Mauritius on a Budget

Mauritius is a small island nation 1,200 miles (2,000km) off the coast of Southern Africa in the Indian Ocean. The 1.2 million inhabitants make up the most densely populated country in Africa. Mauritius is known for beautiful exotic beaches. There is often a misconception that Mauritius is expensive to visit. It has a luxury tourism industry, not far behind the famed Seychelles and Maldives islands. However, there are also several ways to visit Mauritius on a budget.


Our Mauritius on a Budget travel guide. We backpacked for a week in Mauritius. Don't think you can go to Mauritius on a Budget? You can with these helpful tips! Check out the best beaches, local food, and camping. By: Beard and Curly (@beardandcurly)

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There is a little secret on Mauritius that is hard to come by via the internet. Camping is LEGAL and FREE on all public beaches. Yes, that is right, it is possible to visit Mauritius with entirely free accommodation. We camped at several different beaches and not once had an issue with law enforcement or locals. Most beaches have toilets and some have shower facilities; however, they are only open from 7 am until 7 pm.

Top beaches for camping: Trou-Aux Biches, Flic en Flak, Tamarin, Palmer, and Poste Lafayette. 

Read more on the full article for the Best of Mauritius Beaches.


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Flic n Flak Beach Camping

Alternative Options for Budget Accommodations

  • Airbnb –  there are several options ranging from $25 USD to $40 USD. The most popular areas for Airbnb are in Grand Baie, Flic en Flak, and Mahebourg.

  • Private studios – Google search may give information; however, we searched for signs in each town and spoke directly to someone at a realtor office. Private studios and apartments are available for rent. We stayed in a 2 bedroom in La Gaulette for $35 USD.

  • Budget hotels – There are several low-end hotels. These are mostly in the larger towns such as Grand Baie, Flic en Flak, Mahebourg. Some budget private room options we recommend are:


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Food on Mauritius is excellent. Due to the diverse ethnicity of the people of Mauritius, ranging from Chinese, Indian, French, and African, local food has a blend of exotic flavors. Restaurants can get expensive, but there are plenty of budget options for local food. In the larger towns, we found small and basic restaurants serving noodles, soup, and fried rice with costs between 60Rs and 120 Rs. Street vendors are available in nearly all beach towns. There are several options such as samosas and roti for less than 15 Rs to fried noodles for 100 Rs.

Read more here about Food in Mauritius.


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Traditional Food of Mauritius

Car Rental

Renting a car in Mauritius is not cheap, so this is one thing to decide to splurge on or not. Renting a car helps in seeing more things, getting to some of the hiking areas and ease of just getting around. Pingouin Car Rental is the cheapest in Mauritius, with prices from $220 USD per week.


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Public Transportation

Buses are available on the entire island operating from 6:30 AM to 8 PM. Tickets are very cheap, from 15Rs to 30Rs depending on the distance of the trip. They run often and have bus stops in almost every village. Plan your trip at



Should you go to Mauritius?

Mauritius is a beautiful island not only for the rich and famous at high-end luxury resorts. This island is well-developed and caters to those on all types of budgets. The best way to save money is to rent a car for the week and bring a tent. Instead of paying for rooms, camping is excellent and there are several beaches with facilities for showering. Don’t miss out on the excellent local street food, one of our favorites. If camping isn’t your thing, stick to some of the budget options for accommodation and use the excellent bus system.


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Mauritius Beaches


Suggested Items to Bring for a Budget Trip to Mauritius*:

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Mountain Hardwear Ghost UL 2 Person Tent – Ultra lightweight and compact for travel!

Quicksilver Men’s boardshorts

Tori Praver Women’s Milos Floral Victoria One-Piece swimsuit

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Our Mauritius on a Budget travel guide. We backpacked for a week in Mauritius. Don't think you can go to Mauritius on a Budget? You can with these helpful tips! Check out the best beaches, local food, and camping. By: Beard and Curly (@beardandcurly)


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5 comments on “Mauritius on a Budget”

  1. Cindy Reply

    Hello dear Beard and Curly, could you tell me where you found out camping in Mauritius is legal? I can’t seem to find anything. That’d be great. Thanks already for your suggestions, that is great news and I look forward to my trip next week even more.
    Cheers, Cindy

    • Beard and Curly Reply


      I took a deep look at some government documents, and I also could not find that it is legal. However, I also could not find that it was illegal. What I do know and quite easy to find online is that Mauritius is 100% public beaches. While there is private property and land/resorts, etc…, the beaches can still be used by anyone. We spent our night’s camping on the bigger public beaches, and not once had any issues. Sorry this response is a little late, I had poor wifi for a couple weeks while in Flores, Indonesia. Are you back from your trip yet? Would love to hear how it went and if you had any issues.


  2. Jana Reply

    Hi Timon,

    I’m planning a trip to Mauritius soon and would love to sleep on the beach as well, sounds lovely! When you rented a car, was it easier because you could just leave all of your stuff in there when going on hikes or to the beach (my question: is it safe to leave all your stuff in the car?) My boyfriend and I were looking to rent scooters instead of a car, but that will make it more difficult I think to move around with all of our stuff. Because then we can’t leave our bags anywhere and I’m not going to leave my tent on the beach with all my stuff in it. What are our thoughts?

    • Beard and Curly Reply

      Hi Jana,

      Great question. We did rent a car as mentioned, not just for ease of transport and getting around the island, but also to keep things in our car each night as we tent camped. Mauritius is a VERY safe country. However, I do think that it would be much easier to for keeping bags and seeing things during the day to have it in the car versus leaving everything in a tent while you are away visiting places. Have a great trip to Mauritius!


  3. Parvesh Reply

    Hi, normally camping on beaches in Mauritius requires a permit from the beach authority. You should normally have a permit to camp from the beach authority and as far as i know you should pay for the permit. But never i have heard any local applying for the permit. What we (my family) normally do is we inform the closest police station / coast guard that we will be camping. They will just make an entry in their log book, and usually they will drive by your camping location to check on you a couple of times during the night (of course without disturbing you).

    Source: i am a mauritian

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