A seducing paradise on earth, Mauritius is a magnetic fusion of African, European and Indian influences. This island is affluent with cultural diversity, geographic disparity and historical sites. Mauritius is a mixture of diverse cultures and religions, consisting of Hindus, Creole, Chinese, Tamils, Muslims and European who respect each other and enjoy different ways of life with different traditions and customs. The following tips will help travelers to have a great stay on the island:
1. What to pack?
On a holiday, you will be prone to spend most of your time on the beach. So it is apt to bring light beach clothes and cotton wear as it will be more comfy during the day. Shorts, t-shirts, swimming costumes, sun hats, sunglasses, walking shoes, flip-flops and sandals, sun blocks are of utmost importance. A few formal outfits are required for the evenings.
2. Language spoken
French and Mauritian Creole is widely spoken in everyday life. Creole is the informal language used in homes, between friends and families. The official language is English. As a matter of fact, it is an excellent destination for English-speaking travelers. Note that several other oriental languages are also exposed to the Mauritian environment: Hindi, Urdu, Mandarin, Arab, Tamil and so on.
Mauritius benefits a micro climate and enjoys a mild tropical climate throughout the year. The weather is usually pleasant and sunny. Two seasons predominate: a warm humid summer extending from November to April and a relatively cool dry winter from June to September. The month of October and May are commonly known as the transition months. Note to be taken into consideration is that Mauritius is prone to be hit by topical storms during the summer season between November and April. The risks are higher during the more active period, from mid-December through March, when the sea temperature gets warmer.
4. Best time to visit the Island
You may visit the island all year round, yet if you are not a rainy person, avoid January to march. The weather is hot and humid in November to April. The winter months are between May to October. The island is fairly busy as most European and British families make use of school holidays. If you want a quieter holiday, better consider visiting later in the year.
5. Dress appropriately while visiting religious shrines.
Do not wear mini-skirts, shorts, sleeveless shirts and blouses. Avoid showing too much flesh. Remove your shoes while entering religious site, mosques and temples. If needed, women should have a sarong to use as a headscarf.
6. Transport on the island
Buses, taxis and renting vehicles are available to get around in Mauritius. Some prefer to drive on their own, but it should be noted that you need to be at least 23 years old to rent a vehicle as well as having a valid a driver’s license. On the other hand, if you want to have a wonderful experience, you can always choose taxis.
Mauritius is a vibrant, living and working island therefore shopping on the island is an amazing experience. Throughout the island, you will find different shopping spots whereby you can buy souvenirs and gifts at low costs. A serene atmosphere prevails during your shopping spree.
Foodies out there, time to rejoice. Mauritius is a plethora of different cuisine whether in restaurants, hotels or on the road. Curries, salads, seafood, barbecues owe their existence due to the influence of Indian, Chinese, French and Creole communities. Dholl-puri, roti, samousa, alouda, gâteau piments are some of the food of the road. Low cost and delicious, there’s everything to please one’s taste.
The highlights to enjoy the most of the island are diving, snorkeling, boat trips to the nearby islands and paddling activities. Golf, horse riding, hiking also add to complement to your thirst of adventure. The hotels and your tour operator offer a large variety of activities to enjoy your stay.
10. Customs and traditions
The culture of Mauritius consists of different communities cohabiting in mutual respect. Therefore, as a melting-pot, the island always has a festive mode pertaining to different cultures. Respect and do participate if you are curious to know about the rituals and customs.