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When to visit Mauritius

Our popular article about the best time to visit Mauritius was published a couple of years ago, where we dived into the pros and cons of the high and low season in Mauritius.

Recently we received a question from Sebastian in the UK, who asks quite simply “what month do you think is the best?”

South west Mauritius in winter (August)

South west Mauritius in winter (August)

After checking with the Bungalow Vanille accommodation owners, we got more replies than there are months in a year, and had to conclude that Mauritius is simply a year-round destination! In other words, and like we concluded a couple of years ago, when to visit Mauritius should be a decision based on personal preference and agenda.

There are however differences between the seasons, and particularly when it comes to the weather.

Mauritius is often being described as having two seasons; summer and winter. While this is true, there is a big difference between, say, November and February, both months being part of the same (summer) season.

To make it a little bit more clear, we decided to divide the year into four seasons instead, and describe each one according to its major characteristics. We hope that this will help you to decide on when to visit Mauritius!

It is important to remember that these are the characteristics for Black River and the south west, and does not apply to other parts of the island.

We have gathered temperature data from the Mauritius Meteorological Services and the information is based on 30 years of Black River weather station recordings. More info can be found here.

January, February, March

For those not familiar with the seasons of Mauritius, they are usually described as summer (October to March) and winter (April to September). The first three months of the year is thus the end of summer, and is characterized by tropical showers, high temperatures and high humidity.

La Preneuse summer evening (February)

La Preneuse summer evening (February)

Although Black River receives the least rain when compared to the rest of Mauritius, this period is the wettest part of the year.

Another name for this period is the cyclone season, although tourist authorities and hotels prefer (understandably) not to use this term. Although fairly rare, cyclones do affect the island from time to time, and they usually appear between January and March. The result is typically increased wind and irregular and frequent tropical showers.

For information regarding cyclones in Mauritius, visit the website of the Mauritius Meteorological Services

January, February and March all belong to the top three months in regards to high temperature. The maximum temperatures for Black River during these months average around 30 degrees celsius (86F) and peak at around 35C (95F) in the shade during the day.

This period is part of what the hotel industry calls the high season, with January part of the peak season. The ocean is at its warmest at this time of year, having been exposed to several months of hot summer days already.

April, May, June

April marks the start of winter and the end of the rain period. Temperature maximums average around 29C (84F) in the day and may drop to 21C (70F) at night.

Black River gorges in winter (June)

Black River gorges in winter (June)

This period is outside of the cyclone period, and receives very little rain. After months of summer showers, Mauritius is now in full bloom, and the Black River mountains are lush and green.

Moving towards June, the average maximum temperatures drop to 26C (80F) during the day and a cool 17-18C (64F) at night.

This period is popular with visitors that have a little more than beach life in their calendar, as the cooler temperatures allow for more activities during the day. Hotel rates tend to drop, and restaurants change their menu prices and display the “low season” menu. During this period it is easy to find a beach all to yourself, as the summer holidays in Europe keep most European visitors away from the island.

The period from June and onwards is also popular with wind surfers and kite surfers, as the trade winds provide good weather conditions for these sports around that time of the year.

July, August, September

With July being the coolest month of the year, with an average maximum temeperature of just below 26C (79F), the island is at its slowest pace, business wise. With peak summer in Europe, the island sees few visitors, and hotel rates and restaurant prices are typically at their lowest.

Le Morne kite surfers (August)

Le Morne kite surfers (August)

This period is a welcome one for kite surfers and wind surfers, as the trade winds are typically at their best during this time. This is very evident in both Tamarin and Le Morne, two popular spots for kite surfing and wind surfing.

Humidity is low at this time, and the cool temperatures allow for more physical activities, such as mountain trekking, forest exploration or beach trekking.

Come August, visitors start to arrive from Europe again, and the tourist industry prepares for the coming high season.

Moving towards September, the temperature and humidity starts to rise, and the average maximum temperature reaches 27C (80F) during the day and around 18C (64F) at night.

The island receives very little rainfall during this period.

October, November, December

October marks the start of summer and temperatures are on the rise again. With an average maximum temperature of around 28C (82F) during the days, tourists from all over the world start to return to the island, and the period around Christmas and New Years is quickly getting booked up.

Water shortages are not uncommon in Mauritius, and they typically occur during this period, when an increasing number of tourists arrive in combination with a lack of rainfall.

Water aquifers in Mauritius, such as the vast mountaineous lake Mare aux Vacoas are often at alarmingly low levels during this time, but come December, the island receives tropical summer showers again and water reservoirs in Mauritius start to fill up.

Thank you for reading, and we hope that this brings some more clarity into the different seasons of Mauritius. Feel free to leave a comment below!

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