is an island that lies off the coast of Africa
south west of the Indian Ocean
It sits 900km to the east of Madagascar
is in fact made up of several islands including the main island of Mauritius
, the island of Rodrigues,
islands and the Cargados
Carajos Shoals. The islands of Reunion and Mauritius
make up the Mascarene Islands.
is the most densely populated country in all of Africa-
with a population mass of 610 people per square kilometre.
The beautiful island, one of the richest countries in Africa, is one of the leading tourist destinations in the
world, receiving approximately seven million visitors across the year. It plays
host to some of the most spectacular beaches in all of the Indian
Ocean such as Grand
Belle Mare, Blue Bay,
La Morne and Tamarin and Flic en Flac. Mauritius has long been known for its
amazing natural beauty, so much so that Mark Twain the famous author put it
well when he said "You gather the
idea that Mauritius was made first and then heaven, and that heaven was copied
climate in Mauritius
is largely tropical, though the humid hot conditions are moderated by the south
east trade winds that blow across the region. The island lies within the south
tropical belt and because of its proximity to large masses of water (obviously,
as it is an island) the tropical climate verges on maritime and temperatures
see relatively small seasonal and diurnal variations. The
topography of Mauritius
is varied so you will see significant region variations as you move up and down
elevations and move in and away from the coast.
November to May Mauritius
swelters through a hot, wet and humid summer that sees daily averages sit at
about 20° C to 28° C, and reaching into the 30’s once you are on the coast. The
central plateau in the heart of the island sees temperatures that are slightly
cooler than on the coast, which makes it a great region for hiking and
exploring the once volcanically active region.
period, particularly from November to April is when the island is subject to tropical hurricanes, so keep this in
mind if visiting during this time. 1994 and 2002 have been the two worst
cyclones in recent years when cyclone Hollana (94) and Dina ravaged the island.
coastal region is generally about 5° C higher than the interior, though in the
height of summer you can find relief from the heat in the beautiful waters of
the Indian Ocean, which
luckily sees temperatures of close to 27° C - far from chilly! Even
in the winter months the water temperature sits at an enjoyable 22 °C, making Mauritius
a great spot to visit any time of the year. From January to March you will find Mauritius
in the midst of its ‘rainy season,’
which is particularly noticeable in the Central Plateau.
May through until November Mauritius
enjoys a warm, dry winter- while it is only slightly cooler the conditions
aren’t as wet and humidity is slightly lower so it provides from a great winter
escape. In saying this relative humidity is generally high throughout the year,
particularly as you move into the centre of the island where daily average
humidity sits over 90% across the whole year. The west coast of the island is
generally the least humid where daily averages sit at about 75% to 80%
throughout the year.
largest city on the island is also its capital; Port Louis lies on the North West coast. Here you will find a vibrant island
capital which is becoming increasingly cosmopolitan and plays host to a vibrant
nightlife. However if visiting Mauritius it will be worth your while to visit
some of the smaller coastal towns and stay in one of the beautiful bungalows
that you have long drooled over on postcards of Mauritius!
visiting the island and surrounding regions keep in mind that its location
close to the equator means that temperatures can often get so high that being
aware of sunstroke and strong UV rays is a necessity. Be sure to pack plenty of
light cotton clothing as the humidity in the height of the wet summer season
can be somewhat oppressive at times.
the conditions on Port
Louis as a fairly good indicator of what the yearly
conditions are like on the island as a whole, though they are more
representative on the conditions of the lower lying levels as at higher
elevations conditions will vary. Port
Louis sees its highest temperatures
throughout December to April where daily highs sit at about 29°C to 30°C and
very rarely fall below 23°C. Throughout the entirety of the year the average hours of daily sunlight measures 7 to 9 hours per day
with October to December seeing the most hours of daily sunlight.
previously mentioned the ‘summer months’ are the wet season, so average precipitation is the highest during this period, with
January to March seeing in excess of 200mm for the month and rain well fall on
about 11 to 12 days in the month.
the island as a whole the south and south east coasts are exposed to the
prevailing south easterly trade winds, so these coasts receive almost twice as
much rain as the coast that Port Louis lies on. So
in terms of rainfall Port Louis is a good spot to pick if travelling during the
wet season because it receives the least rain of anywhere else on the island
and the rainfall isn’t as torrential- at higher
altitudes the rain that falls is strong and heavy.
is seemingly devoid of off peak and on peak seasons, because it is a pretty
desirable location at any time of the year. Though the Christmas-New Year
period is generally much busier than any other time of the year. Also keep in
mind that August is when the French school holidays occur so the island does
get slightly busier during this time and prices may be hiked to peak season
doesn't really have high and low seasons. The situation is more dependent on
outside factors (such as the French school holidays, which cause a big increase
in demand and prices in August).
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