Weather Conditions in Mauritius
If you were to imagine a paradise on earth, Mauritius is where you’ll find it. Where sun meets sand meets the endless ocean. But it’s not all about the beach, this tiny island floating off the coast of Africa, is rich in history, culture and natural wonders too. If you’re looking for your next travel escapade to be something extraordinary, look no further than this exquisite island nation. But before you delve into planning, it is good to have an idea of the best time to visit Mauritius, so that you can make the most of your vacation.
With alluring tropical climes all through the year, weather isn’t as defining a factor when it comes to the best time to go to Mauritius. The country experiences two main seasons – hot and humid summers from October to April and a mild, dry winter from May to September. Most of the rainfall occurs during the summer months.
Relax and sit back on the sunny shores of Mauritius throughout the glorious summer months, the quintessential beach getaway. Even at their maximum, temperatures hardly ever cross 30 degrees, and regular showers offer great respite. You can tan, surf, dive, build sandcastles or simply watch the crowds do it all, as you sit shack-side and sip on your favourite seaside drinks.
Little wonder that this is also peak tourist season on the isle, with many tourists visiting for some or all of the same reasons. From November to January, the island not only experiences the greatest number of visitors thanks to holiday season, but also the highest chance of cyclones. Luckily, Mauritius is well-planned and equipped to deal with both surges.
Mauritius has a tropical winter, with temperatures around a pleasant 20 degrees. Yet there is a tourist drop-off during these months. If that sounds ideal, then you could see this as the best season to go to Mauritius. All the beaches and related activities are still accessible, although you should be prepared for cooler waters when the sun isn’t at its peak. This is also a great time to explore the island’s other activities like hiking and sightseeing – with none of the overcrowding of the summer.
With the seasons in mind, you can now look detail your plans further by picking the experiences you wish to have and understanding the best time to have them. The summer rush hasn’t picked up and neither has the rain – October and November are a great time for Mauritius and Réunion. What’s more, you’ll also get to witness the island’s Diwali celebrations, a great showing of the island community’s Indian roots. While December brings rain, it also brings in an influx of visitors from around the world, for the usual end-of-the-year holidays.
January and February have some fantastic cultural events to enjoy, namely Chinese New Year and Mahashivratri.
Perhaps you’d like a more participative festive touch during your stay? Then March and April would be good options. First, there’s the amazing Fish Festival in the first week of March – think fishing expeditions and delightfully fresh catch to savour in the local style. While the Indian festival Holi follows shortly after – a day of colour, playful splashes and community to add a vibrant touch to your getaway. The crystal-clear ocean makes this the best time to experience diving and other water sports too.
If you’re looking to fill up a winter itinerary, June to August is the best time to visit Mauritius for the surfing. You could sign up for a kite-surfing lesson or two – or just watch the amazing pros in action at the Rodrigues International Kitesurfing Festival held in July. Then, you can switch the swim suits for your hiking gear and trek up to scenic views from Le Pouce Mountain or the Black River Gorges, as well as the ethereal natural wonders of Chamarel.
With so much to see and do and the idyllic island setting, it’s no surprise that this is a preferred honeymoon destination. Pristine waters, world-class resorts, nights under a glowing canopy of stars – have we got you wondering about the best time to visit Mauritius for a romantic getaway yet? Your best options would be between May and December, catching the quieter ends of the two seasons. A wonderfully charming tour can be arranged for you whether you are celebrating new love or rekindling a long-lasting one.
For many travellers, planning this trip could simply come down to when the best fares and rates are available. So, while peak summers sound too exciting, be prepared for all-round price rise – from flights to accommodation. While between February to April and October to November, prices and tourist activity both see a dip. May to September is when you’ll get the lowest rates, even the locals are up for a bargain considering the off season. The tours and packages can easily be arranged according to your preferences, during the month you see as the best time to visit Mauritius.
Mauritius has infinite ocean and wide stretches of sand, with delectable multi-cultural cuisine and sightseeing to top it all. With SOTC, your tropical paradise experience is just a few hours away. Simply select one of SOTC’s Mauritius packages and pick your best time to go to Mauritius.