Air Mauritius has increased the leg of flights from Cape Town International Airport to Mauritius. The airline will now host flights between Cape Town and Mauritius (and vice versa) on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays from 29 October 2018 onwards.

The Mauritian airline will increase its flight capacity with the use of the A330-900NEO airplane as it houses 28 business class seats and 263 economy seats.

The use of the A330-900NEO will be implemented during the peak season, as there is an increased number of travellers going from Cape Town to Mauritius.

The plane provides premier seating for Business class passengers with increased comfort for the duration of the flight as told by Air Mauritius Spokesperson, Wouter Nel.

“On Fridays Between 02 November 2018 and 11 January 2019, Air Mauritius will operate it’s A330-900NEO on the route, our new generation aircraft. The A330-900NEO will have 28 all new lie flat business class seats and 263 all new economy class seats,” Wouter explains.

Air Mauritius/A330NEO aircraft

The popular island destination is a firm favourite with South Africans, with its pristine breaches and turquoise warm waters – a trip to Mauritius is the ideal escape for couples and families.

The current exchange rate of the Rand to the Mauritian rupee is R1/MAU 2,40 – making it an affordable destination for South Africans.

We have compiled a list of activities to do as you plan your next upcoming trip to the island.

Here are 5 must-do activities in the warm island of Mauritius 

1. Snorkeling with Dolphins 

Dive into the blue waters with the local friendly dolphins around the island. Mauritius is known for its rich aquatic life along the sea bed, and the crystal clear waters allow swimmers to catch a clear glimpse of the ocean life.

Just a causal swim with dolphins

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2.  Central Market 

Visit the Central Market in Port Louis for a local bargain of hand-made items from the island. The market sells local delights to send your pallet on an adventure, from fresh organic produce to a local sweet and refreshing drink called alouda. While you are in Port Louis, the picture perfect umbrella display makes for the ideal photo.

3. Chamarel Seven Coloured Earth 

The geo park destination is a natural marvel and is one of Mauritius most iconic attractions. The multicolored dunes are a feast for the eyes as the dunes reach heights of 15-meters high. The shades of sand range from deep red to a bright violet, and can be attributed to the volcanic eruptions that formed the mineral basalt.

The swirling patterns made in the rolling dunes have been created by the patterns of rains over the years.

pride rocks #🌈 #sevencolouredearth #bucketlist ✅

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4. La Vanille Nature Park 

This national park is home to giant tortoises, crocodiles and houses a small aquarium comprised of iguanas and turtles. The park is nestled in a lush and green environment, creating an open and outdoor experience. A Dodo bird museum is located on the property and provides an in-depth look into the lives and consequent extinction of these birds.

Visitors are allowed to feed the giant turtles and witness a live crocodile feeding show.

5. Undersea walking

Walk on the ocean sea bed and enjoy the close up view of the aquatic animals. Under sea walking is a must-do activity when heading to the shores of Mauritius as the clear waters make it ideal to experience.

While walking in the ocean, one can feed the fish and have them gather up close.

Playing with the sun🐠🐚

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Article written by

Ishani Chetty

Ishani is a vegetarian who is passionate about social issues, the environment and current affairs.