When is the best time to visit Mauritius?
Mauritius’ paradisiacal setting and tropical climate mean you can stay all year round and enjoy the best weather conditions. No matter when you plan your trip to Mauritius, you will enjoy its beautiful beaches, swimming in crystal clear waters and meeting its friendly people. Whether you’re traveling alone, as a couple or with your family, browse through the calendar of exciting activities that await you. January to February in Mauritius: Celestial Dragons and Sacred Lake The national events in Mauritius start in the middle of the southern summer, between the end of January and the beginning of February, with early morning fireworks: our Chinese citizens celebrate the New Year, a time of festivities and rejoicing for the community, with the dance of dragons and lions in various places. In the damp heat of late February or early March, the magnificent Maha Shivaratri pilgrimage takes place, where pilgrims dressed in white converge on the sacred lake of Ganga Talao in Grand-Bassin for night prayers on this breathtakingly beautiful site. If you are in Mauritius at this time of the year, go and share these moments of intense fervour. Found here our guide about activities in Mauritius during begining of the year. As far as temperatures are concerned, summer is here, with high temperatures (up to 34° on the coast) and pleasant swimming in 28° water, ideal for water sports activities. The trade winds make the purple flamboyant trees rustle and the tasty mangoes and pulpy litchis are on every stall. It is also the cyclone season and that of sudden tropical showers, but refreshing in such heat. Enjoying the island in March and April in Mauritius The summer heat is beginning to ease, the rains are frequent and the tourist rush is over. This is the perfect time for a romantic getaway or a family holiday to enjoy the cultural life in Mauritius. On 11 March, head to the dancefloor at the Mystik Festival at the Maritim Resorts & Spa in Balaclava, with a great performance by international and local artists and an international guest. National patriotism is proudly displayed on homes and cars and thousands of four-coloured flags celebrate the bank holidays on 12 March, usually with a street party and concerts. At the end of April, head to Chinatown to celebrate Chinese culture and gastronomy. Traditional dishes, colourful shows and a variety of activities delight visitors to this popular district of Port Louis. In May and June in Mauritius: On the deserted beach… The highly tropical Mauritian autumn displays average temperatures of 25° and water ideal for swimming with deserted beaches in this low tourist season. It is a perfect time to spend a day exploring the island’s splendid beaches, such as the less frequented Trou d’Eau douce or Belle-Mare in the east, and to experience an amazing day on the mythical Ile aux Cerfs in a setting worthy of a postcard. As for folklore, the Dragon Boat Festival in Port-Louis on the seafront is the place to be, where crews compete in a traditional dragon boat race. This festival, listed as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, brings together supporters and spectators in a joyful atmosphere. July and August in Mauritius The mildness of the Mauritian winter (between 20° and 23°) and the absence of heavy rains are ideal for endurance activities: that’s why many trails take place in this season. Come and test your endurance on the rugged terrain of the beautiful mountains, on exclusive 100% natural trails and live an incredible adventure, supervised by experienced sports, technical and medical teams, in a very friendly atmosphere. During this period of humpback whale migration, check out the aquatic ballet of these giants of the sea on the West Coast. Looking for a total cultural immersion? Visit one of Mauritius’ beaches or rivers at the end of August for Ganesh Chaturti, the celebration of the birth of the God Ganesh, whose statues are immersed in natural water places. Our concierges will tell you where the festivities are taking place near our hotels. September and October: intense Mauritius More of a contemplative mood? Indulge in the irresistible beauty of the deserted beaches to perfect your tan and marvel at the Festival of Lights, Divali, when Mauritius is lit up with thousands of small clay lamps (on 24 October this year). To experience this magnificent celebration to the fullest, walk through the towns and villages and share the delicacies offered to foreign visitors by Mauritians. In the mild Mauritian spring with ideal running temperatures (between 24° and 27°), put on your trail shoes and challenge the international and local champions in one of the most beautiful races of the sporting calendar. Discover the inland landscapes of Mauritius, climb beautiful mountains and pass through peaceful villages. The CIEL Ferney Trail 2023 takes place on 9 September in the Ferney Valley, Grand-Port (south-west of Mauritius). To participate in the Ferney Trail in the beautiful landscape of this preserved reserve, click here : https://www.ferney.mu/ciel-ferney-trail Spend the end of the year, November and December in Mauritius Escape the winter gloom for the magnificent colours of the Mauritian summer. The end of the year means school holidays and beautiful days at the beach or hiking to enjoy the long sunny days under 30°. Many service providers offer a wide range of water sports activities on all the beautiful beaches of the island, so you can enjoy the ideal swimming temperature. This is also the favourite season for many couples for a romantic and exotic wedding or an unforgettable honeymoon in Mauritius: ask Sandrine and Rebecca, our booking department, for advice on how to make your dream honeymoon a success and discover our special offers. Mauritius remains attractive and exciting in all seasons with its sumptuous landscapes and a plethora of sports and cultural activities for an unforgettable holiday