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All our practical travel tips for your vacation in Mauritius

Here is a small practical guide on what you need to know before setting off on your trip to Mauritius.

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Some frequently asked questions:

Where is Mauritius located?

Mauritius is located in the Indian Ocean and belongs like Reunion Island to the Mascarene archipelago. It is located 2000 km off the coast of Africa and is part of the same continent. Its surface area is 1864 square kilometers. 

How to get to Mauritius? 

The best way to get to Mauritius is by plane. With the Sir Seewoogasur International Airport, Mauritius welcomes long-haul flights from all over the world. During the warm season (November to February), prices are generally high. They become more affordable from May to October until the Mauritian winter, to stabilize around 700 euros. From Paris, it takes about 11 hours to fly to Mauritius.

What languages are spoken in Mauritius?

English is considered the official language of the country and is widely used in business and government. But French is the most understood and spoken language after Mauritian Creole. It is the language used in all local media.

 

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The climate

Mauritius has a tropical climate that offers exceptional weather all year round. 

There are two seasons in Mauritius

The Mauritian summer is qualified as the hot season. From November to April, temperatures are high (easily exceeding 30 degrees) and humidity is more present. From time to time, some rains will come to refresh you.  Although rare, cyclones can also occur at this time. 

If you are looking for a little more coolness, the Mauritian winter takes place between May and October. Temperatures are more bearable, ranging from 15 to 27 degrees, and therefore more suitable for outdoor activities such as hiking or mountain biking. For water sports, especially surfing, prefer June to August to take advantage of the trade winds. 

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Travel tips

Getting around Mauritius

Car rentals are widespread in Mauritius and, you can rent a vehicle with your French license. If you plan to stay longer than four weeks, you need to apply for an international license from the French authorities. Moreover, Mauritians drive on the left side of the road like the British. It is a habit to get used to. As for cabs and buses, they operate throughout the island. 

Passports/Visas

As in any destination outside of Europe, you must have a valid passport for the duration of your stay to travel to Mauritius. For European citizens, a visa is not required.

Health 

Before leaving for Mauritius, check your vaccinations. It is essential to be vaccinated against hepatitis A fifteen days before your departure. Children can get a dose as early as one year old. Depending on the length of your stay, it is also strongly recommended to be vaccinated against hepatitis B and Typhoid. 

Currency 

The Mauritian currency is the Rupee (Rs). Despite changing exchange rates, one euro is equivalent to about 50 Mauritian rupees. You can check the exact rates here. 

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Some events not to be missed

ChinaTown Food and Culture Festival - Early May : This event proposes to discover Chinese culture and its traditions with traditional dishes, shows, and exhibitions in Port-Louis.

Tropicadingue - Early June : It is an obstacle course of about 10 km in the middle of nature where everyone can compete solo or in teams. 

Rodrigues Kitesurf Festival - End of June : This festival is made for all kitesurfing lovers.

Mauritius Marathon - Mid-July 

Dodo Trail - Mid-July : Whether you are a marathon runner or just a hobbyist, the Dodo Trail is for everyone and offers different difficulty levels. 

Maiden Cup - September : Prestigious horse race on the Champ de Mars racetrack.

 

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