The Maldives or Mauritius - How do they compare

by Travelbag on 12 July 2016, 12:07PM

The Maldives and Mauritius are two destinations that often come to mind, when it comes to dream holidays. 

Maldives or Mauritius?!

Guaranteed sunshine, white sandy beaches, world-class resorts, luxury spa centres and amazing places to enjoy watersports and scuba diving are just some of the key characteristics of both of these destinations. However, our Travel Experts in Travelbag shops often get asked about the differences and which of these beautiful Indian Ocean destinations to choose.

Holidays to The Maldives offer a slice of paradise, and the same is true of Mauritius. But how do these two premier destinations compare for family holidays, cultural experiences, cost and luxury? Read on to find out. 

Holidays to The Maldives – what to expect

The Maldives

The Maldives is one of the world’s most exclusive hidden gems. Situated off the coast of Sri Lanka, these tiny Indian Ocean islands are awash with 4 and 5-star resorts and serene beaches, where you can sit back and look out to an infinite azure horizon. 

Life in The Maldives is laid back. You won’t find busy crowds and overcrowded resorts in this magnificent island hideaway, making it perfect if you’re looking to escape the grind for a week or more. 

If you want to switch up the pace, a visit to the capital city of Malé is highly recommended for traditional markets and cultural areas of importance. Otherwise, you can expect a relaxing holiday. 

Holidays to Mauritius – what to expect


Mauritius is an island filled with wonder. Holidays to this stunning retreat are an experience you’ll for a lifetime. Fabulous beaches, verdant jungles, and clear turquoise waters make up the landscape of this truly sublime destination. 

Geographically, the island occupies the Indian Ocean where both Asia and Africa meet. This isn’t the only mix of cultures to influence Mauritius. The island’s colonial heritage also includes European influences, with islanders speaking both French and English.

As for activities, you’ll be able to enjoy water sports, scuba diving, golf, luxury-laden spas, numerous cultural attractions and tours of the island’s incredible natural landscape, where you’ll find rare wildlife and numerous exotic birds.


Mauritius holidays and Maldives breaks – what you need to know

Chances are you’ve plenty of questions about both Mauritius and The Maldives, but let’s start with the basics. 

Which UK airports fly to The Maldives? 

Most UK airports operate flights to and from The Maldives; however, you may find many flights require you to transfer in Turkey or the Middle East. British Airways do run a number of direct flights from London Gatwick to The Maldives. 

How long are flights from the UK to The Maldives? 

The average flight time from the UK to Maldives is 12-14 hours; depending on which airport you depart from. 

Which UK airports fly to Mauritius? 

You’ll find flights to Mauritius from most major UK airports, including Manchester, London Gatwick, Birmingham and Edinburgh. Direct flights from Gatwick are available, but most airlines make one stop in Paris Charles de Gaulle or Abu Dhabi, or another international airport. 

How long are flights from the UK to Mauritius? 

The average flight time from the UK to Mauritius is 12-16 hours; depending on where you fly from. Believe us, this spectacular island is worth the lengthy flight time. 

Maldives or Mauritius, which is best for families?

Diving in Mauritius

Contemplating a family holiday to the Maldives or Mauritius? There’s an endless list of activities for travellers in both. 
The Maldives itself boasts a wide selection of family-friendly beaches and accommodation, including the Kurumba Maldives resort and Lily Beach Resort and Spa, where your child can play and enjoy a wealth of fun activities. Elsewhere, you’ll find scuba diving, watersports and dive centres for a fun family day out.

Mauritius also boasts its share of family fun pursuits, with similar activities and fun pursuits, as well as nature reserves like the Black River Gorges National Park, where you’ll be able to get up close and personal with amazing wildlife. 
Both are worth considering, however the slightly shorter flight time may make The Maldives more appealing to family holidays, especially those travelling with young children. 

Maldives or Mauritius, which is best for culture vultures?

Male, Maldives

When it comes to culture, The Maldives’ capital is bursting with must-see sites and attractions. Malé is the island’s most densely populated city; it’s also the perfect place to get a feel for this brilliant nation’s captivating heritage. 
Traditional markets, palaces, the Malé Friday Mosque, the Islamic Centre and the National Museum are among the city’s most famous sites. 

Still can’t decide? Check out our Maldives and Mauritius holiday guides and offers for more information on where to book your next dream break. 

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