How is Mauritius for digital nomads?

#1

Hello all,

I’m planning on spending a couple of month in Mauritius Island and even when I’ve been there for a week, never rented or worked there.

Does anyone here has tips or experience to share about Mauritius?

Cheers!

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#2

Hi, I’ve sent you a personal message.

I am a digital nomad currently in Mauritius for a couple of months. My start here was very bad. My MacBook broke, I had difficulties finding someone to repair, then it took 2 weeks to wait for one part from Apple to reach the island… and cost me more or less the same price as buying a new one. Living, eating out is quite expensive (not the same type of island lifestyle as in Thailand) but the weather is fantastic and people are very nice (I am Mauritian myself so I might be biased hahaha).

Ive also written a few posts on my blog about life in Mauritius and recently we had the visit of Project Getaway which was awesome.

There are a few co-working spaces although only starting so they are great for remote workers but not exactly for the digital nomad group of people. It’s mostly locals who want to share an office space.

That said, there’s a pop-up co-working week with Fibre Optic internet in November. Let me know if you’re keen.

Cheers
Beatrice

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#3

Ask me again in 2 weeks :slight_smile: - just arrived in Mauritius and will stay for another 2 months.

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#4

Thank you both!

Beatrice thanks for the PM and for the public reply and for your blog! I’ve read a lot so far xD

Something that I can’t find is monthly budget. How much do you spend in a month?

I want to go to Mauritius because I’m looking for a couple of month in a house just in the beach, like: 15 minutes break, go swimming, come back, keep working. So you can have an idea on the kind of house I’ll be looking for.

Cheers and thanks in advance!

Daniel

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#5

I lived in Mauritius for 10 months in 2012 and revisited for 3 weeks in 2013. I’d say it’s not nomad friendly - back then there weren’t any hipster cafe-s where you could drink spicy late and have a good wifi. it’s still mostly a vacation spot for the wealthy. I was spending ~2500-3000 Euro per month (I got a long term rent, weekly rates are MUCH more expensive) - I was paying I think 500 euro for a 1-bedroom appt in Flic en Flac. Toyota Yaris was about 500 Euro as well, food prices in supermarket and restaurants were European level, pork and beef were particularily expensive, since it’s imported from SA. I would it hard to live below 2000 p/m … I was lonely because there were no people who were living the same lifestyle as me … but enjoyed because beaches are amazing and so is the nature inside the island - forests and mountains. Locals are friendly, and it will be easier to mingle if you speak French. The place itself is safe, and developed.

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#6

Hi Daniel,

If you haven’t come to Mauritius yet, there’s a great airbnb place in Trou aux Biches, a few minutes walk from the beach. It has a nice terrace and even a little office space. I can PM you the details if you’re interested. The couple who live there are super nice and know a lot about the island (they have launched an online guide for responsible tourism called Mauritius Conscious). Also, my husband and I are building a coworking and coliving offer (http://dodoworkplay.com) - we will be hosting our second coliving popup early next year and we put on regular events for entrepreneurs and freelancers to meet and discover the island (Coworking On Tour).

Cheers and safe travels,
Coralie

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#7

Sounds cool Coralie - good luck, I hope to visit when you’re set up.

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#8

I agree: Mauritius is not a nomad friendly destination: internet is shady in most rental places and there is no nomad community (some foreigners who moved to Mauritius, and opened a local business here, but no nomads).

Mauritius is a great holiday destination, but does not have to offer a lot if you are looking for a Nomad friendly destination: no nomads, lots of tourists - but not an international business vibe. Internet speeds often questionable, also in bars/restaurants. People come here for their honeymoon or to retire in the sun. Not much to do at night.

The pro’s are the friendly people, nice beaches and relaxed vibe.

Rent is pretty expensive for what you get. That’s due to the honeymoon - tourist destination prices. But it’s not crazy. Something decent, with 1, 2 bedrooms and a condominium pool will often go around 1200-1600 euro (close to the beach and shops). Studios will go cheaper of course. Make sure to check the internet speed. Everything, as always, depends on where you want to be, and the season.

All other prices are very ok. Lunches and dinners are lower vs European prices- if you skip the 5* resort restaurants. Food is ok as well and you have a nice range to chose from: creole - Indian - Chinese - European. No top cuisine and restaurants, but ok food for a good/correct price. People are very friendly, wherever you go.

I do enjoy my time here though- but I’m here with my girlfriend. We go for 1,2 dives everyday, get some work done, go for a walk on the beautiful beach, etc. If I would be alone on the island, I would probably take the first plane back :slight_smile: - but I’m not good in being alone in a quiet place for long to begin with :stuck_out_tongue:

In short: if you are looking for a nice island (nature and most beaches are beautiful here), spend some time on the beach, and mix that with work,- but do not care to meet other nomads, have just a bit of nightlife, want to do some shopping, etc - then you’ll be fine here. Some beaches are really beautiful, and the vibe is always very relaxed. Rentals in front of the beach tend to be very expensive though, especially during high season (think $500 a night and way more).

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#9

Thanks Serge :slight_smile: Hope to have you here in the future! Hopefully next time you come you’ll find that Mauritius has changed quite a lot! Finally some nice coffee shops popping up here and there, although we’re still far from the hipster vibe. And nice initiatives like the entrepreneurs’ retreat Project Getaway came here for the first time this winter… change definitely in the air :slight_smile:

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#10

Guys, how’s the situation there now? Planning to land there in April 2019

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#11

Following this too! Interested in a few weeks stay coming from SEA to Europe…

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#12

Just returned from there, didn’t enjoy it. It’s just more expensive and lower quality than most of Asia.You can read my thoughts on the good and bad sides in my @cbrwizard instagram (can’t post links here sorry).

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