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Located in the Indian Ocean, the beautiful island of Mauritius is one of the most idyllic holiday destinations in the world, so cheap flights to Mauritius will always be a sought-after commodity. Traditionally, it's a destination for honeymooners, but that doesn't mean that there's nothing to do here but gaze longingly into each other's eyes - on the contrary there are plenty of things to do from sightseeing to hiking to underwater adventures.
It's hard to find a resort here in Mauritius that doesn't fit into the beach idyll, although if you want to save more money after booking your cheap Mauritius flight, you could book your hotel separately and look for self-catering accommodation, a hotel without a beach, or even a holiday home rental.
If you can tear yourself away from your sunlounger then Mauritius also has one of the world's most diverse landscapes, although the Dodos who once lived there have long been extinct! Take some time to explore some of the interior of the island too, and really make the most of the money you spent on your flight to Mauritius from the UK.
A non-stop flight to Mauritius from the UK takes around 14 hours, but if you're looking to save as much as you can and get a cheap Mauritius flight, then chances are you'll stop along the way. With stopovers, Mauritius flights can involve more than 24 hours' travelling time, so make sure that you check your itinerary before you book! Different airlines fly different routes, so you may get a stopover somewhere you've also wanted to visit if you search around!
All Mauritius flights arrive into Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport which is about an hour from the capital of Port Louis. There is not much by way of public transport, so if you've not booked a package holiday, or you haven't got your transfers included, it's best to jump in a taxi.
The island does have a few bus routes, but these can be tricky with luggage - although a great, cheap way to head out sightseeing. The alternative is Mauritius car hire, although you may want to leave the long drives until you've recovered you're your flight to Mauritius!
Most hotels and resorts in Mauritius, as well as most package holiday companies, tend to offer airport transfers, so if you're not going anywhere you needn't worry about transport for the rest of your holiday.
If you want to head off under your own steam, consider car hire - either from your hotel or from the airport for collection when your flight to Mauritius arrives. Don't discount how good the buses are though. You can check the timetables online and see where you can reach from your resort, and the prices are very reasonable, even if they do overcharge tourists! Always make sure you have small bills on you to pay the fare.
You can also consider making a tour by taxi - this is fairly common and you will find that there are prescribed routes and prices, so this is an easier negotiation then getting a taxi from the airport!
We think it would be pretty hard to tear us away from the closest beach, pale sand and warm water, but if you've got more in mind, then you might want to think about locations you want to visit before you book your accommodation. Here's our guide to the main sights in each of the regions of this island.
North - This is the main touristic zone, so chances are if you book a package holiday that includes accommodation and a flight to Mauritius, then this is where you will end up. The attractions are the Balaclava Ruins, the Labourdonnais Orchards and the gorgeous SSR Botanical Garden. If you're after a change of scene without anything too arduous on the schedule, then try the Pereybere public beach and the Bazaar of Port-Louis.
West - Surfers and beach lovers won't want to miss out on a trip to Tamarin Beach, a beach that stands out on an island of beautiful beaches, whilst you should visit Flic en Flac, a charming fishing village, if you want to see how the locals live. The west of Mauritius also has some animal attractions, such as the birds and creatures from across the globe at Casela and the wild beauty of the Yemen Reserve.
South East - There are plenty of interesting places to visit here, from Mahebourg which is a popular town with the island's best market every Monday to the small resort of Souillac. See the local flora and fauna at Ile aux Aigrettes where rare bird spotting is the main pastime, and find larger creatures at Domaine du Chasseur. Blue Bay is a must-see here too, thanks to its amazingly clear waters.
East - This part of the island is best known for its beaches and watersports. You can get in on the action at Ile aux Cerfs, or enjoy family-friendly fun at the Waterpark Leisure Village. Souvenir hunters won't want to miss out on Flacq Market.
Interior - The interior of Mauritius goes largely unnoticed by most people who visit on Mauritius flights, but the landscape is astonishingly diverse. Black River Gorges is a lush forest with plenty of pretty walks as well as endemic plants and animals to spot, whilst Grand Bassin is a lake in the crater of an extinct volcano. When you're here, be sure to visit Ganga Talao, the Hindu shrine - but watch out for the huge native lake eels! And you can explore the island's history at Eureka and L'Aventure du Sucre.