It has been said that “Mauritius was made first and then heaven was copied after Mauritius”. And with miles and miles of pristine sands, a coastline surrounded by turquoise-coloured waters and emerald-clad mountains rising in the middle, it’s not hard to see why.
In celebration of 50 years of independence in 2018 (and being named one of Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Countries to Visit), we’re encouraging you to explore Mauritius beyond the beaches. Hike through tropical jungle, go birding for endangered species found nowhere else on earth and dance to the rhythm of sega. Read on with our Mauritius Travel Guide…
- Flight Time from UK: 12 hours (direct from London)
- Time Difference: GMT +4 (daylight saving not observed)
- Currency: Mauritian rupee
- Language: English, French and Creole
- Visas: 60 day visa, issued on arrival
- When to Travel: while one of our favourite winter-sun destinations, Mauritius is great any time of year; peak season (October – April) is hot and humid, while winter months (May – September) are warm and dry
- Weather: the island has year-round sunshine and it’s very own micro-climate, meaning it may be blue skies where you are, but showering a few miles down the road!
Did You Know?
- The country is the size of Surrey
- Mauritius was home to the now extinct dodo: the last sighting of the flightless bird was back in 1662
- There are more tourists in Mauritius than locals with 1.36 million people visiting in 2017 compared with a population of 1.26 million
- You’ll never be more than 45km from the ocean at any point on the island
- Mauritius is surrounded by the world’s third largest coral reef
- The national flower Trochetia boutoniana (Boucle d’Oreille) only grows on a single mountaintop, Le Morne Brabant
Find Out More
Beaches: our top picks
Nature & Wildlife: from waterfalls to giant tortoises
Adventure & Watersports: getting active
Heritage & Culture: a social melting pot
Cuisine: what to eat and drink