Mauritius, an Indian Ocean island nation, is known for its beaches, lagoons and reefs. The mountainous interior includes Black River Gorges National Park, with rainforests, waterfalls, hiking trails and wildlife like the flying fox. Capital Port Louis has sites such as the Champs de Mars horse track, Eureka plantation house and 18th-century Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens.
A hypnotic blend of Indian, African and European influences, Mauritius might be synonymous with luxury beach breaks, but this destination will dazzle even the most discerning traveller, with its superb hiking, excellent mountain climbing and world-class diving.
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Mauritius is blessed with warm tropical weather year round. The best times to visit are between May and early December. January to March is the peak cyclone period and best avoided at this time of year.
Mainland Mauritius only has one airport. There is a domestic airport on the island of Rodrigues. Flights between the two islands operate daily.
Two ferries operate services between Mauritius and Rodrigues. The trip takes 36 hours and they sail four times a month. Book ahead as the service is very popular.
The easiest way to get around the island is by car. Drivers must be over 23-years-old. The bus service is great for those on a budget, which is cheap, frequent and comprehensive. Cycling is OK for short distances, but the island is too big to cover by bike and there is a lot of traffic.
Mauritius has a wide range of accommodation options. Camping is possible, but there are no campsites. Guesthouses, holiday homes and one- to five-star hotels make up the rest of the accommodation options.
Rice, noodles, fish and seafood infused with a mix of Indian spices are the staples in Mauritius. The cuisine has strong Indian, Chinese, French and African influences, which make for a rich, diverse and utterly delectable dishes. Spicy seafood carri (curry) served with mines (noodles) is a popular dish. The national drink is rum and the national beer is Phoenix.
Mauritius is very safe with no specific dangers. Petty theft is not a major problem but don’t leaving valuables unattended on beaches. Health care on the island is generally excellent.
Take sun cream and insect repellent, as mosquitoes can be a problem. Tap water is safe to drink.
Planning Your Vacation
If you want to travel to Mauritius, you have to choose between different options when booking. Either you book your flight and your accommodation separately or you book a package vacation.
Both options have their advantages and disadvantages. When you choose a package vacation, you don’t have to worry about a thing and can benefit from cheap package deals.
But if you book separately, you also have the option of trying out different hotels in Mauritius and you can also choose from a wider range of places to stay.
We’ve put together all the information and tips to help you find the option that works best for you.