The currency of choice in the Mauritius Rupee. Most high-end hotels will claim to accept payment in either Euros or Dollars. This is not usually the case. For the few places that will accept foreign currency, the rate is bad and ends up with you losing so much money.
The best place to exchange money in Mauritius is at local money exchangers. The most popular and reliable money exchangers in Mauritius are Shibani Finance and Thomas cook. These have branches in all popular tourist areas in Mauritius including Grand Baie in the north, Belle Mare in the east, Flic rn Flac in the west, Mahebourg, Port Louis, and Chemin Grenier in the South.
They also have branches at sir seewoosagur Ramgoolam international airport. Exchange rates are standard across all Thomas Cook and Shibani Finance branches. Most tourists usually exchange currency at the airport.
Generally, ATMs will give you a much lower exchange rate than money exchangers. Some of the banks with branches all over Mauritius include HSBC, Absa, state bank of Mauritius, and MBC. MasterCard, Visa, and AmEx cards are commonly accepted and popular all over Mauritius.
For over the counter withdrawals you must provide a copy of your passport.
Money-saving tips in Mauritius
Mauritius is generally an expensive country since the country mostly relies on sugarcane farming and tourism. Most commodities in the country are imported making them more expensive.
Don’t book water sport tours through tour agents. Most tour agents will entice you into booking activities through them claiming there are only limited slots. The best option is to get to Ile Aux Cerf islands ( the main water sports hub in Mauritius) yourself and book a tour personally from agents on the island. For the best rates, go in the afternoon when most tourists are done with their activities. Most organizers are usually want to make some extra cash and will organize tours at half price.
For skincare enthusiasts, purchase your products from your home country or online. Most products in Mauritius cost almost double of what they cost on Amazon.
Avoid exchanging currency at hotels or paying bills in foreign currency