Mauritius: where is it, when to go and what to see

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The island of Mauritius is a place of exceptional beauty, visited by hundreds of tourists from all over the world. Between magnificent beaches and activities to practice, the island is a continuous discovery that conquers the heart of every guest. Moreover, in this enchanted place there are also animal species of unique beauty.
Here's everything you need to know about this little corner of paradise!


  1. Travel informed: useful information
  2. Where it is
  3. When to go? Info on climate and best time
  4. Which island to go to?
  5. 10 things to see: beaches and places of interest
  6. What to do in Mauritius: excursions and tours
  7. How much does a holiday in Mauritius cost? Prices, offers and advice
  8. User questions and comments
  9. Request a personalized quote

Travel informed: useful information

  • Inhabitants: 1,265 million
  • Capital: Port Louis
  • Languages: Creole of Mauritius, English, French
  • Local currency: Mauritian rupee (€ 1,00 = MUR 38,79)
  • Weather: tropical, with average temperatures of 28 degrees for the whole year
  • Time zone: GMT + 4 (2 hours ahead of Italy)
  • vaccinations: no vaccination required
  • Entry requirements: Passport, return ticket. Visa not required for stays of less than 90 days
  • Travel / health insurance: recommended.

    Where it is

    Mauritius is located in the Indian Ocean South-western. Politically, this island is called the Republic of Mauritius. Geographically, this territory is associated with the African continent. Indeed, to be more precise, Mauritius and some of the surrounding islands, together with the territory of Réunion make up the so-called Mascarene Islands.
    Mauritius ranks not far from the east coast of Madagascar, about 1.100 km, which can be covered in less than 2 hours by plane.

    How to reach us

    • From Milan or Rome: There are usually no direct flights between Italy and Mauritius. However, there are valid alternatives with usually a single stop. For example, from Rome Fiumicino airport, with the Swiss Airlines company it is possible to reach Mauritius in about 12 hours, making a 1 hour stopover in Zurich.
      Compare flights from Rome or Milan - from € 574,81
    • From the main European capitals: from London it is possible to take several flights to the island of Mauritius. This is because there are some airlines such as Turkish Airlines and British Airways that fly this route with high frequency at acceptable prices.
      Compare flights to Mauritius - from € 590,62

    When to go? Info on climate and best time

    • Weather: tropical with average temperatures ranging between 20 and 28 °. Precipitation in a year is 167 days / 1720 mm. The average sea temperature is close to 27 ° - more info on climate and best time in Mauritius
    • Best time: from mid-September to mid-November. In fact, during this period there is a hot and dry climate, extremely pleasant.
    • Period to avoid: from February to April. During these months, rainfall is frequent and it is possible to encounter the phenomenon of cyclones.
    • Advice: Mauritius is a sunny place, so it's always a good idea to pack sunscreen and the like to avoid rashes. In addition, it is recommended that you bring various beach and snorkel costumes and gear to enjoy the island's magnificent shores. Finally, comfortable shoes are recommended to tackle the natural trails on the island.

    Which island to go to?

    Generally when we talk about Mauritius, we mean the main island of the homonymous republic. The latter can be defined as an archipelago made up of several islands. The main ones are:

    1. Mauritius: the homonymous island is the largest of the archipelago. Here is the capital Port Louis, the center of local activities and the main link with foreign countries. The southern part of this island is recommended because the climate is generally mild and pleasant. A wide variety of services are available that won't make you regret the Western lifestyle. If you are making a trip to this territory for the first time, the advice is to stay on this island.
    2. Rodrigues: it is a small island located north-east of the main town. This territory is very small but has an amazing climate. Its average temperatures often hover around 30 °. Still, in Rodrigues there are some incredible places, with golden beaches lapped by crystal clear waters. A must for those who love the sea and want to spend a dream vacation.
    3. Agalega: in reality it is a territory consisting of two small separate islands: the north island and the south island. The only landing strip and connection method with the rest of the republic of Mauritius is located on the north island. The Agalega are an uncontaminated place. There are few services, this is because life is very simple and the population still lives in small family villages.
    4. Cargados Carajos (St. Brandon): to the north east of Mauritius, are a complex of about 40 islets and emerged shoals, mostly used as fishing stations. It is inhabited by about 60 people, mostly on the islet of Raphael. A small paradise ideal for an excursion.

    10 things to see: beaches and places of interest

    1. Port Louis: the main city of the island of Mauritius. A colorful and lively place where all your problems will seem to fly away. Living the atmosphere of the capital is truly unique, an experience to live.
    2. Le Morne Brabant: a peninsula located in the southwestern part of the island. A gigantic mountain full of natural vegetation dominates the peninsula. Visiting or even climbing it is wonderful, a challenge for the most athletic and a paradise for nature lovers.
    3. Les 7 cascades: a magical place where it will be possible to observe 7 different waterfalls. Not getting excited at the sight of such a spectacle of nature is really an arduous undertaking.
    4. Ebony forest: the nature reserve and heart of the island of Mauritius. A green lung to be explored from top to bottom. Venturing inside is an amazing adventure, a continuous discovery of nature.
    5. Chamarel, the land of 7 colors: perhaps one of the most unique places on the entire Earth. In this place it will be possible to witness a geological structure composed of 7 different colors. The different shades make this land look like a daydream.
    6. Island of the Deer: place located in the northern part of the island of Mauritius. It is a beach where the sand is white and the water is practically transparent.
    7. Flic en Flac: another paradise by the sea. Visiting Flic en Flac it will seem to be in the location of a film. The sand in this location is soft and clean while the waters that bathe the coast are blue and warm.
    8. Safari Adventures: a wonderful activity not to be missed for those who love animals. A real safari that will bring you in close contact with some dangerous but beautiful specimens, such as the much feared lions!
    9. Tamarin Bay: in the town of Tamarin Bay it is possible to swim in the company of dolphins. An indescribable experience, which will make you feel unique and unforgettable emotions.
    10. Beautiful Mare: In addition to the splendid beach, the area of ​​Belle Mare is known for the activity of the submarine walk. You wear a special helmet and dive into the seabed. A sort of adventurous snorkeling, absolutely worth trying.

    What to do in Mauritius: excursions and tours

    How much does a holiday in Mauritius cost? Prices, offers and advice

    Usually, Mauritius is to be considered as one of the most expensive places in the world.
    The average cost for a vacation to do during the European summer period, therefore in the period between June and August is approximately 2.200 € per person. The high cost is not so much due to the flight, but rather to the accommodation, since any hotel on the island is quite expensive.

    As for transport, the advice not to spend a lot is to rent a car. In this way it will be possible to fully explore the island at a cost that falls within the medium-high range, without spending exaggerated amounts. On average with a local operator the rental cost is € 25,00 per day.

    Quite expensive also the various excursions on the island that have a minimum cost of € 50,00 per person.
    Instead, there is a lot of choice in the catering sector. Those on a high budget can delight in the island's typical restaurants while those who want to spend little can rely on take away points or at the restaurants inside the shopping centers.

    • Hotels, accommodations and resorts starting from € 70,00 per room -
    • starting from € 574,81 -
    • return flight + 7 nights from € 1.567,00 per person -
    • Custom quote: to request a personalized quote

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