Etiquette

The people of Mauritius have a well-deserved reputation for tolerance. That said, there are a few 'rules' of behaviour that you should try to abide by.

  • Clothing Although beachwear is fine for the beaches, you will cause offence and may invite pestering if you dress skimpily elsewhere. Nude bathing is forbidden; women going topless is tolerated around some hotel pools but rarely on the beaches.
  • Temples and mosques Miniskirts and singlet tops are no-nos, and it is normal to remove your shoes. Many temples and mosques also ask you not to take photos, while some Hindu temples request that you remove all leather items, such as belts. At mosques, you may be required to cover your head in certain areas, so remember to take along a scarf. Never touch a carving or statue of a deity.