Useful tips for your safe stay in Mauritius

Mauritius is a safe holiday destination, easily accessed by air with a lot of great experiences to live. We have gathered some useful information for your stay in Mauritius to take place in the best possible conditions.

General

  • Languages: English (official), French, Creole
  • Time zone: GMT/UTC +4
  • Currency: Mauritian rupee (MUR)
  • Electricity: 220/230V, British three-square pin and two round pin plugs
  • Tipping: Not mandatory, but appreciated

At the airport

  • Taxis: Available, agree on fare before embarking.
  • ATMs: Available for currency exchange and cash withdrawals.

Dress Up

  • Casual wear accepted during the day (shorts, t-shirts, flip flops).
  • Dress modestly when entering religious places.
  • Check with hotels for evening dress codes (may require pants, no t-shirts/flip flops).

Accommodation

  • Choose accommodation listed with the Mauritius Tourism Authority (https://mymauritius.travel/).
  • Use the provided safe for valuables, passport, and money.
  • Close all windows and doors when leaving your room.

At the beach

  • Beware of unauthorized vendors. Ask for licenses and prices before purchase.
  • Keep valuables out of sight and avoid bringing them to the beach.
  • Public beaches are accessible to all, but private areas are restricted in front of residences and hotels.

Markets

  • Bargaining is accepted.
  • Always ask for the price before purchase.

Transportation

  • Hitchhiking is not common.
  • Agree on fares before confirming transport arranged with accommodation.
  • Be cautious of taxi tours motivated by commissions.

Driving

  • Cars drive on the left-hand side.
  • Valid driver’s licenses are required.

Wildlife

  • No dangerous or deadly animals, but some have painful stings (bees, wasps). Consult a doctor or pharmacist if stung.
  • Lagoons are protected by reefs (no sharks). However, watch out for:
    • Stonefish and lionfish (painful stings)
    • Sea urchins
    • Jellyfish (consult a doctor if stung)

Sea outings

  • Ensure boats have a registration number starting with “PC” (commercial use).
  • Follow instructions from skippers and staff.
  • Wear life jackets and avoid riding on the bow of motorboats.
  • Respect dolphins and whales while observing them.

Security in your place of residence

  • Use the provided safe for valuables, passport, and money.
  • Avoid taking electronics on outings.
  • Report lost room keys immediately for deactivation.
  • Don’t leave valuables in plain sight in your car.

Emergency Numbers

  • Police: 999 or 112
  • Fire Services: 995 or 115
  • Ambulance: 114
  • National Directory: 150
  • Tourist Info: 152
  • Weather: 171 (general), 96 (cyclone reports)

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