Mauritius: our travel tips

Before you fly to Mauritius, consult the practical information and our travel tips to prepare your stay on the island.

Air access

Many airlines offer scheduled flights from France to Mauritius. It is about an 11-hour flight from Paris to Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport located in the south – east of the island, 48 km from Port Louis, the Mauritian capital.

Getting around in Mauritius

A major highway crosses the country from north to south and many well-maintained roads link the coasts to inland cities. Be careful, in Mauritius, we drive on the left, that’s why we advise you to opt for an automatic. Ask the concierge for advice on renting a car or a two-wheeler.

Visa / Formalities

A visa is not always required to travel to Mauritius. However, a passport, a return air ticket and valid accommodation reservation are essential. You can Consult the list of exempted countries.

What language(s) do you speak ?

English is the official language of the island; however, French and Creole are spoken by the majority of Mauritians on a daily basis.

Mauritian Currency

The Mauritian currency is the Mauritian rupee (MUR). Credit cards, MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Diners Club are accepted in hotels and department stores.

Time difference

In spite of the distance, about 9,400 km, there is only a slight time difference compared to France. In winter, simply add 3 hours and in summer, add only 2. Although the trip is long, you will not suffer from jet lag fatigue.

Health

No special vaccination is required for a stay in Mauritius. There are no malaria or zyka mosquitoes.

Public or private hospital infrastructures are up to international standards.

Electricity

Two types of sockets are used (with 2 or 3 pins), but to be on the safe side, bring an adapter.

Phone calls

To call Mauritius from France, dial 00230 followed by the number of the correspondent.
To call France once in Mauritius, dial 020 33 followed by the number of the correspondent without a zero.

Internet connectivity and WIFI on the island

All hotels and other leisure centres of the island offer WIFI connections.

Mauritius: A list of useful addresses

Mauritius Tourism Office
On the docks of the Caudan Waterfront, in Port Louis.
Tel: 208 63 97
A tourist information centre is also located in the airport.

French embassy in Mauritius
14, St-Georges Street, Port Louis.
Tel.: 202 01 00.

Tourist Information Centre in Mauritius
Caudan Waterfront, Port Louis
Tel.: 208 63 97

A Tourist Information Centre can also be found at the airport.

What is the weather like in Mauritius?

The weather in Mauritius is pleasant all year round. You can thus enjoy the beach or swimming pool and engage in outdoor activities in ideal conditions.
Like all the islands in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius enjoys a typically tropical climate with only two seasons that are reversed as compared to Europe.

Southern Summer

from November to April, not sweltering but a very hot and humid season with a risk of cyclones between January and March.

Southern Winter

from May to October, a dryer and more temperate season with trade winds in June, July and August that cools the air. We’re talking about winter, but the water temperature remains at 24 ° on average!

Average temperatures in Mauritius

Months J F M A M J J A S O N D
Maximum temperature in C° 30 29 29 28 26 24 24 24 25 27 28 29
Minimum temperature in C° 23 23 22 21 19 17 17 17 17 18 19 22
Water temperature in C° 26 27 27 26 25 24 23 23 23 23 24 26

Good to know

The west side of the island is less humid and warmer than the south or east because it is less exposed to trade winds.
At night, you can expect the temperature to drop by 3 to 4° Celsius.
The sun sets early and very quickly, at 6 pm on average all year round.