The local currency is called “Mauritius Rupee”. It consists of notes of Rs 2000, 1000, 500, 200, 100, 50 and 25. Following Coins are available: Rs 20, 10, 5 and 1. Coins below the 1 Rupee are called “cents”; Here you can have 50, 20 and 5 cent coins. It is better to exchange your money in Mauritius than in Europe.
You can already change your first money at the airport (open on all arrivals) or use one of the available ATM at the airport to withdraw your first Rupies. It is also possible now, to exchange money at the ATM. You enter the foreign bill in the machine and in exchange you get Mauritian Rupies. In bigger cities you find banks and offices which are offering money exchange. Tip: Private moneychangers usually have better rates than banks and offer longer/more convenient opening-hours.
You can change cash (Euro, Pound, Dollar, Swiss Francs etc.) or traveler cheques. Most of the restaurants or shops accept all major credit cards. It is not usual to pay here with another currency than Mauritian Rupees. Nevertheless some places (restaurants and hotels for example) might accept foreign currencies like EUR, ZAR, USD & GBP. However any change will be reimbursed in Mauritian Rupees (MUR).
The major bank institutes have ATMs available in many cities and shopping centers. It is good to ensure at your bank institute before leaving to Mauritius, if your Maestro/Debit Card will be accepted on Mauritian ATM. Due to recent security regulations (for example in Germany) you might get in some trouble when trying to withdraw money with your card in a non european country.