• Tourist gear tends to be expensive, and the price also depends on where you buy it. (Large supermarket near touristy beach area will be more expensive than one inland). If you can get a Superdrug special, buy that sort of thing in the UK before you go.
Is this just hype? You pay around £1.50 for a 1L bottle of water near Buckingham palace vs. £0.50 in the newsagent on Dudley High Street. Is that hype?
• You will get a better rate if you bring pounds and change them in the money changers here - which are available around the island. Remember that the rate is negotiable and you do not have to accept the rate displayed on the board. This also brings other issues as where to stash your cash while you are there. Another bit of bad news is that the pound has tanked around 20% vs. the Mauritian rupee, so it might not be as cheap as you think once you get there.
• Are people going to try and rip off tourists there? Seriously, what do you think?
Thanks for your reply thermo. Each country is different - I've travelled a lot and some countries are not as greedy as others. I was wondering if Mauritius is especially steep - £20.00 for suncream sounded ridiculous to me, but I've not been there so have no idea yet.
Thanks for the tip abut money changing.
I think that of course they are going to try and make as much money out of tourists as possible - but it was more a question of how careful and guarded do you have to be - it's nice to have a bit of an idea before you arrive.