Mauritius Weather Guide

This island nation enjoys a mild tropical climate with little temperature variance between summer and winter seasons although it tends to be warmer on the coast and cooler on the central plateau. The best time to visit Mauritius is between April and June and September and December. Cyclone season is from November to April but storms rarely hit the coast due to the small size of the island. Mauritius also has a microclimate with changeable weather where it can be rainy in one area and sunny just 5 minutes’ away, so it’s best to pack for wet and dry conditions.

Season and Clothing

Summer: November to April

Summer in Mauritius is hot, humid and rainy but never too muggy due to the southeast trade winds. Peak tourist season is December and January, which is also the time when cyclones are most likely to hit. Even if cyclones do not reach the island, the stormy weather can mean limited visibility for divers and dangerous conditions for watersports. Outside of these months, the water temps can get up to 28 degrees Celsius – ideal for diving and snorkelling.

Average temperatures: 19 – 35 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: T-shirts, shorts, pants, dresses.
Don’t forget: An umbrella for unexpected downpours.

Winter: May to October

Temps are cooler and drier during the Mauritian winter months with winds from the south and southeast. June to August is the best time for surfers to visit the island although August is also the ‘coldest’ month when the winds can get a little blustery. Sea temperatures are still pleasant during winter and are around 23 to 25 degrees Celsius. Winter in Mauritius is generally warm and dry and the pluses for visitors include less mosquitoes and lower hotel rates during this season.

Average temperatures: 16 – 32 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: T-shirts, shorts, pants, dresses.
Don’t forget: A lightweight jacket or cardi for cooler nights.