Cheap Flights to Mauritius
When you fly to Mauritius, you will typically land at Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport (MRU). The airport lies about 26 miles outside of Mauritius's capital, Port Louis. Travelers come to Mauritius to enjoy the white-sand beaches, crystalline water, and world-famous sport fishing. You may not hook a world-record marlin like Forsythe's Murgatroyd in his story, "The Emperor," but you can try. Architecture enthusiasts will love seeing the amazing buildings in the city. Some of them are more than 300 years old.
Flights to Mauritius
After you fly to Mauritius, you can enjoy one of the most modern terminals in the world. It draws heavily on solar energy and is constructed in the shape of the island's famous "traveler's palm." The cost of taxis is reasonable at $2 per ride. If you plan to stay on Mauritius for a while, you can even get a monthly pass for about $40.
Attractions in Mauritius
There are ruins on the island dating back to the 16th century. In the southeast, there are the remains of Dutch villages and churches. You can explore the undulating colored sands at Chamarel. Amateur botanists can marvel at the more-than 700 native plants on the island. Many of these plants are nearing extinction. The only place to see these plants is in the Black River Gorges National Park in the island's interior. This 18,000-acre refuge is home to many endemic and migratory birds as well. Speaking of birds, Mauritius is the former home of the now-extinct dodo. There is a museum in Port Louis dedicated to the island's most famous, and tragic, inhabitant.
If you swim, you have several choices for beaches to indulge your passion. In the southeast, there is Blue Bay. It also offers windsurfing and sailing. Belle Mare provides many opportunities to stroll for miles along the white sand between dips. If you surf, the beaches of Le Morne are Tamarin are where you can hang 10.
If city strolling is more your thing, check out Port Louis. The central market is bustling on most days, and you can sample the local Creole culture there. A few streets over, you can experience all that Chinatown has to offer. For the prime Port Louis shopping experience, however, you should explore the Caudan Waterfront.
Travel Tips for Mauritius
Meals for two in most places are extremely reasonable at around $25. Mauritius is in the Southern Hemisphere, so remember that the seasons are reversed. Most of the island is tropical, and the temperature almost never ventures above 88 degrees Fahrenheit or below 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
The island is quite multicultural, and there are many traditions and customs to explore. Hindu, Muslim, and Chinese celebrations all take place throughout the year. If you visit in January, you can attend the Cavadee festival where you'll see fire walkers and sword climbers. In September, many locals also join in the Père Laval Pilgrimage, a religious festival that celebrates healing.
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