Mauritius - Climate And Activities

What to do in Mauritius

If you can tear yourself away from the sparkling white beaches and clear turquoise waters of Mauritius then you'll find an island that's a pleasure to explore with impressive colonial houses, Indian temples and botanical gardens as well as opportunities to swim with dolphins, walk with lions and spot rare birds flitting from one ebony tree to another.

Take a trip to Chamarel Village where you'll see the highest waterfall in Mauritius. Plunging down almost a 100 metres from the St. Denis River deep into a gorge it makes for a truly breathtaking sight. The village also houses another geological curiosity known as the “Seven Coloured Earth”. Set within the forest, this small but striking area of bare landscape makes for an unforgettable experience. Made up of colourful patterns of pulverised volcanic rock the exposed hillsides shimmer in stunning shades of red, grey, purple and brown.

Fields of sugar cane are one of the first things you'll notice about the island and they seem to go on for miles. Why not visit the L'Aventure Du Sucre? It's a museum dedicated to the sweet stuff and comes complete with its own sugar cane fields. If you've got a sweet tooth why not try sampling the different types of sugar.

When hunger strikes then be sure to try the street food which is arguably some of the best in the world. Bursting with an intoxicating mix of Indian, African, Chinese and Creole styles with an intricate blend of spices, intense flavours and colours, it's absolutely heavenly.

What's the weather like?

Although many people associate Mauritius with winter sun, located just 20 degrees south of the equator, it's really an all-round destination. It enjoys a tropical climate that is influenced by trade winds from the south east. The hottest weather is in February with an temperature of around 30C whilst July has the coolest temperatures with an average of 22C.

The peak season stretches from October to April during which time it's hot, humid and rainy. Winter (or the low season) in Mauritius is from May to September and is warm and dry with lower prices and fewer mosquitoes.

The best time to visit the island is during the winter months as it's cooler. When it does rain it's usually through the night, although be prepared to get caught in the odd passing shower during the day too. The good news is that you'll still come home with a tan thanks to the warm midday sun.

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