What to Wear in Mauritius

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General Style Tips

  • A basic rule of thumb is relaxed dress.
  • Avoid synthetic fabrics which are just too uncomfortable in the heat.
  • Pack plenty of beach wear but modesty is expected and nudity - including females going topless - is an absolute no-no, so be conservative and you won't offend.
  • A wide-brimmed sunhat is a must along with quality sunglasses.
  • Please show due respect when visiting religious sites; cover up and remove leather shoes and belts.
  • Your laundry will be done for you as standard at most all-inclusive hotels, meaning that you can pack very light.

What Shoes To Pack

  • Some of the beach sand is coral, which means you will need flip-flops and they are much cheaper to bring with you - Mauritius is quite expensive for tourists.
  • For vacation footwear we love the Lindsay Phillips Switch Flops range - using interchangeable shoe and flip-flop bases with snap-on decorations, you can change your look from day to evening in an instant whilst still packing light.
  • For paddling, swimming or snorkeling pack dive shoes or similar, as the coral will hurt your feet.
  • There is lots to explore on the island, including the Casela Nature Park, Botanical Gardens and an extinct volcano. If you're planning to walk around, take comfortable flat shoes or walking sandals (we love Hotter shoes, they are incredibly light and comfy).

Clothing Tips for Women

  • For evenings, ladies tend to wear short summer dresses for dining.
  • A few well-chosen pieces of costume jewelry or accessories will transform any outfit.
  • And a pashmina or sarong is a versatile piece that will add a bit of 'glam' when you need it, cover your shoulders in the sun, or keep off a chill from air conditioning.
  • The summer humidity can play havoc with your hair, so think about taking a scarf or some accessories to keep it tidy.

Clothing Tips for Men

  • For evenings guys' dress is smart casual - opt for long pants and short-sleeved shirts.
  • If you're looking for versatile and stylish beachwear, try the Madda Fella range of shirts, shorts, polos and swimwear.
  • For great versatile travel jackets with multiple pockets including RFID security options, we love the SCOTTeVEST range.

Pack for the Weather

  • It's hot all year round, with not too much variation. The sun is very strong and it is essential that you wear a high factor sunscreen (we love the Riemann P20 range for 10 hour protection) to be safe - even on cloudy days. As it's expensive to buy on the island take plenty with you.
  • In the summer (November, December, January, February, March and April) it is still very warm at night, so take your lightest weight clothes in natural, breathable fabrics such as silk, linen or cotton.
  • Summers are humid too.
  • December to February are the hottest months.
  • The winter months of May, June, July, August, September and October are a little cooler by day, and you may need a pashmina or light sweater for the evenings.
  • Rainfall varies widely across the island, with the Central Plateau being the wettet region. Local showers often pass quickly, but a small travel umbrella and lightweight raincoat may come in handy. It is wettest in the summer months and relatively dry from June to November.
  • We love the Weather+ app - it gives an accurate 6 day forecast for day and night, which when you're planning from home is really helpful. You can keep all the places you've been to too - a nice way to remember your trip :) Download for iPad/iPhone or Android

Regions of Mauritius

  • Go for comfort over style and if you are keen to trek in the mountains or forest valleys be sure to pack suitable footwear.

Other Things To Pack

  • Don’t drink or even brush your teeth in tap water. Consider taking a Water-to-Go Filtration Water Bottle.
  • Do pack insect/mosquito repellent as it is expensive to buy, though there are fewer mosquitoes around in March and April.
  • If you're aiming to travel with just carry-on baggage, try the CabinMax soft-sided rucksack - it's light, roomy and has plenty of pockets to keep your stuff organized.
  • Combine your main bag with a day sack or beach bag that will carry your daytime essentials.
  • Look after your mobile phone with a phone bunjee - it protects against loss, theft and damage.
  • To use electrical gadgets you may need a travel adapter plug, and also a step down voltage converter if your devices are not designed for the local voltage (240V).
  • Avoid paying unexpected baggage fees - use an accurate luggage scale to ensure you keep within the weight allowance. Don't forget to leave room for souvenirs on the way home! Local goods including jewelry, dresses and polo shirts are available to buy from beach hawkers - helping the local economy.
  • Carry plenty of small denomination coins for tipping.

Last updated 16 December 2016.

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Pack Light

  • Less luggage to carry
  • Save time packing and unpacking
  • Save money on baggage fees

Pack Right

  • Respect local cultures
  • Feel comfortable and confident
  • Suitable outfits for all occasions

A Message From Helen



I want you to have an amazing vacation. That's why I started WhatToWearOnVacation.com,
to help you pack with confidence and stay safe, secure and comfortable.