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Mauritius

Mauritius – a majestic island in the heart of the Indian Ocean.

Located 800km to the east of Madagascar, lies the crown jewel of the Indian Ocean.

 

Gaze upon nature at its most glorious.

Experience the culture, cuisine and the true authenticity of a tropical island.

Any one of our eight recommended Beachcomber Resorts offers you an exclusive retreat in absolute luxury.

Great for individuals, couples, groups or families.

If you are seeking adventure or relaxation Mauritius is the place to visit.

Surrounded by golden beaches, where lush vegetation blends into the cobalt blue of the ocean, Beach Holidays is your ticket to your holiday paradise.

When to go

Mauritius is a year-round destination.

Temperatures during the warm, dry months between April and October are usually in the mid-20s (degrees Celsius), rising to the upper 20s in the summer months between November and March.

Mauritius

The name itself is an invitation to sea, sand and sun, offering an exclusive retreat to all those seeking peace and tranquility.

Population

Today, the diversity of its population brings a new dimension to the spectacular scenery of the island.

You will not only experience the legends of India, but also the subtle shades of China.

Discover a small piece of Africa, whilst still benefiting from European-style living. The official language is English but almost everyone speaks French and Mauritian Creole, a very colourful dialect. The different cultures and religions co-exist in harmony.

This results in numerous religious festivals, varied cooking, and bright displays of different dress. Mauritius has become a world-renowned holiday and incentive destination due mainly to the high quality of its hotel industry and the legendary hospitality of its people.

Climate

Mauritius is a year-round destination.

The island enjoys a mild tropical climate with average temperatures varying between 20°C and 32°C.

Visa and Health Requirements

Should you have traveled recently outside of South Africa it is best to check with the local travel clinic as to whether any inoculations are required prior to visiting Mauritius.

South African passport holders do not require a visa for travel to Mauritius.

Currency

The local currency is the Mauritian rupee.

You can exchange your foreign currency at all Mauritian banks, at hotels, as well as at the airport.

South African passport holders do not require a visa for travel to Mauritius.

Shopping hours

Port Louis:
Monday to Friday 09h00 to 17h00
Saturday – market
Saturday – Waterfront mall
09h00 to 13h00
09h00 to 17h00
Sunday 09h00 to 12h00
Grand Bay:
Monday to Saturday 10h00 to 18h00
Sunday 10h00 to 13h00
Bagatelle Mall:
Monday to Saturday 10h00 to 20h00
Sunday 10h00 to 17h00
Cascavelle Shopping Mall, Flic en Flac area:
Monday to Saturday 10h00 to 20h00
Sunday 10h00 to 15h00

Tips

A government tax is included in your hotel bill.

The tip is thus left to the discretion of the guest depending upon appreciation of the service offered, and is by no means compulsory.

Geographical Location

Lying in the heart of the Indian Ocean, 800km to the east of Madagascar, Mauritius is surrounded by shimmering lagoons fringed by golden beaches. It is a haven where lush vegetation blends into the cobalt blue of the ocean.

West is Best

The most equable climate is to be found on the west coast of Mauritius. Seven of Beach Holiday’s eight properties are located along this coast, with the eighth hotel occupying a prime location near the airport.

The western part of the island is generally warm, sunny and sheltered during all seasons, ensuring year-round holiday enjoyment.

Time

Mauritius is two hours ahead of South African time.

Language

English is the official language in Mauritius and is widely understood and spoken. French and Creole are used in everyday life.

Sega dancing

Apart from typical dancing and music in discothèques, there is the unique music, song and dance of the Sega.

Derived mostly from African music dating from the early days, the Sega is now performed with sophisticated Latin American influences and instruments, as well as the traditional ‘ravannes’ (drums) and percussion. The shuffling, hip-swaying dance and Creole patois lyrics are an integral part of the music.

Official banking hours

Monday to Thursday 09h15 to 15h15
Friday 09h15 to 17h00
Saturday 09h30 to 11h30
(Commercial banks are closed on Saturdays)

Insurance

Travel insurance is essential and must be purchased prior to departure, covering personal accident, medical expenses and baggage depending on the policy chosen.

Price guarantee

Once full payment has been received by Beachcomber Tours, the price of the package is guaranteed.