Mauritius


Paradise found. Located off the coast of Madagascar, Mauritius is an interesting blend of cultures – French, African, and Indian. More affordable than the nearby Seychelles, Mauritius is an island of luxury. Beautiful beaches, an abundance of five-star resorts, and plenty of gorgeous places to take day trips – you won’t run out of beautiful things to see on the island. A reef surrounding the island makes it inaccessible for most sharks (there are some exceptions of course) and there are practically no dangerous animals that inhabit the island. It really is a paradise.

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Quick Facts

  • Language = French, Creole, Bhojpuri, English
    • English spoken in most tourist areas
  • Money = Mauritian Rupee
    • Mauritius is a country filled with luxuries, so you’ll find things throughout the island are not cheap.
  • Transportation = taxis are easiest way to get around
    • Sir Gaëtan Duval Airport is the main airport, located on the eastern side of the island.
  • Best Time to Visit = May – December
    • November – April can get very hot and humid

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Things to Note

Thanks to strict laws, crime is very low in Mauritius. There are very few dangerous animals and the island is also mostly surrounded by a reef, so sharks typically cannot access the beaches (with some exceptions). Overall, Mauritius is a very safe country.

  • Foods to Try
    • Phoenix beer – The domestic Mauritian beer
    • Indian creole – The blend of cultures in Mauritius is evident in the food
    • Meefoon – a traditional chicken and rice noodle soup
  • Top 3 Must-See Spots
    • Port Louis – the capital city
    • Île aux Cerfs
    • Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden

Tipping Guide

Gratuities are common, and expected for good service, especially in luxury hotels.

Restaurants 0-15%
Hotel Staff 100
Taxi (negotiate fare in advance) 100-200
Spa 5% – 10%
Tour Guide 10%

Geo Travel Guide

Check out some of our favorite locations in Mauritius via the map below.

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