Things to know before coming to Mauritius- Part 2

Published: 01st April 2008
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Before you settle down to pack up and come to Mauritius, it could be important that you know certain things about the island. First of all, anyone can fall ill. As such, the health care system in Mauritius is fairly good and fine medication techniques are employed on people who fall ill. Hospitals in Mauritius offer treatment free of charge, so if you catch a cold, do not hesitate to go for a diagnosis. On the other hand, Mauritius being a tropical island receives water in abundance. So, there are various reservoirs all over the island supplying water to specific regions of the country.



Drinking the local water may therefore be relatively safe as it is treated to ensure risk free consuming for the whole population of Mauritius. As a matter of fact, you could use the water to safely brush your teeth, bath or even cook. But as a good measure of precaution, it could be better if you boil the water before drinking it. Besides, you could even buy bottled water which is readily available in shops and shopping centres around Mauritius. Similar to other tropical countries, mosquitoes do exist in Mauritius. So, you may have to buy special cream or appropriate mosquito repellant to be able to enjoy a good night's sleep. Some villas are even equipped with electrical mosquito repellers which can be effectively used. Tablets called 'vapes' are inserted in the electrical device and can remain active up to 8 hours.



Moreover, a problem that many tourists encounter in Mauritius is sun burn. Underestimating what the sun can do to your skin can be very unwise. The sunshine in Mauritius is rather strong and can do harm to your skin if you are not protected by specific lotion. A skin burnt by the sun can create very uneasy feelings and can take up to two weeks to return to normal based on how much you have been exposed. Additionally, the power supplied in Mauritius is 240 volts. The power sockets use the British standard which is three pins. So, unless you come form a country where appliances use the British standard, you may have to bring adapters with you for your devices such as mobile phones and others.



Furthermore, the official language of Mauritius is English. As a matter of fact, many people can both understand and speak it. However, the most commonly spoken language in Mauritius is French as the native language, Creole, is a derivation of the French language itself. Most people in Mauritius are bilingual which makes it an advantage for communication purposes. With this in mind, you are therefore aware that you can easily travel and shop and whenever you might need help, you could be sure that you would be understood.



An equally important thing to know about Mauritius is its mixture of different cultures and religions. Mauritius comprises of a multi ethnical society where there are Hindus, Muslims, Christians and Chinese. With this said, you could be sure that your trip to Mauritius would indeed lead you to the discovery of certain feelings you probably have never experienced before.





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