Surrounded by the Indian Ocean, this island is one of the most sought after holiday destinations in the world. Mauritius is globally known for its adorable sandy beaches, mountainous interior, bright freshwater lagoons and fantastic coral reefs. In 2013, the world travel and tourism council awarded this teeny-tiny island as the world’s best honeymoon and wedding destination. Be it a romantic honeymoon, a family vacation or a relaxing finish, this African Safari holds everything for you ! In order to make your visit worthwhile we’ve listed out everything you need to know prior to your visit.
Original Passport with at least 6 months validity and minimum 3 blank pages + all old passports if any
Accommodation proof (hotel reservation or invitation letter if visiting someone in Mauritius)
Invitation letter from host company (for business visa)
Sufficient financial funds to support your trip (while in Mauritania)
Places to Visit in Mauritius - PORT LOUIS
Port Louis presents before the world an awe-inspiring blend of history and modernity. The culture of this flamboyant city has been deeply influenced by the customs of countries like India, China, Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. The beauty of Port Louis lies in its artistic, musical, historical, and architectural heritage. The city’s colonial vibes, brilliantly architectural marvels, and stunning views of the Indian Ocean and the Moka mountain ranges perfectly define the charm of this exuberant city. The city of Port Louis brims with a myriad of enchanting attractions that range from intriguing museums and stunning monuments to breathtaking gardens and swanky hotels. Pointe aux Piments Public Beach and Baie Du Tombeau Beach define the beach culture of the Mauritian island, while the Natural History Museum and the Blue Penny Museum unravel the age-old history of the country.
ILE AUX CERFS BEACH
A perfect weekend getaway for the water babies, this beach is home to numerous adrenaline rushing activities and offers a perfect amalgamation of the sun with sand. From shining white sand to beautiful lagoons, the place offers many beautiful sceneries where you can click numerous memorable pictures. In addition to beauty, this beach also houses some small shacks and stalls selling local goods like jewellery made of pearls and local food items.
Once a popular place for surfing, Tamarin Beach was also known as Santosha Bay. This beach used to get many high waves perfect for surfing, thus attracting loads of tourists from all over the world. Finding its name in the most famous places to see in Mauritius, Tamarin Beach has a similar charm it used to have before but due to crowd and pollution the waves are not so high making surfing not possible. However, people still visit this beautiful beach to indulge in other water based activities like snorkelling and scuba diving.
Best Hotels and Affordable Resorts in Mauritius - TROU AUX BICHES BEACHCOMBER GOLF RESORT & SPA
THE MOST ROMANTIC HOTEL IN MAURITIUS A strip of white sandy beach, a turquoise lagoon with crystal-clear waters, a 35-hectare tropical garden...These are some of the timeless charms of Trou aux Biches Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa, a luxury hotel in Mauritius. Its situation on the north west coast of Mauritius ensures one of the best climates and provides the perfect setting for dramatic sunsets. With its romantic atmosphere, Trou aux Biches Beachcomber provides the idyllic setting you have been dreaming of for your perfect wedding and honeymoon in Mauritius.
VICTORIA BEACHCOMBER RESORT & SPA
A SPACIOUS BEACHSIDE RESORT IN MAURITIUS Located North-west on the coast of Mauritius, Victoria Beachcomber Resort & Spa is conveniently situated between the tourist hub of Grand Baie and Port Louis, the capital city. Facing the splendid sunsets, Victoria Beachcomber is one of the most popular family resorts in Mauritius. This property provides various amenities like, free parking, free high-speed internet , pool,gym, beach, bicycle rental, babysitting, etc.
LONG BEACH MAURITIUS
A Sun Resorts property, Long Beach Golf & Spa Resort is located on the east coast, along one of the island's longest and widest natural beaches. Opened in 2011, it is an elegant and affable holiday resort featuring a unique blend of island chic architecture and tropical landscape. Its 255 rooms are harmoniously arranged in three semicircles with wonderful views over the crystal-clear waters of the lagoon, the coral reef and the Indian Ocean beyond. With a choice of 5 restaurants, and an extensive range of activities including preferred access to the Ile aux Cerfs Golf Club, your holiday at Long Beach Mauritius is a long way from ordinary.
MOTELS - ONS MOTEL & GUEST HOUSE
ONS Motel & Guest House Mauritius, is located in the South East coast of Mauritius, in the heart of Mahebourg, which is only 10 /15 minutes from the SSR International Airport and our beautiful Blue Bay beach. It is ideally and centrally recommended for your holidays, transit and business stays in Mauritius. ONS Guest House offers you 14 new comfortable and affordable rooms and well maintained with our dynamic staff - Bed and breakfast Guest House as accommodation in the historical village of Mahebourg Mauritius Island. We guarantee you will enjoy your stay with our hospitality and make the short time you spend with us memorable!
Bil’s Villa is a picturesque motel providing all the necessary amenities at a very affordable price. It provides free high speed wifi facility, free parking and a complimentary breakfast. S. Seewoosagur Ram airport is 14.4 miles away and 2.9 miles away from Rochester falls.
TOPARADIS GUEST HOUSE & RESTAURANT
Located in pereybere this guest house is lashed with various facilities to make your experience seamless and worthwhile. The inn provides free wifi, free parking, free breakfast, outdoor furniture, lounge, complimentary breakfast, pool, airport transportation, restaurant, snack bar and 24-hour check-in.
RENTALS - THE OISEAUX PARADISE GARDEN HOUSE
A two storey building, the house is freshly painted, leather sofas inside, furnished kitchen with cutlery, a large porch for barbecue and all rooms have a view on the beautiful front garden, kitchen is equipped with oak wood cupboards and drawers, etc. The house has a beautiful front garden laced with Security camera for surveillance +Alarm system + Secure region The property is in the heart of Mauritius and close to the central railway.
VILLAS À LOUER A TROU AUX BICHES
This private villa has two air conditioned rooms and an automatic garage. It also has one big pool of height approximately 1m70. It has a free internet facility with chrome cast and gives free access to all french channels.
MUST-TRY CUISINES - MINE FRITE
Fried Noodles are not just a common dish throughout oriental Asia, but in Mauritius as well. The name Mine Frite is a combination of the Cantonese/Hakka word for noodles- Mein and the French word for fried- Frite. Locally known as Mine Frite, this dish is basically fried noodles cooked in a Mauritian style.Fresh noodles or egg noodles are tossed in a heated wok with cabbage, carrots, and other vegetables along with chicken, shrimp and sometimes thin strips of meat. The ingredients are seasoned with dark soy sauce, fish sauce, salt and pepper. It is topped off with strips of fried egg and accompanied with garlic sauce and chilli paste for those who like it spicy.
Nothing can be more Mauritian, then the classic Rougaille dish. This typical Creole dish is so versatile it can accompany almost anything.Rougaille is essentially a tomato-based sauce- tomatoes, onions, garlic and chillies are braised into a rich sauce with herbs like thyme and coriander. This sauce can be served plain or other fresh produce can be added to it, such as meat, chicken, seafood including and the popular Mauritian favourite, salted fish (poisson salé). Vegetables and other unique ingredients can be added in as well, such as canned sardines, sausages and corned beef/mutton.
Aside from Mauritian meals, no other snack pays tribute to Mauritius than the Gateau Piment. Found at almost every food stall, this snack is immensely popular among the locals. Alternatively called Gateau Dhal, the name Gateau Piment translated directly from French is Chilli Cake, though it is often not as spicy as it sounds. The snack is made from yellow split peas (dhal) and seasoned with spring onion and sliced green chillies. The chillies can be omitted for a milder flavour.
BEST TIME TO VISIT Mauritius
As Mauritius is best known for winter sun, the peak season for tourism is from October to April and low season runs from May to September. Rodrigues’ peak tourist seasons are from the end of November to February, around Easter in April and from the end of June to August; outside of these times beach restaurants are often closed and only a few tables d’hôtes are open. The cooler, drier months from June to September, with fewer mosquitos, are good for outdoor activities; clear, calm and warm waters from November to April are ideal for diving; the best deep-sea fishing is from October to April; and surfing conditions are at their best from June to August.
The currency notes of Mauritius are in denominations of 25, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000 and 2000 whereas the coins are in denominations of 5, 20 and 50 cents. Currency usage is hassle-free as credit cards like Visa, American Express, and MasterCard are widely accepted in Mauritius and so are US dollars.
Updating your insurance before travelling to Mauritius is a good measure. Although Mauritius offers good health care facilities, it is expensive. Make sure the travel health insurance plan is adequate to cover any medical treatment or illness.
Google Maps are yet to be optimised in Mauritius. It is better to have a guide to take you around.
A certificate of negative COVID-19 PCR test administered between 5 and 7 days prior to -boarding at their last point of embarkation.
A valid air ticket to Mauritius and
proof of purchase of a stay package in one of our certified COVID-19 safe resorts
Non-vaccinated arrivals to Mauritius will be required to quarantine for 14 days in a government-approved hotel room.
Vaccinated arrivals may stay in government-approved hotels, and use the hotel facilities and beach freely.
Non-essential businesses and attractions in Mauritius are open, with social distancing measures in place.
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