So you have already made up your mind about visiting the paradise island but have you considered the best time to visit Mauritius? Mauritius is regarded as having rather mild weather throughout the year but it is important to note that this tropical island does get affected by several weather conditions.
To make the most of your vacation, it becomes crucial to know about the ideal season to visit Mauritius. For instance, if you are willing to have a windsurfing adventure it is ideal to come during the windy and dry season, and if you wish to get tanned and enjoy the hot summer, then you’d rather come when the temperature gets up to 30 degrees and sometimes slightly beyond.
If you live in the northern hemisphere and are currently experiencing the colder season, then the opposite happens in the southern hemisphere. Mauritius is no doubt the ideal place to spend your vacation and escape the cold winters.
Mauritius being one of the Mascarene Islands in the Indian Ocean offers you its gorgeous beaches, glistening turquoise oceans, rugged canyons and waterfalls, not to mention its unique geological features in the southern part of the island. These features offer a number of land & water-based activities from snorkeling to hiking.
With so much to be explored and so many activities available, it becomes important to plan your vacation.
The best time to visit Mauritius:
Located in the southern tropic, Mauritius has a minimum temperature of 17 degrees Celsius during the winter and maximum temperature reaching 30 degrees Celsius in summer. Although temperatures are rather moderate throughout the year with occasional rainfall, the most pleasant time to visit the island are between the months of April and June and between September and December.
Mauritius Seasons – What’s The Best Time To Visit The Island
Mauritius Summer Season: November To April
Known as the peak season, summer in Mauritius occurs between November to April. The weather conditions are rather hot and humid during these months, with peaks in temperatures occurring in the months of December, January and February. The temperature has a tendency to elevate and this consequently results in water evaporation and intense humidity.
On the coast, the temperatures are higher by about three to five degrees.
The Northern and the Western parts of the island are warmer and drier than the Eastern and Southern regions.
On the central plateau, which is some 600 metres above sea level, the average daily temperature during summer is 26°C. Rainfall is abundant, especially on the central plateau. The highest rainfall normally occurs in the months of February and March. The Chamarel Mountains in the south can get rain at any time of year, which provides them with a luxuriant green covering, but the rest of the island generally only sees prolonged rain in January and February when cyclones roll in from the Indian Ocean. Daylight hours typically run from 5.30am to 7.00pm.
This is the best time for scuba diving – especially December through to March – and for deep-sea fishing.
If you want to enjoy the summer and experience the festive atmosphere of the island, then it is advised to travel during the peak season, especially during December (Christmas and New Year’s). You are sure to enjoy the late night shopping as well as some amazing bargains.
Another interesting fact about this season is that you will likely experience the religious festivals like Maha Shivaratri, Holi, Cavadee and many more!
Hotels are particularly preferred during this period because they allow you to enjoy special activities proposed.
Note: It is good to note that the peak season hovers between November to January, meaning prices of hotels and villas double in high season.
Be aware that during the summer season especially in the month of January till March, Mauritius is frequently affected by cyclonic weather. Most of the time, the cyclones manage to avoid Mauritius because of the small size of the island. However, if they come close enough, the bad weather may affect vegetation and certain wooden buildings. Rest assured that beach resorts have been constructed in such a way that they are able to resist strong cyclonic winds. The cyclonic season extends all the way through from November to April.
Mauritius Winter Season: May To October
The winter season in Mauritius starts from May till October. This time is ideal for those who want to avoid the crowds and enjoy a quieter atmosphere. The cooler temperatures vary between 17°C to 25°C – people from the northern hemisphere might consider this as moderate. Nevertheless, you will have to face the prevailing winds which tend to blow over the island from the east and south-east. The lowest temperatures are felt in August. Daylight typically run from 6.45am to 5.45pm.
This is the best season for surfing especially in the Eastern Coast of Mauritius, precisely at the Belle Mare Plage.
As a bonus, this time of year also sees less tourists, so the hotel charges are less (Off-Peak Period). Taxis and shops will also be more flexible with their pricing and you can bargain much more, as they know that there are not many tourists around.
The historic attractions will have fewer crowds, so you get a much more relaxing holiday.
There will not be any cyclones.
The windy weather is generally felt in the month of October which is mostly dry. Sometimes the temperature may drop instantly and get back to the average; this is due to the unpredictable nature of the island.
Due to weather conditions sea activities can be postponed.