Full country name: Republic of Mauritius
Area: 2,040 sq km
Population: 1,288,000 million
Capital City: Port Louis
Religion: 52% Hindus, 31% Roman Catholic, 16% Islam, 1% Buddhist
Government: Parliamentary republic
Time Zone: MUT (UTC+4), summer – (DST) (UTC+5)
Dialing Code: 230
Electricity: 230V, 50Hz
Weights & measures: Metric
Currency: Mauritian rupee (MUR)
Money & Costs:
Average Yearly Salary: $13,000
Budget: 40-200 MUR
Mid-range: 300-600 MUR
High: 700-1200 MUR
Budget: 1300 MUR
Mid-range: 5000 MUR
High: 11000 MUR
Geography: Mauritius, part of the Mascarene Islands, is located in the southwest Indian Ocean east of Madagascar and southwest of India. The islands was formed due to a series of undersea volcanic eruptions, however, now it has one of the most beautiful landscapes. The coastline of Mauritius is about 330 kilometers and is generally surrounded by coral reefs. Visitors enjoy the island’s splendid beaches, that are perfect for various activities, such as water sport, snorkeling, scuba diving, deep sea fishing or simply lazing about.
Climate: Mauritius has a tropical maritime climate, with warm and sunny weather on the coast throughout the year. Since there is little seasonal temperatures variation, winter (May – October) is warm and dry. Summer (November – April) is very hot, humid and usually rainy. The average summer temperature on the coastal areas is about 34 C, and the average winter temperature is about 22 C. The water temperature varies between 22 C and 27 C. The risk of storms is highest between January and April.
Recommended clothing: You should pack lightweight clothes suitable for tropical climate. Take something warmer for evenings and cooler winter months. Rainwear is advisable throughout the year. Sun-care products, sunglasses and a hat are recommended when visiting Mauritius in summer. Long sleeves and trousers would be useful to help prevent the insect bites.
Food: The Mauritian cuisine is a mix of Creole, Indian, French and Chinese cuisines, and with its variety of aromas and flavors it is characterized as being a gastronomic delight. The most popular ingredients used in Mauritian recipes are tomatoes, onions, garlic, ginger, and chilies. Spices also play a key role in traditional dishes. Since such spices as saffron, cardamom and cinnamon are extensively used, the flavors of Mauritian dishes are powerful, yet subtle. The combination of curries and rougailles along with white rice is very popular with the locals and is their everyday food. The interblending of spices with vegetables, meat and fish is what lends that unique charm to Mauritian cuisine.
Drink: Mauritius is famous for its cane rum production, which is quite cheap in the island. Locals drink it mixed with cola and ice. Another popular cocktail recipe is mixing rum with the coconut water, dash of lime and ice. Note, that alcohol is much cheaper in local villages than in hotels. The local beer Phoenix is considered to be of the best quality and it costs only about 30 rupees for a pint. The local Black Eagle beer, brewed in Nouvelle France is a definite refreshment on a hot summer day.
Health: The most common health issues are related with mosquitoes. It is very important to use an anti-mosquito repellent throughout the day. More mosquitoes are usually found in rural areas, however, they can also inhabit the beach and may lead to swollen joints and/or rashes. You should always sleep under a mosquito net, spray your bedroom with a good repellent before going to bed and plug an electric repellent into the power supply. Another health issue is related with sea urchins, therefore, you should either buy or bring plastic shoes when venturing into the water. Note, that reef fish in Mauritius have been found to contain a neurotoxin. It is important not to eat peanuts or take alcohol if you eat coral or reef fish like sea bass, mullet, snapper or grouper.
1 Jan or Feb Thaipoosam Cavadee
1 Jan and 2 Jan New Year
1 Feb Abolition of Slavery Day
1 Feb Maha Shivaratri
14 Feb Chinese New Year
1 Mar or Apr Ougadi
12 Mar National Day
1 May Labour Day
1 Sep Ganesh Chathurthi
11 Sep Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)
1 Nov All Saints’ Day
2 Nov First Labourers’ Day
5 Nov Diwali (Festival of Lights)
25 Dec Christmas Day
(a) Hindu festivals are timed according to local sightings of various phases of the moon. The dates given above are approximations. (b) There is a diversity of cultures in Mauritius, each with its own set of holidays. (c) Muslim festivals are timed according to local sightings of various phases of the moon and the dates given above are approximations. During the lunar month of Ramadan that precedes Eid al-Fitr, Muslims fast during the day and feast at night and normal business patterns may be interrupted. Some disruption may continue into Eid al-Fitr itself. Eid al-Fitr may last from 2 to 10 days, depending on the town or region. (d) Chinese festivals are declared according to local astronomical observations and it is often only possible to forecast the approximate time of their occurrence.
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