All the facts you need to know about the country itself:
Full Country Name Republic of Mauritius
Area 2,040 sq km
Population 1.27 million (UN 2015)
Capital and largest City Port Louis
Religion Majority are Hindu followed by Christian (Roman Catholic), Muslim, Chinese and Buddhism
Time Zone Standard time is four hours in advance of Greenwich Mean Time
Languages English is the official language of Mauritius, but the most widely used is French and the local dialect, Creole. Hindi, Urdu and Chinese are also spoken
Country Dialling Code +230
When to Travel
When to Travel
There is no right time to travel to Mauritius, just the right time for you! Here we go through where on the island to head to, depending on the time of year.
The Climate in Mauritius
Situated near the Tropic of Capricorn, Mauritius has the advantage of a subtropical climate. The climate is fairly acceptable to everyone and the heat is never unbearable.
Peak Season: October - April
- The island’s peak season extends from October to April, which is hot, humid and rainy.
- The east coast is more sheltered at this time of the year so it is recommended to travel here at this time of the year.
- This is an excellent for big game fishing, when the large predators feed close to shore.
- December through March is the best time for diving, when the waters are at their clearest
Winter: May – September
- The winter is warm and dry.
- There are fewer mosquitoes
- All hotels drop their rates at this time of year and can be discounted by up to 50%.
- It is recommended to travel to the north and west of the island, which are more sheltered during the winter.
- June through August is the best weather for surfing in Mauritius.
Here is the “need to know” information about visas for Mauritius.
Do I need a Visa to Travel to Mauritius
At the time of writing, no visa for Mauritius is required for travellers on Australian Passports.
- It is important to have two blank pages side by side in your passport for the entry and exit stamps to be issued. If there is insufficient space, entry into the country may be denied.
- Visitors must also be in possession of onward travel documents and have sufficient funds for the duration of their stay.
Please double check this with Bench Africa or your travel agent as this may change at any time
What you need to know about your finances for your holiday in Mauritius.
The unit of currency in Mauritius is the Rupee (Rs), which is divided into 100 cents
You Should Know...
- Full banking services are available in all the main towns although a commission is normally charged.
- Euros are the common currency used in Mauritius.
- It is recommended to carry some cash in small denominations.
Is Mauritius the right choice for you and your family? Here’s what you need to know about travelling with children.
- Mauritius poses no issues for families travelling with children.
- Hotels are set up with children in mind and may offer kids clubs and babysitting and facilities.
- It is advisable to speak to one of our Africa Specialists about your needs so that they can advise on the best options for you and your family.
Although electricity in Africa is a lot more reliable than it used to be, here’s what you need to be aware of.
Voltage & Frequency
The general voltage in Mauritius is 230 and the frequency is 50 Hz.
- As the sockets can vary a ‘Travellers Adaptor Set’ is recommended.
- Voltage sometimes fluctuates and whilst power cuts are rare, they are not unknown. It is useful to carry a torch.
Tipping is a delicate and sensitive issue and many people ask us for tipping guidelines, so here we go.
Tipping is usually considered customary in Africa although not as widespread as the United States or Europe. It is always at your discretion. If you feel that someone has gone the extra mile to make your stay more enjoyable, a tip would be considered a nice way of saying thank you.
To help you budget for your trip, the following is given as a guideline only (shown in US Dollars):
Driver (per person per full day): $5.00
Guide (per person per full day): $10.00
Hotel Porter (per bag): $1.00
Restaurant (per person per meal): $1.00
A la Carte dining (% of the bill): 10%
Here are some numbers you might need.
High Commission of the Republic of Mauritius
2 Beale Crescent, Deakin ACT 2600, Australia
Tel: +61 2 6282 4436 Tel: +61 2 6281 1203
Australian High Commission, Mauritius
2nd Floor, Rogers House 5 President John Kennedy Street Port Louis, Mauritius
Tel: +230 2020 0160