may affect vegetation and certain wooden buildings. Please rest assured that beach resorts have been constructed in such a way as to be able to resist strong cyclonic winds.

 

Winter: May to October

The temperature is cooler during this season, and prevailing winds tend to blow over the island from the east and south-east. The lowest temperatures are felt in August (20°C on the coast). Daylight hours typically run from 6.45am to 5.45pm. This is the best season for surfing (June to August).

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Mauritius Travel FAQs

Here are a list of frequently asked questions to help you travel.

What is the Visa requirement to travel to Mauritius?

No visa required.

Can I get internet access in Mauritius?

Yes, however internet is slow. There are numerous internet cafés across the island and most hotels and many cafés and restaurants offer free WIFI to their customers.

If you are staying for a longer period of time, both Emtel and Orange provide prepay plug-and-play USB 3G solutions for convenient island wide internet access, including the island of Rodrigues.

 

Do I need travel insurance before traveling to Mauritius?

Absolutely. All passengers traveling with Trailblazer Travelz are highly recommended to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

 

Is it sae to drink Mauritian water?

It is highly recommended you don't drink the local water unless you boil it first. Tea is grown on the island and is plentiful in the shops. The local people rarely drink ground coffee although an excellent version called coffee chamarel is grown on the island. They mostly prefer instant coffee.

 

Are credit cards accepted in Mauritius?

VISA and Mastercard are very widely accepted in small businesses and restaurants. American Express is a little less accepted. Although chip cards are not fully recognized especially if you are from the USA as they don’t have pin codes. Except for street side eateries and a few small Chinese shops who only accept cash so you need a some cash, also for taxi, bus and light snacks.

Which International languages are widely spoken in Mauritius?

The official language of Mauritius is English. A large number of people can therefore understand and speak it. The main language of the island however is Creole which is based on French. In addition the different ethnic groups speak such languages as Chinese and Hindi.

 

What is the currency of Mauritius and tips for foreign exchange?

Mauritius currency is "rupee," and the Mauritius currency symbol is MUR. Mauritians prefer payment in local currency. Some establishments accept foreign money but then you’ll lose on the exchange rate and also your change will be given to you in rupees.

 

It is also highly recommended that change your money into rupees upon arrival at Mauritius airport. The money exchange counters are alwaysopen even if you arrive in the middle of the night. Keep in mind you should be offered a better rate for large amounts. There are also foreign exchange offices and ATM machines throughout the island and offer better rates than at banks or hotels.

 

Can I use my Mobile/Cell phone while in Mauritius

Mauritius now has a mobile telephone network which conforms to the international GSM standard. Mobile phone coverage is good in Mauritius large cities and towns, but less so in rural areas. The major local telephone companies are . Ensure you have global roaming activated before leaving home if you plan to use your mobile phone. However, find out from your phone carrier regarding roaming charges.

If your house does not have a telephone then we recommend that you purchase a Mauritius Telecom telephone card at a supermarket. There are now many public telephones able to take these cards all over the island. In an emergency you can also enter the hotels and call from there.

Are ATMs in Mauritius and can I use them?

The ATM machines are generally easy to find and safe to use. The fees are reasonable and the exchange rate is generally acceptable.

Tipping

If you stay in private holidays houses or bungalows, the maid can cook for you etc, although tipping isn't mandatory it will be much appreciated given the low wages that service workers are typically paid. It's your call.

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RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL

Holiday Clothing:
Men can usually spend most of the time in short trousers unless you want to enter a hotel for the evening, in this case long trousers are required. Additionally the maid in the house washes and returns clothes by the next day so that you do not need to take much with you. Do not overload your suitcase with unnecessary clothes. Leave some room for any shopping that you do on Mauritius.

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.

Disposable nappies for babies cost about 2 times the price on Mauritius as they do in Europe. We recommend either taking enough with you or taking nappies which the maid can wash.

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