Mauritius has a tropical climate, moderated by the trade winds. The winters (May to November) are warm and dry, with temperatures on the coast of about 22 degrees. The summers (November to April) are hot, wet and humid; cyclones affect Mauritius during these months. The average summer temperature is 34 degrees.Inland, temperatures range from 19 degrees or so in August to about 26 degrees in February.
When to fly to Mauritius
April through August is the high season. December is a busy month also when lots of Northern Hemisphere travellers arrive in search of "winter sun". For diving, March/April is considered to be is the best time to visit. For surfing, visit between June and August. Big-game fishermen hoping to catch a bite should visit between October and April.
January to March are the quietest - and rainiest - months.
Getting around Mauritius
There are inexpensive and regular bus services. Cars, scooters and bicycles are readily available to rent.
Air Mauritius flies to Rodrigues Island and gives helicopter tours of Mauritius.
Coraline offers regular boat passage to Reunion island from Port Louis Harbour.
Mauritius insider information
- Tipping is not compulsory on Mauritius. Cover up on the beach; nudity and topless sunbathing is not accepted on the public beaches.
- Cavadi is celebrated in January/February. During this festival, believers pierce their bodies with needles and pins, and, in a trance, carry the Cavadi, a wooden arch decorated with flowers and with a pot of milk at each end.
- Eureka is a beautiful estate house with a spectacular setting, below Junction Peak, south of Port Louis. It's now a private museum, exhibiting antique furniture, chinaware, old photographs, books and other trappings of aristocratic life in the 1800s.
- Ile aux Aigrettes, 800 metres off Mauritius's south-east coast, is a renowned nature reserve, home to some of the world's rarest birds. Not the Dodo, obviously, that was wiped out in the 17th century. A Dodo's skeleton is the star exhibit at the Natural History Museum in Port Louis.
- The Martello tower is a small defensive fort at La Preuneuse beach. Martello towers were built by the British during the Napoleonic Wars and there are such towers around the UK and Channel Islands, Ireland, South Africa, America, Canada and Minorca. The tower at La Preneuse is a museum.
- Ile aux Cerfs is a tiny wooded island near the east coast of Mauritius. It is a magnet for water-sports enthusiasts and golfers. The beach is gorgeous.