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Mauritius Holidays

Wake up in paradise every day when you book one of our Mauritius holidays. Enjoy 300 kilometres of unspoilt coastline, discover tropical fish when you swim, snorkel or scuba dive in the crystal clear turquoise waters and explore dense rainforests which are filled with colourful and majestic wildlife.

Whether you want a holiday where you can kick back and relax on white sandy beaches, or if you want to find your adventurous side by learning to kitesurf or parasail, then Mauritius is where you need to be. Check out Port Louis and wander down the Caudan Waterfront to get a feel for the local life, to do some shopping, or to learn more about the history of Mauritius in the Mauritius Natural History Museum. Be sure to visit local eateries and restaurants in Port Louis to sample exquisite Mauritius cuisine.

Treat your mind, soul and body on a Mauritius holiday

Explore Mahebourg, which is situated on the undeveloped south of the island. Mahebourg allows you to see what Mauritian life is really like and invites you to experience some remarkable wonders such as Ile aux Aigrettes, the Lion Mountain and unique, wild landscapes that are picture perfect. Spend time discovering the island’s two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Aapravasi Ghat and Le Morne Cultural Landscape. Learn about the use of ‘free’ labour that the British Government used to replace slaves in 1834 at the Aapravasi Ghat and hear stories about the indentured Indian labourers who worked in sugar plantations on the island.

Extend your stay and see more of this beautiful part of the world, with our multi-centre Mauritius packages. Combine your Mauritius holiday with a trip to Rodrigues and enjoy peace and quiet on deserted long stretching beaches and delightful swims in the secluded bays.

Destination Highlights
  • Marvel at the multi coloured geological formation at the Chamarel plain, compromising seven different colours
  • Stroll around the Pamplemousses Royal Botanical garden to enjoy rare exotic plants, including giant water lilies and the Talipot Palm
  • Unearth the history of the tea industry in Mauritius at the Le Domaine des Aubineaux, a plantation built in 1819
  • Pack a picnic and spot unique wildlife as you hike through the rainforest in the Black River Gorges National Park

Our favourite hotels

Browse our luxury accommodation options to find the perfect place to rest your head after a long day of adventuring and exploring the beautiful island of Mauritius.

Heritage Awali Golf and Spa Resort

Mauritius

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 £1,499  pp

Heritage Awali Golf and Spa Resort
Resort View

Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Wellness Resort

Mauritius

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 £1,299  pp

Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Wellness Resort
Ravenala beach

The Ravenala Attitude

Mauritius

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 £1,399  pp

The Ravenala Attitude
a view of a large body of water

LUX* Grand Gaube

Mauritius

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 £1,199  pp

LUX* Grand Gaube

Time Zone

GMT +4 hours

Flight Time

Approx. 11 hours and 55 minutes; direct flights from the UK are available. Indirect flights via Europe or the Middle East are available from the UK.

Currency

MUR - Mauritian Rupee

Visa Information

British citizens don’t need to obtain a visa for travel to Mauritius.

Language

Creole, French and English is widely spoken.

Health Information

No special vaccinations are required for travel to Mauritius. It's important to contact your GP for latest recommendations.
  • Watersports in Mauritius

    Scuba Diving and Snorkelling

    There’s an entire underwater world to discover off the Mauritian shores, whether it’s with a snorkel between your teeth or an oxygen tank on your back. If you’re curious about scuba diving, opt for a PADI beginner dive for a quick and easy introduction – or become certified to go longer and deeper. Swim with butterfly fish, turtles, reef sharks and dolphins in and beyond the island’s turquoise lagoon.

  • Giant lily pad

    The Natural World

    On an island famed for its flora and fauna, you’re never far from exceptional vistas. Get close to nature at the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens, which is full of exotic and indigenous plants, including talipot palms and giant water lilies. Elsewhere, ride a horse through verdant forests or discover colourful sand dunes formed from volcanic rock. On a jeep safari through the hills, look out for monkeys and wild boar.

  • Cycling

    Discover Mauritius by E-bike

    An electrically assisted bicycle is the very best way to experience the islands beauty and meet hospitable locals. Enjoy stunning scenery, sandy beaches, sugarcane fields, rolling hills and lively towns at your own pace.

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    Shopping

    Browse local textiles, clothing, fresh produce and handicrafts at the bustling markets of Port Louis and Mahebourg. Interact with locals and haggle for a bargain on a souvenir – maybe you’ll get the chance to practise your French. In Grand Baie, pick up labelled goods in the shiny, modern La Croisette mall. The range here includes French and international brands, and covers everything from appliances to kids’ fashion.

  • Hot stone treatment

    Spas and Wellness

    Embrace laid-back island life fully by unwinding at one of the Mauritius’ luxury spas. Work up a sweat in the sauna or steam room, then indulge in an African Creole treatment with local flowers and herbs, or treat yourself to a manicure or soothing facial. When you’re blissed out to the max, sit back and absorb a pink and-orange Mauritian sunset under a swaying palm tree. It’s rest and recuperation at its best.

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    Mauritian Cuisine

    Ready to have your taste buds tantalised? Mauritian cuisine is comprised of Creole, Chinese, French and Indian cuisine – cue lots of delicious dishes for you to sample. The variety is extensive: you’re just as likely to find yourself feasting on coq au vin as a spicy chicken curry with roti and Indian flatbread. Fresh seafood is a prominent fixture on Mauritian menus – try vindaye, a pickled octopus, or fish dish served hot or cold over rice.

Best time to go Mauritius

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Average weather in January

Best travel weather

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Mauritius
28ºC
228mm

Average weather in February

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Mauritius
28ºC
228mm

Average weather in March

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Mauritius
28ºC
178mm
  • National Day Celebrations occur on the 13th March. A public holiday on the island, shops, restaurants and homes proudly display their huge colourful flag.

Average weather in April

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Mauritius
27ºC
178mm

Average weather in May

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Mauritius
26ºC
101mm

Average weather in June

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Mauritius
24ºC
76mm

Average weather in July

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Mauritius
23ºC
76mm

Average weather in August

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Mauritius
23ºC
76mm
  • Tour de Maurice takes hold this month with international cyclists joining Mauritius in this event.

Average weather in September

Good travel weather

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Mauritius
24ºC
50mm
  • Ganesh Chaturthi is the celebration of Ganesh, the God of wisdoms' birthday. Large processions and pilgrimages with large statues of Ganesh immersed in water with street parades and celebrations.

Average weather in October

Good travel weather

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Mauritius
25ºC
50mm

Average weather in November

Good travel weather

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Mauritius
27ºC
50mm
  • Head to Bel Ombre and watch the AfrAsia Mauritius Golf Open

Average weather in December

Best travel weather

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Avg. rainfall
Mauritius
28ºC
152mm
  • Porlwi by Light sees the capital city, Port Louis illuminated the first week of December. Cultural artists and performers line the streets.
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    Omkar

    Destination Specialist

    “Mauritius is famous for its extinct "Dodo" bird, and its skeleton can be found at the National History museum of Mahebourg. The island also has a rich history, under the Dutch, French and British occupation - and the remnants are still present today.”

  • Charlotte, Destination Specialist

    Charlotte

    Destination Specialist

    “The best way to discover Mauritius is either by bicycle or foot. Don’t confine yourself to your resort when vibrant streets, hidden waterfalls and local markets are waiting to be discovered.”

  • Maha Shivaratri

    Join the locals and take part in the biggest religious celebrations in Mauritius. Maha Shivaratri, which translates as the “Great Night of Lord Shiva”, is an annual Hindu festival that celebrates Lord Shiva. Maha Shivaratri takes place in February/March and involves devotees carrying handmade structures known as kanwars, often made from colourful bamboo, from their homes to Ganga Talao – which is a sacred lake. At the lake’s water, devotees will offer prayers and collect the sacred water.

     

  • Diwali

    Get involved with Diwali, also known as the festival of lights, held in November 2020. Mauritians celebrate Diwali for five days, with the final day being considered a public holiday, where locals will clean their homes in preparation to welcome Lakshmi. Diwali in Mauritius is unlike any religious festival and involves the locals decorating their homes, the streets and the squares with brightly coloured lights to welcome light into their homes and lives. You can also expect to see a dazzling firework display, sample delicious homemade sweets and dishes and speak to the locals.

     

  • The National Day

    Learn about the Mauritian National Day on the 12th March, which marks the date when Mauritius claimed its independence from Britain in 1968. This day also celebrates the creation of the Republic of Mauritius, which took place in 1992. Across the island, Mauritians display the pride they have for their nation by putting up their country’s colourful flag, attending an official flag raising ceremony, watching military parades and listening and dancing to live music.

  • Thaipoosam Cavadee

    Don’t miss the Thaipoosam Cavadee religious festival in Mauritius. The festival takes place in January/February and is a colourful, exciting experience where native Tamil devotees purify and cleanse their souls for 10 days. During Thaipoosam Cavadee, you’ll get the chance to see devotees engaging in ablution rituals where they go down to the riverbanks and purify their souls.

  • Dholl Puri

    Dholl Puri is arguably the Mauritian people’s favourite type of street food. These flat breads are similar to a pancake and are filled with ground yellow split peas, seasoned with cumin and turmeric. They are also wrapped around cari gros pois (butter bean curry) with rougaille (a spicy tomato sauce). 

     

  • Samosa

    Try a Samosa while you’re in Mauritius, these delicious deep fried pastry cones are filled with spicy curried potatoes. You’ll be able to find these tasty treats, which have a meat and a vegetable option, on street stalls or in local restaurants.

     

  • Mine Bouille

    Indulge in these divine Chinese/Mauritian boiled noodles. You’ll often find this dish in local restaurants. Mauritian’s love these noodles and they make the perfect accompaniment to chicken, beef or vegetables.

     

  • Mauritian Biryani

    Make sure you try the mouth watering Mauritian Biryani, which is a rice dish made from long grain rice, meat (either chicken, beef, lamb, fish, or alternatively it can be made with vegetables), yoghurt and a mixture of spices.

  • Gato Pima

    If you enjoy a bit of spice, you need to taste a Gato Pima. These delightful deep fried balls are made from dried yellow peas and chili and can be found at most food stalls on the streets and also in restaurants.

  • Rougaille-poisson-salé

    To really get a feel of Mauritius, you need to get your hands on the popular Rougaille-poisson-salé dish. This hearty meal is made from chunks of dried salted fish and is cooked with chopped onions, fresh tomatoes and chillies. 

     

Our Mauritius destinations

Paradise Cove headland

Mauritius

Anse La Raie

Anse La Raie
Red roof church

Mauritius

Cap Malheureux

Cap Malheureux
Beach

Mauritius

Grand Gaube

Grand Gaube
Frangipani

Mauritius

Flic en Flac

Flic en Flac
a tree with a sunset in the background

Mauritius

Pointe aux Pimentes

Pointe aux Pimentes
a sunset over a fire

Mauritius

Trou d'Eau Douce

Trou d'Eau Douce
Lagoon View

Mauritius

Pointe Jerome

Pointe Jerome
Lux* Belle Mare beach

Mauritius

Belle Mare

Belle Mare
Frederica Nature Reserve

Mauritius

Bel Ombre

Bel Ombre

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