Best time to visit Mauritius

The best time to visit Mauritius is during the dry season, from mid-May through November, when the weather is warm and mainly dry – although you may still experience some afternoon rain showers.

Mauritius is a year-round destination – despite the wet season – and anytime from early-April to mid-December is a good time to visit.

Tip: For swimming and sunbathing, it is preferable to choose a beach along the north-west coast, on the same side as Port Louis, which is more sheltered and more sunny (but not the northernmost tip, which is also windy – although, surfers will no doubt appreciate the more windy conditions during this period.)

So for mainly rain-free, sunny days, head to the beaches such as Grande Baie, Trou aux Biches, Mont Choisy and Flic-en Flac, all located on the west and north coasts.

Mauritius weather

Mauritius has a tropical climate with a hot, rainy season from late-December to April, and a relatively cooler and less rainy season from May to November.

The island’s varied terrain offers many different microclimates and the southeasterly trade winds will make it feel cooler on the east and south coast through the winter months.

Here are the weather averages for Port Louis, located on the north-west coast.

What is the best month to visit Mauritius?
The most pleasant months to visit Mauritius are from April to June and from September to mid-December – the climate is perfect with warm, sunny weather and little or no rainfall.

Which is the hottest month in Mauritius?
The hottest month in Mauritius is usually February, with an average high daytime temperature of 30°C (86°F), with high heat and humidity and a night-time low of 24°C (75°F).

The hot season usually lasts from December to early-April, with an average daily high above 29°C (84°F). During this time, you can expect hot, humid and wet weather; and on the hottest days of the season, the temperature may climb beyond 32°C (89°F).

Rain showers are interspersed with plenty of sunshine – up to seven hours a day. Typically, rain falls in the afternoon and can be very localised. Sea breezes keep the high temperatures from become oppressive, and water temperatures hover around 28°C (82°F).

Which is the coldest month in Mauritius?
The coldest month of the year in Mauritius is August, with an average high of 24°C (75°F) and an average night-time low of 19°C (66°F).

The cool season lasts from mid-June to mid-September, with an average daily high temperature below 25°C (77°F). The mountain plateau is around 5°C cooler and it can rain here at any time of year.

From June to August, the weather can get cool, with some brief showers. However, during this period it's more comfortable for hiking and sightseeing the many attractions of Mauritius, such as Pamplemousses, Chamarel, Grand Bassin, etc.

Which is the sunniest month in Mauritius?
The sunniest time of year in Mauritius is usually July with an average of seven hours of sunshine per day; that's around 66% of daylight hours.

What is the humidity in Mauritius?
Mauritius experiences notable seasonal variation in perceived humidity, with approximate average relative humidity calculated at between 74% – 82% over the course of the year.

What do the humidity conditions feel like in Mauritius?
We derive the humidity comfort level – what conditions feel like – from the dew point temperature, which measures moisture content in the atmosphere: a higher dew point feels more humid, while a lower dew point feels drier.

Meteorologists agree that dew point temperature is a more consistant indication of 'absolute humidity' than relative humidity, which fluctuates with temperature. 

The more humid time of year in Mauritius lasts from October through to mid-June, during which time the comfort level is muggy or oppressively humid at least 40% of the time.

The months with the most muggy days in Mauritius are December through April, when almost every day in each month is muggy or oppressive.

The months of July through September experience lower humidity levels. The month with the fewest muggy days in Mauritius is August, with an average of seven days that are muggy.

When is the sea warmest in Mauritius?
The sea is usually at its warmest in Mauritius in February when the water temperature reaches 28°C (82°F), which is pleasant for swimming.

The time of year with warmer water lasts from late-December through April, with an average temperature above 27°C (80°F). The sea around Mauritius is warm enough for swimming year-round.

The time of year with cooler water lasts from early-July to late-October, with an average temperature below 24°C (75°F). The month of the year in Port Louis with the coolest water is August, with an average temperature of 23°C (73°F), which is barely comfortable for swinmming.

Which month has the most rain in Mauritius?
February is usually the wettest month in Mauritius with 109mm (4in) on average, distributed across nine days.

The wetter season lasts from late-December to late-April, with a greater than 18% chance of a given day being a wet day. Not only are the rains frequent, but the air is also humid.

Rainfall occurs mainly in the form of downpours or thunderstorms, which usually do not last long; sunshine alternates with showers even in the wettest months.

The drier season lasts from late-April to late-December. The month with the fewest wet days in Port Louis is July, with one day and an average of 7mm (‹1in) of rainfall.

Note: The west coast of Mauritius receives less rainfall than the south and southeast coasts: Port Louis, receives the least rain of anywhere else on the island, and the popular resorts of Trou aux Biches, Flic-en-Flac and Grand Baie see less rain than Ile aux Cerfs, which is located on the eastern side of the island.

Which is the windiest month in Mauritius?
The windiest month of the year in Mauritius is July, with an average hourly wind speed of 28 kilometres per hour (17 mph; 15 knots).

The windy part of the year lasts from around late-May through to late-September, with average wind speeds of more than 24 kilometres per hour (15 mph; 13 knots).

The less-windy time of year lasts from late-September through to late-May. The calmest month of the year in Mauritius is November, with an average hourly wind speed of 21 kilometres per hour (13 mph; 11 knots).

The predominant average wind direction in Mauritius is from the east throughout the year.

The winter months from June to September bring strong south-easterly winds to the east and south coasts of Mauritius, with late-July and early-August providing the strongest gusts.

Resorts located in the west and northwest of Mauritius generally escape these winds as they are protected by the central mountain range.

Is there a risk of a tropical storm in Mauritius?
The risk of a tropical storm in Mauritius is greatest in February, with a risk factor of 5.6%. Cyclones between January and March typically last for a day or two.

Mauritius Weather Averages

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average high temperature (°C)
30 30 29 28 27 25 24 24 25 26 28 29
Average low temperature (°C)
24 24 24 23 21 20 19 19 20 21 22 23
Average daily sunshine (hrs)
8 8 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 8 8 8
Average daily daylight (hrs)
13 13 12 12 11 11 11 11 12 13 13 13
Comfort level – heat
High heat & humidity icon High heat & humidity icon Moderately hot icon Moderately hot icon Moderately hot icon Low heat & humidity icon Low heat & humidity icon Low heat & humidity icon Low heat & humidity icon Low heat & humidity icon Moderately hot icon Moderately hot icon
Comfort level – humidity (#muggy days)
31 28 31 29 23 12 8 7 9 17 25 30
Average relative humidity (%)
80 82 82 80 78 75 76 74 75 74 75 76
UV Index (max)
11+ 11+ 11+ 10 7 6 6 8 10 11+ 11+ 11+
Average days of rainfall (≥1mm)
8 9 8 6 3 2 1 2 1 2 2 5
Average monthly rainfall (mm)
89 109 80 52 18 7 7 8 9 9 13 41
Average wind speed (km/h)
23 24 24 24 24 26 28 28 25 24 21 21
Average sea temperature (°C)
27 28 27 27 26 25 24 23 23 24 25 27
Port Louis, Mauritius

Holiday seasons

Peak season: Mid-December to mid-January, and August which coincides with the French school holidays.

Despite the wet season, Mauritius is a year-round destination and as such doesn't have a high or low season.

Mauritius weather by month

Note: Meteorological data for Mauritius is based on weather statistics gathered for the period 1991 to 2020, and is sourced from the Mauritius National Meteorological Services at the nearest weather station, Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport (MRU), located 48km (30mi) southeast of the capital city, Port Louis. Additional climate data is sourced from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

Advice on the best time to visit a particular destination is based on average local weather statistics, when the weather conditions are generally better than at other times of the year. We consider high and low temperatures, risk of rain (and thunderstorms, etc.), amount of sunshine and sea temperature. For general outdoor activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 18°C (64°F) and 27°C (80°F); and for hot-weather activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 24°C (75°F) and 32°C (89°F). Often, the best times to visit correspond to high season and therefore involve higher prices.

Latest update: Best time to visit Mauritius: 9 March, 2024

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