Famed for its pristine beaches, blue lagoons and luxurious hotels Mauritius is a popular African island destination in the Indian Ocean. Often compared with the Maldives, these tropical islands make fantastic holiday destinations and are often favoured as a honeymoon spot for newlyweds. The best time to visit Mauritius is between May and December, however that’s a wide window and certainly not all there is to it.
The best and (worst) time to visit Mauritius
In short for a classic tropical beach holiday October presents the most favourable mix of temperature, humidity and rainfall:
- Average highs of 27ºC and lows of 18ºC
- The lowest average humidity of any month at 70%
- 50mm of rainfall
- 3 days of rain on average
As October comes in the Mauritian spring, the tropical island is in full bloom. Home to the Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens which contains dozens of varieties of palm trees, ginormous water lilies and an array of wildlife you won’t see anywhere else.
Mauritius has a tropical climate, meaning the island also faces a wet cyclone season. In Mauritius this falls between January and March, with February bringing the brunt of the wet and windy weather. Mauritius has a well tested warning system in place during the cyclone season, including a five-stage landslide warning. It is, however, always advisable to check what government travel advice as can be found on, say, gov.uk or state.gov.
Temperatures in Mauritius
The hottest months in Mauritius fall throughout its summer, November to April, and the coolest in the winter June to September. With October and May considered as transition months on the island.
- The hottest month is January, where the record temperature stands at 38.1ºC
- The month with the highest average temperature is December at 30.4ºC, only a squeak over January’s 30.3ºC
- The coolest months and July and August with average temperatures at 20.5ºC and 20.7ºC respectively
Rainfall in Mauritius
The tropical climate of Mauritius means it can be raining in one part of the island and blue skies in another. The heat both brings the rain and quickly burns off the clouds it pours from. The severity of the rain, in cyclones, can be dangerous. But, the well-established warning systems and location of the island compared to other tropical destinations, mean Mauritius is safe – if it were not you may not be reading this article in the first place.
The north and east coasts of Mauritius are where the most wet weather tends to wash up. For instance during the wet summer season month of February, the north region averages 400.2mm of rain and 12 rainy days, compared with the westerly regions 266mm and 10 rainy days.
The heaviest rainfall comes in:
- The northern region of Mauritius
- During the summer cyclone season, that is January to March
- February has the highest rainfall, clocking up 40cm of rainfall throughout the month
Humidity in Mauritius
Tropical islands can get rather hot and sticky. All that moisture in the air can make a lovely holiday something else entirely. The heat of the day is amplified by humidity, January through March are the prime culprits again, but if you can stand slightly less than perfect flights to Mauritius are at their cheapest during this time.
- October takes the prize again for low humidity, it is the most ideal month after all
- Janaury to March pushes the humidity to its highest
The Best Time Activities in Mauritius
During the winter months if you want to bliss out on the beach the south and east coasts should largely be avoided due to their exposure to trade winds. Not to worry though, because on the westerly coast you’ll get to see those picture postcard sunsets. Of course the converse applies if you want to sail or kite surf on the draughty breezes blowing across the Indian Ocean.
Another popular activity for tourists is deep-sea fishing. This is best done during the Mauritian summer, January to April, off the north and west coasts. Furthermore this period is when the oceans are at their clearest, making it perfect for snorkelling or scuba diving. Despite this being the wettest time on Mauritius we have it on good authority that the secret is to swim in the rain…
As we covered earlier, October is spring time, so if you’re after luscious shots for Instagram or are a budding conservationist this is the time to see nature blooming across the tropical island.