Mauritius Travel Guide

Mauritius has incredible people, world famous hospitality and is known as “Paradise Island” due to its pristine beaches and landscape.

As many of the local people tell you, after you die you go to Mauritius because it is like heaven.

We have been privileged to have had many visits to this amazing destination and have spent extended stays at most of the Island’s resorts and hotels to experience the absolute world class hospitality that this beautiful Mauritius offers.

Mauritius, known officially as the Republic of Mauritius, is an island nation located off the southeast coast of the African continent in the Indian Ocean. It is a volcanic island of lagoons and palm-fringed beaches with coral reefs surrounding most of the coastline. The island is situated approximately 2400 kilometres off the Southeast Coast of Africa. The island covers an area of 1,865 square kilometres or 720 square miles, with 330 kilometres of coastline. Mauritius is 45km in width and 65km in length.

There is so much to do in magical Mauritius, from the Northern part of the Island which has trendy shops, restaurants and an excellent night life, the West of the island with its landscape, mountains, and sugar cane plantations. The East of Mauritius is known for its crystal-clear water and white sandy beaches and the South of the island with its nature reserves and abundant sea life. The real beauty of Mauritius is that there is so much to do, from world class international golfing, to diving, water sports inside and outside the resorts and hotels, fine dining, and magnificent French influenced cuisine. After dinner you can wash it down with famous local rum.

Without a doubt, we love Mauritius is the fact that it caters for the entire family with kids clubs an absolute winner at the hotels. Trained staff with track records look after the little ones and make sure they are enjoying their holiday even more than Mom and Dad. Then for couples, enjoy a relaxing dinner followed by amazingly talented local artists entertaining you at the hotel before jumping into the next morning’s wind surfing and stand-up paddle boarding. Grab a snorkel and swim with the sea turtles. Some of the resorts also include motorised sports like skiing and wakeboarding. Head over to Ile Aux Cerf’s on a catamaran trip before enjoying a delicious crayfish lunch prepared for you by incredible people. Try your luck at landing a marlin or visit the amazing waterfalls and seven colour sands. Jump on a four-wheeler or test your heartrate on some of the longest and fastest ziplines in the world.

On the islands of Mauritius, the climate is tropical, with a hot and rainy season which reaches its peak from January to March, and a relatively cooler and less rainy season from June to September. In fact, being that the islands are in the Southern Hemisphere, the seasons are reversed in comparison with Europe or North America. The rains, as is common in the tropics, occur primarily in the form of downpours or thunderstorms, which usually do not last long, so the sun shines for a good number of hours even in the wettest months. The island is an all-year destination and is a great place to escape the winter.

Whether you are looking for a family holiday, a golfing, diving, or fishing destination, celebrating an anniversary or a honeymoon or just looking for a slice of heaven to relax and rejuvenate the soul, Mauritius will definitely tick each and every box and you would definitely want to return.


10 Things you need to Know about Mauritius:

  1. The official language in Mauritius is English, most of the local people also speak Creole and French.
  2. Currency = Mauritian Rupee. You won't have a problem finding ATMS. Most businesses will accept cards but at the local markets they will only accept cash.
  3. The standard voltage is 230 V. Plug type C is the plug which has two round pins and type G is the plug which has three rectangular pins in a triangular pattern. Mauritius operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz. I would recommend buying a universal plug.
  4. Mauritius is known for offering a safe and friendly environment to the visitors and it is believed to be amongst the safest destinations in Africa. News of thefts and crime do occur here like any other city of the world; however, the government here maintains a safe environment for the visitors.
  5. We recommend choosing a resort and hotel on an all-inclusive basis, meaning that you can really enjoy your time and indulge without having to worry about any nasty bills at the end of the trip. Book the A La Carte restaurants on day 1 so that you plan your dining experience for your trip.
  6. Don't rent your own scooter. Very few travels insurances cover this and it can ruin a well-deserved a holiday.
  7. I would recommend taking out insurance: (
  8. Go on a catamaran trip and make sure you maximize the resort activities. Speak to us for reliable operators we can suggest near your specific hotel.
  9. You can take 2 litres of wine and 1l of spirits and 200 cigarettes into Mauritius.
  10. Mauritius generally has good health care facilities.

5 fun facts about Mauritius:

  1. The dodo is the national bird, but you will only see it on the country’s national emblem or on souvenirs.
  2. The island was discovered during the Middle Ages by Arab seafarers. It wasn’t until 1507 that the first Europeans arrived, and they were the Portuguese.
  3. Following its discovery, it has passed through Dutch, French and British hands making it one the most diverse countries in the world.
  4. It is of volcanic origin and is almost entirely surrounded by coral reefs.
  5. Sugarcane is grown on about 90 percent of the cultivated land area in Mauritius, and accounts for 15 percent of the country’s export earnings.

Items you must pack:

  1. Hat & sunglasses
  2. Bikini/swimsuit and sarong
  3. Sunscreen (it's expensive there)
  4. Short's & flip flops

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With our first-hand experience we will give you the best advice to have a fabulous time in Mauritius!

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