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About Mauritius

Mauritius is an island country in the Indian Ocean, off the eastern coast of Africa. It has 160 kilometers of sandy beaches, with a backdrop of rugged mountains and native forests; it is easy to see why this tropical island is often referred to as ‘heaven on earth.’ Tourists can relax on its beaches, go diving, hill walking, see the rainforest up close from a zipline, try its cuisine, or enjoy its buzzing nightlife scene. Not only frequented by newlyweds and tourists, but Mauritius is also popular among medical tourists. Some of the factors that drive the country’s popularity as a medical tourism destination are its exceptionally high standard of medical treatments, skilled and knowledgeable medical professionals, advanced medical technology, and affordable procedures. In addition, the country offers a wide range of procedures and the more popular are dental work, cosmetic surgery, and rehabilitation. 

Popular Cities and Regions in Mauritius

The capital and largest city of Mauritius, Port Louis, is an intriguing mix of old and new. Tourists can see beautifully preserved colonial buildings sit side-by-side with modern buildings. The main attraction in the city is Le Caudan Waterfront, which houses a wide variety of cafes and restaurants. However, there are other attractions as well, such as the colonial-era central market, Blue Penny Museum, Père Laval's Shrine, and Place d’Armes. Since most people come to Mauritius for its beaches and azure waters, Grand Baie is the leading tourist resort in the country. It is set on a gorgeous stretch of coast and is filled with bars, restaurants, and hotels. Tourists can relax on one of its beaches or try some water activities, which range from parasailing to diving. However, those who want to enjoy more quiet beaches should visit the white-sand beaches near the villages of Belle Mare.

Transport in Mauritius

Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport is the main international airport in Mauritius. It serves numerous international flights to major cities in Europe, Africa, and Asia. The cheapest way to explore Mauritius is by bus and they travel everywhere around the island. Tourist taxis are available and inexpensive, but make sure to negotiate the fare before you get in. Shared taxis can be another option. They operate on popular routes and only depart when full. Those who need more flexibility can rent a car or motorbike.

Visas in Mauritius

Citizens of most countries, including all EU countries, the US, the UK, and South Africa, can visit Mauritius without a visa for 90 days. The country offers visas on arrival for 74 countries, including Albania, Nigeria, Honduras, and Haiti. Citizens of 16 countries, including Iran, Somalia, and Sudan, need to obtain a visa before entering the country.

Weather in Mauritius

Mauritius enjoys two seasons: a cool and dry winter from June to September and a warm, humid summer from November to April. The months of May and October are considered the transition months between the two seasons. 

Additional Info
  1. Local Currency: The official currency is the Mauritian Rupee (MUR). 1 USD is equivalent to 39.8 USD. 
  2. Money & Payments: ATMs can be found easily around major cities, particularly on the main island. Most hotels and restaurants will accept major credit cards, such as Visa and MasterCard. Tipping is not expected but appreciated.
  3. Local Language: There is no official language in Mauritius, but most of the population speaks Mauritian Creole, a French-based Creole language. French and English are two foreign languages commonly spoken in the country.
  4. Local Culture and Religion: Most of the Mauritius population identify as Hindus (about 48.54% of the population), making it the largest religion in the country. Other religions, including Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism, are freely practiced as well.
  5. Public holidays: Some of the most important public holidays in Mauritius include the Abolition of Slavery, Thaipoosam Cavadee, Maha Shivaratri, and Independence and Republic Day.