We are thrilled to announce the island is open for travellers! Mauritius is ranked as one of the top countries in the world for its response to the COVID-19 pandemic and we’ve prioritised our tourism staff during our vaccine rollout to keep you as safe as possible. We’re opening in phases, so take a look at our latest travel advice and we’ll see you in paradise soon.
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Enjoy a hotel holiday
15 July - 30 September
Fully vaccinated travellers can enjoy a hotel holiday in paradise.
Use the hotel facilities and relax on the beach
Explore our beautiful island after day 14
15 July - 30 September
Vaccinated travellers can come and stay in one of our certified COVID-19 hotels, make the most of the facilities and relax on the beach. This is your own little bubble in paradise.
Enjoy a hotel holiday in one of our certified COVID-19 safe hotels. You can book through your tour operator, travel agent or direct with the accommodation
Relax on the beach and use the hotel facilities
You will need a mandatory PCR test at the airport on your day of arrival. Depending on the length of your stay, you will also need a PCR test on day 7 and 14 of your stay.
After a negative PCR test on day 14, you are free to go and explore the island
You must book a quarantine stay in an official quarantine hotel, which includes meals and transfers.
You will need to stay in your hotel room for 14 days and meals will be delivered to your room
You will have a PCR test on your day of arrival, day 7 and day 14
After a negative PCR test on day 14, you can freely explore the island and move to new accommodation or to your home
Explore the island
Full opening of the island
Fully vaccinated travellers will be allowed entry subject to a negative PCR test 72 hours prior to boarding
Relax on the island and explore attractions throughout your holiday
We are working towards a full reopening of the island from 1 October 2021, so you can enjoy an unrestricted stay on the island and explore our island attractions throughout your holiday.
Full opening of the island!
Freely explore our island and its attractions throughout your holiday
You must present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure to be allowed entry to the island
You must book a quarantine stay in an official quarantine hotel, including meals and transfers
You will be required to stay in your hotel room for 14 days and meals will be delivered to your room
Depending on the length of your stay, you will have a PCR test on day 7 and day 14
After a negative PCR test on day 14, you can freely explore the island and move to new accommodation or go home
Ts & Cs apply. Dates subject to change.
Visit our travel advice page for full details.
She has been a fruit seller on the island of Mauritius for 12 years. You’ll find her on Mont Choisy beach, her stall piled high with pineapples, mangoes, and pink and white jean malac fruit. Street food is part of the Mauritian way of life and you’ll often see sizzling stalls and colourful food trucks by the side of the road.
Tany’s busiest day is a Sunday, when local families flock to the public beaches to share food, laughter and music. She knows how the locals like their pineapple served – with plenty of salt, chilli and Tamarind sauce.
Would you like to try?
Have you seen our stunning street art?
Bright swipes of blue. A bold lick of green. The outline of an eye-catching character in a deep red or black. Armed with his box of paintbrushes and tins of colour, Evan has made it his mission to add character to the chilled-out fishing village of Trou d’Eau Douce.
You’ll find incredible street art in villages and cities across Mauritius. The art scene has really taken off over the past few years and these big murals by talented street artists make art in Mauritius accessible to all.
Have you seen the street art around our beautiful island?
Find a passion for Mauritius crafts
You’ll find him in the shade most days, occasionally glancing up at Pieter Both mountain as his fingers expertly weave dried rattan into a beautiful basket. The techniques he uses have been passed down by his father – and his grandfather before that.
The island is bursting with skilled artisans and this is a true Mauritius craft, one Rajesh is passionate about preserving. So stay longer and meet locals like Rajesh – perhaps even learn to weave a basket yourself. You’ll find a new appreciation for the bags, baskets and furniture made right here in Mauritius.
Dive under and photograph a shipwreck
Gerald is a professional underwater photographer and some of his best dives have been right here in Mauritius. Shipwrecks, turtles, dolphins and huge sperm whales are waiting to be spotted under the waves.
Mauritius rests on the Mascarene plateau and is surrounded by a barrier of coral reefs. Expert dive centre instructors can help you learn in Blue Bay Marine Park or guide you to spectacular islets, basalt tunnels and wrecks such as Stella Maru, which sits upright on the seabed.
There are over 170 dive sites to explore, so stay longer and make the Indian Ocean your underwater playground.
Have you ever wanted to swim with wild dolphins?
She has a passion for the ocean and gets to swim with wild dolphins every day. The pods have got to know her and she has got to know the most playful characters under the waves.
There is nothing like the freedom you feel when gliding through the water among these graceful and intelligent creatures, so come and experience it for yourself. All we ask is that you respect their environment and let them come to you – a wild dolphin encounter is one of life’s most special moments.
Meet Dunienzil Family
Hike along the west coast to Albion Lighthouse
Meet the Dunienzil family.
In August 2020, they walked 330km around the island of Mauritius, discovering so much more than blissful beaches.
Their favourite stretch is the 13km between Albion and Pointe aux Sables on the west coast. Here, you can spot the red and white stripes of Albion Lighthouse sitting proudly on the black cliffs, waves crashing against the volcanic rocks below.
On their adventure, the family peered into rock pools filled with salty water and shy crustaceans. They gazed over the deep blue ocean under the warmth of the sun and stayed in local homes to meet new faces and make new friends.
Who do you want to hike along the west coast with?
Learn kitesurfing in the lagoon
Bart started kitesurfing when he was 12 and has spent his whole life by (and in) the ocean. Mauritius is one of the best destinations in the world for kitesurfing and Bart can tell you which lagoons are great for beginners and where to catch that perfect barrel.
There are fantastic kitesurfing spots all around the island, and the south is renowned for those strong and consistent tradewinds, especially between April and November. One Eye at Pointe du Morne or Cap Dal in Tamarin are the island’s most famous kitesurfing areas, where you’ll find a great choice of surf and kite schools.
So come and meet instructors like Bart. Book a one-off lesson or dedicate your whole stay to mastering the sport. It’s time to live your best life by the ocean.
Discover street art and street food in Port Louis
He recently took us into Port Louis, showing us the most amazing Manga street art and which little restaurants in Chinatown serve the best noodles and dumplings. That’s the great thing about being a local, that knowledge you gain from having the time to explore.
Stay longer and get to know the island in depth. With a unique blend of European, African, Indian and Chinese culture, the food, architecture and history of the island are truly fascinating and waiting for you to discover.
Meet Mr Narainsamy
Meet Mr Narainsamy.
He is up early with the sun, motoring his boat across the lagoon in the soft pink light of dawn. His mission? To catch red snapper – but also to enjoy the art of fishing, the gentle rocking of the waves and the chance of spotting a pod of dolphins leaping from the ocean.
If you stay longer in Mauritius, you can start to feel the rhythm of the island. You’ll have time to join a fishing trip or you might even find yourself alongside locals at the red-roofed Notre-Dame Auxiliatrice church. This is where the catch of the day comes in and residents wait in anticipation with their baskets to buy the best fish.
Come to the island, stay longer and become an islander, too.
Embrace slow travel and discover hidden jewels
Jean knows that Mauritius is so much more than its beaches and lagoons. If you’re prepared to hike rugged trails and explore deeper, you’ll find the island’s hidden jewels. Emerald-green forests, astounding look-out points and tumbling waterfalls that cascade into freshwater pools.
You get to find these special places when you’re not in a rush. So embrace slow travel in Mauritius, become a local like Jean and give the island more of your time. It’s only then that you’ll be rewarded with a more authentic travel experience.
Fancy a cup of tea in Mauritius?
Sati has been picking tea on the island of Mauritius for 40 years. Tea is big business in Mauritius, with rolling plantations sweeping in orderly lines across the landscape. Whether you know it as thé, cha, chai or tea, the island’s passion for this drink dates back to 1890 and vanilla tea is still one of the most popular drinks in Mauritius.
Visit one of the tea factories or plantations on the island and you’ll find over 20 flavours of tea to try. You can even follow the Tea Route at Bois Chéri tea plantation to learn all about the history.
Come to the island and we’ll put the kettle on.
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