The Best Time to Visit Mauritius

The Climate in Mauritius

Mauritius is an island nation in the Indian Ocean with the main island and other smaller islands. The main island of Mauritius is approximately 1,800 km from the African mainland.  Due to the situation in the southern hemisphere, the seasons in Mauritius are opposite to ours. This means that in the months of November to April, its the summertime and from May to October, the winter time prevails in Mauritius. Its position in the Indian Ocean ensures a tropical oceanic climate prevails in Mauritius . For one thing, it means that there are only small temperature fluctuations from month to month. On the other hand, the Southerly trade wind blows all year round. The Trade Winds from the south cool the constantly high temperatures on the island and makes it pleasant for tourists. In summer, the average temperatures are between 25 and 30 degrees Celsius.  During this time, there are more rain showers and the risk of tropical cyclones is extremely high. This is especially the case in January and February. At this time you should not travel to Mauritius. If you’re wondering when is the best time to travel to Mauritius, you’ll get the answer in this article. You can also take a look at the climate data for Mauritius with all the important values such as air and water temperatures as well as hours of sunshine and rainy days for each month.

Climate Data for Mauritius

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max. Temperature in °C 30,5 30,5 30 29,5 28 27 26 26 27 29 30 30,5
Min. Temperature in °C 22,5 22,5 22 21 20 19 18 17 17,5 18 19,5 21
Hours of Sunshine Per Day 8,5 7,5 7,5 7,5 7,5 7,5 7,5 7 8 8,5 9 8
Water Temperature in °C 27,5 28 28 27,5 26,5 25 24,5 24 24 24,5 26 26,5
Rainy Days per Month 8 9 7 6 5 4 4 4 2 2 2 5

Overview

Best Months to Visit Mauritius at a Glance

  • May: 28°C, 8h of Sunshine, 26,5°C Water Temp., 5 Rainy Days, 76% Humidity
  • June: 27°C, 8h of Sunshine, 25°C Water Temp., 4 Rainy Days, 73% Humidity
  • July: 26°C, 8h of Sunshine, 24,5°C Water Temp., 4 Rainy Days, 73% Humidity
  • August: 26°C, 7h of Sunshine, 24°C Water Temp., 4 Rainy Days, 74% Humidity
  • September: 27°C, 7h of Sunshine, 24°C Water Temp., 2 Rainy Days, 74% Humidity
  • October: 29°C, 7h of Sunshine, 24,5°C Water Temp., 2 Rainy Days, 75% Humidity

In the summertime of the island, which is from November to April, is much warmer and more humid. The temperatures are on average at 30 degrees Celsius and higher. Likewise, the water temperature in the Indian Ocean is higher. A water temperature between 26 and 28 degrees Celsius offers little in the way of cooling. Furthermore, the number of monthly rainy days  during this time is a lot higher. In the best travel time, there are two to a maximum of five rainy days. In February, for example, there are nine possible rainy days.  Compared to the winter time, the sun shines longer. The number of sunshine hours is between seven and nine hours per day. The minimum temperatures at night are rarely below 20 degrees. Many of the values do not speak against a holiday in the months of November to April. On the contrary. You can also spend a wonderful holiday in Mauritius during this time. Although the rain probability and frequency is higher, but  a lot of the time the tropical rain is not continuous. That kind of rain comes in short, heavy showers and then there is more sunshine. A special natural phenomenon like this ensures that holidaymakers avoid the island during the months of November to April. It’s the season of cyclones. What that is and what it means, you will learn in the next section.

The Best Time to Visit Mauritius

To make a general statement about the best travel time for Mauritius is difficult.  For Europeans, the winter time is considered the best time to travel to Mauritius. In the months of May to October, there are pleasant temperatures, the number of rainy days is minimal and the humidity is lower than in other months. On average, the maximum temperatures are between 25 and 30 degrees Celsius. At night, the temperatures cool down and are between 17 and 21 degrees Celsius.  The daytime temperatures are ideal for lying on the beach or visiting the sights of the island. The water temperatures are just as pleasant. Although the temperatures of the Indian Ocean are consistently high throughout the year, they cool slightly during the Mauritian winter.The water temperatures range from May to October between 24 and 27 degrees Celsius. During summertime, you do not have to be afraid of a lot of rain. Compared to the other months falls in June, July, August, September and November least rain. You have to expect a maximum of two to four rainy days during the southern winter months. Due to the good weather conditions in the months of May to October, the winter season is regarded as the peak season in Mauritius. In these high times, the prices for the trips are much more expensive than in the low season. If you want to avoid the expensive high season, you can choose for you the months of September to November and March to May. Many families use the Easter holidays for a trip to the island. The main reason being is that you still get something from the hot temperatures but spend less money.

Cyclone Season in Mauritius

Cyclones are tropical cyclones that occasionally haunt Mauritius from November to April. Their formation depends on the water temperature and the position of the sun. In the Indian Ocean, which surrounds Mauritius, the large body of water heats up to temperatures of over 26 degrees Celsius. This happens because the sun is in this region of the earth the longest vertically above the sea.  From 26 degrees Celsius, the upper water layer evaporates faster than the lower one. This leads to so-called cloud towers, which can become extremely high. The rotation of the earth causes these cloud towers to set in motion. From this, a cyclone emerges.  The consequences of the cyclone are pretty dangerous for the surrounding areas, in some cases torrents and floods are caused.  In the Mauritian summer time from November to April, the cyclone risk is increased. But that does not mean that a cyclone will be formed when you are on the island at this time! Many of the cyclones do not come to the island. Instead, they pass by them, which can lead to increased waves and clouds, for example.

 

Weather in Mauritius – regional overview

The general rule for the weather in Mauritius is that the temperatures are similarly constant and high overall months. There are some regions on the island that deviate from the above the average. In Mauritius, there are mountains at higher elevations.  Among the highest areas are the Piton de la Petite Riviere Noire, Pieter Both and Le Pouce. At these altitudes, the weather in Mauritius differs from the coastal regions. In the mountains, it is on average 5 degrees Celsius colder than on the coasts. Instead of the average 23 degrees Celsius, you expect temperatures in the mountains of about 19 degrees Celsius. Furthermore, the humidity at these altitudes is, it is about 90-100% and it rains more often. On the coast, there is a humidity of about 70%.  Still high, but much more bearable than in the mountains. The mountains of the island also affect the weather on the coasts. For example, the mountains protect the west coast from the rain. On the east coast, on the other hand, the trade winds have greater influence and it rains more. Another regional difference is the slightly higher temperature of the West Coast compared to the East Coast year on year.

My Conclusion on the Best Time to Visit Mauritius

For many travel destinations with a tropical climate, the best travel time has to be decided by the individual. The same applies to the best travel time to visit Mauritius. Basically, I recommend a holiday on the island in the Mauritian winter in the months of May to October. You can look forward to summery temperatures. The swimming and sports activities in the Indian Ocean such as surfing, diving and snorkelling are a delight at the pleasant water temperatures. In addition, you run less of a risk that you get surprised by tropical rain and cyclones. For those who can live with a higher rain probability, summertime on the island is a suitable and affordable alternative. In terms of the seasons: The summer is hot and humid, the winter is dry and cooler. In diesem Sinne: You can spend a beach holiday in Mauritius all year round. In this sense: Have fun in Mauritius holiday, whatever the season may be.