The Pros And Cons Of Living In Mauritius

Mauritius is a beautiful island in the Indian Ocean just east of Madagascar. It is around 1250 miles from Mozambique. Nestling there in the ocean it has recently become a popular destination for South Africans but not just to holiday there. They want to get a new start for themselves and their families living in Mauritius.


Mauritius (Photo credit: Samovar Group)

First of all it is closer to ‘home’ in South Africa with friends and family than to Europe or America. The island itself is now officially a middle income country and ranks 67th globally and second in developing countries in Africa.

The climate is perfect, the Mauritians themselves are a friendly folk, the crime rate is low and there is great food to be had. No wonder it is very appealing.

However, while salaries for ex pats are good in comparison to South Africa, the cost of living in Mauritius is relatively high, with all the basics like food and accommodation being at the top of the list. Roads can be good or nasty with potholes and the islanders have their own way of driving. Crime, on the other hand is quickly and efficiently dealt with by the local police force but the crimes are minor in nature, such as theft.

On the positive side, they have world-class schools, private of course. As the language of choice here is French, many South African children on the island become easily proficient in both French and English, which is a great advantage for them in the future.

Many immigrant ex patriots tend to settle together in the same area. Bel Ombre, Black River and Grand Baie are typical places on the island where they enjoy living. Floreal, about thirty minutes’ drive from Bel Ombre has the best clinic on the island with excellent medical care and facilities.

There are pros and cons of living anywhere and Mauritius is no exception, but for a great lifestyle it is the choice of many South Africans and travelers the world over. At Fab Mauritius Villas we’ll do our best to ensure your transition to island life is as stress-free as possible.