Time in Mauritius
The gorgeous and wonderfully tropical Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius (also known as the Republic of Mauritius or République de Maurice in French) is an archipelago that lies just off the East African coast and approximately 900 km east of Madagascar. It forms part of the Mascarene Islands along with Rodrigues and nearby Réunion. The current time in Mauritius, and naturally, it’s capital city of Port Louis, is calculated according to the UTC+4, or Coordinated Universal Time standard, which shares its time with Greenwich Mean Time (or GMT). This means that it also falls under the GMT+4 time zone.
The time in Mauritius is referred to as Mauritius Time (MUT), but it actually shares its (only) time zone with an array of other countries that include Azerbaijan (AZT), Georgia (GST), Reunion (RET) and Seychelles (SCT) to name but a few of them.
Mauritius observes the UTC+4 standard time throughout the year with no Daylight Saving Time (or DST) in effect. This means that whether you visit in summer or winter, you’ll follow the UTC+4 time standard.
With gorgeous beaches and incredible summer weather, the phenomenal daylight hours let visitors make the most of the idyllic surrounds, with sunrise starting at approximately 05:00 and sunset around 19:00. But for those who choose to visit the gorgeous island in the mild winter months instead, you will still get to enjoy around 12 hours of daylight, with the winter daylight hours running between 06:00 until roughly 18:00 each day. The great news is that this magical island has a myriad of ways to get the most out of the amazingly long daylight hours.
If you are coming from a destination where you are likely to experience jet lag (which tends to be especially bad if you are travelling from west to east because there are fewer hours in the day left to recover, whereas going west adds on hours), then it’s best to do what you can to ensure the effects of jet lag don’t mar your spectacular holiday in paradise.
Jet lag, which is also known as desynchronosis or time zone change syndrome, can affect people who travel quickly across a number of time zones and impacts the body’s circadian rhythms (most notably, your sleeping patterns).
Apart from jet lag having the power to render travellers exhausted (and sometimes slightly disoriented), it can also cause irritability, headaches, digestive issues and insomnia. The greater number of time zones crossed the more severe the symptoms can be (age, fitness levels and health can also affect the symptoms and the time it takes to recover). At the end of the day, however, it affects different people in different ways and there’s no sure-fire way to either avoid it or guarantee that you can get over it quickly.
With that in mind, here are three of our top tips to ensure that you overcome jet lag and get your body back in sync as quickly as possible:
- Get into a destination-inspired routine before you leave — If you can change up your routine a little at home a few days before you embark on your trip, it could help you to lessen the effects of jet lag. If you are heading east then you could try getting to bed a few hours earlier than normal and if you are going west you could try staying awake a bit longer and adjusting your waking hours accordingly (if possible). It’s also advised to make sure that you get a good night’s sleep the night before your flight.
- Set your watch to the new time zone — Start your journey into a different time zone the minute you sit down on the plane so that you can start preparing mentally for the shift. You can do this by changing your watch to the local time at your destination. Then, while aboard, try keep to those hours if possible, as in try to sleep on the plane only in the nighttime hours and stay awake in the daytime hours of your destination.
- Skip the alcohol and caffeine — While you might want to start the holiday festivities on the plane with a glass of wine, beer or even cup of coffee, it’s actually better to skip these. As tempting as they are, these drinks can actually make you more tired and cause dehydration and, ultimately, make it more difficult to beat jet lag. The artificial stimulants in things like coffee or energy drinks can impact your ability to sleep properly, which means that as hard as it may be, it’s really better to stick to water on the plane, and indulge in your favourite drinks when you land.
If nothing else, listen to your body, take it easy and do your best to get into a good rhythm in your destination as quickly as possible to ensure that you enjoy your unparalleled island holiday in Mauritius to its full.
Have a look at our world clocks to give you an idea of the time in Mauritius now in relation to the rest of the world.