Mauritius holidays

Dotted with lazy lagoons, surrounded by the clear waters of the Indian Ocean, and dusted with white, sandy beaches, it’s no wonder that Mauritius is popular with honeymooners. 

Holidays to Mauritius are luxurious with plenty of opportunities to soak up the sun, snorkel through coral reefs, and enjoy the local cuisine, which is a fusion of Chinese, French, Indian and Creole influences. Add to that some bustling markets and high end shopping centres and you'll be sure to have plenty of ways to fill your time. 

Things to do

Mauritius is first and foremost a beach destination, but there’s so much more to this island than meets the eye. When you’re not sprawled out on its delicate white sand or taking a dip in its cobalt blue waters, you could be trekking through its forests, which are filled with hidden rivers and waterfalls.

Make sure you squeeze in a trip to The Seven Coloured Earths. This geographical wonder is a sight to behold with its bold sand dunes. See how many colours you can spot among its layers. If it’s watersports you’re after, paddleboarding, sea kayaking and kite-surfing are just some of the activities you can try.

Shopping sprees are also on the cards with a good mix of modern malls and traditional markets. Central Market in Port Louis is a great place to pick up souvenirs, while Le Caudan Waterfront is where you’ll find a choice of designer outlets. 

Map of Mauritius

19°C - 31°C

Mauritius has just two seasons - wet and dry. The summer (December to April) sees the warmest weather with high humidity levels and winter (June to September) is when you’ll see the most rain. Temperatures can still reach a toasty 25°C in winter, so there’s no need for your cosy knits.

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Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International (MRU), which is located 48km southeast of the island’s capital city Port Louis.

Mauritius is best for...

Nature enthusiasts: If you love getting out and exploring the great outdoors, Mauritius is the place to do it. Explore mountain ranges decorated with beautiful fauna and flora, before trekking through its wildlife-filled national parks, where endangered species such as the pink pigeon have been spotted. But you can’t come all this way without seeing the island’s biggest natural phenomenon, its underwater waterfall.

Sunbathers: Settled on the Indian Ocean, the beaches in Mauritius are its greatest asset. And with daytime temperatures rarely dropping below 20°C, there’s plenty of opportunities to work on your tan. The west of the island is known for its long, quiet stretches, but if you fancy some activity in between sunbathing, the south is a magnet for surfers.

Foodies: With flavours originating from China, France, Africa and India, the food scene in Mauritius is exciting to say the least. Spicy food lovers should try the hot creole chicken curry and seafood fans should opt for fish vindaye, which is flavoured with onion, turmeric, mustard seeds, garlic, and a ginger sauce.

Fast facts for Mauritius

Language: The official language in Mauritius is Mauritian Creole and English. However, most locals are bilingual so you may hear some other languages such as French, which is also commonly spoken.

Currency: The currency in Mauritius is the Mauritian Rupee (MUR).

Local time: Mauritius is 4 hours ahead of the UK (GMT+4). 

Fly to: Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International (MRU) is the main airport in Mauritius and takes around 50 minutes to reach the centre of Port Louis. As you exit the airport you’ll find plenty of buses and taxis waiting to transport you to your resort.

Flight time from UK: 12 hours

Tourist Information: Further tourist information can be found at Mauritius’ tourism website.

Visa / Health: Before you travel, check the latest advice from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

Do I need a visa?

You don’t need a specific Mauritius visa in order to take a break in this stunning destination. Instead, your passport will be stamped when you arrive, allowing you to remain in the country for up to 60 days. To find out more about visas, please refer to the FCDO’s entry requirements.
Should I get travel health insurance?

To protect yourself against the cost of medical treatment, a comprehensive travel health insurance policy is always advisable. It’s worth checking that your policy covers everything you need it to, particularly if you’re taking part in any activities that might be considered risky.

Mauritius safety and security

For up-to-date advice on travelling to Mauritius, please visit the FCDO website.

Any other tips?

  • While taxis on the island are convenient, they can also be costly. To keep the cost of travel down, look out for ‘tip-top’ buses, which link the suburbs to town centres. Tip-tops tend to be retired commuter buses so, though they might not be as comfortable as a cab, they can be a lot cheaper.
  • Don’t pass up the chance to try street food. Quatre Bornes market is a great place to start, where you can sample everything from Gateau Piment (spicy chilli cakes) to samosas and dholl puri (savoury pancakes made with turmeric and cumin).
  • If you pay a visit to the Hindu temple, close to Gran Bassin, it’s worth taking some extra bits of fruit for the colonies of monkeys that live there. There’s a practical side to this, as they’ll quickly hunt out and steal any food you might have on you, including packed lunches. A well-flung banana should distract them for long enough so you can make your escape.
  • To add a little adrenaline, book a zip line tour of the famous Valley of the Colours.

Mauritius weather

You’ll find the weather in Mauritius is perfect all year round. There really isn’t a bad time to visit, as it’s always pleasantly warm with plenty of sunshine.

Located just north of the Tropic of Capricorn, the island’s temperature doesn’t vary a huge amount throughout the year. It rarely drops below 17°C or rises above 31°C, so it’s neither too cold nor too hot.

As it’s in the southern hemisphere, the seasons are opposite to the UK. The warm season is from early December until the beginning of April, where the average daily high temperatures are 29°C. The hottest day of the year usually falls at the start of February when the mercury hits about 30°C. It’s definitely shorts and t-shirt weather, with a daytime temperature that doesn’t drop below 23°C.

The ‘cold’ season isn’t really cold at all, so you can put away those coats. Running from mid-June until the end of September, the lowest temperature (usually in August) is around 19°C with highs of around 25°C. Some holidaymakers prefer to visit in the spring and autumn, when the island is less busy, prices are a little lower, but the climate is still lovely. The average temperature in October is 25°C while it hovers around 26°C in April.

You’ll be pleased to know that humidity is moderated by the southeast trade winds that blow cooling breezes across the island. The hurricane season is from November to April - though they are rare.

It’s wettest in the summer, when rain falls an average of 11 days a month, but showers won’t interfere with your holiday. The refreshing bursts don’t stay for long and you barely have time to shelter before the sun comes out again. In fact, there are up to eight hours of sunshine a day so make sure you pack that sunscreen. It’s a good idea to also throw a jumper or cardigan into your suitcase so you’re prepared for cooler evenings. If you dream of beach sunsets, choose a resort on the western-facing coast.

You’ll find some regional variations in the weather in Mauritius. The northern and western areas of the island are protected by mountains so tend to be warmer and drier than the eastern and southern regions. Temperatures along the coast are about three to five degrees higher than inland, meaning the central plateau has cooler weather that’s perfect for hiking. The north receives slightly more hours of sunshine than the south.

Even in the winter months the water temperature is an enjoyable 22°C, making it warm enough to go swimming in the sea and take part in water sports throughout the year.