Mauritian Creole, English and French.

Passport and Visas:

Visa not required

Voltage & Electricity:

220/240 volts AC. Plugs vary from two round pins to three square pins UK-style, so bring an all-purpose adaptor.

Events & Festivals:

Jan: Thaipoosam Cavadee – Tamil worshippers throughout Mauritius demonstrate their unwavering devotion to Lord Murugan at Thaipoosam Cavadee festival, an impressive display of organised religious fervour. The devotees pierce their tongue and cheeks, then parade the streets carrying flower-covered wooden arches and milk pots.

12 Mar: National Day – Mauritius’ National Day is a double cause for celebration, honouring both when the island gained independence in 1968 and became a Republic in 1992. Locals commemorate with a flag-raising ceremony, parades and a cultural show on Port Louis’ waterfront.