Know before you go – Mauritius

With its lush mountain ranges and serene white beaches, Mauritius is a tropical paradise perfect for family adventures, romantic holidays and exotic getaways with your favourite people. The island is full of variety, from technicolour coral reefs, picturesque white sand beaches, amazing wildlife and fauna to Mauritians’ legendary hospitality so there’s plenty to do and discover.

To help you prepare for your island getaway, we’ve created this guide to Mauritius with everything you need to know from weather to everyday tips.

Weather

Mauritius enjoys a warm, dry winter from May to December and a hot, humid summer from November to May. Thanks to the tropical climate, there’s not much temperature difference between the two seasons, with temperatures up to 28˚C in summer and 23˚C in winter.

Getting there

International visitors arrive at the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport at Plaisance in the southeast of the island. We advise you to book your transfers with the resort you are staying in otherwise you can get a taxi when you arrive. Rates are not fixed and will depend on the time you spend in the taxi. At Club Med, we can organise your transfer for you.

Currency and Costs

The currency of Mauritius is the Mauritian Rupee (R) and you’ll get about 49Rs to a Euro. The cost of living is slightly lower than most countries. For example, a three-course meal for two at a mid-range restaurant in Mauritius will cost about 1,200Rs or 25 Euros.

Food and drink

Thanks to the island’s multi-cultural history, Mauritian cuisine is a melting pot of some of the world’s best culinary traditions. French, Indian, Chinese and African influences flavour Mauritian dishes with saffron, cinnamon, cardamom, thyme and basil. Thanks to the extensive coastline, Mauritian cuisine benefits from and abundance of fresh seafood from meaty octopus to tender squid to sweet shrimp. Expect fresh tropical fruit form the familiar pineapples, coconuts and mangoes to the more exotic longan, custard apples and love apples. Tomatoes feature in a lot of Mauritian dishes and are known as pommes d’amour or “the apples of love”.