7 Days, 7 Adventures: Mauritius Essentials

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With its stunning white beaches, dazzling sapphire seas, diverse culture and delicious cuisine, Mauritius offers an abundance of reasons to place it at the top of your dream travel destinations.

We share everything you need to know for your action-packed, 7 days stay on the Indian Ocean Island of Mauritius in this Mauritius Essentials post. Read on…

The Mauritius Essentials 

  • Language: English is the official language of Mauritius, although a French-based creole is spoken widely.
  • Currency: The Mauritian Rupee is the national currency, with most major credit cards accepted.
  • Electronics: Pack your adaptors, because British-style plugs with three square pins and continental plugs with two round pins are generally in use.
  • Tipping: Tipping is not expected, but definitely welcomed.
  • Clothes: Dress conservatively when visiting temples and shrines.
  • Streetsmart: Avoid buying products and using services from unauthorised people.
  • Getting Around: There is a fairly good bus system, which usually runs from 05:30 to 20:00, but a rental car is your best bet if you plan to explore the island.
Seven Coloured Earth Mauritius
Seven Coloured Earth Mauritius

While You Are There, Also… 

See the Seven Coloured Earths in Chamarel

A natural phenomenon, which evolved through the conversion of basaltic lava to clay minerals, the sand dunes here have seven distinct colours (ranging from a variation of red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple and yellow).

Sample street food at the markets

Local Creole cuisine is delicious and packs a spicy punch. Enjoy the full experience at the many food markets, best washed down with fresh coconut water or a Mauritian beer.

Ganga Talao
Ganga Talao

Visit Ganga Talao

Ganga Talao (also known as Grand Bassin) is said to be the holiest Hindu temple in Mauritius. Located around a deep crater lake, the sacred temple and brightly coloured shrines are devoted to Lord Shiva and other gods.

Getting There

FLY: SAA flies daily to Mauritius. Book your trip now!

Don’t miss our Mauritius: 7 Days, 7 Adventures article for an action-packed itinerary while visiting Mauritius.

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