Mauritius Facts and Info


All you need to know before heading to Mauritius


The island of Mauritius is part of the Republic of Mauritius which also includes Rodrigues in the north-east, and Agalega islands and Cargados Carajos Archipelago in the north. It is surrounded by the Indian Ocean but inland, there are beautiful rocky hills jutting out of endless rainforest. 

Best Time To Visit

Mauritius has a relatively mild climate. While temperatures are moderate throughout the year with occasional rainfall, the most pleasant times for you to visit are between April and June and September and December. Being in the southern hemisphere, the island's summer and winter months are opposite to those in Europe.

If you aren't a sun lizard the winter months (May to October) are your best bet, as the temperature is cooler. This is the best season for surfing (June to August) and outdoor activities like hiking. Summer runs from November to April and the weather is hot and humid, peaking in December, January and February. Rainfall is high, especially in February and March. This is the best time for scuba diving (especially December to March) and deep-sea fishing.

Cyclones: While cyclone season is from November to April, cyclones mostly manage to avoid Mauritius because of the island's small size. All the same, the beach resorts have been set up to withstand any fierce winds.


 
Visas

Most travellers do not need a visa and get an automatic stay of 60 days on entry as a tourist. This includes British, American, Canadian, Australian and most European travellers

Currency

Mauritian rupee (MUR or Rs). Credit cards are widely accepted and you can change foreign currency and travellers cheques at hotels and most towns

Size

2,040 sq km

Language

English is the official language, but French and Creole are widely spoken

Population

1.25 million (2007 Census)

Time

GMT + 4 hours

Religion

Hindu 48%, Roman Catholic 23.6%, other Christian 8.6%, Muslim 16.6%, and other 2.5%

Ethnic Groups

Indo-Mauritian 68%, Creole 27%, Sino-Mauritian 3%, and Franco-Mauritian 2%

Electricity

230 volts, 50Hz. Square three-pin plugs and round two-pin plugs are commonly used

Communications

The international access code for Mauritius is +230. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code

Health

No vaccination certificates are required for entry into Mauritius, unless travelling from a country infected by yellow fever or where yellow fever is classified as endemic

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