When To Go
Mauritius is a year-round destination but the subtropical climate is greatly affected by the south-east trade winds so there are pros and cons to all seasons. In general the north and west coasts offer the driest and warmest weather on the island.
Summer in Mauritius stretches from November to April, with February the hottest, wettest month - cyclone season! Summer is the best time for diving and snorkelling with very clear water and the days are long with around 9 hours of sunshine to enjoy. However, as the heat increases so does the rain with most rainfall recorded December to March. It's still a very popular time because of the Christmas holidays and people yearning for winter sun come the New Year but these months (December to February) can be unpredictable with regards to rainfall.
The dry winter months between July and September are the coolest with least humidity and ideal for families. Surfers also like the waves on the west coast at the start of summer as the trade winds blow in so we recommend heading for sheltered beaches like Flic en Flac at this time of year.
Our favourite months in Mauritius are May/June and September/October.
What To Do
Many of the hotels and resorts offer a superb array of activities from sunset cruising and golf to swimming with wild dolphins. However if you wish to leave the resort and hire a car, or join a day trip you can explore the lush Chamarel Mountains, or take a visit to the Botanic Gardens. In our experience most people visiting Mauritius end up staying in and around their chosen resort and enjoying activities from there.
Why We Love
For us, Mauritius has all the right ingredients for a wonderful relaxing holiday with loved ones. The scenery is beautiful, the water stunning and the standard of hotels and resorts excellent. It is important to pick the right resort for the time of year, and to consider the size of the resort and the activities and facilities - some are geared very much for romance, while others are better suited for family holidays.
It is no surprise to us that Mauritius is popular as a winter sun escape - with direct flights and easy road transfers on arrival, it ticks all the right boxes. We would just avoid the end of January into February due to cyclones.