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Despite its size, just 45 km wide and 65 km long, travellers taking cheap flights to Mauritius will discover what it lacks in size it makes up for in stunning natural attractions. Famous for its beaches, lagoons, reefs and rainforest, Mauritius also has a vibrant mix of African, Indian, European and Asian influences. Located around 900km east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean it’s part of the Mascarene Islands, which includes Réunion and Rodrigues. Island hopping is a popular pastime for visitors who arrive on flights to Mauritius, and day trips are easily made with regular domestic flights operating between the islands. High season for Mauritius runs from April through to August when temperatures average between 18C to 24C, comfortable weather for sightseeing, enjoying the beaches and the numerous watersports on offer. December is also busy as Northern Hemisphere travellers arrive on flights to Mauritius to soak up the winter sun.
In terms of tourism, summer (November to March) is considered low season. January to March are particularly humid and rainy months and temps can reach up to 34C, there is also the possibility of cyclones.
The winter months from May to November are considered the best time to book flight to Mauritius. For the cheapest flights to Mauritius aim to book after the high season, and before the rainy season kicks in. Divers should book their flight tickets for March/April for the best water visibility, surfers should aim to visit between June and August, while big-game fishermen should visit between October and April.
Flights from Sydney to Mauritius – 22 hrs 14 mins
Flights from Melbourne to Mauritius – 22 hrs 5 mins
Flights from Brisbane to Mauritius – 22 hrs 7 mins
Flights from Perth to Mauritius – 17 hrs
Air Mauritius, the national carrier, operates flights to Mauritius from Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. Air Austral, a French airline that services destinations in the Indian Ocean, flies twice a week from Sydney to Reunion. From here you easily connect to Mauritius via a 45 minute flight. Emirates operates flights to Mauritius via Dubai from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth seven days a week.
Flights to Mauritius land at Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport (MRU), 48 km southeast from the city of Port Louis. SSR Airport offers airport taxis which can be booked in the arrivals hall. Three bus services run to and from the airport and the bus stop is located in the car park.