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Mauritius
A colourful, Creole island paradise…
Discover the remote, tropical island of Mauritius where white sandy shores are washed by the Indian Ocean, elegant resorts dot the coast and colourful wildlife hide among the dense tropical forest.

Top holidays in Mauritius

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Language

French,English - Mauritius’ two official languages are French and English, so you shouldn’t encounter many language barriers, although a number of other languages are spoken on the island too – these include Creole, Hindi, Bhojpuri, Urdu and Chinese!

Tipping

Tipping isn’t compulsory in Mauritius but a 10% tip is always well received if you’ve received particularly good service. Hotels usually have a tip box when you can put your tip at the end of your stay, but you’re free to tip the staff yourself if you wish.

Population and size

The population is around 1.3 million, slightly less than that of Switzerland.

This small nation occupies around 2,040 square kilometres, making it just over half the size of the county of Kent! It lies around 2,000 kilometres east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean.

Currency

Rupee - The currency is the Mauritian rupee, divided into 100 cents.

Culture

This multicultural island effortlessly blends British, French, African and Indian influences along with its own Mauritian flavour to create an eclectic place quite unlike any other.

The mixture of religions on the island includes Hinduism, Christianity and Islam.

The handshake is the common greeting, although the multicultural nature of the island means that the local customs may vary. Many of the people on the island descend from European and Indian settlers, African slaves, and Chinese traders who once all made their home here, resulting in today’s eclectic culture where the locals identify by their Mauritian nationality rather than their racial ethnicity.

This rich culture has especially influenced the food on the island – its close ties to France mean that you can expect delicious French-style cuisine with a Mauritian twist, along with lots of Asian inspired dishes and flavoursome seafood, which is unsurprisingly abundant. Had it not become extinct so soon, you might also have enjoyed fresh dodo on your plate – this unfortunate bird was endemic to the island and was an all-too-popular meal for sailors.

Timezone

Mauritius is four hours ahead of GMT.

Electricity

British-style three-pin plugs can be found in hotels, but two-pin continental-style sockets are also used so it might be a good idea to bring an adaptor just in case. Mains voltage is 220 volts (50 cycles).

Climate

Mauritius has a tropical climate with little variation between the seasons, of which there are only two – winter and summer. The temperatures generally stay in the twenties year round, and the best time to visit is winter (which coincides with our summer) when the temperatures are milder and it’s less likely to rain.

Health

As health information can change at any time, we’d advise you to consult your GP at least 12 weeks before departure.

Country-specific information and advice on possible health risks is also published by the National Travel Health Network and Centre – see www.nathnac.org, and The British Foreign and Commonwealth Travel Advice Unit provides important health and safety information for British nationals travelling abroad at www.fco.gov.uk/travel.

Passports and visas

You’ll need a passport valid for the duration of your stay, but British nationals don’t require a visa.