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14 important things to know about Mauritius - The gorgeous African island of the Indian Ocean

From white sandy beaches to the all-year-round sun, Mauritius is easily one of the best places on earth to spend a tropical vacation. This stunning African island has got plenty of wonders up its sleeve, and knowing these tips will make your trip even more enjoyable.


Visa and passport requirements

One thing you don't have to worry about when visiting Mauritius is your visa, but only if you are planning your stay for less than 60 days. All you need is a valid return ticket and a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date of travel.


Exchange your money after landing

The chances are that the exchange rate in Mauritius is much better than in your home country. Therefore consider getting your cash exchanged for Mauritian rupees from an exchange bureau at the airport after landing in Mauritius.


Essential healthcare requirements

The CDC and WHO recommend some vaccinations before you travel to Mauritius. To stay on the safe side and to ensure that you have a great time, it is best to look into this and consult your physician before you start packing.


The fantastic weather all year round

You can rest assured that there will be enough sunshine to brighten you up all year round. However, like many other tropical countries, Mauritius too has a rainy season, which will most likely be from December to April.


Saturdays and Sundays are closed

As a tourist hotspot, you'd expect places like restaurants to be open over the weekend, but you will experience that it isn't the case. Of course, you can find a spot to dine, but most places (not only restaurants) will be closed as everyone is off on holiday.


Where to stay?

When it comes to accommodation, there's a huge selection of hotels in Mauritius with varying budgets. With private beaches and plenty of entertainment options, you can experience luxury holiday living at some of the best resorts in Mauritius, including the likes of The Residence Mauritius.


The stunning beaches

The white sandy beaches of Mauritius are what make this Indian Ocean island nation a popular tourist hotspot around the world. With swaying palm trees, utterly beautiful natural scenery, and local food stands, these beaches guarantee a great time.


The unusual traditions

Anyone who'd visited Mauritius will say that you will encounter at least one of their rather unusual traditions. One of them is the practice of receiving gifts only with the right hand, as the left is considered to be unclean.


The massive sugar cane fields

You will get to see a whole lot of sugar cane fields during your time in Mauritius. As its primary crop, more than 90% of the country's agricultural fields are dedicated to growing sugar cane. Also, don't forget to taste some sugar cane as well.


A plethora of adventurous activities

From an endless array of adrenaline-pumping water sports to plenty of trekking spots, Mauritius is all about indulging yourself in adventurous activities. Underwater sea walking is one you definitely should not miss if you are looking for a real thrill-seeker.


Safety for travellers

Whether you are a solo traveller or travelling as a couple or a family with kids, you can rest assured Mauritius is a safe holiday destination. As with any other country, petty theft does exist, so keep an eye on your valuables when in public places.


Mauritius photography tips

There's no doubt that Mauritius is full of photogenic spots. However, keep in mind to always ask for permission when photographing people, and flying a drone without prior approval is illegal.


People and culture

You will find that Mauritians are some of the friendliest and generous people you've ever met. With a great sense of humour and impeccable hospitality, you will hardly find anyone unpleasant.


Famous wildlife

Mauritius was once famous for the now-extinct Dodo bird. One such endemic creature you can still witness is the fruit bat, also known as the Mauritius flying fox.

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