Mauritius

Mauritius

Welcome to Mauritius

Mark Twain himself likened Mauritius to heaven on Earth. And while the sparkling sapphire waters and toe-pleasing white-sand beaches would have you in agreement, there is so much more to this island nation.

From hiking to wildlife watching, from visits to botanical gardens to world-class diving, Mauritius is not only a beach lover’s dream, but an outdoor enthusiast’s as well. Lounge on a new beach every day of your stay. See the striped Seven Colored Earth of Chamarel. Visit a typical Mauritian village and the picturesque Church of St. Anne. Spot colorful indigenous plants, giant tortoises and Java deer at the famous Pamplemousses Botanical Garden. Travel the tea route, stopping at traditional tea plantations and factories.

And eat … this Indian Ocean isle is renowned for its cuisine, with Creole, Chinese, European and Indian influences. Try the national dish, Dholl puri, a yellow split-pea pancake filled with bean curry. Beaches, yes, but let Mauritius show off all its treasures.

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Unique Facts

  • About 90 percent of the cultivated land in Mauritius is given over to sugarcane. Learn about sugar’s influence on the country’s history at L’Aventure du Sucre museum in Pamplemousses.
  • You’ll have a chance to glimpse the Mauritian Pink Pigeon, one of the world’s rarest birds, if you go hiking in Black River Gorges National Park.
  • Try to attend a Sega music and dance performance. This popular native style traces its origin back to the slave era on Mauritius. The songs are sung in Creole. Watch closely – the dances aren’t to let their feet lose contact with the ground.
  • Heard of the dodo bird. It is believed that this now extinct flightless bird only resided on Mauritius. Once humans arrived on the island, the entire dodo population was gone within 100 years.
  • There are two UNESCO World Heritage Sites on the island: Aapravasi Ghat, the immigration depot to which Indian laborer were brought to the island to work on sugarcane plantations; and Mont Le Morne Brabant, a slave sanctuary in the 18th and early 19th.

Language

Mauritius’s official language is English.

When To Go

Mauritius is a year-round destination with two seasons: a hot, wet summer from October to April (peak tourist season) and a warm, dry winter from May to September (a good time for outdoor activities). There is a small risk of cyclones from January to March. Scuba diving is best from November to April; deep-sea fishing is best from October to April; and surfing is best from June to August.

Airports

Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport

Passport Validity

Passport must be valid at time of entry.

Visa Required By US Citizen?

No (tourist visa is issued upon arrival)

Vaccinations

The CDC recommends the following vaccines for most travelers when visiting Mauritius: Hepatitis A and Typhoid. Depending on where you are traveling, you may also need Hepatitis B and Rabies vaccines.

Electrical Outlets

Power plugs and sockets: types C and G. Standard voltage: 230V. Frequency: 50Hz.

Currency

Official local currency: Rupee

Getting Around

Be prepared for narrow, unevenly graded roads without guardrails and bordered by deep ditches. Night driving is particularly hazardous.

Public and private bus service runs between main towns and in some remote areas. Book taxis in advance for night travel. Uber is not available.

Driver’s License

A valid driver’s license from country of origin or international driving permit is required.

US Embassy Info

U.S. Embassy Port Louis
4th Floor, Rogers House
John Kennedy Street
Port Louis, Mauritius
Telephone: +(230) 202-4400
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(230) 202-4400,
press one (1) after the automated greeting
Fax: +(230) 208-9534
PTLConsular@state.gov

Local Visitor Info

Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority
4-5th Floor,Victoria House
St Louis Street
11302
Port Louis, Mauritius
Tel: +230 2031900
Fax: +230 212 5142

Local Emergency Phone Numbers

Ambulance: 114
Police: 112
Fire: 115

Safety and Security

Most crime activity in Mauritius is non-violent crimes of opportunity, including pickpocketing, purse snatching and petty theft in crowded outdoor shopping areas. Women should not walk alone.

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