Indian Ocean is jam-packed with things to do. The hardest part of planning your holiday will be deciding which to do first!
We love to write about Mauritius. A unique place which lead us posting some 200 articles as an attempt to match the island’s beauty. Pearl of the Indian Ocean, the Paradise Island, or the Southern Tropic sweet-spot, Mauritius’ bynames may differ from place to place but the island’s loveliness seems to charm everyone across the board.
The warm climate, postcard beaches, lush vegetation, rich cultural values, and legendary hospitality, Mauritius resounds as a plural destination, an exotic scenting experience, a tropical insignia, a place for the holiday of a lifetime just 10 hours away from Europe. Embark on a trip to Mauritius and its many natural wonders, minus the flight time!
We are in the Indian Ocean, at the height of the Tropic of Capricorn in the Southern hemisphere. In this part of the world, seasons are reversed and the sun is expected from January to December. On the side of this geographical position, the island of Mauritius benefits from a fairly warm and humid subtropical climate all year round.
The hottest months of the year in Mauritius occur between November and April. This period is characterised by a harsh sun with temperatures hitting 30°C on the coastal regions with occasional rainfalls.
Mauritian winter is quite amazing, visitors are promised sunny weather and warm lagoons. The temperature drops slightly during winter (May to October) offering beautiful balmy days.
When to visit Mauritius
Commonly speaking, it is always time to visit Mauritius. The type of climate in Mauritius is a microclimate. Which means that it could be raining on a part of the island whilst 2km further the sun could be shining in a bright blue sky. The only time to avoid is the cyclonic month of February. That said, Mauritius has not been visited by any major cyclone for more than a decade now.
If you want to enjoy water based sports like water-ski, diving or big game fishing, the months of summer are best opportune for those as this period comes with long sunny days.
For newlyweds and honeymooners, the months of winters are best suited as most beaches are deserted. Look for seasonal transitions, these usually offer the best climate in Mauritius.
Population: 1.296 million (2013)
Capital: Port Louis
Total area: 2,040 km2
Language: English, French & Creole
Currency: MUR Rupee
Time zone: GMT +4
Mean summer temperature: 24.7 °C
Mean winter temperature: 20.4 °C
Warmest months: January - February
Cyclonic period: January - March
01-JAN: NEW YEAR
02-JAN: NEW YEAR
24-JAN: THAIPOOSAM CAVADEE
02-FEB: ABOLITION OF SLAVERY
08-FEB: SPRING FESTIVAL
07-MAR: MAHA SHIVARATREE
12-MAR: NATIONAL DAY
01-MAY: LABOUR DAY
06-SEP: GANESH CHATURTHI
02-NOV: INDENTURED LABOURS