• Mauritius Travel Guide


Mauritius Travel Guide

Mauritius Island Languages
Influenced by the British and French colonists, along with the indentured labourers coming from Asian countries, and the slaves from African countries, the island ends up having a population of people speaking more than just two languages.
The most prominent languages you’ll hear on an everyday level are Mauritian Creole, French and English. Mauritian Creole is a French-based Creole and estimated to be spoken by around 90% of the population. French is the language that tends to be used in education and media, while English is the official language in Parliament, however members can still speak French. For government administration and the business of courts, French and English are generally accepted as the official languages.
It becomes easier for the tourist to converse with the locals, as they can absolutely speak both English and French, even though some might just converse in Creole, you won’t find it that difficult to understand since most of the words in Creole are taken from the French language.
Mauritius Currency
The Mauritian Rupee is the currency of Mauritius. The currency rankings show that the most popular Mauritius Rupee exchange rate is the USD to MUR rate. The currency code for Rupees is MUR, and the currency symbol is ₨.
Mauritius Rupee notes come in the following denominations:
2000, 1000, 500, 200, 100, 50 and 25 rupees notes.
Mauritius Rupee Coins:
Rs 20, 10, 5, 1.
Where should you buy Mauritius currency?
Change your money into rupees on arrival at Mauritius airport. The money exchange counters will be open even if you arrive in the middle of the night. Keep in mind you should be offered a better rate for large amounts.
Passports are usually required for money transactions. Bank debit cards and credit cards will require your PIN number.
Mauritius Weather
Mauritius is regarded as having rather mild weather throughout the year but it is important to note that this tropical island does get affected by several weather conditions.
To make the most of your vacation, it becomes crucial to know about the ideal season to visit Mauritius. For instance, if you are willing to have a windsurfing adventure it is ideal to come during the windy and dry season, and if you wish to get tanned and enjoy the hot summer, then you’d rather come when the temperature gets up to 30 degrees and sometimes slightly beyond.
If you live in the northern hemisphere and are currently experiencing the colder season, then the opposite happens in the southern hemisphere. Mauritius is no doubt the ideal place to spend your vacation and escape the cold winters.
Mauritius being one of the Mascarene Islands in the Indian Ocean offers you it’s gorgeous beaches, glistening turquoise oceans, rugged canyons and waterfalls, not to mention its unique geological features in the southern part of the island. These features offer a number of land & water-based activities from snorkeling to hiking.
Located in the southern tropic, Mauritius has a minimum temperature of 17 degrees Celsius during the winter and maximum temperature reaching 30 degrees Celsius in summer. Although temperatures are rather moderate throughout the year with occasional rainfall, the most pleasant time to visit the island are between the months of April and June and between September and December.
Mauritius Summer Season: November to April
Known as the peak season, summer in Mauritius occurs between November to April. The weather conditions are rather hot and humid during these months, with peaks in temperatures occurring in the months of December, January and February. The temperature has a tendency to elevate and this consequently results in water evaporation and intense humidity.
On the coast, the temperatures are higher by about three to five degrees.
The Northern and the Western parts of the island are warmer and drier than the Eastern and Southern regions.
On the central plateau, which is some 600 metres above sea level, the average daily temperature during summer is 26°C. Rainfall is abundant, especially on the central plateau. The highest rainfall normally occurs in the months of February and March. The Chamarel Mountains in the south can get rain at any time of year, which provides them with a luxuriant green covering, but the rest of the island generally only sees prolonged rain in January and February when cyclones roll in from the Indian Ocean. Daylight hours typically run from 5.30am to 7.00pm.
Mauritius Winter Season: May To October
The winter season in Mauritius starts from May till October. This time is ideal for those who want to avoid the crowds and enjoy a quieter atmosphere. The cooler temperatures vary between 17°C to 25°C – people from the northern hemisphere might consider this as moderate. Nevertheless, you will have to face the prevailing winds which tend to blow over the island from the east and south-east. The lowest temperatures are felt in August. Daylight typically run from 6.45am to 5.45pm.
Mauritius Safety
It is always better to have a background check before deciding whether to travel and what precautions to take while travelling. But when it comes to Mauritius, then you don’t have to worry much comparing to other countries.
Although Mauritius enjoys a relatively low crime rate, petty crime is on the increase. Many attribute this to an increase in drug taking. Pickpockets are reported to target tourists in busy areas such as Port Louis market and Grand Baie, whilst self-caterers should be aware of the increase in reports of housebreaking. Visitors should take sensible precautions, including avoiding walking alone at night, not leaving valuables visible in cars and taking care of bags and valuables when walking in towns and tourist areas.  
There is no such things like curfews, vandalism, lady-boys, terrorist attacks, or shoot outs here in Mauritius.

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