To ensure that you have the best possible holiday experience, we ask you to read the following information carefully. If you have any questions, please discuss them with us before you depart.
Hand Luggage – pack essential items for a day or two in your hand luggage, in case your bags go astray and take a few days to catch up with you, especially if you have any tight connecting flights
Documents – take a copy of your travel insurance policy with you, and leave a copy of your passport with a reliable contact at home, in case the originals are lost or stolen
Electronic Devices – ensure these are all fully charge before travel, as you may be required to switch them on at airport security. Any device that does not switch on cannot be checked in and must be surrendered
Mobile Phones – make sure they are set up for international calls and turn off data roaming to avoid nasty bills. Most hotels offer free Wi-Fi but be aware that some regions may not have good cell phone coverage
Credit Cards – remember to inform your bank when travelling abroad. Credit cards are widely accepted, but always ensure you have cash as some places may not accept them
Clothing – casual light clothing is advised including T-shirts, shorts, jeans, sunhat, swimming costume, sunglasses, sunscreen and flip-flops. Also rain gear for the wet season. Sanitising hand cleaner/wet wipes and eye drops can be handy, especially if you wear contact lenses
Accessories – pack your phone (with charger and a spare battery pack), camera (with spare memory cards and batteries – a 200 mm zoom lens is good for wildlife photography), torch and binoculars (large 8x40 is best). If you are a keen birder we suggest one pair per person, as it can be frustrating to share
Plugs – type G (flat 3-pin, same as UK) and C (European 2-prong)
Books – pack a good travel guide, with information on the wildlife and birds of the region. Also a good supply of reading material for quiet evenings and when waiting for flights
Water – tap water is safe to brush your teeth, but drink only bottled water
Food – delicious Creole seafood is served, as well as a wide variety of international cuisine. Vegetarians and food allergies are well catered for
Taxis – these are available in the main towns, but negotiate your fare in advance to avoid being ripped off
Self-Drive – driving is on the left. Any valid European or American driving license is accepted as long as it has a photograph and signature
Safety – Mauritius is a relatively safe destination, but take all sensible precautions. Leave valuable jewellery/watches at home, wear a money belt and be alert when outside your hotel. In particular, avoid taking out large wads of cash in public view and keep your spare cash in your hotel safe.
Tipping – this is voluntary and should depend on the level of service received. We suggest the following USD per couple (or sterling, euro or local currency equivalent), but this can be reduced for longer stays:
- guides: $10 per day ($5 for half day)
- tipping box for hotel staff: $2 per day
- waiters: 10% if not already added to your bill
- porters: $1 per bag.