How much does it cost to rent a car in Mauritius?
Generally speaking, the rates of rental cars will peak with the season, that is, in December to January the prices will undoubtedly go up.
If you visit Mauritius outside of the high season you are likely to be able to find a car locally at discounted rates.
A small air conditioned car, for example the popular Nissan March (known outside Asia and the Indian Ocean as the Nissan Micra) or Hyundai Atos can be rented for as little as EUR 20 per day in low season (from local agencies).
The Malaysian carmakers Proton and Perodua are also big suppliers of rental cars in Mauritius.
Rentals contracts normally include a comprehensive insurance and unlimited mileage and a credit card is typically required to function as a security deposit.
The major international car rental agencies are also well represented on the island, such as Europcar and Hertz and typically provide a wider selection of cars, but roughly double the rates.
Note: Always make sure that you rent a yellow plated car, as these are owned by registered companies in Mauritius. A black plated car is owned by a private individual which means that it is not licensed for short term rentals.
The same goes for the taxi services on the island. A yellow plated taxi in Mauritius will have a taxi license, whereas a black plated vehicle will be a private driver posing as a taxicab.
Although black plated taxis may be a lot cheaper, they are essentially illegal taxicab operations and should be avoided at all times.