Mauritius, Rodrigues :
Where to go?
Practical A to Z
Practical A to Z
- Eating out
- Embassies and consulates
- Getting around
- Public holidays
While not customary, tips are increasingly expected.
Itinerant salesmen or hawkers sell local specialities at unbeatable prices.
The voltage in Mauritius is 220V. Sockets are two- and three-pin, so an adaptor will probably be necessary.
Embassies and consulates
British High Commission – Les Cascades Building 7th Floor - Edith Cavell Street. - Port Louis - t 0202 9400 - http://ukinmauritius.fco.gov.uk/en/
Cars are left-hand drive and motorists must give way to vehicles coming from the right.
An international driving license is sometimes required to rent a car.
By collective taxi
Collective (shared) taxis run regular services between villages at the same rate as the buses.
Also see Know before you go.
Mosquitoes carry the chikungunya disease. Make sure you are adequately protected against mosquito bites.
If stung by a venomous fish (scorpion or stone fish), call a doctor and immerse the part of your body stung into water as hot as you can bear.
Tap water is in theory drinkable in Mauritius but it is advisable to drink bottled water. At Rodrigues, the tap water is not drinkable.
The privately run clinics are better equipped than state-run hospitals. Go to the island of La Réunion if you have a serious problem.
Police – t 999 or 112
Fire brigade – t 995 or 115
Ambulance – t 114.
The currency of Mauritius is the Mauritian rupee (MRs or Rs), subdivided into 100 cents (c).
Banks / Exchange
Banks are generally open Monday-Friday from 9.30am-3.30pm, Saturday 9.30-11.30am. Currency can only be exchanged in Mauritius. The exchange rate is identical throughout the island. Some major foreign currencies are sometimes accepted in payment.
Most banks accept traveller’s cheques.
The main tourist establishments accept credit cards. ATMs are widely available in the main towns and tourist resorts.
Budget / Cost of living
The cost of living is not as high as that of the Réunion or Seychelles.
Prices can vary twofold depending on the same season.
Average budget – A double room costs around Rs2 200 and a meal around Rs670. A bicycle rental for a day will cost 100 rupees and a scuba diving baptism around 1800 rupees.
State tax – Add 15% to hotel and restaurant bills.
Post offices are generally open Monday-Friday from 9am-4pm, Saturday 9-12noon.
Allow four days for mail to reach Europe.
1 and 2 January – New Year
1 February – Abolition of Slavery Day
12 March – Anniversary of Independence and National Day
1 May – Labour Day
1 November – All Saints’ Day
25 December – Christmas
January-February – Cavadee; Spring Festival (Chinese New Year)
February-March – Maha Shivaratri and Holi
March – Ougadi
August-September – Ganesh Chathurthi
October-November – Diwali
Variable – Id-al-Fitr
Shops – Monday-Saturday, 10am-6pm, Sunday (10am-12noon); at Port-Louis, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 9am-12noon.
Markets – Monday-Saturday, 7am-5pm, Sunday 6-11.30am.
Bartering is a nationwide pastime, extending to hotel rooms, taxi fares, car or bicycle rentals and of course, bazaars and markets.
Keep invoices of your souvenir shopping.
Model boats – A speciality of the Mauritian craft industry.
Gold and diamonds – This island is renowned for the size of its diamonds. Competitive rates.
Clothing – Cheap fabrics and clothes.
Culinary delicacies – Vanilla-scented Mauritian tea, Indian spices and white rum.
National museums are generally open Monday-Friday from 9am-4pm and closed from 12noon at the weekend. Opening hours vary at other sights.
To call Mauritius from abroad
Dial 00 + 230 + 7-digit number of the person.
To call home from Mauritius
Dial 00 + country code (UK 44 and Ireland 353) + the number of the person.
Dial the 7-digit number of the person.