Best Time to Travel to Mauritius
February 08 2019
February 08 2019
With shimmering, tropical lagoons, volcanic landscapes, undulating mountains and lush tropical jungles—there’s no wonder that Mauritius is a top travel destination, sought after by discerning jet-setters from around the world. On top of the flawless beaches and sublime natural surrounds, this country has a colourful culture, exotic local food and generous, friendly people, sure to make a trip to this paradise all the more memorable.
But the good news doesn’t stop there; it’s also known for its unbelievable climate and phenomenal weather, which begs the question, when is the best time to visit Mauritius?
We’ll let you decide; here’s what you need to know about choosing when to travel to Mauritius:
Mauritius enjoys a tropical climate
One of the greatest aspects about Mauritius, located in the Indian Ocean just off the coast of East Africa, is that it boasts a mild, tropical climate, which allows for mostly sunny, warm weather throughout the year. In short, you can visit Mauritius at any time of the year and still have a wonderful time (although, superb weather, naturally, can’t be guaranteed).
There are only two seasons in Mauritius
To better understand the weather in Mauritius, you need to understand that there are technically only two main seasons; a hot summer and a mild winter.
The summer in Mauritius falls between November and April, which includes the rainy season. The average temperature along the coast can be 27ºC (and it’s about 5ºC lower inland) but you can expect daily temperatures of 30ºC and upwards. The daylight hours are wonderfully long with sunrise around 05:00 and sunset at around 19:00.
The weather during summer tends to be very warm and humid, with the hottest months being falling from December to February and the wettest months are February and March (specifically inland) but the rain doesn’t often last long in Mauritius. Summer is said to be the best season to go deep sea fishing, snorkelling or diving when the waters are clear and offer great visibility. It’s also a fabulous season to spend your days lounging in the sun and making the most of the sensational beaches in Mauritius. Rain can occur from November to April, and while Mauritius does get cyclones, they are generally quite rare and the hotels are equipped for them.
Between November and January, Mauritius tends to draw in the crowds due to the festive season and the sublime weather conditions. Because this is the peak tourist season in Mauritius, it means there will be a greater number of people at main sights and beaches (as well as in the capital city, Port Louis) and higher prices for flights and accommodation.
Winter is considered to be between May and October. During this season the temperatures are cooler and there are generally fewer crowds. It’s also a fabulous time for surfers to get stellar conditions and waves. The coldest month of the year tends to be August, and even then there are highs of approximately 20ºC, where the other winter months can have perfect weather and highs of 26ºC. Even in winter, the daylight hours are long with sunrise at 06:00 and sunset around 18:00. Apart from surfing, winter is a great time for inland activities such as hiking and quad biking, it also makes for a great time to see the tourist attractions, crowd-free.
Because of the microclimate in Mauritius, it is possible to have rain in some parts of the island and sun in others, so it’s best to pack for any condition. Sea temperatures are generally warm, with average sea temperatures in winter ranging from 23-25°C and in summer they are between 27-28°C.
The shoulder and low seasons are excellent times to travel to Mauritius
As mentioned, during the southern hemisphere summer period, Mauritius is at its busiest and most expensive. Hotel prices and flights tend to spike and favourite tourist attractions are crowded, which doesn’t always make for the most enjoyable holiday. For those who have the luxury to be able to choose when they travel, the low or off-peak seasons between April and November serve as excellent times to travel to Mauritius.
The weather is cooler and dryer than in some of the summer months but usually very sunny and the prices are more reasonable. In fact, you can snag some excellent accommodation and flight deals during these periods (although if you want to go to the east coast of Mauritius the wind is the strongest in July and August).
To put it in perspective, the flights during the peak season can be between 50-60% higher than off-peak seasons and hotels often offer irresistible specials during the low months and deals that offer great value for money, allowing you to live the luxury island lifestyle for less.
There is technically no one “best time” to travel to Mauritius for everyone
At the end of the day, because of the tropical climate which is great throughout the year, and the fact that both summer and winter come with pros and cons, there is no one perfect time, ideal season or best month to travel to Mauritius. It largely depends on your flexibility (for example, do you have specific annual leave periods or can you choose when you travel?) your preferences (would you like to experience some of the annual holidays and festivals?) and your needs (the windy east coast will be perfect in July for windsurfers, for example). Ultimately, it’s important to figure out when would be best for you to travel to Mauritius and book your sensational trip accordingly.
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