Air Mauritius Helicopter
Budget around USD850 per hour for a sightseeing trip.
Buses are still manned by a driver and a conductor who walks around collecting fares and issuing tickets after passengers have boarded. Tell the conductor where you want to go and he'll tell you the fare amount. Upon payment, he'll give you a ticket with the charged amount printed on it.
Most conductors are very helpful in providing directions to tourists. In the local Creole dialect, the conductors are called con-tro-lair literally controller.
Bus routes and schedules are available from the Ministry of Transport (http://www.gov.mu/portal/...) and Mauritius Buses (http://www.mauritius-buse...) who list all the main operators and their schedules.
Try to pay with small denominations or the conductor may not have enough change. Intentional over-charging of tourists is not common.
By Metered Taxi
Taxis are the best way to visit the island. Various tours are available from MUR2500: The holy lake, Chamarel 7 coloured earth, Le Morne, dolphin tours in Tamarin and Ile aux Cerfs are among the most appreciated by visitors.
Do not patronise unlicensed taxis. They promise a cheaper ride but, lately, there has been a surge in cases of robbers using this trick to lure and attack their victims. See safety section below.
Bonjour Mauritius offers airport transfers and sightseeing tours throughout the island for groups up to 40 people.
Sails once a week to Rodrigues Island and to Reunion island from Port Louis Harbour. Mauritius Pride, launched in 1991, and Mauritius Trochetia, in service since 2001, are the two ships operating on the Reunion route, and also have Madagascar as a destination. Both vessels are used as passenger and container ships.
International Charter Group
(http://www.luxuryonlineya...) Yacht charter and sailing, one of the worlds largest yacht charter companies, can take care of all charter requirements, from bareboat to crewed. Operating from nine offices worldwide USA, Spain, UK, Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Switzerland, Caribbean, Honk Kong and Dubai.
One major highway runs north to south, otherwise a good network of paved, if sometimes narrow, roads cover the island. Traffic drives on the left.
Numerous car hire firms include major international and independent firms. Prices vary widely starting from MUR800 per day. To be on the safe side, with full insurance, visitors should rent cars from companies holding a tourism enterprise license. Now also if you hire a car at the airport keep in mind that you will need to pay a MUR20 charge when you are leaving the car park, and this has to be paid in cash.
Regulations: Drivers are required to be over 18 years old. Speed limits are 110km/h 68mph on the motorway and 50km/h 31mph in built-up areas. Seatbelts are compulsory. Foreign licences are accepted.
The following chart gives approximate travel times in hours and minutes from Port Louis to other major cities/towns/resorts in Mauritius.
Grand Baie, North 0:30
Mahebourg, Southeast 0:45
Flic-en-Flac, West 0:30