An island idyll
Located in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius boasts aquamarine bays that give way to its iconic white, sandy beaches. These natural beauties have lured many a tourist to these shores over the years. But to really put those cheap flights to Mauritius to good use, venture just a bit further in, where you’ll find the Black River Gorges. This large country park is filled with thundering waterfalls, winding mountain trails and exotic wildlife, such as the pink pigeon and macaques. There’ll be no need for a filter on any of your pictures; Mauritius knows how to captivate an audience without any help.
Into the ocean blue
If you thought the island’s beauty was incredible, just wait until you dive beneath the waves. Diving is one of the island’s main draws. Coral reefs, the ocean’s very own bustling metropolises with hundreds of different marine species, ring the island. Take a dive into the Cathedral, an atmospheric, underwater cave just off the coast of Flic en Flac. Watch as angelfish, clown fish and all manner of shell fish go about their daily lives in this underwater paradise. A must-see if ever there was one.
When to go
Mauritius experiences its summer during the British winter. For that reason, it is a prime destination for catching some much-sought-after winter sun. Flight prices do see a significant increase over Christmas and New Year’s to meet demand, but these come down for departures in January and February. So, if you aren’t constrained by school holidays, consider waiting until the resorts empty after the Christmas rush.
Don’t pass up visiting Mauritius in January and February as this marks the Tamil festival of Cavadee. Learn about a new culture and join in as the locals celebrate Lord Muruga, the Tamil god of war. Vibrant parades are a common sight as are fire walkers. Some devotees even allow themselves to be pierced with needles as a sign of devotion.
For the best diving visibility, depart in October or November when the water is warm and teeming with life. This is an ideal time to visit; it’s between the summer holidays and the festive period, while also avoiding the monsoon season. Airfares are usually lower at this time, meaning you can save some money on your trip as well.
Airports and airlines
We have a dedicated Flights to Mauritius page where you can compare the cost of flights departing from your chosen airport. At the top of the results page, there is a table to compare the cost of return flights by airline and stopover options. There is even a flexible dates tab, so that you can compare deals for different departure dates.
Direct flights to Mauritius only depart from London Heathrow and London Gatwick with Air Mauritius and British Airways respectively. Most Mauritius flights departing from the United Kingdom (UK) involve a transfer or layover in Europe or Turkey. Carriers flying to Mauritius include Eurowings, Air France and Turkish Airlines.
To save money on your trip we recommend booking your flights two to three months in advance of your proposed departure date in order to find the best deals and offers. Consider booking your stay during the shoulder season in April/May and October/November to further save money on your trip.