Mauritius is an Indian Ocean island best known for its beaches, lagoons and reefs. Around 800km east of Madagascar, Mauritius is part of the Mascarene Islands. A dream holiday destination, with its 160km of sandy beaches, surrounded by a clear blue azure sea, you will enjoy year-round sunshine, top-notch spas, championship golf courses and gourmet restaurants. The tourism hub Grand Baie, or little 'St Trop', in the north of the island is where you'll find great nightlife and plenty of excursions and adventures around this small but perfectly-formed island.

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Destination Information for Mauritius

With historic buildings and the island’s oldest market, Mauritius’s capital, Port Louis, is arguably where you’ll experience the ‘real’ Mauritius, with lots of restaurants and street-food vendors at lunchtime making it an attractive day-trip. By contrast, the rustic south gives a taste of times gone by – from the ancient Dutch capital of Mahébourg to the sleepy fishing village of Baie du Cap, this stretch of coastline is Mauritius’s least developed area. The west coast is host to calm, shallow beaches and is popular with young families, whereas the centre of the island presents you with hiking opportunities in the lofty Moka Mountains and canyoning at Tamarin Falls.

Additional Travel Information for Mauritius

The tropical cyclone season in Mauritius usually runs from November to May. Around 140,000 British tourists visit Mauritius every year. Most visits are trouble free. You don’t need a visa to enter Mauritius. On arrival, your passport will be stamped allowing entry to the country for 60 days. You’ll need to be able to provide evidence of onward or return travel. There is No Risk of Malaria or Yellow Fever in Mauritius. MMR and DTaP vaccinations are recommended for all travellers, with Typhoid, Hepatitis A & Hepatitis B for some travellers.

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