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How To Reach Mauritius
Traveling to Mauritius can be as much fun as being on the Island. The most common way to reach Mauritius is by air but traveling on a ship or cruise can prove to be romantic and adventurous. Read on to get a detailed account of how to reach Mauritius.
Mauritius has flights from almost all over the world. It is very well connected to the rest of Africa, major cities of Europe, the Middle-East and Asia. For Indians, it shouldn’t be a problem availing flight services to Mauritius from Mumbai and Delhi. The Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport is the major gateway to Mauritius. Located at Plaisance it is about 50 kilometers from the capital city of Port Louis. While Air Mauritius is the home carrier operating a network of local and international routes, there are International airlines like Air India, Air France, British Airways, Emirates and South African Airways that provide services from their home bases as well.
The Mauritius Airport is well equipped with services for the tourists who visit. The terminal also has bars, restaurants, and the famous Duty-Free. The mornings witness high inbound air-traffic but that shouldn’t take more than an hour to clear out.
A number of ships and cruises have services that let you travel to Mauritius in style. Mauritius also has its own vessels that travel to and from the Reunion Islands. The most common route here is from Madagascar. The journey can take up to 4 days or more depending where you board from and the weather conditions.
There are a number of ways to travel within Mauritius like bus and taxi, car, motorbike and bicycle rentals and even flight and helicopter services.
The buses are a convenient and comfortable way to get around in Mauritius. It's good to have air conditioned buses in a humid destination and Mauritius caters well. There's also the taxi service which is not ridiculously expensive.
One of the best ways to travel though is to hire a car or motorbike - the Island nation accepts foreign licenses too. The route from Port Louis to Grand Bale in the north can take up to 30 minutes, the route from Port Louis to Mahebourg in the south can take up to 45 minutes and the route to Curepipe and Flic-en-Flac can take up to 20 and 30 minutes respectively.
The tourism department operates helicopters that are available for both sightseeing and transport. Besides, Air Mauritius also has daily flights connecting Plaisance Airport and Rodrigues.
It is important to note that Nationals of Afghanistan, North Korea, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Iraq, Kosovo, Libya, Mali, Indonesia, Iran, Laos, and Palestine require a visa prior to entering Mauritius. Others can get a visa on arrival with the period of validity depending on your nationality.