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Cheap flights to Mauritius

The enchanting island of Mauritius floats in the impossibly blue Indian Ocean. On its warm shores, a delicious blend of cultures awaits the avid explorer from Chinese and Indian to French and British.

Luxurious hotel resorts cater for their guests’ every need while the natural beauty has something for every outdoor enthusiast’s whim. From hiking and mountain climbing to diving and quad biking, Mauritius is as thrilling as it is serene.

Only inhabited in the 16th century, Mauritius has been left to its own devises to form one of the most bio-diverse places in the world. A favourite among pirates, it was later used for trade by Dutch and for sugar plantations by the French. It has been blessed with wealth ever since, while its temples and elegant colonial houses now serve as a memento of its past.

Visitors can do nothing but lie on the warm white sands or swim in the balmy seas of Troaux Biches, Mont Choisy, Grand Baue and Pereybere beaches if they wish. Alternatively, there is hiking through the immense Black River Gorge National Park that goes up to the island’s highest peak and then plunges back down into the gorge itself. A walk among the tropical trees in Labourdonnais Orchards is exotically aromatic.

Snorkel to explore the underwater world of Blue Bay Marine Park or, stay dry in a glass bottom boat. Casela Bird Park is a wondrous 25 hectares of birdlife including one of the world’s rarest birds, the Pink Pigeon. Fans of toothier mammals should check out La Vanille Réserve des Mascareignes, locally known as the Crocodile Park.

Bask in the hubbub of Port Louis Victorian Central Market or huge Flacq Market, the largest in Mauritus, with its kaleidoscope of colours and lively chatter. Port Louis has some fine colonial architecture to admire; one of the rarest stamps in the world in the Blue Penny Museum and even Dodo skeletons in the Natural History Museum. Children will adore Mauritius Aquarium with its quirky sea-life. Colourful Mahebourg is another island town with fabulous street snacks sold on the promenade with sensational views across its bay.

Climb ‘Le Pouce’ for breath-taking views across Port Louis, or take a speedboat to mesmerising Ile aux Cerfs for an array of water-sports and the most captivating beach in the Indian Ocean.

Sugar mills and rum distilleries give a faraway feel to Mauritius, despite the addition of boutiques and restaurants and lavish resorts. It is the notion of pirates and tales of treasure and hidden coves, which have not lost their potency, that give Mauritius its unmistakable appeal.

The following information is correct as of February 2015 and is subject to change. Please check with the airline directly for complete accuracy.

Fly In

Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport is located 4 miles from Mahébourg and 25 miles from the capital, Port Louis. Buses run frequently to Port Louis, between every 30 minutes and one hour, taking one hour to reach the capital. Taxis are also available to hire from outside the terminal building.

What you need to know

Currency: The Mauritian Rupee

Visas: UK nationals do not require a visa to enter Mauritius. A passport valid for the duration of stay is a requirement. Nationals of other counties may require a visa. More information can be obtained from a local embassy or from the Foreign Office website.

Laws: Smoking is prohibited in all indoor public places including cafes, bars, restaurants and clubs and on all public transport. The legal age for consuming alcohol in Mauritius is18. The penalty for smuggling drugs is severe with sentences of up to 45 years. If bringing any prescription drugs into the country, a copy of the prescription must accompany them. 

Best Time to Visit

With a tropical maritime climate, Mauritius is a good all year round destination. Winter, which is from May to October is hot and dry and the most popular time with visitors. Summer is from November to April and is often hot and sticky with high humidity. Cyclones can happen from January to March but they are often short lived.

Chinese New Year in late January gets the year off to a lively and colourful start with fireworks, parades and dragon boat races in Port Louis. Shortly after this, the Hindu Tamil Thaipoosum Cavadee Festival takes place in which highly pierced locals carry ornate carvings to local temples. Other Holy festivals that are celebrated on Mauritius include Ougadi, a Hindu festival, Easter, Eid and beautiful Diwali with its lanterns and candles that illuminate the island. The Kreole Festival in December adds spice, noise and colour to the festive season. 

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