Mauritius Facts & Travel Tips

Photo right: Kayaking in Mauritius - courtesy La Pirogue Resort

Key facts about Mauritius

Country name Republic of Mauritius

Area 2,040 sq km

Population 1.25 million

Capital city Port Louis (population 150,000)

Government Republic established in 1992; gained independence from the UK in 1968

Language Creole, English and French.

Useful phrases Try these French phrases: Bonjour – hello; ca va? – how are you?; merci – thank you; S'il vous plait – please; Oui – Yes; Non – No

Climate Tropical. Mauritius enjoys a tropical maritime climate, with little seasonal variation in temperature. Wintere from May to early October is warm and dry with an average temperature of 18°C to 24°C. Summer, from December to April, is hot, humid and wet, with an average temperature on the coast that ranges from 25°C to 33°C.

Currency Mauritius Rupee (MUR)

Time Zone Six hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time; four hours behind Australian Western Standard Time; GMT/UTC +4 hours

Electricity 240 volts, 50hz; Australian-style three-pin plugs and round two-pin plugs

Religions Mostly Hindu, large Christian and Islam and Buddhist minorities

Dialling code +230

Tipping Tipping is discretionary. Government tax, added to all hotel and restaurant bills, is included in the basic price.

Local etiquette Visitors are requested not to offend local sensibilities.

Tip Hats and sunscreen are a must and sneakers or sandals are advisable for walking and swimming around coral. If you cut yourself on coral pour lemon or lime juice over the wound to relieve the pain, or use hydrogen peroxide.

Location Indian Ocean, off southeast coast of Africa, due east of Madagascar

Getting there Emirates, Qantas, Malaysian Airlines, Singapore Airlines and Air Mauritius fly weekly to Mauritius, with connections from all major Australian airports.

Flight time 12.5 hours from Sydney, 8.25 hours from Perth

Flying in Plaisance Airport is located 48km southeast of Port Louis. Taxis are available to the city while arriving guests are usually met by courtesy transport from the respective hotels and resorts.

Entry requirements A passport valid for at least six months beyond intended period of stay as well as a ticket for return or onward travel. Australian citizens do not need a visa for a stay of up to six months.

Getting around A major highway runs north to south and narrow narrow roads cover the island. Buses, taxis and hire cars are available. Traffic drives on the left.

Did you know? Creole is a language adapted from 17th century French.

Latest update for this beach holiday destination: 25 May, 2014
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