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When’s the best time to go?
Dotted with lazy lagoons, surrounded by the clear waters of the Indian Ocean, and dusted with white, sandy beaches, it’s no wonder that Mauritius is popular with honeymooners. Read on for our travel advice on visiting this glorious island.
Holidays to Mauritius are luxurious, filled with opportunities to soak up the sun on palm-fringed beaches, snorkel through coral reefs, and enjoy a fusion of food with Chinese, French, Indian and Creole influences. With bustling markets and high-end shopping, there’s certainly something for everyone.
The high season tends to fall between the months of October and April, when the temperature hovers between the mid-to-high 20s. However, as the island has its own microclimate, you can expect a bit of rain as well. Between May and September, things cool to around 24°C, offering great sightseeing conditions as there are fewer crowds.
What should I pack?
In addition to sunscreen, anyone booking their holidays to Mauritius should pack mosquito repellent. While the mozzies aren’t out in droves, it’s far better to be protected than come home with itchy keepsakes you didn’t ask for. Keep clothes light and airy. Cotton and linen are a good choice and long-sleeves are best for that extra layer of protection from the flying pests in the evening.
Long sleeves are also required when visiting religious sites. For men, it’s a good idea to bring a pair of smart trousers; some restaurants operate a ‘no jeans’ policy. Similarly, women might want to pack a dress. On top of your flip-flops, it’s also worth bringing a pair of smart shoes for restaurants. It’d be a shame to miss out on delicious food because of your footwear.
If you want to hold the battery life on your phones, laptops and cameras, then bring your charger. Don’t worry too much about adaptors as most hotels have three-pin plugs in the rooms.
Passports and visas
Do I need a passport?
Mauritius passport regulations require British citizens to have a passport valid for at least the duration of their holiday. In addition, it must contain at least one blank page. For further information on entry requirements, visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/mauritius/entry-requirements
Do I need a visa?
You don’t need a specific Mauritius visa in order to take a break in this stunning destination. Instead, your passport will be stamped when you arrive, allowing you to remain in the country for up to 60 days. To find out more about visas, go to https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/mauritius/entry-requirements
Health and Safety
Should I get travel health insurance?
To protect yourself against the cost of medical treatment, a comprehensive travel health insurance policy is always advisable. It makes sure that you’re financially protected against things like the cost of medical treatment, medicines and even the cost of medical return back to the UK. It’s worth checking that your policy covers everything you need it to, particularly if you’re taking part in any activities that might be considered ‘risky’.
Any other tips?
- While taxis on the island are convenient, they can also be costly. To keep the cost of travel down, look out for ‘tip-top’ buses, which link the suburbs to town centres. Tip-tops tend to be retired commuter buses so, though they might not be as comfortable as a cab, they can be a lot cheaper.
- Don’t pass up the chance to try street food. Quatre Bornes market is a great place to start, where you can sample everything from Gateau Piment (spicy chilli cakes) to samosas and dholl puri (savoury pancakes made with turmeric and cumin).
- If you pay a visit to the Hindu temple, close to Gran Bassin, it’s worth taking some extra bits of fruit for the colonies of monkeys that live there. There’s a practical side to this, as they’ll quickly hunt out and steal any food you might have on you, including packed lunches. A well-flung banana should distract them for long enough so you can make your escape.
- To add a little adrenaline, book a zip line tour of the famous Valley of the Colours.