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Mauritius is known around the globe as an island paradise; a place of clear, turquoise waters, white sand beaches, and endless palm trees. Unsurprisingly, it’s just as much a haven for tourists as it is wildlife, with many travellers coming to this gem in the Indian Ocean to swim with dolphins, spot whales, and snap photos of the indigenous birds. Of course, there’s also a glitzy and glamorous side to the island, with many luxury hotels, resorts and restaurants to keep you entertained.
There is one international airport on Mauritius Island, known as Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport (MRU). It is located in the village of Plaine Magnien, 30 miles from the capital of Port Louis. The airport serves a number of destinations around the world, operating scheduled flights to and from France, Germany, India, the UK and South Africa, amongst others. Several airlines fly into and out of the airport, but the majority of flights are operated by Air Mauritius, the flag carrier for the island. The airport boasts several shops and restaurants, as well as a private lounge which can be accessed by travellers from any airline.
When planning a trip to Mauritius, there are a few factors you will want to consider. For example, only a handful of airports in Western Europe offer direct flights to Mauritius. You can fly direct from major airports like London Heathrow. However, this is typically only possible during the peak season - December to February.
Budget flights are available through low-cost carriers such as Eurowings and Comair, but business class and first class flights can also be obtained through airlines such as Emirates, Air France and Air Mauritius. Travelling in a class higher than economy may be worthwhile if you are starting your journey in Europe, as it is a long-haul flight of more than 15 hours. If you use the Expedia search tool, you can track down a good deal, whatever your budget and connecting flight needs may be.
When you arrive at Mauritius Airport, you have a few options for travelling on to your destination. You can easily hire a car at the airport, which is a good idea if you are planning on travelling around the island and seeing many different towns, villages and attractions. Otherwise, you can make use of the local buses or taxis (in the case of the latter, be prepared to negotiate for a fair price!). It’s also worth noting that from MRU you can fly to Rodrigues, a tiny island that belongs to the territory of Mauritius.
Popular attractions on Mauritius Island include a trip to the Black River Gorges National Park, where you can hike, swim and spot the local wildlife. Culture junkies will want to make time for the Mauritius Postal Museum, while foodies will love wandering through the Port Louis Market and sampling famous local delicacies such as dholl puri. And of course, there are plenty of beaches where you can lay back and top up your tan.