Time zone: UTC + 4
Currency: The monetary unit is the Mauritian Rupee (Rs) which is divided into 100 cents. Major currencies such as US Dollars, Euros, and even South African Rands are accepted in most hotels and by many vendors. You can exchange your currency at the airport or draw from an ATM.
Language: English and French are generally accepted as the official languages (with French being the most dominant), and Creole is the most commonly used language on the street.
Transportation: The best way to get around Mauritius is by hiring a car, taking a taxi or using public transportation such as buses.
Cuisine: While the island’s hotels and resorts offer some of the most special dining experiences, you’ll need to venture further afield for an authentic taste of the island. Lunch is the best time to try a local restaurant, or for the more adventurous, Mauritian street food is widely available in towns and markets.
Safety: Mauritius is a safe tourist destination, but it is always a good idea to take basic precautions like locking your doors and windows, keeping your valuables safe, and being aware of your surroundings.
Tipping: In restaurants where no service charge is added, you could leave 5% to 10% of the bill, according to your satisfaction with the service. Porters should be tipped accordingly. Rs20-40 is acceptable for airport porters. Taxi drivers don’t expect tips, but they are gratefully received.
Social: Conservative casual wear is generally acceptable everywhere, but dress appropriately when visiting religious shrines (no shorts, mini skirts, etc.) and remove shoes when entering mosques and temples. A large portion of the population is Hindu, so respect their traditions.