Mauritius Travel Guide

Explore Mauritius

For beach lovers, Mauritius is a paradise on Earth: Sapphire blue waters and fine powdery white sand fringe the coast while emerald green hills sprawl across the island’s interior. There’s no shortage of outdoor activities you can do here: snorkelling, scuba diving, kitesurfing, and boat excursions to offshore islands.

On land, you can go hiking, horse riding, canyoning, and golfing. Up in the sky, catch a scenic flight and see the stunning island and its surrounding coral reefs from above; while the adventurous ones can even jumping off the plane if they like! But if you are here to relax, the large array of luxury resorts here will give you the front-row seat onto some of the most beautiful views in the Indian Ocean.


TOP THINGS TO DO

Jummah Mosque

Originally built in the 1850s, the Jummah Mosque is the island’s biggest mosque. The mosque’s architecture is a blend of Indian, Creole and Islamic influences, as seen from the carvings and layout. An Indian almond or badamia tree has been standing in the middle of the mosque’s courtyard since the founding of the mosque.

Seven Colored Earths

Known locally as Terres des Sept Couleurs in French language, these multi-hued sand dunes are natural geological formations found in the Chamarel plain in south-western Mauritius. Nowadays, the dunes are protected by a wooden fence and visitors are not allowed to climb on them.

Flic-En-Flac

This is one of the most popular beach towns in Mauritius, drawing in locals with its long and sandy public beach. Shop at one of the malls here, chill at the many beach bars or just drink in spectacular views over the Indian Ocean horizon and of Le Morne Brabant Peninsula located in the south west of Mauritius.

Black River Gorges

For active travelers, this national park in the hilly south-western part of Mauritius is an excellent spot for some hiking and canyoning (jumping and repelling down waterfalls). It sprawls across an area of 67.54 square kilometres, including humid upland forest, drier lowland forest and marshy heathland. The park is home to many endemic plants and animals including the Mauritian flying fox, the Mauritius kestrel, pink pigeon, and Mauritius parakeet.

Mahebourg Market

One of the best things to do in Mauritius to do is wander through its markets, which are often vibrant, colorful and packed to the brim with fresh, local produce. Don’t miss the central market of Mahébourg, on the southeast coast of Mauritius, and try some local snacks – gâteaux piments (chilli cakes), dhal puri (lentil pancakes) and samousas (samosas).

Where to Eat and Drink

In high end hotels and resorts, you’ll be guaranteed an overflow of scrumptious, richly flavoured Mauritian cuisine. Sadly beyond that, culinary choices are limited around the island; but sniff your way through the backstreets of Port Louis and other major towns and you might still find some authentic bites. Curries, samosas and fresh seafood owe their presence to influences from Mauritius’ Indian, Chinese, French and Creole communities.


RECOMENDED PLACES TO EAT

Maison Euréka

Located in the heart of Mauritius in Moka, this plush restaurant is housed in a colonial mansion that has been converted into a museum devoted to Creole culture. The food served at the eponymous restaurant evokes the culinary traditions of the multicultural isle.

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Chez Tino

A local’s favorite haunt, Chez Tino is quirky but full of character and that’s the way we like it. You’ll find fresh Mauritian seafood on the menu, including grilled lobster and langoustine. The terrace, which overlooks the coast, is the best spot to catch sunset.

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La Chaumiere Masala

Nestled on the hillside of Ile aux Cerfs Island, La Chaumière Masala Restaurant serves moderately priced Indian dishes in rustic thatch-roofed pavilions surrounding a superb banyan tree. Feast on spicy curries and grilled-to-perfection tandoori meat right next to the sparkling turquoise waters.

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Le Palais de Barbizon

In the Chamarel mountainous district, you’ll find down-to-earth homestyle Mauritian cooking at this simple, casual diner. Using her family recipe, owner Marie-Ange whips up well-priced meals that include fish or chicken, with a side of vegetables, rice and rum punch.

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Recommended Places to Stay

Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok

Drawing inspiration from Le Touessrok’s rich history, the newly renovated hotel blends plush contemporary design with Mauritian heritage, against the backdrop of the stunning waters of the Trou d’Eau Douce Bay.

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Shanti Maurice

On the beautiful south coast, Shanti Maurice is poised on one of the island’s best beaches, with pristine white sand stretching down to the clear turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean.

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Paradise Cove Boutique Hotel

A small-scale adults-only hotel, the Paradise Cove is intimate and perfect for couples and honeymooners. Situated on the north coast at Anse la Raie, it’s a true getaway for those seeking tranquility and absolute privacy.

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Mon Choisy Beach Resort

Simple and slick, this modern mid-range hotel offers excellent value with a beachfront location, million-dollar views and stylish interiors.

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Best Time to Go

Thanks to its desirable location, Mauritius enjoys a tropical climate, with warm and humid weather year-round. There really is no best time to visit Mauritius as the climate is pleasant regardless of the time of the year.

The only time to avoid is during the wet cyclone season, which runs from January to March, when the island receives the most rainfall. In July and August, the wind at its strongest on the east coast of the island, so it’s also good to avoid visiting during those months.

As Mauritius is located in the southern hemisphere, summer actually runs from November to April, with temperatures around 25 to 28°C; while winter lasts from June to October, with mild temperatures at 18 to 23°C.


Getting There

A few airlines fly from Saudi Arabia to Mauritius, including Emirates, Air India, and Air Mauritius. Direct flights are not available at this time, and most flights to Mauritius include one or two connections. Riyadh offers the most flights, with a minimum journey time of 12 hours.

Getting from Airport to City
  • By Bus

    There are three public bus routes that connect Mauritius Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport with different parts of the island. Buses leave every 9 to 15 minutes from the middle of the airport’s carpark and a single fare costs around 30 MUR

  • By Car Rental

    Most people hire a car when in Mauritius as it’s the most convenient way to travel around the island. There are numerous car hire companies at the airport, including Sixt, OLA Mauritius, and Maki Rental.

  • By Taxi

    Taxis are available outside the arrivals hall, but most taxis do not use their meters in Mauritius. Your best bet is to arrange a private taxi transfer online and agree on the fare in advance. A one-way journey to Belle Mare and Port Louis should cost between 1500 and 2000 MUR.



Extra tips
  • There are no official languages in Mauritius, although Mauritian Creole is most commonly spoken. English and French are also very commonly spoken.

  • The currency in Mauritius is the Mauritian Rupee (MUR). The current exchange rate is 1 SAR to 9.43 MUR.

  • The voltage in Mauritius is supplied at 230 volts, 50 hertz.

  • Mauritius mainly uses the European two-prong plug and British three-prong plug.