For our holiday, we are thinking of finally taking our honeymoon to Mauritius. We are British and only speak English. Is English widely spoken in Mauritius? Can we find our way around and travel in Mauritius only speaking English?
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A lot of travellers often wonder what language is spoken in Mauritius. Luckily, both English and French are fluently spoken in Mauritius. Although you’re more likely to hear people speak French and Creole, you’ll be surprised to know that the official language of Mauritius is in fact English!
You won’t face any difficulty travelling around Mauritius even if you only speak English. The education system in Mauritius is primarily English-based so most people speak English to some degree, and especially if you’re visiting touristy areas.
Rest assured, your taxi driver, hotel staff, tour guide and most people you will encounter will be able to understand you. It might only get harder if you intend on travelling in small villages around Mauritius. Locals might feel a little insecure about speaking English at the beginning but you don’t have much to worry about. Just make sure you’re speaking slowly and level down on the articulation of words.