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Accommodation


In Mauritius, the hotel park consists of luxury and quality resorts, small to medium hotels and charming guest houses; all offer the same welcome touch and a remarkable level of service.  Major local or regional hotel group members include Sun Resorts, LUX* Resorts, Veranda Leisure and Hospitality, Constance Hotels, Attitude Resorts, Indigo Hotels and Resorts, Alizée Resorts and Gold Group of Hotels.

 

The natural charm of the country has also attracted International Hotel chains such as the One and Only Le Saint Géran, Starwood Hotels' Le Méridien and Luxury Collection, Four Seasons, Shanti Maurice, Hilton, Oberoi, Sofitel Imperial and Sofitel So, Maritim, Club Med, Outrigger Mauritius resort and Spa, Angsana, Centara, St Regis and Intercontinental, amongst others.

 

 

Climate


As Mauritius is located in the Southern Hemisphere, the summer and winter months are the opposite of those of  Europe i.e. the tropical summer months are from November to April and the ‘sub-tropical’ winter months from May to October.  The temperature during the summer months vary from 27°C to 33°C with a maximum of humidity during the month of February (sometimes humidity can reach above 90%) and from 17°C to 25°C during winter months.  The lowest temperature ever registered in Mauritius during winter is 10°C, on the central plateau, which rises 600 meters above sea level.

 

It is recommended to wear light cotton clothing if you visit Mauritius during summer and advisable to carry some jersey or light woolen clothes in your luggage for the evenings during winter.  Day light is from 6am to 7am during summer and from 6.30am to 5.45am during winter. The temperature of the sea varies from 22°C to 27°C in winter and from 26°C to 30°C in summer.

 

 

Rainfall


The highest rainfall normally occurs during the months of February and March, usually on the central plateau.  The Northern and Western parts of Mauritius are the warmest and driest, whereas the eastern and southern regions are the breeziest.

 

 

Cyclones


The cyclonic season extends from November to April, but luckily Mauritius is often spared as the cyclones' trajectory takes them far from the island.  However, should they pass near or over Mauritius, they can cause severe damage to the vegetation, environment, power supply. Thus in case of cyclones, it is common that the people occupying fragile habitation, such as wooden houses, need to find shelter in government schools as cyclonic winds can blow up to 200 to 250 Km/hour. However, most of the island's infrastructure are cyclone-proof and resist very well to these strong winds.

 

 

Popular Beaches


White sand beaches surround the island and the most famous are : Cap Malheureux, Pereybère, Grand Baie, Trou aux Biches, Mon Choisy in the North, Flic en Flac, Le Morne and La Prairie  in the West/South-West region, Trou d’Eau Douce, Palmar and Belle Mare in the East, Blue Bay and Pointe d’Esny in the South.

 

 

What to do and what to see ?


A multitude of opportunities exist for the tourists such as : adventure sports, scuba  diving, snorkelling, waterskiing and windsurfing, among others.  Your tour operator, a local DMC or the hotel you will choose for your stay, will be able to guide you and give you the list of excursions available, so that you enjoy every moment of your stay with us.

 

 

Places to visit


To name a few : Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden (Pamplemousses), Balaclava ruins, Chamarel's Seven-Coloured Earth, Black River Gorges, Grand Bassin, Ile Aux Cerfs, Domaine de L’Etoile, Casela Nature Park, Vallée de Ferney, Domaine des Sept Vallées, Parc Aventure, La Vanille Réserve des Mascareignes, the Tea Route, Sugar Museum, Rhum factory etc…

 

Popular Shopping places : Port Louis market, Caudan Waterfront, Bagatelle Mall of Mauritius, Cascavelle, Grand Baie La Croisette, amongst others.

 

 

Banks


At the airport, on arrival, you will find banking facilities just before the exit of the Tour Operators' Hall.

Opening: 6:00am, Closing 9:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (depending on the last flight).

At departure, banks and money changers operate in the check-in hall. However, there are no banking facilities after immigration and passport control.

 

In both the departure and the arrival halls, services are offered by the following: State Bank of Mauritius, The Mauritius Commercial Bank, Banque des Mascareignes, Barclays Bank, Shibani Finance, Easy Change, Thomas Cook and British American Exchange. Furthermore, Hong Kong & Shanghai Bank and State Bank of Mauritius provide ATM services inside the arrival hall.

 

 

Payments/cards


Mauritius has also a good network of ATMs (Automated Teller Machine) that will accept all the major credit and debit cards. Visa Cards, Maestro Cards, MasterCards, American Express and Diners Club are all accepted by banks and restaurants so that you will always have a way to carry your money. In addition to this ,all major restaurants and shopping centers accept payments by credit cards. Travellers cheques are also accepted by banks and hotels and can be exchanged on the island. Western Union and Moneygram transfers are also available on the island to receive and send money.

 

However please note that some small shops and restaurants are not equipped to accept cards.  For e.g. at the Port Louis market or at the craft market in the Caudan Waterfront, payment must be in cash.

 

 

Currency


The monetary unit is the Mauritian Rupee (Rs.) which is divided into 100 cents (cs). At the latest exchange rate, one Euro is worth around Rs. 40 and one US Dollar Rs. 30.

 

 

Customs


Duty-Free Allowances (For Travellers arriving in Mauritius and Rodrigues on International Flights).
Personal-use goods (i.e. not for re-sale) up to a value of:

Rs. 7,500 (Foreign passport holder. No age limit)
Alcohol: 1 litre of spirits and 2 litres of wine or beer; Tobacco products: 250 grams

 

Traveller must be aged 18 years and over to qualify for alcohol and tobacco allowances.

Travellers with No Goods to Declare or non-commercial goods valued within their duty-free allowances may proceed directly to GREEN CHANNEL.

 

Travellers with Goods to Declare, that is, goods valued above their duty-free allowances, restricted/prohibited goods, commercial goods, and temporary importations must proceed directly to the RED CHANNEL or COMMERCIAL COUNTER for Commercial Goods.

 

Failure to properly declare goods to Customs is a serious offence that may lead to seizure of goods and / or fine imposed.
For more information, please consult the Customs Website :

http://www.mra.mu

 

 

Visas


Please check the following website to enquire on your visa requirements as it varies depending of your country of origin :

http://passport.gov.mu/English/Pages/default.aspx

 

 

Driving


Driving is on the left-hand side of the road and priority is given to the right.

 

Foreigners with a driving licence issued by a competent authority in their country of residence are allowed to drive during their stay in Mauritius, for a limited period of 6 months, upon fulfilling formalities at the police headquarters.

 

The driving licence held by the person, issued by competent authorities, needs to be presented. In case the person is above 60, a Medical Certificate as to his fitness is also required

 
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