According to Mark Twain, first there was Mauritius, and then heaven was made as a copy of it. If you look at the photographs of this beautiful island, you’ll believe him. When you step off the plane, the volcanic mountains that line the entire island nation will catch your eye. White beaches, fine sand, luxury hotels, and the “postcard” image becomes reality. Mauritius will take your breath away with its perfect beaches. The island’s rich biodiversity will not only attract those who love nature. You can swim with dolphins, walk through the rainforest, observe exotic animals or visit one of the few eco theme parks in the world. We’ve got bargain flights, accommodation tips and trip inspiration to make your holiday unforgettable.
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From where? With whom? When? Tips from Pelicaners on flights to Mauritius
- From where? Some of the biggest international airports in Europe offer direct flights to Mauritius include London Heathrow (LHR), Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG), Frankfurt Airport (FRA), Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS), and Madrid Barajas (MAD) and Istanbul Airport (ISL).
- With whom? Here are some of the biggest airports and airlines that operate flights to Mauritius:
- London Heathrow Airport: British Airways, Air Mauritius, and Virgin Atlantic offer direct flights from London to Mauritius.
- Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport: Air France and Air Mauritius offer direct flights from Paris to Mauritius.
- Frankfurt Airport: Lufthansa and Air Mauritius offer direct flights from Frankfurt to Mauritius.
- Amsterdam Airport Schiphol: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Air Mauritius offer direct flights from Amsterdam to Mauritius.
- Istanbul Airport: Turkish Airlines offers direct flights from Istanbul to Mauritius.
- Madrid-Barajas Airport: Air Europa offers direct flights from Madrid to Mauritius.
- When? Mauritius, situated off the coast of Africa, is a tempting tourist destination all year round. The best time to holiday here is during the months of November and March, when it’s high season. Mauritius has two seasons. In November, the warm and humid summer begins with temperatures around 30ºC, which lasts until May. From June to October there is a dry – winter season. Temperatures then hover around 23 – 25ºC. In summer, the water temperature rises to 29ºC and in winter it drops to 23ºC. Mauritius is characterised by cyclonic storms, which mostly occur between January and March.
- What’s included? Return flight, all taxes and hand luggage or hold luggage (depending on the airline).
Cheap flights to Mauritius
Accommodation in Mauritius: we recommend an apartment or a 4* hotel
Mauritius offers a wide range of accommodation options for individuals, couples, and families. It offers both affordable and luxury hotels and villas. The average price of a 3-star hotel in Mauritius is 120 euros. The average price for a 4-star hotel in Mauritius is 250 euros, and for a 5-star hotel, it is 550 USD.
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What do I need to enter Mauritius?
- Mauritius has lifted all entry measures as of 1 July 2022
- Valid passport for at least 6 months after return
- Travel to Mauritius is visa-free for a total period of three months during the last six months
What to do, see and experience in Mauritius?
Miracles do exist – and how beautiful they are!
Visiting the mountain village of Chamarel offers more than just sitting in the quiet breeze and sipping local coffee or premium rum. The inhabitants (of which there are only 700) are rightly proud of the mysterious natural phenomenon they refer to as the Seven Coloured Earth. After seeing the dunes of different magical colours created by volcanic activity, your phone will freeze at least three times as a result of your photographic activity. Why are they mysterious? Primarily because of their unique appearance, but also because they can withstand tropical storms and don’t seem to erode at all. There is also a waterfall nearby that is very popular with tourists. Chamarel is also the western gateway to the Black River Gorges National Park, which is on most tourist itineraries.
One of the Lords of the Isles
Have you ever seen a 30 cm long lizard that can climb onto you and taste your lunch? Maybe you’ll spot one while visiting the popular ecotourism island of Île aux Aigrettes, located close to the coast (not far from Pointe d’Esny and Blue Bay). This nature reserve preserves remnants of very rare coastal forests and provides a refuge for a variety of endemic and endangered wildlife species such as the pink pigeon, the giant Aldabra tortoise, wild orchids, etc. Visits are only possible as part of a guided tour, so we probably don’t need to explain to you the immense value of the flora and fauna of this place.
Adrenaline with BBQ sauce
Do you like exciting activities and food? You can combine the two on Ile aux Cerfs as part of one tour package, sold as the Budget Day Package. It includes everything you’d typically expect from a seaside holiday – an exciting cruise, a BBQ-style lunch and relaxing while gazing out over azure lagoons and white sandy beaches. A speedboat “ride” will take you to the Grand River South East Falls. You might think visiting the Grand River South East Falls is no big deal. Well, we’ll tell you that this package also includes parasailing, tubing, an underwater walk, or a ride on a (water) banana boat, of course. So you can train your vocal cords now. And maybe a little bit of your stomach too.
A visit to the Central Market in Port Louis (the capital) will give you a slightly more authentic picture of life in this country. The smell of medicinal herbs, the conversational dialogues of not only locals but also tourists and local crafts… Don’t forget to buy magnets and eat at one of the food stalls. Otherwise, the market has been operating since the Victorian period and is therefore a legacy from the British government.
Antistress island Rodrigues
Somewhat isolated from Mauritius, the volcanic island of Rodrigues has a life of its own. It is surrounded by a massive turquoise lagoon – a little mountain jewel that is often referred to as “Mauritius 25 years ago”. A beautiful place with peach-coloured sand and a slow pace of life. It even has its own cuisine, quite different from Mauritius. There, food is usually prepared using Indian spices and fresh local ingredients with a strong influence of Chinese, French and African cuisine. The flavours on Rodrigues are quite different, less spicy but with fresh fruit and beans.
Witch of the South
When you visit Le Souffleur on the unspoilt south coast, you’ll meet, for example, the Gris Gris or one of the world’s most beautiful “natural bridges”. These are sculptures created by the work of the sea itself. Mauritius otherwise generally holds up a mirror to us reflecting that nature is not only powerful, but indeed in places has more artistic talent than man.
Weather in Mauritius
Mauritius has two seasons. In November, a warm and humid summer begins with temperatures around 30ºC, which lasts until May. From June to October there is a dry – winter season. Temperatures then hover around 23 – 25ºC. In summer the water temperature rises to 29ºC and in winter it drops to 23ºC. Mauritius is characterised by cyclonic storms, which mostly occur between January and March.
Transportation in Mauritius
A car is the best way to get around the island. However, you should bear in mind that driving is on the left side here. Renting a car usually costs around €30 to €35 for one day. Petrol prices are slightly more expensive than ours, but the island is small and you can get a lot of mileage on one tank. Avoid renting a scooter, as it is no cheaper than a small car, and the frequent showers could make the ride uncomfortable.
The cheapest transport option is, of course, public bus transport. The ticket ranges from 12-40 MUR depending on the destination, and is bought directly on the bus. The bus network covers almost all places on the island. It should be noted that this is a very slow mode of transport and we recommend using it only rarely, and more for shorter transfers. There are no fixed timetables. Buses run from approximately 5-6 am. The frequency of buses decreases rapidly, then some lines do not run at all. Often the bus doesn’t come to a stop, the driver just honks his horn, and unless you wave for it to stop, it continues on its way. In some places you won’t find stops, you will just see a BUS STOP sign, but it is often possible to get on outside the stop if you wave to the driver. You can find schedules and routes for the lines at nta.govmu.org.Photo source: Shutterstock, Dreamstime, Unsplash.com