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A practical guide to Mauritius

National holidays and celebrations

With a population of diverse ethnicities, Mauritius has a jam-packed calendar of celebrations. If you're not sure when is the best time to go, do let us know and we can give you advice on when to go to get the best experience in Mauritius.

  • New Year: 1st January.
  • Thaipoosam Cavadee: Between January and February. A Hindu festival with fire-walking and sword climbing performances.
  • Chinese New Year: Between late January and early February.
  • Abolition of Slavery: 1st February.
  • National Day: 12th March. Independence Day for Mauritians.
  • Ougadi: Dates vary each year. A Hindu festival celebrating the New Year.
  • Labour Day: 1st May.
  • Assumption of the Blessed Virgin: 15th August. Celebrated during even years only.
  • Eid al Fitr: Between October and November. Muslim celebration marking the end of Ramadan.
  • Ganesh Chaturthi: Between August and September, or on the fourth day of the lunar month. This is a Hindu celebration.
  • Diwali: September. Hindu celebration also known as the "Festival of Lights".
  • All Saints Day: 1st November. Only celebrated during odd years.
  • Arrival of Indentured Labourers: 2nd November.
  • Christmas: 25th December.

Money

The local currency is the Mauritius rupee (R or MUR)

  • For the best exchange rates, bring British pounds to exchange on arrival.
  • ATMs give a good rate of exchange and accept most credit and debit cards.
  • Private moneychangers often give better rates than banks and offer longer opening hours.

Eating Out

Mauritian food is a fusion of Chinese, European, Indian and Creole influences, and this combination of cuisines can often be experienced in the same meal. Expect a variation on your favourite dishes; Indian curries are given a Mauritian spin with distinctive local flavours, and Chinese and Asian cuisine is served with a delectable Mauritian twist.

While most hotels feature Mauritian dishes as well as international foods, the most authentic Mauritian cuisine is often best experienced at local restaurants – which we highly recommend.

Weather

Mauritius enjoys a year round, mild tropical maritime climate, with warm temperatures that are often cooled by gentle breezes.

  • The hot, humid summer runs from December to April, with average temperatures between 25°C and 33 °C in coastal areas and around five degrees cooler on the inland plateau.
  • The warm, dry winter runs from May to November and is a popular time to visit. Temperatures rarely drop below 21°C along the coast and 15°C on the inland plateau.

Meterological information

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Average °C 242525242322201919202122
Minimum °C 202121212018161616161718
Maximum °C 272828272625232222232426
Sunshine (hours) 9978888888810
Rain (cm) 12253129161281110954

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