The full address of your Hotels or private Holidays Houses and
Bungalows before you arrive. Please note this carefully as you will
be required to write it on a card to be given to the Mauritian immigration
authorities in the airport on your arrival.
Flic-en-Flacq is about one hour from
the airport. Le Morne/Grand Baie [1.5 Hrs],
Belle Mare/Palmar [1.2 Hrs], Port-Louis [1 Hr], and Mahebourg [20
Transfer costs varies from 500 to 1200 rupees.
We recommend that you change some
money in the airport immediately on arrival.
(e.g. no banks in Grand Gaube area, which is on the North-West coast.)
On departure an airport tax of 500
rupees per person is payable. This can only be paid in rupees.
You need to re-confirm your return
ticket at least 72 hours before departure.
For Air Mauritius (230-208-7171), British Airways (202-8000), Condor
Malaysia Airlines (208-4685), SAS (208-5538), and Singapore Airlines
Driving in Mauritius : Due to the
high import tax on new cars and spare parts, driving on Mauritius
can be expensive. Only super grade leaded petrol is available on
Mauritius and all cars use this. It costs slightly less than in
Europe. Mauritius uses the British driving system (driving on the
Visas: Visas are not required
for people with EEC or American passports.
Vaccination: Mauritius is
fairly unique for a tropical country in that it is free of such
diseases as malaria, yellow fever and cholera. This is because of
the very effective efforts of the government to combat these diseases.
For most people therefore, vaccinations, etc. before departure are
not necessary. If in doubt please check with your local Mauritian
embassy before departure.
Health Care : The medical
standard on Mauritius is well advanced and the hospitals are free
of charge. This applies to visitors as well. There are now additionally
many private clinics in the island and they offer a more attractive
environment plus frequently some of the latest medical equipment
available. They are however not free and you would be well advised
to check that your health insurance is valid for Mauritius before
The local water is relatively clean
and the Mauritians drink it. You need therefore have no fear if
you use it for cleaning your teeth etc. However, it is better you
boil the water before drinking it or buy bottled water which is
freely available in the local shops.
Mosquitoes: As in all tropical
countries (even Europe in the summer) mosquitoes do exist. We recommend
using a mosquito repellant cream to keep them away.
Some holidays houses are equipped
with electrical mosquito repellers (vapes) which you can use at
night. Small impregnated tablets are inserted into the apparatus
which is then plugged into the electricity. The effect will last
for about 8 hours. You may leave 1 window open in the bedroom but
you should ensure that there is no strong wind as this blows the
vapor away. If you run out of tablets they can be purchased locally
for about 45 rupees.
Sun Cream: The sun is exceptionally
strong on Mauritius and many people are surprised (too late) by
its strength and have to suffer sunburn for several days. Even on
cloudy days, please make sure that you use a good sun cream.
Electricity: The power supply
is 240 volts and the power sockets use the british 3 pin standard.
If you bring electrical appliances with you then you will probably
need an adaptor.
Language: The official language
of Mauritius is English. A large number of people can therefore
understand and speak it. The main language of the island however
is Creole which is based on French. In addition the different ethnic
groups speak such languages as Chinese and Hindi.
Holiday Clothing: Men can
usually spend most of the time in short trousers unless you want
to enter a hotel for the evening, in this case long trousers are
required. Additionally the maid in the house washes and returns
clothes by the next day so that you do not need to take much with
you. Do not overload your suitcase with unnecessary clothes. Leave
some room for any shopping that you do on Mauritius.
Mauritius has a well advanced textile
industry so that instead of taking all your holiday clothes with
you might consider buying them locally on the local market. The
shops are full of ready to wear polo shirts, T-shirts, shorts, shirts,
trousers, pullovers, dresses and beachwear at low prices.
Disposable nappies for babies cost
about 3 times the price on Mauritius as they do in Europe. We recommend
either taking enough with you or taking nappies which the maid can
Currency: They use the Mauritian
rupee. Currency rate is EURO 1.00 = 29.00 rupees [Aug 02]. Mauritian
rupees do not circulate outside Mauritius so that you can only change
money on the island. DM/EURO/GBP or US$ travellers cheques and cash
can be changed in the banks. (Please NOTE that the exchange rate
for traveller's cheques is much better than for cash).
For more info on currency exchange
with the rates of your country,
please visit the Mauritius Commercial Bank.
There are 3 banks in the airport
just after the baggage hall and there are 3 banks in Grand Bay and
in other major towns on the island. Major credit cards such as Visa
and Mastercard are accepted in restaurants and hotels and also in
some shops and supermarkets. In addition you can use credit cards
to obtain cash in the banks or use them together with the secret
(PIN) number to get money from cash dispensers.
Depending on which country you come
from, you will normally find the prices in the shops to be reasonable
compared to what you pay at home. The food and drink prices charged
in the hotel bars and restaurants are normally appreciably higher
Tipping : If you stay in private
holidays houses or bungalows, the maid can cook for you. We would
recommend paying her MUR 125 rupees each time as this is not covered
in the house rent. If she washes your personal clothes for you then
the normal price would be about MUR 100 per person and per week.
Climate : The hottest time
of the year on Mauritius is December / March when you can expect
temperatures of 30 degrees C (approx. 89 F) but with less humidity.
There is always a breeze from the ocean however so that most people
will find it pleasant. Cyclones (tropical storms) can also occurr
during this period.
For those people who do not enjoy
warm weather or want a more active holiday, we recommend going in
July/August when the temperature is 24-26 C. On the coast the temperature
can go down to 16-18 C during the night so that we recommend taking
As you can see the variation of temperature
on Mauritius is small such that enjoyable holidays can be spent
there at any time of the year. Although the weather is normally
sunny it does rain. The rain showers are normally short and are
a pleasant change from the sun.
Things to drink: As mentioned
above you should not drink the local water unless you boil it first.
Tea is grown on the island and is plentiful in the shops. The local
people rarely drink ground coffee although an excellent version
called coffee chamarel is grown on the island. They mostly prefer
Locally bottled wine and imported
South African and French wines can be purchased from 45 - 200 Rupees
per bottle. An excellent beer called phoenix is brewed on the island
and has proved to be very popular with our guests, price is 25 rupees
a bottle in local supermarket but triple in private hotels and bars.
Locally manufactured rums are also available and cost very little.
1. If your house does not have a telephone then we recommend that
you purchase a Mauritius Telecom telephone card at a supermarket.
There are now many public telephones able to take these cards all
over the island. In an emergency you can also enter the hotels and
call from there.
2. Mauritius now has a mobile telephone
network which conforms to the international GSM standard. Roaming
contracts exist with the UK, France and Germany and Mauritius Telecom
is actively working to have contracts with the other countries.
If you own one of these telephones why not bring it with you ?
Pamplemousse Gardens: These gardens
are about 20 minutes from Grand Baie and are well worth visiting.
Official guides do now exist and take MUR 200 per person for a tour.
There are still however many people at the entrance who would also
like to act as your guide. If you decide to use one of them be sure
to discuss the price in advance as some of them will try to charge
you a high price afterwards.