As one of the most affordable tickets to paradise, Mauritius offers breath-taking beaches, exceptional scuba diving and snorkelling opportunities, plus a host of activities ranging from boat cruises to whale watching, island touring, deep sea fishing, horse riding, water sports or sheer relaxation as you unwind and enjoy the friendly and charming atmosphere of this sublime island paradise. Mauritius beckons you to discover its melting pot of seductive passion, vibrant colours, perfumed Creole cuisine and its mesmerizing Sega dance. Laze on the golden beaches fringed with palm trees whilst sipping a cocktail.
Browse through the markets of Port Louis filled with fascinating crafts, exotic spices and quality leather goods. Take a tour to a rum distillery or tea plantation. Marvel at the oldest botanical garden in the Southern Hemisphere at Pamplemousses. Take a relaxing day cruise around the island in a catamaran, go kitesurfing at Le Morne or enjoy snorkelling and diving amongst the colourful coral reefs.
Language: English is the official language. French and Creole are commonly used.
Currency: The local currency is the Mauritian Rupee. US Dollars and Euros are widely accepted in all resorts.
Visa: South African passport holders do not require a visa.
Time: 2 Hours ahead of South Africa.
What things cost: These are approximate prices and may vary according to hotels and seasons. (MUR – Mauritian Rupee)
Bottle of water: MUR150
Soft drink / beer: MUR150
Bottle of wine: MUR1300
Light lunch: MUR850
Climate: Summer (November to April) – 23ºC to 33ºC with the wettest months being from December to March. Winter (May to October) – 17ºC to 23ºC.