The Island of Mauritius lies in the Southern Indian Ocean, 2000 km off the east cost off Africa and 4000 km south of India. Beeing situated at 20 deg. south latitude and just north of Tropic of Capricorn, it is a year-round tropical travel destination.
There are two seasons: Summer (Oct-April), which is warm (25-35 degree Celcius) and brings more rain, and "cooler" (20-28 degree Celcius) and dryer mauritian Winter (June-Sep). Tropical "rain" means; it´s raining for a couple of minutes and the sun comes out again soon after. It´s hardly raining for hours or the whole day like on continents. Lying far south on the southern Hemisphere, seasons are opposite to Europe. Gentle southern tradewinds make the Island a not-so-humid & hot paradise, like other tropical destinations!
Water temperatures are between 22 and 30 degrees C, with its max in January and low in July.
Official language is English, colloquial language is French/ Créole
GMT / UTC +4 hours (Central Europe +3h)
Visas are not required for tourists (max. stay 3 - 6 months) depending on which country the traveller originates from.
Passport should be valid min. 6 months from departure date.
The health system is good. There are several public and private Hospitals. No vaccination is specified. However Hepatitis A/B & Tetanus are recommended. There is no Malaria on the island. Drinking water: It is recommended to drink botteled water.
Left-hand driving. Road conditions are good. There´s a highway connecting the major cities of Port-Louis/ Gand Baie / Airport - southeast coast. Country roads are ok but often small. The Bus System is widespread, cheap (2 euros roundtrip) and very popular. Taxis are also cheap and can be booked on a daily basis (about 50 €).
Weights & Measures
Metric and old English & French, Current: 230V AC, Plug-In adapter required
The rainbow population of Mauritius is composed by several groups: The biggest group are the Hindu & Muslims, descends from Indian labourers, who were brought to the island by the British Colony to work in the sugar cane fields . Followed by Chinese, also taken as labourers. The remaining population are descendants of African slaves, and Franco-Mauritian, the original settlers of the island.
One highlight found in Mauritius, is the magnificent mixture of cuisines offered. The most common varieties of cuisine are Creole, Indian, European and Chinese.