Exploring Mauritius as your next travel destination
Need help organizing your next trip to luxury vacation rental in Cabo San Lucas? You will find in this mini guide to Mauritius the best advice, travel tips and practical information to prepare you before you go to the pearl of the Indian Ocean.
Located in the southwest of the Indian Ocean, some 855 km east of Madagascar and 2,000 km off the east coast of Africa, Mauritius is a small island of ancient volcanic origin and like Rodrigues Island and Reunion Island, it belongs to the Mascarene archipelago.
Beautiful sandy beaches, long coral reefs suitable for scuba diving, fabulous mountainous landscapes, lush nature and friendly people, the reputation of Mauritius is well established!
Leave at the best time.
Located in the southern hemisphere, Mauritius has a tropical climate, when autumn sets in on the island, spring begins in Europe. The year is divided into two distinct seasons:
The southern summer begins at the end of December and lasts until the end of March. This is the hottest and wettest period on the island. The high humidity can be very unpleasant and the temperatures are the highest during this season, they can go up to 34°C during the day.
The southern winter between May and October is drier. Thermometers average between 18°C and 26°C and occasional rains can be expected in some parts of the island, especially in the east. This period is particularly suitable for travelers who prefer cooler temperatures and for surfers.
The best time to visit Mauritius is from April-May to June and from September to November. If you want to do a combination of Reunion and Mauritius, prefer to stay between May and November.
Good to know before departure:
- Flight time: 11 hours
- Time zone: GMT + 4
- Visa required: no
- Compulsory vaccinations: no
- Currency: Mauritian rupee (Rs)
- Language(s) : Mauritian Creole, French and English
Mauritius travel budget: Plan your expenses
You’re planning an escape for a few days, but you’re wondering how much a trip to Mauritius costs. Here are some answers to your questions about how much you need to spend in Mauritius to make the most of your trip to Mauritius
Mauritius is ranked 93rd among the cheapest countries in the world to travel to and the cost of living in Mauritius is on average – 34% lower than in France.
To get the most out of your accommodation budget, we recommend turning to an expert local rental agency. This allows you to find exactly what you are looking for, and gives you the freedom to pick from multiple locations.
Our top recommendation:
Smart Villas Mauritius – Exceptional Luxury Villas and Services
More reasons to discover Mauritius
Heavenly beaches and exceptional seabed
Stretching over nearly 330 kilometers, the beauty of the beaches of Mauritius never ceases to amaze vacationers from around the world. The four corners of the island are full of magnificent beaches with distinct charms where you can indulge in various activities: lazing, swimming, kitesurfing, boat trips or surfing. And the great must of a trip to Mauritius, the discovery of the seabed, a real enchantment for divers. Colorful coral garden, parrot fish, moray eel, captain, dolphin, leaf fish, stone fish, carangue, grouper, turtles, a multitude of fish colonize the reefs of the island.
The time difference
In advance of 2 hours in summer and 3 hours in winter, the time difference between France and Mauritius is very small compared to other destinations, you can easily adapt to your sleep and meal times. This slight time difference also makes Mauritius a family destination par excellence.
Cultural and culinary diversity
Despite its small size, Mauritius is home to a multitude of ethnicities, influenced by Indian, African, Chinese and European culture. Muslims, Hindus, Tamils, Christians and Buddhists live side by side in the greatest respect to make a real melting pot. This cultural diversity is also the occasion to celebrate religious holidays that bring together all Mauritians.
Off you go
The cuisine of Mauritius will lead you to the discovery of flavors from all over the world. Generous, spicy and exotic, Mauritian cuisine is very varied, with French, Chinese, Creole and especially Indian influences. At the bend of an alley, at the table of a restaurant or in a small market stall, the richness of Mauritian cuisine will undoubtedly arouse your senses.