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Mauritius
20°14.727'S, 057°35.832'E Chart icon.png
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Map
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Capital Port Louis
Language English. Also Mauritian Creole, French, Rodriguan Creole.
Currency Mauritian Rupee (MUR)
Time zone MUT (UTC+4)
Calling code +230

An online cruising guide for yachts that are sailing to Mauritius in the Indian Ocean.

The island of Mauritius (L’île Maurice) is a small (2,040 sq kms), multicultural island in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar and southeast of the Seychelles. Mauritius also controls Rodrigues Island and the remote Agalega and Cargados Garayos (Saint Brandon) islands, with a total population of 1.2 million for the whole group.

Rodrigues, Mauritius, and Reunion are important stopping points for yachts crossing the Indian Ocean from east to west, with South Africa as a destination.

Charts

BA
711 - Mauritius (1:125000)
713 - Port Louis and Grande Riviere Noire Bay (1:50000)
3048 - Grand Port (1:30000)

Weather

Tropical, modified by southeast trade winds; warm, dry winter (May to November); hot, wet, humid summer (November to May); Natural hazards : Tropical cyclones (November to April); but most cyclones usually occur from the end of December till March. Mauritius has only two seasons, winter and summer. There is not much temperature differences between the two seasons of the year. The climate on the central plateau is cooler than on the coastal areas. The West coast is much wetter and more humid than the East coast.

  • Hottest part is the west coast
  • Windiest part is the East coast
  • December to February are the hottest month of the year
  • The driest month of the year is October
  • Coolest months are from June to August

Sources of weather forecasting:

Passages

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Communication

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Also see World Cruiser's Nets

Navigation

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Entrance

Clearance must be done in Port Louis. Yachts may then move to Grand Baie if they wish but may have to return to Port Louis for outward clearance.

Clearing out of Mauritius requires that you purchase a customs clearance form from the Chamber of Commerce office in Port Louis. You must then buy the relevant stamps from the post office that will be affixed to the form by Customs.

Customs and Immigration

Immigration

  • The official Republic of Mauritius website provides an excellent, clear statement of visa requirements by nationality.
  • Cruisers who arrive in Mauritius aboard a yacht (and leave on the same yacht), do not require a visa.
  • Many nationals do not require visas. Depending on nationality, the length of stay allowed varies from 15 days to 3 months.
  • Citizens of Algeria, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Yemen, Afghanistan and Liberia, require a visa before travelling to Mauritius, even if only "in transit".
  • To extend a stay beyond three months, you must apply for a visa in advance and provide good reasons for the extension.

Customs

  • Firearms and ammunition MUST be declared on arrival.
  • You are NOT allowed to import fresh fruit from Asia (east of 60°E -including India and Pakistan), sugar cane, plants and fresh vegetables.
  • Personal medicinal drugs must be covered by a prescription. Scheduled drugs, such as tranquillisers, morphine and other strong painkillers require prior authorisation before import. (Be sure to declare these to Customs)
  • PETS: An advance permit is required from the Ministry of Agriculture & Environment for all pets. A health certificate from the country of origin is also required. See the "Vet Services" section on the Ministry of Agriculture Website.
    All pets aboard must be declared on arrival and must not be allowed ashore until cleared by Customs.

Health and Security

Health

  • Malaria prophylaxis is recommended.
  • A yellow fever inoculation is required if coming from an infected area.

Security

Details?

Berthing

Ports

Key to symbols: |Port of entry icon – port of entry |Marina icon – marina |Anchorage icon – anchorage |Needs data icon – needs data ||
  • Grand Baie Grand Baie /wiki/Grand_Baie Needs data icon – needs data |
  • Port Louis Port Louis/wiki/Port_Louis Port of entry icon – port of entry |Needs data icon – needs data |

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

Anchorages

List anchorages except the ones covered under Offshore Islands below. If there is more than two paragraphs for a given anchorage, create a dedicated page for it (Port/Stop Template).

Offshore Islands

Key to symbols: |Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Needs data icon – needs data ||
  • Rodrigues Rodrigues/wiki/Rodrigues Port of entry icon – port of entry |Harbour icon – harbour |Needs data icon – needs data |

Amenities

Also see each port above.

Facilities
Water ?
Electricity ?
Toilets ?
Showers ?
Laundry ?
Garbage ?
Supplies
Fuel ?
Bottled gas ?
Chandlers None
Services
Repairs ?
Internet In internet cafés
Mobile connectivity ?
Vehicle rentals ?

Provisioning

Give the names and locations of supermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, etc..

Store name1/wiki/Mauritius#.3Cspan_style.3D.22color:magenta_.22.3EStore_name1.3C.2Fspan.3EProvisions icon Store name1 [[Mauritius#Store name1|Store name1]] DD.dddDD.ddd description, location, tel. +XX XXXX XXXXX.

Store name2/wiki/Mauritius#.3Cspan_style.3D.22color:magenta_.22.3EStore_name2.3C.2Fspan.3EProvisions icon Store name2 [[Mauritius#Store name2|Store name2]] DD.dddDD.ddd description, location, tel. +XX XXXX XXXXX.

Eating out

Give the name of recommended restaurant, tavernas, pastry stores, etc.)

  • Location1
Name/wiki/Mauritius#.27.27.3Cspan_style.3D.22color:magenta_.22.3EName.3C.2Fspan.3E.27.27Eatingout icon Name [[Mauritius#Name|Name]] DD.dddDD.ddd description, tel. +XX XXXX XXXXX.
  • Location2
Name/wiki/Mauritius#.27.27.3Cspan_style.3D.22color:magenta_.22.3EName.3C.2Fspan.3E.27.27Eatingout icon Name [[Mauritius#Name|Name]] DD.dddDD.ddd description, tel. +XX XXXX XXXXX.

Transportation

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Tourism

History

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Places to Visit

List places of interest, tours, etc.

Friends

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Forums

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Links

References & Publications

Books, Guides, etc. Use the Reference template or not at your discretion. For example:

{{Reference|Rod Heikel|Greek Waters Pilot|Imray|Laurie and Wilson, Cambridgeshire (2010)|9780852889718}}, expands to
Rod Heikell, Greek Waters Pilot, Imray Laurie and Wilson, Cambridgeshire (2010), ISBN 9780852889718
  • Author, Title, Publisher, ISBN ISBN number
  • Author, Title, Publisher, ISBN ISBN number

You may want to remove the above entries and use instead a link to the Country or Region that lists the relevant references. If so enter, after removing {{MagentaText|xx}}, the following:

See [[Country or Region#References_&_Publications|Coutry or Region]].

If you do not use the above link, please remove it.

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