Mauritius - Frequently Asked Questions
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- When is the best time to go?
- Do you need a visa?
- How can I get there?
- What is the local currency and what currency should I take?
- What is there to see and do?
- What can I do while I'm there?
- What language is spoken?
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
What language is spoken?
English is the official language in Mauritius, although French and Creole are also widely spoken.
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.
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