Living in Mauritius
The Indian Ocean island gem just off the east coast of Africa has fast become a popular holiday and honeymoon destination but it’s also grabbed the attention of expats—those that wonder what it would be like to live in Mauritius.
This attractive volcanic county, like most popular destinations, has its pros and cons, but the incredible tropical island lifestyle offered here is hard to argue with. The Republic of Mauritius is classified as a middle-income country and boasts a population of 1,268,315 people, with an estimated 21,000 of that population being immigrants.
Some of the biggest reasons people consider living in Mauritius are the island’s incredible, friendly people, the cultural diversity, the phenomenal local food, gorgeous tropical surrounds, the enviable climate and the low instances of crime. While salaries for qualified expatriates are said to be good, the cost of living in Mauritius is relatively high. A large portion of expats’ salaries is spent on accommodation, household basics (such as cleaning products) and certain food items (such as meat) when living in Mauritius.
Despite the island’s small size (it’s 2040m2), it can take quite a while to travel from one side to the other (which is perfectly in line with the island’s relaxed nature). From Mauritian roads with potholes and island traffic on small roads to the frequent presence of pedestrians and the fact that many people ignore the speed limits, it can be quite an adventure driving in Mauritius. Crime is largely limited to petty theft and pickpocketing with few incidents of violent crime recorded. The police force in Mauritius is highly efficient and they strive to handle issues quickly and effectively. The Crime Prevention Unit is a specialized police unit that actively protects the island.
For those investigating what it's like to live in Mauritius with children, rest assured that there is a plethora of excellent private schools and the quality of life combined with a safe environment make for a fabulous place to raise children.
Despite the diverse array of expats living in Mauritius, many of them tend to be drawn by the same areas when choosing the area to live in. The most popular areas for expats are currently Black River, Grand Baie, Bel Ombre and Tamarin Bay. These villages are usually close to good schools, medical facilities, offices and shops, but no matter where expats decide to live in Mauritius, it's sure to be beautiful.
For those looking to buy property in Mauritius, the Integrated Resort Scheme (IRS), a collaboration between the Mauritian Government and the Board of Investment of Mauritius (BOI), was formed in 2002. This scheme was implemented to allow non-citizens to purchase property for resorts or residential purposes. The benefits are twofold; firstly this scheme boosts the economy but it also benefits the local communities because, as per Mauritian law, a portion of each development is donated to the community that it forms a part of.
There is a Creole saying popular on the island, “la vie est douce à Maurice” or “life is sweet in Mauritius”, which sums it up perfectly. What more could you need to know about an exceptional holiday or expat experience in Mauritius?