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Mauritius Holidays

At a glance

CurrencyMUR: Mauritian Rupee LanguageEnglish and French Flight Duration11 hours 45 minutes (from the UK) Time ZoneGMT +4 hours

It may be a long haul destination, but a holiday to Mauritius, in the heart of the Indian Ocean, is totally worth the flight time. The island boasts year-round temperatures of mid to late 20s, with April to June, and September to December being favourable times to visit. From the breathtaking scenery to the luxury hotels and once-in-a-lifetime experiences, Mauritius is a tropical wonderland.

Maritim Hotel Mauritius
La Plantation Resort & Spa
Intercontinental Mauritius Resort Balaclava
Anahita The Resort - Residences & Villas
Moevenpick Resort And Spa

Great Places to Visit

From diving and sunbathing to exploring the local heritage and mixing with the wildlife, Mauritius has many strings to its tropical bow.

Snorkel and Scuba the Indian Ocean

Mauritius has a treasure trove of marine life beneath the surface of its bright blue ocean, and exploring the various bays, coral reefs and dive sites is a must do if you’re a water baby. Blue Bay Beach is a highlight, where the crystal waters are home to all manner of exotic creatures, plus technicolour coral to swim amongst.

Head Inland to the Black River Gorges

All the fun of Mauritius isn’t limited to its coastline. The Black River Gorges National Park is the island’s only national park, and a haven for nature lovers. Wear some comfy boots and hike the park’s trails, or abseil down the gushing waterfalls for an adrenaline rush, before cooling off even more in the river below.

Sample the Scrumptious Street Food

As the epitome of fusion food, with influences spanning cuisines from Asia, Africa and the Caribbean, tasting some Mauritian street food would be a real treat for your tastebuds. Try some of the local specialties, such as dhal puri, sugarcane juice, and the flavoursome Creole seafood curries. It beats the hotel buffet!

Explore the Beauty of Chamarel

Found in the south, this breathtaking village is just one of the hidden secrets of the island. You’ll marvel at the ‘Coloured Earth’ – a natural geological formation with red, orange, yellow and purple hues – and the journey to the village is out of this world, too. A perfect way to spend a day in the heart of Mauritius.

Getting Around

Mauritius is relatively small, but because there’s only one highway, travel can take a while. Car hire is an option, but it’s suited most to confident drivers due to the road conditions. Buses are available, but aren’t as reliable as the taxi service that is on hand. Taxis are also available for full-day excursions. Minibus excursions are popular too, as is scooter or jeep hire.

By Bus

Buses operate in most of Mauritius, apart from the Plaine Champagne nature zone. There are express bus services but travel by bus can take a while and so may be rejected in favour of taxis and self-drive.

By Car

Roads are generally very narrow lanes that wind through the countryside, so driving from A to B can be challenging, but it is perfectly possible to hire a car. You drive on the left in Mauritius, and petrol is cheap.

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Passports and Visas

Upon arrival in Mauritius, British Nationals can attain a visa that is usually valid for 3 months. Your passport should be valid for the duration of your stay. For more information and advice, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/mauritius/entry-requirements or the Foreign Office at www.fco.gov.uk/en/

Health and Safety

Take out comprehensive travel insurance before you head to Mauritius. If you plan on diving, make sure you have a policy that covers you for this. For more info, see www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/mauritius/health

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