The Indian Ocean island of Mauritius is a tropical paradise, home to ancient volcanoes, lush green forests and a gorgeous coastline dotted with palm-fringed beaches. With a flat ocean for wakeboarders and waterskiers, and some of the most warm-hearted hosts you’ll ever come across, you’l never want to leave.
Convinced? Yep, we thought so! Here’s everything you need to know to plan your holiday to Mauritius.
Best time to go to Mauritius
Diving and snorkelling is best from October to March, and from May to October, the surf is top-notch on pristine waters!
If you are really looking for the highest temperatures, you might want to go in December, January or February but keep in mind that it will be rainy season…
How to get to Mauritius
It takes about 8 hours to fly from Perth to Mauritius. From Sydney and other Australian cities, you’ll need to first catch a domestic flight through to Perth.
From Perth or Singapore, you can fly with Air Mauritius but if by any chance you find yourself in Kuala Lumpur, Air Asia can also provide you a direct flight!
Visas and Vaccinations
Australians don’t require a visa for stays up to 3 months in Mauritius, as long as you have the appropriate travel documents and have an onward or return passage ticket.
Before you go, make sure to check up on your routine vaccinations. As with most island nations, your doctor will most likely also recommend Typhoid, Hepatitis, Rabies and Yellow Fever vaccinations. If in doubt, just check in with your GP before heading on holiday.
Your guide on what to do and see in Mauritius
Hit the water
☼ Scuba divers from all over the world flock to Mauritius. On the island’s south coast, Blue Bay offers ideal conditions for beginners. More experienced divers head to the north and east coasts for reefs, shipwrecks and amazing concentrations of tropical fish.
☼ The north western tip of the island (where Club Med La Pointe aux Canonniers is located) plays host to waterskiing and wakeboarding, thanks to smooth coastal waters formed by a natural lagoon.
☼ Trou aux Biches is family-friendly beach with a reef teeming with marine life – in other words, it’s the perfect spot for avid snorkelers!
☼ Still not wet enough? Tick off an experience on your bucket list and swim with dolphins in Bénitier Lagoon, kitesurf and windsurf at Le Morne, or parasail off Belle Mare.
Fun on dry land
☼ Hiking the island’s hilly terrain is popular with the trek to the summit of Le Morne one of the most popular hikes.
☼ Kids and grown-ups alike will love Casela Safari, a 14-hectare nature park home to elephants, rhinos and big cats. The popular Walking with Lions one-hour guided walking tour allows you to get astonishingly close to lions, tigers and cheetahs.
☼ The island boasts some breathtaking golf courses overlooking the sea. Most courses are located within the island’s resorts, including near Club Med Albion Villas.
Discover an exotic melting-pot
☼ Port-Louis, that most people know as ‘Por Lowee’ is Mauritius capital and the first stop you should make on your cultural tour. The diverse cultures of Mauritius can be found everywhere, especially when you gaze over churches, mosques, and Indian temples from the citadel. Most of them are also open to visitors so feel free to step inside, while respecting the local customs!
☼ The Chamarel Village is also a local gem that you must visit. In the midst of the jungle, you will find one of the finest Mauritian Rhum distillery and local coffee plantations. The cherry on the cake? Iconic natural wonders like the Seven Colored Earths or the Chamarel Falls, are also located in this small village of 700.
☼ Must-see local festivals. The Mauritian melting-pot also allows you to enjoy several celebrations, from different religions and influences all year round. If you have the opportunity to be there in November, you will see the Muslim celebration of the Goons, the Hindu’s lights for Diwali and the rythmic Festival Kreol to name a few!
What to eat in Mauritius
With influences from Africa, France, India and China, the cuisine of Mauritius is a delicious, spice-laden journey of unique flavours. Must-try dishes include:
🍜 Fish Vindaye: fish preserved with spices and served with rice, dhal and pickles.
🍜 Octopus Curry: Mauritian curries differ from their Indian counterparts by including unusual meat and seafoods – octopus is a favourite
🍜 Dholl Puris: the island’s national dish of a flatbread topped with yellow split peas.
Before you plan your Mauritius getaway…
A few more helpful tips from locals
✔️ Unlike Oz, Mauritius is pleasingly free of venomous reptiles or dangerous animals. The only things to worry about are a few feisty sea creatures like stonefish – just mind where you are stepping.
✔️ Falling asleep under a coconut tree might be the quintessential tropical paradise activity – but beware, sometimes coconuts fall, and you don’t want to be underneath when that happens!
✔️ If you want to take the extended family on a holiday in Mauritius, renting a villa will allow you and your loved ones the chance to soak up the sun for that little bit longer.
Quite simply put, Mauritius equals tropical bliss. Whether for fun and adventure on land or on water, whether you want an adrenaline rush every day, or whether you want to simply lie back and relax in paradise, Mauritius literally has it all.