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Mauritius

The original beach paradise where water activities and land adventures are just as important as R&R.

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Mauritius

Dreaming of powder-white sand, swirling sapphire waters and a cocktail glass of something exotic? Then look no further than Mauritius, the Indian Ocean’s palm-fringed superpower and original beach paradise. As well as sun-lounging and cocktail-sipping, there are plenty of adventures to be had and lush tropical rainforests, spectacular steep-rising mountains and epic waterfalls crying out to be explored. If the ocean is more your thing, diving and snorkelling in pristine underwater gardens alongside a kaleidoscope of tropical fish is next-level fabulous, not forgetting the waterskiing, parasailing, kayaking, windsurfing… Whatever happens, we guarantee that you will never be bored on a Mauritius holiday.


Why you'll love it

If you’re looking for a beach holiday that’s super easy to organise, in a destination that’s picture-perfectly beautiful, with equal parts adventure and relaxation (and some very pampering hotels), Mauritius is the place for you.


Off the beaten track

Step away from the sun lounger (we know it’s hard!) and climb Mount Le Morne on the rugged south of the island. The climb isn’t for the faint-hearted, but the views from the top are once-in-a-lifetime special.


Something to think about

Mauritius is the original (and, some say, still the best) Indian Ocean destination, and so it’s hugely popular. If you can, avoid travelling in the true peak season (November/December) – after all, no one likes to share their square of sand with 100 other sun lovers.

When to go

January

Season: Wet

February

Season: Wet

March

Season: Wet

April

Season: Wet

May

Season: Dry

June

Season: Dry

July

Season: Dry

August

Season: Dry

September

Season: Dry

October

Season: Dry

November

Season: Dry

December

Season: Wet

Need to know

Getting there

The primary airport of Mauritius is the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport (MRU), a hub for most airlines arriving from the US, Europe and Africa.

International flights
We would recommend booking your flights online in order to get the best rates. If you need any help or advice please let us know.

Domestic flights and transfers
Connecting between all the locations on your trip may necessitate a variety of modes: light aircraft charters, domestic commercial flights and road transfers. Please review the inclusions and exclusions on your specific trip page for details. If you need help understanding the best flights to book, please let us know.

From the moment that you land in Mauritius you will be greeted and assisted to your onward connections. You will be looked after from that point on until you are transferred back to the airport in time for your departure flight.

Health

Please consult your personal physician and/or a travel clinic preferably 6 weeks prior to your departure. Vaccine requirements vary based on your country of origin and your travel itinerary and your previous vaccination history. It is best to consult with your physician or the CDC website for guidelines.

Important vaccinations to consider and which may either be required or recommended are: Yellow Fever, Typhoid, Hepatitis A & B and Cholera, among others. Please always carry your "International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP)" (or "Yellow Card") with you.

Yellow Fever
There is no risk of Yellow Fever in Mauritius; however, vaccination is required for travellers who are arriving from, or have transited through, countries with risk of Yellow Fever transmission (e.g. Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda or elsewhere worldwide). This requirement can change unexpectedly, therefore, we recommend carrying a Yellow Fever card with you at all times.

Insurance
It is a condition of booking that you carry the correct comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover yourself, as well as any dependents/travelling companions for the duration of your trip. This insurance should include cover in respect of, but not limited to, the following eventualities:

Compulsory Insurance:
a. Emergency evacuation expenses
b. Medical expenses
c. Repatriation expenses

Recommended Insurance:
a. Cancellation or curtailment of trip
b. Damage/theft/loss of personal luggage, money and goods

Communication
Mauritius country code: +230

Calling overseas from Mauritius:
From a landline dial 00 followed by the country code plus area code and number.
e.g. USA: 00 1 910 795 1048

When calling from a cell phone dial + prefix followed by the country code plus area code and number. e.g. USA: + 1 910 795 1048

Visas

As a general precaution, we recommend you make several copies of your travel-related documents (passport, traveller’s cheques, credit cards, itinerary, airline tickets, insurance cover, visas, etc). Leave one set at home, and bring another set with you, and place it in a location separate from your originals.

Most nationalities will not require a visa to enter Mauritius. However, please do contact the embassy or consultant in your home country to confirm visa requirements, as they can change often. Visa Central is also a good resource.

Money
The currency in Mauritius is the Mauritian Rupee (MUR). You can convert money to Rupees at a bank or Forex Bureau, or withdraw from an ATM, all found in the larger airports and town. Please check with your bank for charges and advice when using international ATMs. It is advisable to have some cash for smaller shops and for tipping.
IMPORTANT: When bringing foreign currency (e.g. USD, GBP, EUR) into the country, be sure to bring new format with no damage or marks.

What to pack

Climate
The island has a classic tropical climate with warm weather year-round. Summer is from November to May, during this period the temperature varies between 22°C and 35°C. Winter is from May to November with a temperature variance between 17°C and 26°C. The sea temperature varies between 22°C and 26°C. During summer, from November to April, the days are very hot and humid and although the temperatures drop in winter, the days are still balmy and warm.

Dress Code
Conservative/casual clothing is acceptable in the bigger towns and cities in Mauritius and dependent on the climate. Comfortable beach wear is fine on the coast, just be sure to take sun cream because the sun gets very strong in the summer months. Generally speaking, light layers of clothing are the best items to bring with you, as well as a warmer jacket or fleece for the cooler evenings. A hat is also a must have!

What to Pack
• Layers - long and short sleeve shirts and trousers
• A warm fleece or jumper
• A lightweight waterproof jacket
• Comfortable but sturdy shoes
• Flip-flops
• Swimming costume
• A hat or baseball cap
• Sunglasses
• Sunscreen – a must!
• Toiletries – most camps will provide shampoo, shower gel and soap
• A small torch
• Spare batteries, plug adaptors and charging equipment
• A good pair of Binoculars
• Books or a fully loaded Kindle / iPad for siesta time

Most camps and lodges will have a small medical and first aid kit, but we recommend bringing your own supply of essentials - cough medicine, plasters, vitamins, aspirin and paracetamol, and anything else you use on a regular basis.

Luggage
Please check with your airlines for the specific luggage restrictions relevant to your flight schedule. Many international airlines have a baggage allowance of 20kgs or more per person and commercial airlines generally permit two (2) pieces of checked luggage per person. The carry-on bag must be of such dimensions and weight as set by the airlines.

Electricity
In Mauritius, the power sockets are of type C and G. The standard voltage is 230 volts and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. You can use your electric appliances in Mauritius, if the standard voltage in your country is in between 220 - 240 V (as is in the UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa). If the standard voltage in your country is in the range of 100 V - 127 V (as is in the US, Canada and most South American countries), you will need to bring an adapter/convertor combination.

Gratuities
Gratuities are not compulsory or expected; rather it is a reward for excellent service. If you are pleased with the service you receive, you are more than welcome to tip your guide or the staff. Tipping is usually done at the end of your stay. You may tip the staff individually, give the tip to the manager to distribute or do both. Tips can be made in Mauritian Rupees (MUR), USD, GBP or EUR.

Gratuities suggestions:
Guides: $15 per person per day
Transfer drivers: $5 per person per day
Porters (if guide not present): $1 per bag
General Hotel staff: $10 per person per day
Waitstaff: 10%-15% (large group may incur automatic service charge, please check)

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