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Culture in Mauritius

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Music from Mauritius

Traditional Mauritian music is known as Sega music, although other genres such as reggae, zouk and souk are also quite popular. Among the best known traditional Mauritian sega singers are Tiflére, Marlene Labaton, Serge Lebrasse, Michel Legris, and Fanfan.

The musicians in Mauritius are very talented and over the years Mauritian music has developed to international standards. There are many jazz and blues artists on the island.

Sega, Seggae and Reggae are still the most popular music produced in Mauritius by Mauritian artists. Thanks to a decent internet connection, we see more developed artists making RnB, hip-hop, soul, dubstep, club, techno and other world-renowned music these days.

The sega is usually sung in Creole (the native language of the Mauritians). Many singers had thought about performing the English version of the sega songs as well, but later decided against it in order to preserve the uniqueness and cultural richness of the local music of Mauritius.

The original instruments are fast disappearing, making way for the more conventional orchestral ensemble. But everywhere in the fishing villages along the coast, the traditional instruments such as the “ravanne”, “triangle”, the “maravanne” and the traditional guitar are still used.

In 2015, some of the best known Mauritian Sega artists were – Alain Ramanisum, Desire Francois, Ziakazom.

The cuisine of Mauritius

Cuisine of Mauritius is a combination of Chinese, European and Indian contributions during the history of Mauritius. Dishes from French cuisine have become very popular in Mauritius. Most of the dishes and practices in the culinary traditions are inspired by former slaves, Indian workers and Chinese migrants during the 19th century.


Mauritius has a strong attachment to French culture and excuses a French “savoir vivre”. The great importance of French cuisine, such as bouillon, tuna salad, daube, civet de livre, coq au vin, etc., accompanied by good wine, indicates that French influence is still prevalent in Mauritius today. Over the years, some have been adapted to the island’s more exotic ingredients to give them a unique flavour and not consist of Caribbean cuisine.

Sport in Mauritius

The most popular sport in Mauritius is football and the national team is Club M. Among some other popular sports in Mauritius are biking, ping-pong, badminton, basketball, volleyball, handball, boxing, judo, karate, taekwondo, bodybuilding, and athletics. Water sports include swimming, sailing, diving and water skiing.

Horse racing, which dates back to 1812 when the Champ de Mars racecourse was inaugurated, remains very popular. The country hosted the second (1985) and fifth (2003) editions of the Indian Ocean Island Games. The first Olympic medal for Mauritius was won at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing by boxer Bruno Jury when he took the bronze medal.

As for golf, the former Mauritius Open and the present AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open are part of the European Tour.

How To Get in Mauritius

By plane Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport (IATA: MRU +230 603 6000) in Plaisance in the southeast of the island is the main gateway for travellers from abroad. Air Mauritius serves as its home carrier, serving a network of routes to the local islands as well as to international destinations across...

How To Travel Around Mauritius

Buses and taxis are excellent options for getting around There are also bicycles and motorbikes for hire. With plane Air Mauritius flies daily between Plaisance Airport and Rodrigues (flight time - 1 hour 15 minutes). With the helicopter Helicopters are available for transfers and sightseeing tours Air Mauritius Helicopter, +230 603 3754, email: [email protected] With...

Visa & Passport Requirements for Mauritius

Nationals of many countries, including Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, New Zealand and most other OECD countries, do not need a visa in advance. For more information, visit the Passport and Immigration website. If you need a visa to enter Mauritius, you may be able to apply for one at a British...

Destinations in Mauritius

Cities Port Louis - Capital of MauritiusVacoas-PhoenixCurepipeBeau Bassin-Rose HillQuatre BornesFlackMahébourgTamarin Other destinations Domaine du Chasseur Nature ReservePereybère - A small coastal town in the northMacabée Bel Ombre Nature ReserveRodrigues - a separate island 500 km east of Mauritius, but under its political controlTrou d'Eau Douce - Located to the east, visitors can...

Things To See in Mauritius

Northern Tourist Zone Grand Bay. It was the first area on the island to fully experience the tourist boom. Grand Bay is a shopping and leisure paradise and is also where Mauritians go when they want to have a fun night out (restaurants, bars and discos). The newly renovated La...

Things To Do in Mauritius

Views - Climb Le Pouce or 'The Thumb' at 812m for spectacular 360-degree views of Port Louis and the north. It's an easy 2-hour climb from the village of Petit Verger (near St Pierre), and it takes another 2 hours to walk to Port Louis. The summit of Signal...

Food & Drinks in Mauritius

Food in Mauritius Gastronomes will find a variety of tastes and flavours inherited from different migrations throughout history. Culinary traditions from France, India, China and Africa have been passed down through generations. Depending on the region, rice or a type of flatbread called chapattis or roti, called farata (paratha) by the...

Money & Shopping in Mauritius

Money in Mauritius The Mauritian rupee (French: roupie mauricienne) has been used since 1877 and we use the international currency code ISO 4217 of MUR, which is placed before the amount in all our items. However, if you shop locally, you may also see the ₨ sign, both with and...

Festivals & Events in Mauritius

Mauritius holidays include a fusion of several cultures from the history of Mauritius. There are Hindu festivals, Chinese festivals, Muslim festivals and also Christian festivals. Public Holidays in Mauritius New Year's Day1-2 JanuaryAbolition of slavery1 FebruaryThaipoosam Kavadee3 FebruaryMaha Shivaratree17 FebruaryChinese Spring Festival19 FebruaryNational Day12 MarchUgadi21 MarchLabour Day1 MayEid ul-Fitr (depending on...

Language & Phrasebook in Mauritius

Although the official language of Mauritius is English, in practice French is by far the most widely spoken language and is often used in professional and formal settings. English-language television programmes are usually dubbed into French. Most subjects in the education system are taught and tested in the Commonwealth...

History Of Mauritius

The island of Mauritius was uninhabited before its first recorded visit in the Middle Ages by Arab sailors who called it Dina Arobi. However, the island may have been visited by ancient seafarers long before. Wax tablets were found on the shores of Mauritius by the Dutch, but as...

Stay Safe & Healthy in Mauritius

Stay safe in Mauritius Crime rates have dropped in recent years and Mauritius is a much safer country for visitors than most other destinations. Tourism police and coastguards regularly patrol areas frequented by tourists, and most towns, beaches and other major attractions are monitored by cameras. Nevertheless, use common sense...



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