Cheap flights to Mauritius

The island nation of Mauritius is an interesting one - having once been the settling place of numerous peoples including Arabs, French, Dutch and English till its independence and declaration as a Commonwealth Republic in 1992, it comes as little surprise that the people of Mauritius today are a multiethnic, multicultural bunch. Though the official language is English, French is commonly spoken in Mauritius along with a Mauritian Creole and some Asian languages (such as Tamil).

Mauritius sits in the Indian Ocean, and boasts some stunningly gorgeous beaches (that can rival those of Maldives and Bora Bora) as well as amazing marine wildlife near its coasts. Its warm, mild climate even during winter also makes it a great destination for a tropical holiday, together with its reputation for gastronomic excellence - French, Chinese, African and Indian foods can all be found on the bountiful island of Mauritius.

Getting around

To get to Mauritius tourists usually transit through Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport, the main international airport of Mauritius in the southeast Plaisance province. Once in the country, getting around is best via land transportation; the only domestic flight available connects Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Airport to Sir Gaëtan Duval Airport, which serves the Rodrigues district.

For tourists, renting a car and driving is one of the best ways of exploring the beautiful island of Mauritius. A thorough network of roads blanket the island, including a trans-island highway which connects the north to the south. Otherwise, numerous bus services are also available to shuttle tourists to and from various parts of the island.

What to see and do

Mauritius, with its diverse landscapes and natural scenery, is a paradise island with something new to offer at every turn. Separated into parts, each region has its own unique attraction and charm, and one cannot have fully experienced Mauritius without foraying into each of the sectors.

The northern region of the island is characterised by its rapid development; home to the hopping Grand Baie - one of the island’s tourist centres - bars, restaurants, discotheques and shops are a-plenty in the north. Be sure to make a stop here for some mingling with fellow holidaymakers as well as local Mauritians unwinding after a long day.

Eastern Mauritius is postcard-pretty; with its stunning emerald lagoons, gorgeous sand beaches and picturesque little villages, the East is everything you thought a tropical holiday destination should look like and more. Don’t miss Belle Mare, one of the country’s best beaches, and also make a stop at Trou d’Eau Douce for a speed boat to the leisure islet Île aux Cerfs(where unbelievable beaches, golf courses and water sports facilities await).

For a change in scenery, the South delivers. Have a break from white sandy beaches and calm blue waves for some dramatic, jagged high cliffs, battered by the ruthless waves of the Indian Ocean and strong winds. Visit La Vallée de Ferney, one of the most important nature reserves in the country that protects a centuries-old forest. Home to the Mauritius kestrel, a rare species of predatory bird on the verge of extinction, La Vallée de Ferney promises an informative and educational look at the many types of amazing flora and fauna Mauritius has to offer, as well as gorgeous green hills and mountains.

For the adventurous, the West side is for you. The best place for engaging in marine activities, Western Mauritius offers the perfect setting for deep sea fishing, scuba diving and marine-wildlife-watching, with its blue waters chock-full of marlin, tuna, sharks, dolphins and so much more.

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