Mark Twain once wrote, ‘Mauritius was made first and then heaven, heaven being copied after Mauritius’. He was right! If you found this post, you likely need no inspiration and may have already booked your trip. Read on for the most comprehensive guide to understand what to know before you go to Mauritius.
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Before you go…
Make sure you take along
- International Driving Licence
- French phrasebook(very helpful)
- Hiking boots
- Sun cream and Mosquito repellent
- Multi-pin travel
plug asboth Two-pin continental Europe and three-pin UK are in use.
- Binoculars for
birdwatching Yourown snorkel and mask? all operators have them, but they may not fit as snugly as you’d like
Do?s & Don?ts?
- Clothing – Although beachwear is fine for the beaches, you will cause offence and may invite pestering if you dress skimpily elsewhere.
- Temples and mosques – Miniskirts and singlet tops are no-nos, and it is normal to remove your shoes. Many temples and mosques also ask you not to take photos, while some Hindu temples request that you remove all leather items, such as belts. As with all mosques, women may be required to cover their head in certain areas, so remember to take along a scarf. Never touch a carving or statue of a deity
- Coconut Trees – Lying under a coconut palm may seem like a tropical idyll, but, as silly as it may sound, there have been some tragic accidents. Take care when walking under coconut trees and don’t lie (or park your car) beneath them
- Travel Insurance – You’d rather not think about all of the things that might go wrong on your trip, but these things can and do happen and thats why travel insurance is vital. Click here to get a quote.
ATMs widespread on main island, less common on Rodrigues. Major credit cards widely accepted by hotels, restaurants, shops and tour companies.
While the Mauritian rupee is the island’s currency, almost all villas, guesthouses and hotels link their prices to the euro to counterbalance the rupee’s unstable fluctuations and it is possible (and sometimes required) to pay in euros at such places.
Visa and MasterCard are the most commonly accepted cards.
Major currencies and travellers cheques can be changed at the main banks, exchange bureaux and the larger hotels. Bureaux de change sometimes offer slightly better rates than banks and the queues are shorter, but there’s usually little difference, and many seem to close without warning when reserves run dry. Hotels tend to have the worst rates and may add an additional service commission. There is no black market in Mauritius.
Traveling with Disabilities
Mauritius makes relatively decent provision for those with mobility problems. Modern buildings conform to international standards for disabled access, although public toilets, pavements and lifts tend not to be as good. Most top-end hotels have wheelchair access, lifts and a handful of rooms with specially equipped bathrooms. In big hotels, there are always plenty of staff around to help and it is often possible to hire an assistant if you want to go on an excursion or a boat trip. With a bit of extra notice, some riding stables, dive centres and other sports operators can cater for people with disabilities.
None of the public-transport systems offer wheelchair access. Anyone using a wheelchair will be reliant on private vehicles.
Read why Mauritius is on our list of Best Beach Vacations for families.
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