Mauritius is located in the Indian Ocean, approximately 2,000 kilometres away from the southeast coast of Africa. Since it has plenty of natural and manmade attractions, Mauritius is considered to be one of the world’s most luxurious tourist destinations. However, to help ensure that Mauritius is right for you, here are some Mauritius travel tips to know:
When to Go
Given that Mauritius is located just 20 degrees south of the equator, it is a great destination for a vacation at any point of the year. The island’s peak tourist season tends to be from October to April, since it is hot and humid (although January to March has a slight risk of cyclones). From May to September, the island has fewer mosquitoes and the climate is more dry and warm. During the island’s winter months, the travel rates can drop anywhere from 30 per cent to 50 per cent.
How to Get There
To reach Mauritius, you will need to rely on tour operators, such as Luxury Holidays Direct, Elegant resorts, Elite Vacations, If Only, Black Tomato, and more. Once you reach a stunning resort, such as La Plantation d’Albion Mauritius, for example, you will have to do very little, apart from sitting back, relaxing and letting the on-site staff help you plan your activities.
To get around Mauritius, you can use buses, but other options tend to be cheaper. Many people choose to drive around on their own, using rented vehicles or bicycles. However, it should be noted that the roads are not paved and that both people and animals may be using the roads as well. You also need to be at least 23 years old to rent a vehicle as well as having a valid driver’s license.
To make the experience less stressful, you can choose to use taxis to get around instead. Taxis are regulated depending on what hotel and province they are linked to. Taxis are not only convenient for sightseeing, but also cost-effective.
Many resorts have their own minibuses for taking tourists to and from tourist attractions. If you want to see as much of the island as you can, with the least amount of hassle, relying on resort excursions is a great method.
Emergency Information for U.K. Travellers
If you should encounter problems while travelling, you can contact the British High Commission on 00 230 202 9400 or the police on 00 230 208 1212. You can also better prepare yourself for your vacation by referring to the Foreign Office Advice and Tourist Information.
Extra Travelling Tips
When visiting Mauritius, here are important points to keep in mind:
- It is polite to accept food and drink
- Remove your shoes and avoid showing too much flesh when visiting religious sites
- Women should have a sarong to use as a headscarf if needed
- The island’s currency is the Mauritian rupee (MUR)
To make the most of your vacation to Mauritius, it is important to do as much research and planning as possible beforehand, to ensure that everything goes smoothly. Once you have everything figured out, you will be able to enjoy your trip with less stress.