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So, Whats The Best Time To Go Holidaying in Mauritius?

Best Time To Visit Mauritius

Mauritius Attractions HolidayLocated in the southwest Indian Ocean, Mauritius enjoys a tropical climate that is greatly affected by southeast trade winds. The weather in Mauritius is warm and pleasant the whole year long. You can also swim throughout the year in the Indian ocean due to the water temperature.

So any time in the year is right for a trip to Mauritius. You could spend a long time debating the best time of year to go.

The warmest weather occurs during the month of February while the coolest temps tend to hit during July.

In general, the western and northern regions are warmer and drier than those in the east and south.

So What is the Best time to Visit Mauritius?

As a year round destination the answer very much depends on you, and on your exact holiday preferences.

Each of the periods has some advantages and disadvantages and this is why it is best to take into account all the different factors before making your decision on when to visit Mauritius.

The Mauritian summer months October to Easter are ideal for a Mauritius beach holiday.
Accordingly, for those looking for having a warm tropical climate and spend most of the day on the beach or at sea, this period if great time to visit Mauritius. When you visit during this time the days are long, hot and sticky making swims in the Ocean more refreshing and the breeze more welcome.

Family Holiday Beach MauritiusDuring its winter months (winter occurs from July to September), the temperature is much cooler and on most days you will not even have to use the Room Air Condition, also it rains less and even when it does rain it’s mainly in the evening or just a passing shower during the day.

The cooler weather during this period with less humidity makes this is the time to engage in many of the inland activities offered on the island such as hiking and quad biking.

Most likely that during the winter you will still have some strong sun during midday so a tan can still be achieved. As a bonus this time of year also sees less tourist so the hotel charges are less (Off-Peak Period) and you can haggle much more with taxi’s or in shops as they will know there is not as many tourist around so they will be more flexible on their prices, Obviously the historic attractions will have fewer crowds so all in all you get a much more of a relaxing holiday. As a bonus you do not have to worry about cyclones.

For diving enthusiasts, the clearest waters are between December and March.

Surfers are advised to visit Mauritius between June and August. During this period you are sure to have amazing waves along the west coast of Mauritius, especially in the area of Tamarin and Le Moren.

Anglers will be delighted at the big game fishing available from October to April.

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Before Booking Your Holiday in Mauritius – Know the Weather

Mauritius Weather Overview

About Mauritius

Mauritius is an island that lies off the coast of Africa in the south west of the Indian Ocean. It sits 900km to the east of Madagascar and the republic of Mauritius is in fact made up of several islands including the main island of Mauritius, the island of Rodrigues, the Agalega islands and the Cargados Carajos Shoals. The islands of Reunion and Mauritius make up the Mascarene Islands. Mauritius is the most densely populated country in all of Africa- with a population mass of 610 people per square kilometre.

The beautiful island, one of the richest countries in Africa, is one of the leading tourist destinations in the world, receiving approximately seven million visitors across the year. It plays host to some of the most spectacular beaches in all of the Indian Ocean such as Grand Bay, Belle Mare, Blue Bay, La Morne and Tamarin and Flic en Flac. Mauritius has long been known for its amazing natural beauty, so much so that Mark Twain the famous author put it well when he said “You gather the idea that Mauritius was made first and then heaven, and that heaven was copied after Mauritius”.

 

The climate in Mauritius is largely tropical, though the humid hot conditions are moderated by the south east trade winds that blow across the region. The island lies within the south tropical belt and because of its proximity to large masses of water (obviously, as it is an island) the tropical climate verges on maritime and temperatures see relatively small seasonal and diurnal variations. The topography of Mauritius is varied so you will see significant region variations as you move up and down elevations and move in and away from the coast.

 

Summer

 

From November to May Mauritius swelters through a hot, wet and humid summer that sees daily averages sit at about 20° C to 28° C, and reaching into the 30’s once you are on the coast. The central plateau in the heart of the island sees temperatures that are slightly cooler than on the coast, which makes it a great region for hiking and exploring the once volcanically active region.

Mauritius Island.

The period, particularly from November to April is when the island is subject to tropical hurricanes, so keep this in mind if visiting during this time. 1994 and 2002 have been the two worst cyclones in recent years when cyclone Hollana (94) and Dina ravaged the island.

The coastal region is generally about 5° C higher than the interior, though in the height of summer you can find relief from the heat in the beautiful waters of the Indian Ocean, which luckily sees temperatures of close to 27° C – far from chilly!Even in the winter months the water temperature sits at an enjoyable 22 °C, making Mauritius a great spot to visit any time of the year. From January to March you will find Mauritius in the midst of its ‘rainy season,’ which is particularly noticeable in the Central Plateau.

Mauritius beach

Winter

 

From May through until November Mauritius enjoys a warm, dry winter- while it is only slightly cooler the conditions aren’t as wet and humidity is slightly lower so it provides from a great winter escape. In saying this relative humidity is generally high throughout the year, particularly as you move into the centre of the island where daily average humidity sits over 90% across the whole year. The west coast of the island is generally the least humid where daily averages sit at about 75% to 80% throughout the year.

The largest city on the island is also its capital; Port Louis lies on the North West coast. Here you will find a vibrant island capital which is becoming increasingly cosmopolitan and plays host to a vibrant nightlife. However if visiting Mauritius it will be worth your while to visit some of the smaller coastal towns and stay in one of the beautiful bungalows that you have long drooled over on postcards of Mauritius!

Port Louis Mauritius

Port Louis, Mauritius.

 

When visiting the island and surrounding regions keep in mind that its location close to the equator means that temperatures can often get so high that being aware of sunstroke and strong UV rays is a necessity. Be sure to pack plenty of light cotton clothing as the humidity in the height of the wet summer season can be somewhat oppressive at times.

 

Take the conditions on Port Louis as a fairly good indicator of what the yearly conditions are like on the island as a whole, though they are more representative on the conditions of the lower lying levels as at higher elevations conditions will vary. Port Louis sees its highest temperatures throughout December to April where daily highs sit at about 29°C to 30°C and minimums very rarely fall below 23°C. Throughout the entirety of the year the average hours of daily sunlight measures 7 to 9 hours per day with October to December seeing the most hours of daily sunlight.

 

As previously mentioned the ‘summer months’ are the wet season, so average precipitation is the highest during this period, with January to March seeing in excess of 200mm for the month and rain well fall on about 11 to 12 days in the month.

 

On the island as a whole the south and south east coasts are exposed to the prevailing south easterly trade winds, so these coasts receive almost twice as much rain as the coast that Port Louis lies on. So in terms of rainfall Port Louis is a good spot to pick if travelling during the wet season because it receives the least rain of anywhere else on the island and the rainfall isn’t as torrential- at higher altitudes the rain that falls is strong and heavy.

 

Mauritius is seemingly devoid of off peak and on peak seasons, because it is a pretty desirable location at any time of the year. Though the Christmas-New Year period is generally much busier than any other time of the year. Also keep in mind that August is when the French school holidays occur so the island does get slightly busier during this time and prices may be hiked to peak season levels.

 

Mauritius doesn’t really have high and low seasons. The situation is more dependent on outside factors (such as the French school holidays, which cause a big increase in demand and prices in August).

Mauritius beaches

 

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Mauritius Holidays- Paradise On Earth

The Culture Of Cuisine in Mauritius

The mountainous island of Mauritius was uninhabited when it was first discovered in the middle ages. Since then, it’s been colonised by the Dutch, French and British before becoming independent in 1968.

The island lies in the Indian Ocean, about 1200 miles from the southeast coast of Africa. Its population is made up of Indian, African, French and Chinese descent. The main influences on the cuisine of the region come from France, India, China, with some European inspired dishes.

The culture of cuisine in Mauritius

French flavours

The French took control of Mauritius in 1715 and renamed it Isle de France, ruling the island for most of the next hundred years. Although the British usurped the French in 1810, there’s still a strong French influence on the area. This shows not only in its food, but also in the islanders’ practice of serving good quality wines.

Dishes such as coq au vin, civet de lievre, and bouillon are still popular. Along with desserts like tarts filled with bananas and almonds, and elaborate pastry creams, which show a French feel. As do the delectable raspberry shortbreads filled with jam called napolitaines, unique to Mauritius.

The culture of cuisine in Mauritius

Indian influences

The Indian workers, who migrated to Mauritius in the 19th century, brought a mixture of culinary influences with them. The workers came from different parts of India so elements of both northern and southern Indian cuisine can be found in Mauritius. This means there isn’t just one type of curry on the island, but dozens of wildly differing variations.

Unusually, main ingredients such as duck, seafood and octopus feature in the curries along with more typical meat and vegetable versions. Octopus curry may not be to everyone’s taste, it can be a bit chewy, but it’s worth trying if you get the opportunity. Mauritian curry has its own unique flavour, though its sauces contain familiar items such as garlic, onion, turmeric and fresh curry leaves. Curries are served with chutney, pickles and lentil accompaniments. Faratha is similar to an Indian paratha and is doughy buttery bread that’s eaten with curries. It’s sold on street stalls as well as in restaurants.

The culture of cuisine in MauritiusMigrants from south-east China arrived in Mauritius at the end of the 19th century. They’re recognized for their contribution of making rice and noodles part of the staple diet of Mauritius. Hakien is a native version of the spring roll and is made from flour batter, rather than typical roll wrapping.

There are now a variety of Chinese and other Asian restaurants to be found throughout the country. Black bean and oyster sauces are used in chicken, beef and fish dishes. Crispy squid is another local favourite, as are fried noodles, both of which can be found on sale from the many street vendors.

The culture of cuisine in Mauritius

Street food

Delicious street food is readily available in Mauritius. A mouth-wateringly diverse range of dishes is offered by local vendors. Dholl puri is flat bread spread with yellow split peas and rolled up with pickles, vegetables and chutney. It’s well-liked by Mauritians, as is gateaux piment, which are spicy fried split pea cakes.

Everything from curries wrapped in buttery breads to chopped fruit covered in chilli and sugar is on offer. Don’t be afraid to try out some of the local delicacies. You may not be able to resist the smells that will entice you when you’re out exploring the many shops and cafes.

The culture of cuisine in MauritiusImage Credit: Wikimedia.org

Sugar fields

During the years of French control, extensive sugar plantations were created on Mauritius. For a long time, sugar was the main export and a large share of its economy was based on its production. Although no longer dependent on sugar, it still plays a key part in the countries fortunes and vast sugar fields cover the island.

Mauritians claim to produce some of the best sugar in the world. To prove it, they have a museum, L’Aventure due Sucre, which is dedicated to sugar. Visitors can take part in tasting around nine types of sugar and judge for themselves.

There are a number of distilleries on the island producing rum. Mauritian rum has a distinct flavour and is made from sugar cane, rather than molasses. Variations are created by infusing rum with vanilla, coffee, spices and citrus fruits. Holidaymakers are welcome to visit some of the distilleries to try out different flavours.

The sheer diversity of tastes and styles of Mauritian food makes it a fascinating place to visit. In fact, it will take more than one trip to experience every dish, which must be why visitors keep returning to this fascinating island.

The culture of cuisine in Mauritius

The Beauty of Mauritius Captured by Ordinary People

#AirMauritius360 : An Island of Beauty Captured

Our Mauritius community is always on the look out for fresh and exciting angles of the island and we love some of the images we see every day with the hashtag #AirMauritius360.

It continues a tradition of getting some of the most surprising and striking images on the island such as ‘The Old Merchant with Blue Eyes’ and ‘Meeting the Market Man’. You can see more amazing images of #AirMauritius360 on Instagram here.

Today, we thought we’d share some of our recent favourites.

Photography of a Bike for #AirMauritius360 Campaign

This shot of a bike, a boat and the ocean by @avinash.balgobin sums up the simple life on Mauritius

Fishermen for the #AirMauritius360 Campaign

A superb image by @carooons of fishermen, a spectrum of blue, ripples on a mirror-like sea and the horizon line in the distance

Scenery for the #AirMauritius360 Campaign

This picture by @fabouls gives you an idea of the adventure on the island

Air Mauritius Plane for #AirMauritius360 Campaign

We love this moody and atmospheric shot by @asusty of Air Mauritius

Beach Shot for #AirMauritius360 Campaign

A pretty beach and mountain looming in the background by @maiden_of_dawn

Mauritian Church for #AirMauritius360 Campaign

A vibrant shot by @toligreeneyes captures Mauritius in all its primary colours

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What to Pack When Taking A Holiday in Mauritius?

Mauritius What to Pack

When traveling to Mauritius, you won’t need much, a small bag will do. However, you want to make sure you pack the right things and have enough room, a large duffel with wheels is a winner every time when taking a beach or island vacation.

Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear

You’ll need beach clothing, but keep in mind many hotels have dress codes, so you’ll have to bring some semi-formal/formal clothing too.

  • Many hotels specify no jeans – men should wear smart trousers and women can wear slacks or dresses.
  • Shorts (casual and dress) and short-sleeve shirts
  • Bring at least two bathing suits and a covering – some hotels do require more than a sarong
  • Flip-flops
  • Proper dress shoes for hotels and restaurants
  • Light waterproof jacket
  • A formal outfit

Check with your hotel, some maid services do wash and return your clothes in a timely fashion. Additionally, Mauritius has a well-advanced textile industry so instead of taking all your holiday clothes with you might consider buying them on the local market. The shops are full of ready-to-wear polo shirts, t-shirts, shorts, shirts, trousers, pullovers, dresses and beachwear at low prices.

Toiletries and Medical Supplies

It is best to bring you own medicines if you have prescriptions. But if you do need something that is less important, pharmacies are all over the island.

Photo Equipment

It’s a must to be able to take underwater pictures, so bring your own or buy a disposable camera on the island. Bring plenty of film or SD cards, there are so many things to photograph and you’ll be happy for the extra storage. Also pack batteries and/or a charger. The power supply is 230 volts and the power sockets use the British 3-pin standard, so you also might need an adaptor.

Beach/Outdoor Gear

While you explore the great scenery on Mauritius, you’ll want to have a few items on hand.

  • Umbrella – Mauritius is prone to sudden showers
  • Mosquito repellent – some hotels fog the grounds each night and this seems to help prevent bites
  • Rubber shoes – you don’t want to step on the sea urchins in the water
  • Snorkeling gear – this way you can ensure the quality and save money on rental charges

Don’t forget to pack lots of sunscreen and after sun. If you put the after sun in the fridge, it will cool your skin after sunbathing. You also might want to pack a few books for the beach.

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Booking Your Holidays in Mauritius- what to pack.

18 Holiday Packing Tips

Packing doesn’t need to be stressful or last-minute if you take a little time to think about how you want to enjoy yourself on your escape and what you really need and, importantly, don’t need.

Here’s a quick checklist below to get out two weeks before you go to make sure you can relax and not worry about what you’ve left behind.

Remember Mauritius is a vibrant, living and working island, so you will be able to get most things on the island even if you do forget a few things – take it as an opportunity for some retail therapy. You won’t regret a trip to the markets for some clothes, food and drink or general mementos.

Holiday Packing Tips

Holiday packing tips for a stress free holiday

1) Have holiday lists you can keep (e.g. Summer, Winter, City break, Ski…), so you can revert to them each time.

2) Look at any medicines you need and make sure you have enough for the trip

3) Look at any holiday health items you need to buy (e.g. suncream) and what you can buy air-side or on the island to save space

4) Save your hand luggage for personal essentials

5) Invest in a lightweight suitcase, it’ll be worth it in the long run

6) Brighten up your suitcase with colourful ribbons or bands, so you can identify it quickly and keep track of it

7) Roll clothes and use vacuum compression bags (or packing cubes) to save valuable space

8) Make use of empty spaces such as shoes or trainers

9) Pack light-coloured clothes inside and out and use disposable shower caps over your shoes to avoid stains

10) To prevent liquid leaks use clingfilm and tape

11) Think about ziplock bags for items with wire such as phone chargers, camera chargers, adaptors and headphones – they can also help keep things together at security

12) If you have a guidebook, photocopy pages or take images on your phone, or take your ebook-reader

13) Luggage scales will almost certainly save you money in the long-term

14) For makeup, use a layer of cotton wool to stop powder and eye shadow cracking

15) To keep all your clothes fresh, put a scented fabric softener or bag of pot pourri in your luggage

16) Have a go-to bag of random but useful items such as a sewing kit, string, safety pins, pens, tissues, ear plugs, mini LED torch, tweezers universal bath plug etc.

17) Save space for holiday purchases – there’s lots of great stuff to buy in Mauritius

18) Hang any creased items in a steamy bathroom to get clothes back into shape

Holiday packing tips to make your holiday got without a hitch

Wish you were packing for a trip to Mauritius?

 

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Reserve Your Holiday Booking In Mauritius.

What To Wear In Mauritius

One of the most challenging parts of preparing for your holiday is knowing what to pack. You can’t take your entire wardrobe halfway across the world with you, but how can you narrow down your choices to just the essentials. Turn up to Mauritius in style, and fit in with the locals seamlessly with this guide of the best of what to wear in Mauritius.

Beachwear

Pack plenty of swimwear and beach clothes for when you want to relax by the pool or go for a dip in the sea.  Be respectful and try to make sure your swimwear is modest, a two-piece is more than ok but pack a cover-up or sarong (different ways of wearing a Sarong) for travelling to and from the beach. Due to the heat and intense sun during the day it is essential that a high factor sunscreen is also worn at all times.

What to wear in Mauritius

Travelling

The first hurdle to cross is what to wear travelling to and from your destination. England can be cold and rainy, whilst Mauritius boasts a fairly tropical climate with highs of around 28°C in the summer months (November-April). To make this transition without any cold walks to the airport or uncomfortable overheating on the way to your hotel it’s best to stick to lightweight, loose clothing.

Aim for something comfortable for the plane, like a pair of linen trousers, and layer your top half with a t-shirt and cardigan that can be stashed away in a handbag upon reaching your destination. Make sure a hat to protect your head from the sun and some sunglasses are close to hand in your carry-on luggage for those first moments out of the airport.

What to wear in Mauritius

Daytime excursions

If you are visiting religious or spiritual sites then it is important to wear appropriate clothing; this means covering your shoulders as well as making sure to wear long shorts or trousers. It is also important to remove all leather shoes and belts before entering any of these places, if you are unsure ask your hotel or local guide before setting off. Some light layers to cover-up when the sun becomes intense around midday is important if you can’t find some shade, so pack a hat and a loose shawl to cover your shoulders and protect yourself.

Comfortable shoes are also a must-have item; flip flops are great for walking short distances or on the beach but if you’re planning on covering some distance opt for some more supportive sandals or shoes that will keep your feet cool but blister-free.

Evenings

The evenings in Mauritius will be a lot cooler, especially in the winter months, than you might expect. Perfect for getting an uninterrupted night’s sleep but this does mean you’ll need to remember a lightweight cardigan or jacket to take out in the evening. If you’re going for dinner restaurants tend to be causal so a summer dress for women and trousers with a short-sleeved shirt for males will be sufficient. Women will find high-heels impractical for sandy paths so save room in your case by not taking any you won’t wear and prioritise flip flops, sandals and other flat shoes.

What to wear in Mauritius