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The Chamarel Waterfalls, Mauritius

When is the best time to visit Mauritius?

The best time to visit Mauritius is towards the end of the year, from October through to December, when temperatures are hottest. However, Mauritius has an enviable subtropical climate that normally brings sun, warmth, and blue skies, so expect perfect beach weather for most of the year.

The Chamarel Mountains in the south can get rain at any time of year, which provides them with a luxuriant green covering, but the rest of the island generally only sees prolonged rain in January and February, when cyclones roll in from the Indian Ocean.

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Month-by-month guide to travelling in Mauritius

Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Visiting Mauritius in January

Early January is very popular due to the Christmas holidays and escaping the Northern Hemisphere winter. However, this time of year is prone to cyclones and rain so is not a reliable time to travel.

South West Coast, Mauritius

Visiting Mauritius in February

February is affected by cyclones, so we would advise against travelling at this time.

Events & Festivals

  • Holi festival (end of February or March): Celebrating the beginning of spring, it's also known as the Festival of Colours due to the brightly coloured powder and water that is thrown around the streets, covering everyone in its path.
Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens, Mauritius

Visiting Mauritius in March

March is a popular time to visit Mauritius. The weather is hot, but it can also be humid with occasional rainfall.

Events & Festivals

  • Holi festival (end of February or March): Celebrating the beginning of spring, it's also known as the Festival of Colours due to the brightly coloured powder and water that is thrown around the streets, covering everyone in its path.
Giant Tortoises, Mauritius

Visiting Mauritius in April

April is hot, with temperatures hitting 30°C.

The Residence, Mauritius

Visiting Mauritius in May

May is one of the best months to travel to Mauritius. The temperatures are warm, but the humidity has lifted, making for a more comfortable climate. There are also some fantastic offers to take advantage of at this time of year, and it's a good time to travel if you prefer to have more space to yourself.

Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Visiting Mauritius in June

June is very pleasant, offering warm, sunny days. Those who prefer hotter weather may find it a bit cooler, with average highs of 24°C, and you may need to wear warm layers for al fresco evenings.

Beach, Laguna Bar, Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Visiting Mauritius in July

July is a popular time of year due to the summer holidays in the Northern Hemisphere. The trade winds pick up, making some of the less sheltered beaches breezy and bringing temperatures down. In general, average highs are around 23°C.

Mauritius

Visiting Mauritius in August

August follows the pattern of July, with warm days that are perfect for sheltered beaches, but you will appreciate a jumper or coat in the evenings.

Events & Festivals

  • Ganesh Chaturthi festival (August or September): This Hindu festival honouring the elephant-headed god Ganesh is a public holiday in Mauritius. Colourful Ganesh statues are publicly and at home before being immersed in a body of water.
La Maison D'Ete, Mauritius East Coast

Visiting Mauritius in September

The trade winds die down during September and the temperatures start to rise once again.

Events & Festivals

  • Ganesh Chaturthi festival (August or September): This Hindu festival honouring the elephant-headed god Ganesh is a public holiday in Mauritius. Colourful Ganesh statues are publicly and at home before being immersed in a body of water.
Diwali festival

Visiting Mauritius in October

October tends to be the driest month, with comfortable average highs of 25°C. It can be quite popular; particularly around half term dates for family holidays.

Events & Festivals

  • Diwali (October/November): With its significant Indian/Hindu population, Mauritius sees enthusiastic Diwali celebrations, with twinkling candles and lamps lit across the island to mark the Festival of Lights.
Chamarel Waterfall, Mauritius

Visiting Mauritius in November

In November the temperatures start to rise, as does the humidity. Gearing up for tropical summer rains, this month can be a real mixture. Some days may be more humid than others, but overall it's still a good time to visit Mauritius.

Events & Festivals

  • Diwali (October/November): With its significant Indian/Hindu population, Mauritius sees enthusiastic Diwali celebrations, with twinkling candles and lamps lit across the island to mark the Festival of Lights.
20 Degrees South, Mauritius

Visiting Mauritius in December

December is one of the busiest months for visitors to Mauritius; especially over the festive period. Humidity builds throughout the month and it is likely to rain; particularly around Christmas and New Year. However, the rain is normally a heavy shower and helps lower the humidity. Afterwards, the sun usually shines through and it dries up quickly.

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