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Mauritius

Mauritius Film & Photography Production Services & Camera Crews

Are you a media company, brand, ad agency or production company looking for film / photography production support or shooting crew in Mauritius? Contact us for trusted fixers, producers, directors, DoPs, videographers, photographers, and full shooting crews tailored for the specific needs of your project.

Filming in Mauritius

For an introduction to shooting in Mauritius see below notes on film locations, permits, when to shoot, unique local stories, costs, tax incentives, crews, talent, equipment, communications, art department, studios, post facilities, visas and work permits for filming, transport, film-friendly accommodation, and safety advice.

Mauritius Film Locations

The Republic of Mauritius is constituted of Mauritius Island and several outlying islands including Rodrigues, Agaléga and Saint Brandon. The islands are spread over a vast area of the Indian Ocean.

The main island of Mauritius is a volcanic island known for its palm-fringed beaches and lagoons with coral reefs surrounding much of the coast.

Sugarcane and tea plantations are the main agricultural film locations. Textile factories are the main industrial locations.

Mauritius is a favourite location for Bollywood productions. Serenity (2019) was the first Hollywood feature to film in Mauritius.

Film locations can be divided into the following districts: Black River, Flacq, Grand Port, Moka, Pamplemousses, Plaines-Wilhems, Port-Louis, Rivière du Rempart, Savanne, the autonomous region of Rodrigues, and the dependencies of Agaléga and Saint Brandon.

Port Louis is the capital and largest city. It is known for its run-down French colonial architecture, which makes for interesting backdrops. Port Louis film locations of note include the Central Market, Citadelle, Government House, Blue Penny Museum, Le Pouce mountain, Pieter Both mountain, and Champ de Mars horse-racing track. Pamplemousses Botanic Garden is famous for its long pond of giant water lilies.

Inland Mauritius has many beautiful forests, national parks, tree-lined avenues, mountains, waterfalls and rivers. Locations of particular interest include the Black River Gorges National Park, Casela Nature Park, and Chamarel Seven Colored Earth. Chameral Falls, Rochester Falls, and Tamarind Falls are beautiful film locations. L’Aventure du Sucre is a former sugar factory.

The coast has some beautiful beaches although many of the better ones are part of established resorts or private islands such as Iles des Deux Cocos and Île aux Cerfs. Mauritius offers some great underwater photography options, particularly on the more protected west coast. Tamarin Bay has good surf breaks. Flic-en-Flac beach has excellent sunset photography options. Le Morne Brabant is a large basaltic monolith surrounded by a beautiful lagoon. Other islands of note include Île Plate and Ile aux Aigrettes.

Mauritius Film Location Permits

Applications need to be made well in advance of shoot days. Please contact us for location specific information.

When To Shoot?

Mauritius has a tropical climate which remains warm and relatively dry throughout the year. Mauritius tends to get more rain inland than on the coast. November to April is the warmer, wet season. June to September is the cooler, dry season and best time to film for weather. Best surf conditions occur from June to September. The best months for underwater photography with an abundance of big marine life are November to March, which is also the cyclone season. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

The diverse cultural landscape of Mauritius sees a variety of events celebrated including Chinese New Year (January / February), Thaipoosum Cavadee (January / February), Maha Shivaratree (February / March), Holi (February), Ougadi (March), Ramadan, Diwali (November), and Christmas (December).

Public holidays may affect timing, availability and costs. See here for public holiday dates in Mauritius.

Unique Local Stories

Brands are looking for local stories that match their brand narrative. Our local teams are a great lead for sourcing those unique stories and characters.

If you are looking for stories for your next shoot, send us your brief and we will pitch you ideas.

If you have a unique story you would like to pitch to a brand anywhere in the world, pitch us your idea. We have well-established processes to ensure that your ideas are properly seen and protected.

Costs & Tax Incentives

Costs. Locations, local talent and support crew are inexpensive but since little to no filming infrastructure exists all key crew and equipment must be brought in from abroad. Johannesburg is the closest major production centre. Our Mauritian fixer / service producer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.

Tax Incentives. Mauritius offers a rebate of up to 40% on eligible production spend for TV commercials, films, TV shows and documentaries. There is no custom duty on equipment brought in to be used on qualifying productions.

Film Crew & Talent

Crews. Mauritius has a small pool or local directors, videographers and stills photographers. Key crew should be brought in from abroad.

Contact us if you are looking for a director, DP, photographer, videographer (cameraman / camera operator), camera assistant (focus puller), sound operator, grip, gaffer, stylist, hair and makeup, PA / runner, production driver, or any other film crew for your shoot in Mauritius.

Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiable. Mauritians are mostly of Indian and Creole descent. Some Caucasian and Chinese looks also exist. All other talent looks need to be brought in from abroad. Mauritius only has basic casting facilities so street casting is common.

Mauritius Film Equipment

Equipment. Some basic grip, lighting and camera gear can be found locally. Johannesburg is the closest major film production centre should you need to fly in gear. For productions looking to bring in film equipment Mauritius is an ATA carnet country.

Communications. Communication is key. Our agility and global experience allows us to customise the right communications systems for every shoot.

Web posted casting, scouting, and videoconferencing.

For clients that are unable to attend set we offer a virtual video village solution. This dedicated and secure high-resolution video streaming platform allows clients from one or multiple timezones to view setups without compromise and to participate in real-time with the team on set. Separate systems can be set up for the discrete conversations that are required to make a job run right. Working remotely with our local teams reduces your content production costs, turnaround times, carbon footprint, and risks associated with unpredictable global events.

Art Department, Studios, Backlots, & Post Production

Art department and set construction is very basic. Anything specific needs to be brought in from abroad.

Studios. None exist at present.

Post Production. Post abroad.

Visas & Work Permits

Visiting crews travelling on Western passports are allowed visa-free entry to Mauritius. Most other passport holders can get visas on arrival. Film crews do not require work permits but must have a letter of authorisation from the relevant authorities.

Transport & Accommodation

Transportation Infrastructure. Main roads are up to international standards. One major highway runs north to south. The traffic in Mauritius can be quite congested. It takes at least 2.5 hours from the top to the bottom of the island and about 1 hour across if traffic is good. Several international airlines service flights to Mauritius.

Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in Mauritius include:

Maradiva Villas Resort and Spa
Les Pavillons Hotel
The Oberoi Mauritius
Le Tousserok Hotel

Please contact us for corporate rates.

Final Notes

Safety. See here for up to date travel advice.

Down Time. Mauritian cuisine is a blend of African, Chinese, European and Indian influences. Try local dishes such as Bol Renversé, Boulettes, Dholl Puri & Roti, Gateau Piment, Mine Frite, Sept Cari, Rougaille and Vindaye.

Projects. For an example of TV commercials, stills campaigns, online content, corporate videos, virtual reality 360 content, feature films, TV series and documentaries shot in Mauritius, please see below:

Hire Mauritius Production Support & Shooting Crew

If you are looking for a film or photographic production service company, line producer or fixer for your shoot in Mauritius, please contact us.

If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in Mauritius, such as a director, DoP, photographer, videographer (cameraman / camera operator), camera assistant (focus puller), sound operator, grip, gaffer, stylist, hair and makeup, PA / runner, production driver, please contact us.

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