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Mauritius Tips - 25 Things to Know!

In this article I will give you 25 Mauritius tips for preparing your own trip to this dream island. We visited Mauritius in April 2019 and had a wonderful time there. Based on these experiences, I have put together a lot of practical tips and information for you.


Arrival to Mauritius

There are various direct flights, including from Frankfurt by Lufthansa and Condor to Mauritius to get. Corresponding flights are also offered from Zurich, Vienna and Cologne / Bonn. The destination airport is the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport of Mauritius (MRU), 5 km southwest of Mahébourg. A direct flight from Germany takes just under 12 hours. Entry can be made with a passport - it must be valid beyond the stay. A visa is not required. But you usually get two on the plane Entry forms to be filled out for each person entering the country. So have your pen, the address of your hotel and your passport details ready.

The airport itself is clearly laid out. The Rental car is in a small, elongated building in the front of the main entrance. One ATMs can be found outside the main building “right around the corner”. Withdrawing money here is cheaper than using the exchange office in the airport building.


Telephoning & Internet

The prefix for Mauritius is +230. Cell phones of the networks D1, D2 and O2 work in Mauritius - however, very expensive roaming charges are to be expected. Local prepaid cards can be purchased from various local providers. Most hotels offer free WiFi - definitely the cheapest way to communicate with loved ones at home.


The currency in Mauritius is the Mauritian rupee. The easiest way to change money is at ATMs, which are available in all cities. Hotels also usually exchange currency accordingly - but not at the cheapest rate.

100 euros corresponding to around 4,000 MUR (as of Nov 2019).


Almost half of the population belong to Hindusism, another third are Christian. 17% are Muslims (Sunnis). There is a peaceful coexistence between the religions on the island.


Swimwear is forbidden in restaurants, as well as topless or skimpy bathing suits on public beaches, including those used by locals. Otherwise bright things are recommended. In the winter months (June - September) it is also advisable to pack a pullower for the evening. An umbrella or raincoat is also recommended, as short showers can often occur. Bathing shoes or short fins are appropriate for snorkeling and swimming in the sea. UV-blocking shirts are also a great advantage when snorkeling.

Snorkeling in Mauritius

Mauritius has some beautiful snorkeling areas, although you also need a boat or a transfer for one or the other reef. But some reefs can also be easily reached directly from the beach.

The best snorkeling spots:

  • Flic en Flac (directly from the shore, e.g. north end of the beach, attention: lots of sea urchins!)
  • Coast off Le Morne
  • Blue Bay Lagoon (boat or kayak required)
  • Reef off Mahebourg (boat required)
  • Ile aux Cerfs island (peer boat transfer accessible)
  • Trou aux Biches (at the ends, about 200 m from the beach, many boats)

The reef is ring-shaped around the entire island and is therefore sometimes directly, sometimes less directly from the beach. Excursions are often offered. We liked the snorkeling at Flic en Flac and right on the beach of our hotel, the Victoria Beachcomber.


Vaccinations & first-aid kit

Mauritius has been malaria-free for years, and there are no other epidemic tropical diseases. In the ocean, sea urchins and sharp corals can cause cuts that should be disinfected and washed out immediately. No vaccinations are required for direct entry from Germany. A remedy for diarrhea should always be in the first-aid kit - just like sunscreen with a sufficient sun protection factor.

Drinking water in Mauritius

Drinking tap water should be avoided - as should the consumption of fruits, ice cubes and salads. The following applies to food: cook it or peel it yourself. It is also better to use safe drinking water when brushing your teeth.


time shift

The time difference between Germany and Mauritius is 2 hours during European summer time and 3 hours in winter time.

If it is 2 p.m. in June (summer time) in Germany, it is 4 p.m. in Mauritius.

The time zone in Mauritius is UTC + 4.

opening hours

Shops are usually open between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Depending on the location, shops are closed on Thursdays or Saturday afternoons. A few shops are also open on Sunday mornings.

public holidays

There are various national holidays as well as those that are only celebrated by certain religions.

  • January 1st and 2nd: New Year
  • January / February: Thai Poosam Kavadee
  • February 1: Abolition of slavery
  • February: Chinese New Year
  • February / March: Maha Shivaratree
  • March 12th: Independence Day, national holiday
  • March / April: Ougadi, New Year according to the South Indian calendar
  • May 1st: Labor Day
  • August 15th: Assumption of Mary
  • August / September: Ganesh Chaturthi
  • October / November: Divali - Festival of Lights
  • November 1st: All Saints' Day
  • November 2nd: Workers' Day - in honor of the first Indian guest workers in Mauritius.
  • December 25th: Christmas



Mauritius is not one of the cheapest travel destinations, but there is still the possibility of finding good accommodation in almost all price categories. The luxury resorts are particularly recommendable, but of course also particularly expensive. But you can also find really good middle-class hotels in the 3-star range.

Friends of snorkeling and well-kept beach vacations are best looking for a good hotel in the west and northwest. Windsurfers and kiters especially get their money's worth in Le Morne.

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Electricity & sockets

In Mauritius there is 220 volts alternating current with English plugs. You can buy adapters (expensive) in Mauritius or get them at the hotel reception. I recommend one universal travel adapter *. Our hotel that Victoria Beachcomber *, also had European sockets in the room.


Tips of up to 10% are quite common. Porters get 10 rupees per suitcase, housekeeping 20 rupees per day. In restaurants, service charges and 15 percent tax are usually included in the price.

Weather in Mauritius

Mauritius has a tropical climate with pleasant temperatures all year round. Basically, there are two seasons in Mauritius. November to April is the warm and humid summer time, from May to October it is cooler, although the southern winter cannot be compared with the European winter.

You should avoid Mauritius from January to March - at least if you want to avoid possible tropical cyclones and cyclones. The best months to travel are May, June, September, October and November.

However, you have to expect short showers all year round. However, they are over as quickly as they come.


Dimensions & weights

The metric system is used in Mauritius.

taking photos

It is forbidden to take photos at the airport, in the port and around barracks. Otherwise the usual rules of the game apply. When photographing people, please obtain the appropriate consent beforehand.

Tourist Office in Mauritius

St Louis Street
Port Louis
Tel: 00230-210-1545

Language & communication

The inhabitants speak Creole among themselves. However, the official language is English. Even with French you can get quite a long way in Mauritius. Sometimes they even speak German here and there.


The best way to experience the sunset is on the west side of the island. There are many beautiful beaches there. The most beautiful sunset in Mauritius is said to be found on Flic en Flac Beach - even if that is of course always very subjective. The best thing to do is to make yourself a picture!

Tips for taking photos on the beach



Mauritius is a very safe country to travel to. Petty crime has to be expected in cities as everywhere. Lonely beaches, poorer residential areas - especially after dark, should be avoided as a tourist. To be on the safe side, you shouldn't just leave valuables lying around in your hotel room or at least lock them securely - for example like we did with the Pacsafe Travelsafe *.

Cars & traffic in Mauritius

You can explore Mauritius perfectly with a rental car. The island is a good size with most of the major roads in good condition. After dark, you shouldn't drive any more, because there are of course one or the other pothole here.

There is left-hand traffic in Mauritius. There are plenty of petrol stations where you can also buy parking tickets. Usually there is a tank attendant so you don't even have to get out of your car to refuel. We preferred slightly larger Shell and Total petrol stations.

Speed ​​Limits:

  • Urban: 40 km / h
  • Country road: 80 km / h
  • Motorway: 110 km / h

However, many roads are limited to signposted 60 km / h - even in urban areas.

In roundabouts, the vehicle has right of way within the roundabout. Often the traffic is also regulated by the police. The right of way is usually well marked with arrows. Changing lanes within the roundabout is not desired - so better classify it right away. Roundabouts are always signposted in good time and are very clearly visible.

Note: Even on the autobahn you come across roundabouts every few kilometers - so keep your eyes open and off the gas!

Public parking spaces are usually free of charge. Exceptions are the cities of Port Louis, Curepipe, Rose Hill and Quatre Bornes. Here you need appropriate parking tickets that are valid for either 30 or 60 minutes.


Driving in Port Louis

I would like to say a few words separately about driving in Port Louis. Among other things, we got into rush hour traffic here, which was extremely exhausting. Mopeds drive pretty wildly to the left and right between the lanes, there are a lot of traffic jams and especially at the roundabouts and intersections it can be a bit chaotic if there is no police officer to rule.

When driving in a north-south direction, I recommend the generous bypass of Port Louis via the M2 and M3. It's hardly any longer, but it not only saves time, it also saves nerves.


Taxis usually do not have a taximeter. Inquire about the price before you start your journey. A maximum of around 25 rupees is payable per kilometer. A ride from the airport across the island to Port Louis costs around 700 rupees. Taxis can also be booked for the whole day. The driver will then wait for you accordingly.

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