So much culture. Such a small place.
Blink and you’d miss it – Mauritius combines centuries of history and revolutions with the iconic scenery of an island paradise. And to show just how culturally diverse the nation is, they use the rupee!
There’s something special about this Dutch-named, French-populated and English-conquered island nation of Africa. It’s not just that they have some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. It’s not just the exotic blend of Indian culture and history. And no, it’s not just how highly Mauritius ranks for economic, democratic and political freedom. It’s the essence of all this combined that creates an aura nowhere else on earth can match.
Take some time off and feast on local delicacies, enjoy a bit of hiking, lose track of time in luxurious resorts, even check out a local football game! You’ll just need to swap your Aussie dollars for the local Mauritian rupees to unlock this ruby of the world.
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Pick up locally
With over 140 convenient store locations across Australia, you can securely pick up your Mauritian Rupees with no hassles.
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Coins and notes
Mauritian rupees are divided into 100 cents (much like dollars), but these are largely unused. You may stumble across coins worth 5 or 20 cents, but you’ll most likely find 0.5, 1, 5, 10 and 20 rupee coins. The notes then rise through 25, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1,000 and 2,000 rupees.
Facts about the currency
- There’s no limit on carrying any currency in or out of Mauritius. But if you plan to move more than 500,000 rupees or the equivalent, you’ll need to declare it.
- A 100 rupee coin was released in 2001 to commemorate the centenary anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s visit to Mauritius. So if you see one, look after it!
- Each current banknote has a hand-engraved portrait of a prominent Mauritian figure on it, making the currency absolutely stunning.
- To show how small ‘cents’ are in Mauritius, the 1 rupee coin is considered as “supermarket” small-change, so it doesn’t really make ‘cents’ that they’re still in circulation at all.
- The 2,000 rupee note has a hologram containing images of a dodo and the value “2,000”, surely one of the most stunning banknote security features anywhere in the world.
- Unfortunately, currency exchanges here aren’t known for being scam-free or fair, so it’s definitely worth changing your dollars for rupees before you head off. Simply duck into any of our 130+ Travel Money Oz stores and we’ll get your rupee ready.