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Mauritius holidays: What you need to know

27 MARCH 2012

The beautiful island of Mauritius is world-renowned as a luxury holiday destination for its beauty, diversity of cultures and hypnotic white sandy beaches. If you are however planning a trip to this idyllic island in the Indian Ocean, there are certain things you need to know before embarking on your trip to a touch of heaven on Earth!

 

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Things you should know before booking Mauritius holidays are as follows:

Airports

The island of Mauritius has just one international airport which is called the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport. The airport is situation close to the town of Plaisance in the Plaine Magnien region of the south east of the island. The International Airport is approximately 45 minutes from Port Louis, the capital of Mauritius.

Currency

The Mauritian rupee is used in Mauritius. Money can be changed at the airport, in banks and at exchange offices throughout Mauritius, although it is advisable to take a limited amount of cash and the rest in travellers’ cheques.

Driving in Mauritius

It is important to know that you drive on the left hand side in Mauritius. Only unleaded petrol can be used on the island. As there is a high import tax on new cars as well as spare parts, driving in Mauritius can be more expensive than in Europe.

Vaccinations

Due to an effective governmental crackdown on tropical diseases such as malaria and yellow fever, Mauritius is relatively free of such diseases, meaning vaccinations are not routinely required before travelling to Mauritius.

Visas

Anybody holding a valid EEU or American passport, visas is not required to travel to Mauritius.

Language

Several languages are spoken on Mauritius, including Creole, English, Chinese and Hindi. Although whilst Creole, which is based on French, is the main language of Mauritius, the official language is English, so communicating on your Mauritius holiday should not be too much of a problem.

Healthcare

Hospitals and healthcare is free on Mauritius for both residents and visitors. There are also many private clinics open across the island that are not free but offer a higher quality of service to patients. It is highly recommended that you have adequate travel insurance in place before visiting Mauritius.

Whilst many of the locals drink tap water on Mauritius, it is safer to buy bottled water to drink.

As the strong is extremely strong, it is important to always wear high factor skin protection and a hat whilst in the sun on Mauritius.

Climate

Mauritius’s hottest months are from December to March when temperatures can be in the 30 degrees Celsius. This is also the period when tropical storms can occur.

Perhaps the best time to take a holiday to Mauritius is during July and August, when temperatures are at a much more bearable mid-20s Celsius.

Tips

It is common practise across Mauritius for tourists to tip the locals. How much you tip is dependent on the level of service and the customer service that you have received of course. As with many tourist countries a 10 per cent tip is often considered standard.
 

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