About Mauritius

In the heart of the Indian Ocean, 800 km to the east of Madagascar, lies the crown jewel of the Indian Ocean – the majestic island of Mauritius. Beachcomber will show you the very best of what this magical beach paradise has to offer. 

Step into exclusive accommodation in an untamed place, gaze upon nature at its most glorious, and experience the culture, cuisine and the true authenticity of a tropical island. Any one of our eight upmarket Beachcomber hotels and resorts in Mauritius offers an exclusive retreat to individuals, couples, groups or families seeking adventure and relaxation. Surrounded by golden beaches, where lush vegetation blends into the cobalt blue of the ocean,
Beachcomber is your ticket to holiday paradise.

When to go

Mauritius is a year-round destination. Temperatures during the warm, dry months between April and October are usually in the mid-20s, rising to the upper 20s in the summer months between November and March.

Mauritius

The name itself is an invitation to sea, sand and sun, offering an exclusive retreat to all those seeking peace and tranquillity.

Population

Today, the diversity of its population brings a new dimension to the spectacular scenery of the island. The traveller will not only experience the legends of India, but also the subtle shades of China. Discover a small piece of Africa, whilst still benefiting from European-style living. The official language is English but almost everyone speaks French and Mauritian Creole, a very colourful dialect. The different cultures and religions co-exist in harmony. This results in numerous religious festivals, varied cooking, and bright displays of different dress. Mauritius has become a world-renowned holiday and incentive destination due mainly to the high quality of its hotel industry and the legendary hospitality of its people.

Climate

Mauritius is a year-round destination. The island enjoys a mild tropical climate with average temperatures varying between 20°C and 32°C.

Visa and Health Requirements

Should the passenger have travelled recently outside of South Africa it is best to check with the local travel clinic as to whether any inoculations are required prior to visiting Mauritius. South African passport holders do not require a visa for travel to Mauritius.

Currency

The local currency is the Mauritian rupee. You can exchange your foreign currency at all Mauritian banks, at hotels, as well as at the airport.

Shopping Hours

Bagatelle Mall:

Monday to Thursday
10h00 - 20h30
Friday & Saturday
10h00 - 22h00
Sunday
10h00 - 15h00

Cascavelle Shopping Mall, Flic en Flac area:

Monday to Thursday
10h00 - 20h00
Friday & Saturday
10h00 - 22h00
Sunday
10h00 - 15h00

La Croisette Shopping Mall, Grand Bay area:

Monday to Thursday
10h00 - 20h00
Friday & Saturday
10h00 - 21h30
Sunday
10h00 - 16h00

Tips

A government tax is included in your hotel bill. The tip is thus left to the discretion of the guest depending upon appreciation of the service offered, and is by no means compulsory.

Geographical Location

Lying in the heart of the Indian Ocean, 800 km to the east of Madagascar, Mauritius is surrounded by shimmering lagoons fringed by golden beaches. It is a haven where lush vegetation blends into the cobalt blue of the ocean.

West is Best

The most equable climate is to be found on the west coast of Mauritius. Seven of Beachcomber's eight properties are located along this coast, with the eighth resort occupying a prime location near the airport. The western part of the island is generally warm, sunny and sheltered during all seasons, ensuring year-round holiday enjoyment.

Time

Mauritius is two hours ahead of South African time.

Language

English is the official language in Mauritius and is widely understood and spoken. French and Creole are used in everyday life.

Sega dancing

Apart from typical dancing and music in discotheques, there is the unique music, song and dance of the sega. Derived mostly from African music dating from the early days, the sega is now performed with sophisticated Latin American influences and instruments, as well as the traditional 'ravannes' (drums) and percussion. The shuffling, hip-swaying dance and Creole lyrics are an integral part of the music.

Official banking hours

Monday to Thursday

09h00 - 15h00

Friday

09h00 - 17h00

(Commercial banks are closed on Saturdays)

Insurance

Travel insurance is essential and must be purchased prior to departure, covering personal accident, medical expenses and baggage depending on the policy chosen, among other things.

Price guarantee

Once full payment has been received by Beachcomber Tours, the price of the package is guaranteed.