Paradise island, Mauritius is situated in the Indian Ocean, trailing just off the shores of Africa and is the perfect destination for a culture enthusiast seeking a luxurious beach holiday. With 177km of untouched coastline, sprawling rainforests and beautiful nature that you can explore at any time of the year due to a year-round warm climate.

Discover our expert insights on when the best time to visit Mauritius is, from its comfortable dry season and sun-drenched peak season to the best time to explore Mauritian culture and its abundant wildlife.

When is the Best Time to Visit Mauritius for Good Weather?

The best time to visit Mauritius depends on your weather preferences. We recommend you visit Mauritius between May and December for comfortable temperatures with mostly dry weather.

Between January and March is peak cyclone season so to avoid the storms, we'd recommend a holiday in Mauritius in December for areas like Bel Ombre Nature Reserve in search of endemic wildlife. November holidays to Mauritius are perfect for a wide range of watersports adventures in the crystal ocean, land sports on the beautiful beaches and many more adrenaline-fuelled activities.

What is the Mauritius Summertime Like?

While the weather in the UK is grey for winter, you can escape to the white-sand beaches of Mauritius for a week under of winter sun, a tropical climate and fun in the warm waters. Summer in Mauritius is between the months of November and April, offering the highest temperatures of the year, with average temperatures peaking in January and February.

Summertime in Mauritius might be the hottest time of year, but it’s also the rainy season. If you decide to travel in summer, you’re promised sights of the island’s full, lush forests, especially in regions of south Mauritius such as the Black River Gorges National Park and the Chamarel Mountains. Due to its higher rainfall, you can see Mauritius at its greenest, with the abundance of wildlife come to life including the rare pink pigeon, the endangered Mauritian kestrel and lively marine life such as friendly bottlenose dolphins and majestic whales breaching the surface of the ocean.

What is Mauritius Wintertime Like?

Winter in Mauritius stretches from May to October. Although you might think that the winter season is not the best time to go, they are excellent months to visit if you enjoy the dry season while it’s still nice and warm.

Mauritius’s dry season begins at the start of the winter season, which is perfect for escaping the humidity of summer, and enjoying beach activities and exploring the island with less chance of rain and storms.

However, it’s important to note that as a small island state, Mauritius can experience unpredictable weather. Where it might be sunny on the white-sand beaches of the coast, you might experience humid weather and episodes of rainfall in the mountains.

When is the peak tourist season in Mauritius?

Between November and April are the busiest months of Mauritius. With hotter weather, people are likely to catch some winter sun to escape the cold weather of the UK. Although the levels of rainfalls are higher in the subtropical climate, you’ll enjoy the delicious heat of the summer sun.

Festivals of Mauritius take place within this popular time, perfect for getting to know the vibrant Mauritian culture. In March, Mauritius’ brightest festival, Holi takes place, painting the island in a coat of coloured powder, thrown playfully at the participants.

Cavadee is another well-known religious festival that takes place in February. There are many unmissable festivals that happen throughout these months that attract many people from across the world.

When is the Best Time to See Turtles in Mauritius?

The nesting season for Hawksbill and Green turtles in Mauritius is between the months of November and March. Also excellent months for snorkelling, you’re likely to see the beautiful creatures either at sea or on the sand. Trou aux Biches lagoon is one of the best places to spot them.

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