Call us today on 020 7644 1755

Mauritius - Frequently Asked Questions

Table of contents

  1. When is the best time to go?
  2. Do you need a visa?
  3. How can I get there?
  4. What is the local currency and what currency should I take?
  5. What is there to see and do?
  6. What can I do while I'm there?
  7. What language is spoken?
  8. Is Mauritius safe?

When is the best time to go?

Although you can visit Mauritius all-year-round, the most popular times to travel here are between April and June or September and December. The hottest period is usually between November and April, while February and March are normally the wettest months. December to March is considered to be the best time to go scuba diving in Mauritius. The coolest period in Mauritius is between May and October, with the best conditions for surfing experienced between June and August.

Back

Do you need a visa?

British citizens can obtain a visa on arrival in Mauritius and this will usually be valid for up to three months. You may be asked to show your return ticket at the airport.

Back

How can I get there?

British Airways and Air Mauritius both run non-stop scheduled services to the island, with the flight taking around 12 hours. There are also indirect flights available with a number of other carriers.

Back

What is the local currency and what currency should I take?

The local currency is the Mauritian rupee and it is generally easy to exchange US dollars, Euros or sterling on the island. There are also numerous ATMs where you can withdraw cash, while most hotels, upmarket restaurants and an increasing number of tourist shops will accept Visa or MasterCard and, in some places, Amex.

Back

What is there to see and do?

One of Mauritius's biggest draws is its pristine coastline, with glorious white-sand beaches dotted along every side of the island. In some places you can easily reach coral reefs that are perfect for snorkelling. Some of the island's best beaches - like Belle Mare - are located on the east coast, while in the west you'll find seaside spots like Flic en Flac, which is ideal for water sports. On the north coast around the popular Grand Bay there are plenty of restaurants, bars and clubs that are ideal if you'd like to enjoy a night out on the town. Sunset Boulevard is a real haven for retail therapy, with lots of shops selling all manner of local souvenirs. In the capital Port Louis you can also do some shopping, while wandering around a few of its historical sites - like Fort Adelaide, Government House and Aapravasi Ghat - is a great way to engage with Mauritius's heritage. Head just outside the city to Domaines Les Pailles, meanwhile, and you can see how a traditional sugar estate wou

Back

What can I do while I'm there?

Although Mauritius is well known for its stunning beaches, there are plenty of activities for you to try if you don't just want to sunbathe. Water sports are particularly popular, with scuba diving, snorkelling, surfing and kite surfing among the options. On land, you can play golf on world-class courses, discover Mauritius' stunning interior by hiking, cycling or horseback riding, or go on a quad biking tour. You can also spend a day discovering the sights of the island's capital Port Louis or go shopping on the Cauden Waterfront.

Back

What language is spoken?

English is the official language in Mauritius, although French and Creole are also widely spoken.

Back

Is Mauritius safe?

Mauritius is generally a safe country to travel to, but as with anywhere else, it is important to take precautions and behave sensibly. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash with you when you are out and about and take care of your bags and valuables, particularly in the cities or busy areas. Don't walk around alone at night and stay away from empty, poorly lit streets or beaches after dark.

Back

Mauritius Holidays Browse all

Best Value

From £839 per person
merville beach - grand baie

Merville Beach - Grand Baie

Get rid of stress and become one with nature at the Merville Beach - Grand Baie hotel in Mauritius. Located next to a...

From £909 per person
recif attitude

Recif Attitude

Situated in the North West of Mauritius, Recif Attitude is an exclusive adults only hotel, overlooking a marine...

From £949 per person
le preskil beach resort

Le Preskil Beach Resort

Le Preskil Beach Resort is a wonderful combination of traditional Creole architecture, lush tropical gardens, and three...

From £949 per person
veranda palmar beach resort

Veranda Palmar Beach Resort

Mauritius is one of the world's most sought-after holiday destinations and you'll find out why as soon as you arrive in...

From £949 per person
silver beach

Silver Beach

Make Mauritius your next holiday and revel in the tropical sun while lounging on sugary white sands and drinking in the...

From £959 per person
le meridien ile maurice mauritius

Le Meridien Ile Maurice Mauritius

Situated on the northwest coast of Mauritius, Le Meridien Ile Maurice sits at the edge of an 800m white sand beach by...

Talk to a specialist

anthony

Call 020 7644 1755 to speak with our award-winning travel consultants.

Opening hours 09:00 - 21:00 GMT

Related articles for Mauritius

Mauritius News

Browse all Mauritius News

Canonnier Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa in Mauritius reopens after revamp

Luxury Mauritian hotel Canonnier Beachcomber Golf Resort and Spa has revealed a new look after an extensive renovation including completely redesigned rooms and revamped facilities. As well as new interiors, the family-friendly resort on Mauritius’ historic La Pointe aux Canonniers peninsula has expanded its spa.

Shangri-La Le Touessrok Resort and Spa, Mauritius' former chef, returns with special menu

The Shangri-La Le Touessrok Resort & Spa Mauritius has announced a special collaboration with the property’s former owner and chef Jacqueline Dalais. The resort is named after the island of Touessrok in Brittany, France, and to celebrate its heritage a new five-course menu has been launched which reinvents the traditional dishes Jacqueline Dalais used to serve to her special guests, including Princess Anne.

Mauritius introduces new "Golfing Mauritius Pass" to golf-loving holidaymakers

Mauritius introduces new "Golfing Mauritius Pass" to golf-loving holidaymakers Keen golfers planning a Mauritius holiday will now be able to benefit from the newly-launched "Golfing Mauritius Pass", a ticket enabling them to enjoy a minimum of two rounds at all of Mauritius' nine championship 18-hole courses.