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Mauritius

The volcanic island of Mauritius, anchored off the south east coast of Africa amidst the cerulean waters of the Indian Ocean, packs a big punch when it comes to spectacular beaches, luxurious hotels and underwater adventure. 

The east coast is pure white sand bliss, with spectacular sunrises and trade winds that are ideal for parasailing, windsurfing and kitesurfing. On the northern coast the sugary sands of Trou aux Biches melt into turquoise seas, and thanks to an unbroken coral reef the diving here is superb, with a kaleidoscope of butterfly and lion fish gliding through crystal clear waters. The golden sand beaches and the shallow waters of the west coast make it popular with families, and lighter winds and the spectacular sunsets draw couples and honeymooners too.

Inland you’ll find a stunning natural paradise of lush hills and valleys, home to endangered pink pigeons and brightly coloured parakeets. You can walk with lions at Casela Nature and Leisure Park, drive to the rim of the dormant volcanic crater at Trou aux Cerfs, go rafting through the forest at Black River Gorges National Park, and visit the most sacred Hindu site on the island, Grand Bassin’s crater lake. Golf lovers meanwhile are spoilt for choice, with a series of remarkable courses including the Bernhard Langer designed 18-hole Île aux Cerfs, set on its very own island.

 

Getting There

Flying time from the UK is approximately 12 hours direct, 13 hours 10 minutes via Paris or 14 hours 45 minutes via Dubai.

Emirates Departures from Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow daily via Dubai.

British Airways Departures from Gatwick 3 times a week.

Air Mauritius Departures from Heathrow 3 times a week direct. Daily from Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle, Bristol and Edinburgh via Paris. 

Note: All our inclusive holiday prices are based on Emirates Economy flights. Prices with British Airways and Air Mauritius are also available on request.

Language

English, French and Creole are widely spoken.

Time Difference

4 hours ahead of GMT.

Currency

Mauritian Rupee. Major credit cards are also accepted at all hotels.

Useful Information

Visas are not required for British citizens visiting Mauritius. Passports must be valid for a minimum of 6 months beyond your return travel date.

See the island

A cruise along the coast

A catamaran cruise is the perfect way to see the beautiful east coast. Enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by the chefs on board, before disembarking at the idyllic Île aux Cerfs, a stunning island with white sand beaches and a crystal clear lagoon, perfect for snorkelling. If the tide’s out it’s worth wading to the smaller Île de l’Est, where you can find a quieter spot to sunbathe.

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A day at the races

Watching the horse racing in Port Louis is a great day out. Champ de Mars, built in 1812, is the oldest race course in the Southern Hemisphere and sits in a bowl surrounded by mountains. It’s a fantastic place to people watch and try to win your fortune. Races take place on Saturdays or Sundays during the months of April - November and attract a regular crowd of up to 30,000 people.

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From The Bush To The Beach

It’s simple to combine South Africa and Mauritius as a twin centre holiday, as Air Mauritius and South African Airways offer ‘triangle flights’ between the two destinations. Flying time from Johannesburg to Mauritius is around four hours, and this allows you to blend an adventurous safari holiday or exploration of cosmopolitan Cape Town with a chilled out beach break in Mauritius.

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