Mauritius with baby or toddler

By Nomad Mum

All you need to know if you travel Mauritius with baby or toddler

We were traveling Mauritius for 6 weeks with our baby / toddler. At that time she was 12-13 months and was walking already.

What to expect in Mauritius?

Mauritius is a true paradise island as you imagine it. Enjoy sapphire shallow waters, powder-white beaches and tropical vegetation all around. The island is surrounded by a reef that makes waters perfectly calm and shallow. Ideal conditions for baby swimming!

It is small but big enough to be able to travel around. Yet, it is not overcrowded by tourists and not overpopulated by locals. The stable democratic government cared for a good infrastructure like streets, medical care and a clean environment. It is quite safe as long as you close your door and don’t leave your beach bag unattended. Although it is known for high end resorts, there are plenty of cheaper Airbnb options.

Mauritians loooove babies and kids! So your little ones will get all the attention. It’s a great experience for infants!

Not to forget: everyone speaks surprisingly good English. So having conversations with locals makes it easy. Even easier than in Thailand or Indonesia.

The only downside for traveling with young kids: it gets quite hot during the midday through December till April. However, as long as you have a shady area around your house or at the beach it is still pleasant.

 

Long haul flight with a baby or toddler

If you book a flight you should first of all get seats with extra leg room (usually behind the toilets). The advantage is that your baby can crawl / play in front of your feet. If your bub is small enough, try to book a bassinet. Some carriers have bassinets for up to 24 pound / 11kg. Others have a limitation for babies up to 6 months.

I found overnight flights to be the easiest option as your baby can sleep almost all the way.

And finally bring new exciting toys for entertainment!

When we were flying to Mauritius we had a 24-hour-journey with 3 flights from New Zealand. I thought it would be a nightmare but having all the attention from so many passengers made it not as bad 🙂

 

Vaccination & health precautions

First of all, there is no Malaria in Mauritius. This makes traveling Mauritius with a baby or toddler very relaxed.

You need to have the general recommended vaccination. You will find a particular list with timelines here. Other than that you don’t need any extra travel vaccination, e.g. Yellow Fever etc.

There may be a Dengue outbreak in December/January usually in Port Louis. In this case the health authorities warn the citizens to take precautions. If you are uncertain, just call one of the hospitals and ask about the current status. As long as there is no outbreak it is unlikely to get infected with Dengue.

 

Where to stay

First of all it depends on the season you are visiting. December till March is rain season. As it is generally raining less in the north and in the west, try to avoid the other regions. Moreover, you will have more possibilities to socialize with tourists or expats in the north and west, whereas the east and south are a bit more remote. In May to November it’s not only dry season, it also gets cooler, which is perfect for little peanuts!

In the north the best place to stay is Pointe aux Cannoniers. It has a nice and safe neighborhood of Indian Mauritians and expats. There is a hidden beautiful natural beach along the Route Coutière. You just need to take one of the walkways between the beach houses to the beach. Restaurants and Cafés are along the B13 route. The public beach Mon Choisy is also nearby, as well as one of the most beautiful palm tree beach Trou aux Biches.

In the west Flic en Flac is a good choice for several reasons. It is a very long beach with both, public areas and resort beaches with coconut palm trees at the beach. You will also meet quite a few expats with their babies at the beach. There are a lot of restaurants and bars. And finally it is a good spot for day trips to the south or the inland.

 

Baby / toddler friendly beaches

I am wondering if there actually is a baby non-friendly beach, as they all are great. However, here are the Top 5 (they have all shady areas, shallow water and little corals):

  1. Trou aux Biches: beautiful beach surrounded by palm trees. There is a resort at the front but the beach can be used by everyone.
  2. Ile aux Cerf: Beautiful island with perfect beaches.
  3. Le Morne Beach: Similar to Trou aux biches with a surreal rock at the back.
  4. Flic en Flac: Very long beach with public parts and resort parts. There is certainly something for everyone!
  5. Belle Mare: Another picture perfect beach.

 

Baby / toddler friendly activities

When planning your day trips, you should especially avoid too long sun exposure. It gets hot and you don’t want your bub to get sun burnt. So here are the Top 5 activities:

  1. Botanic Garden: It is an exotic park with shady areas everywhere. One of the highlights are the giant water lily leaves. There are also giant tortoises, deer and goos. A weird animal mix but fun to watch!
  2. Chamarel Waterfall: A stunning waterfall accessible by car and just a few steps to climb to the view point. On the way there you HAVE to stop at the most gorgeous restaurant in Mauritius. It is located just next to the Chamarel Viewpoint on the way to the waterfall. It has also a few couches to feel more comfy with your little one and enough space to move around.
  3. Château de Labourdennais:  A very special place from the old colonial era. This picturesque estate is surrounded by a garden where all kinds of fruits are still grown and produced. Walk through the house, feel like being in the old days, hang around the garden and go for some rum tasting (incl. in the entry) at the end.
  4. Sunday brunch party: This hotel brunch is open to the public and takes place every first Sunday of the month. They also hire a DJ for some light party vibes. So a bit of beach & pool party with baby is definitely possible! Check out the C BeachClub.
  5. Visit Hindu Temples: Around 70% of the Mauritius populations is Hindu. Therefore, you will find various colorful Hindu Temples. They are also cool and shady to stroll around with your little one. But don’t do the mistake to take one of the unauthorized guides. Just walk around by yourself and leave a little donation in the donation box.

Watch out! If you fancy a sailing trip be cautious with your choice. Many sailors are smoking weed in Mauritius during the sailing trips. In case of dangerous situations, e.g. unexpected storm, it might get dangerous on the boat.

 

Costs

Despite the top notch resorts, Mauritius is not expensive.

Cost per night in medium range Airbnb is around 65 USD. If you can share a house with family or friends you can get really amazing villas for a decent price.

One month food costs are around 700 USD for a family of 3.

A taxi from the airport to the other end of the island is around 43 USD (if you organize in advance). Rental cars start from 27 USD.

Nomad List is stating monthly average expenses in the Capital Port Louis for a single: 2.127 USD per month.

 

Baby nutrition & diapers / nappies

Baby formula milk is available in regular supermarkets. The brands are mainly European ones, like Nestle.

Baby food is available in some supermarkets.

Diapers / nappies are widely available – either Pempers or Huggies.

 

Babysitter, playgroups and daycare

As the average income is low, babysitters are quite cheap. Mauritians are very baby and kids friendly people. So if you ask your host to recommend a person, you won’t be disappointed. You may also seek advice in the Mauritius Mum fb group.

When we went, there were no official mum meetups. If you go with your bub to the public beach in Flic en Flac you will most likely meet several expat mums with their babies and toddlers. They are happy  to socialize 🙂

There are toddler playgroups on Mondays in the kids-friendly restaurant Funky Monkey in the north. Just call them or come around and ask if they are still ongoing.

If you would like to stay a bit longer, you might be interested in daycare. There are several international ones, such as Hampton School, Tiny Tots, Tiboulaba etc. They all don’t seem to be too bureaucratic, so you might be able to get in spontaneously.

 

Visa requirements

Usually no Visa is required for the main western countries, such as the US and the EU countries. You can stay for up to 3 months. Moreover, you are allowed to stay for up to 6 months within one year. A list of countries and their Visa requirement is here.

 

For more information

This is a free travel guide we found useful: Conscious Mauritius.

 

About us

When our first daughter was seven weeks old, we started traveling the world. That was almost two years ago. Today we have visited more than 14 countries with baby(s)/toddler and share our experiences and best tipps with you on this blog. Want to find out what we do for a living? – Have a look.

18 thoughts on “Mauritius with baby or toddler

  • Brianna Grandsable November 15, 2017 at 12:32 pm Reply

    I’m heading to Mauritius on Boxing Day with my will be 10month old and have had a few anxieties about the trip. This was a great read thank you very much.

    • Nomad Mum November 25, 2017 at 6:30 pm Reply

      Awesome to hear that! Thanks 🙂

  • Amber Creighton January 7, 2018 at 1:55 am Reply

    Wonderful article! Very helpful as we are planning a trip there soon with our baby & toddler!

  • Abdul February 4, 2018 at 11:04 am Reply

    Do you recommend a nearby hotel around the airport for 1 day only ( arriving after long haul flight) as I read that airport is far away from grand baye area ( where I am planning to stay).

    • Nomad Mum February 17, 2018 at 12:35 pm Reply

      No sorry. But it is a small island and the travel time is max. 2 hours!

  • Nomadanu March 8, 2018 at 7:49 am Reply

    Great article, thank you for all the informations 🙂
    How old was your baby when you went to Mauritius? (we have a 5 month old baby)

    • Nomad Mum March 9, 2018 at 6:49 pm Reply

      Thanks a lot! Our bubba was actually celebrating her first birthday there! So she was 11/12 months old. You are totally fine with a 5 month old there. They are really baby friendly and nothing to worry about 🙂

  • Adina March 20, 2018 at 12:06 pm Reply

    Hello there! Great to read your experience!
    Could you please write me the name of your hotel/accomodation?

    All the best,
    Adina

    • Nomad Mum March 23, 2018 at 6:34 pm Reply

      Many thanks! It was all Airbnb 🙂

  • Laura Nightingale March 27, 2018 at 9:35 pm Reply

    Your blog is a helpful read! Trying to decide wether my will be 10 month old daughter should come to a wedding in 5 weeks or stay in uk with grandparents…. Still unsure with flight time / heat / car seats on transfer to hotel.. any advice??

    Thank so much!!

    • Nomad Mum April 4, 2018 at 8:39 pm Reply

      Absolutely no problem, I think! We found Mauritius to be very safe! Yes, it’s hot but you survive 😉 I would only suggest not to use air con too much, as babies can get a cold quickly when using it too much.

  • Heather Eadie June 29, 2018 at 9:30 pm Reply

    This was a brilliant find! Do you know if you can take packets of baby food and formula with you?

    • Nomad Mum June 30, 2018 at 6:30 pm Reply

      I guess you can – I haven’t heard otherwise.

  • Hayley July 3, 2018 at 9:43 am Reply

    I am travelling in October (my little girl will be 20 months). Do they sell full fat milk there? Any other tips/hints for flight? We are travelling overnight on the way there so hoping not too much entertainment is needed. Thank you 🙂

    • Nomad Mum July 3, 2018 at 7:22 pm Reply

      Hi there! I do not remember exactly, to be honest. But is there any reason why they shouldn’t? Because they have also a strong French influence, they have quite good quality food in their supermarkets! So I don’t think you will be missing anything 😉
      Cheers

      • Hayley July 10, 2018 at 8:57 am Reply

        Thank you. I think it’s sometimes hard to spot the difference with things like milk in other places I wasn’t sure if it was the same there! Can’t wait to go now!

  • Praj September 10, 2018 at 2:44 am Reply

    Hi there – really appreciated this post as we’re going soon with our 8 month old! We’re actually spending two months there… so excited!

    Any advice on whether bringing a stroller is advisable (we have one that works with the car seat)? I’m not sure of the road quality for walking, either around towns or at tourist sites. Wondering if just the baby carrier is good enough.

    The stroller would definitely come in handy to let the baby sleep while on the go, especially when it’s hot, and also to lug other stuff. But no point bringing it if the roads/paths are generally not conducive to it.

    Any thoughts?

    Thanks again!

    • Nomad Mum September 10, 2018 at 7:15 am Reply

      Hi Praj,
      many thanks! Well, the roads are not really made for strollers and you hardly have any walkways. But if you stay for two months I would still bring it. If you live in a cozy neighbourhood without many cars, you can still use the stroller or – as you said – as a mobile bed when you want to go to the restaurant or shopping etc.
      Enjoy beautiful Mauritius 🙂
      Val

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