Mauritius in detail

Planning Tips

Pre-departure Checklist

  • If you plan on visiting Rodrigues, have your flight booked well before you arrive.
  • Book your accommodation through a travel agent to avoid paying rack rates.
  • Keep an eye on weather reports to check for cyclones.
  • Contact a local car-hire company to make sure you get the car of your choice.
  • Organise travel insurance.

What to Take

  • Passport
  • International Driving Licence
  • French phrasebook
  • Hiking boots
  • Sun cream and sun hat
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Two-pin continental Europe and three-pin UK travel power plugs
  • Binoculars for birdwatching
  • Your own snorkel and mask – all operators have them, but they may not fit as snugly as you'd like

What to Wear

There aren't too many rules about what you can and can't wear in Mauritius (locals will have seen most of it before), but skimpy beachwear that's fine on the sand will be frowned upon elsewhere. Nude bathing is forbidden; women going topless is tolerated around some hotel pools but rarely on the beaches.

Hotel restaurants sometimes have a dress code that requires long trousers and collared shirts for men; smart casual and up is generally the rule in most midrange and all top-end restaurants. A hat is always recommended when outdoors.


Lonely Planet ( Destination information, hotel bookings, traveller forum and more.

Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority ( The country's main tourism portal; generally excellent but some sections a little thin.

Mauritian Wildlife Foundation ( Everything you need to know about the country's wildlife and wild places.

Tourism Rodrigues ( A good introduction to Rodrigues and its many charms.

Mauritius Attractions ( Excellent guide and booking agent for the main island.

Discover Mauritius ( High-level traveller information for Mauritius.