Yes, there is a direct flight operated by Air Mauritius that connects London Heathrow with Mauritius’ Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport. The duration of the flight is only 12 hours.
The best time to visit Mauritius by a British tourist is from June to October. Tourists usually are looking for the warm months when the temperatures remain in the early 20 degrees Celsius. The entire time through the months between June and October, the temperature remains mild and it hovers between 23°C and 27°C. Coming to Mauritius during this time is a relaxing, refreshing and an overall amazing experience.
Although Mauritius is open for business the entire year, the cheapest time to come to Mauritius is in the month of May. This is the time when most tourists are gearing up to visit the island nation, waiting for the summer break to start. Be the early bird and fly to Mauritius before the mob of tourists begins to pack their bags. This way the beaches would be empty and the prices of the airfare and accommodations would be super low. This could become the dream vacation that would not set your bank account on fire.
Mauritius has two major international airports. The airports and their details are as follows:
A British traveller does not require a visa to visit Mauritius. Upon arriving at the island nation, the immigration staff would stamp your passport, allowing you to stay in the country for 60 days. Please visit the immigration offices in Port Louis for an extension, if the need arises.
Mauritius is a gift of Nature to humanity. The island, complete with its diverse people is a wonder that needs to be witnesses, at least once in a lifetime. The island’s history has given it the flavour of Indian, Muslim and European cultures that have evolved into a social ecosystem unlike any other.
Mauritius is a tranquil abode for a highly multicultural society and is a community of colourful, joyous and bright people. The jubilations of the year start with the Hindu festival of the Cavadee, in which men possessed by spirits, walk on embers, get pierced with needles and travel a great distance to present a wreath of flowers and milk to their deities. The Chinese Spring Festival clad in red covers the island with flowers of all sorts, in February. Divali, the festival of lights is celebrated in October. As the festival approaches, the flickering fairy lights trail the beaches and resorts of Mauritius. The Eid ul Fitr parties, after the holy month of Ramadan, are celebrated by the Muslim community with great joy and zeal.
The transport network of the country is highly evolved. Since Mauritius is an island country, getting around is easier by bus, taxi and by boats as well. The bus network is vast. The busses are air-conditioned, economical and the bus conductors are very helpful to tourists. Metered taxis also zoom through the island and a typical tour can cost around MUR 2500. For USD $900, you can also take a helicopter expedition to the island and get amazed by the surrounding coral reef.
There are many five star hotels in Mauritius. The tourism industry is very important to the local government and as a result, many renowned hotels have sprung up along the beaches of Mauritius.