Averages for Mauritius in January
The hottest month of the year in Mauritius is actually January, even though this is the start of the cyclone season. Throughout the month, the average temperature hovers around 26°C. Essentially, the month of January is characterized by constant daily high temperatures, where it is not uncommon for maximum temperatures to exceed 31°C. While temperatures only fall below 24°C one day in ten, so you are pretty much guaranteed gorgeous hot weather....
The hottest month of the year in Mauritius is actually January, even though this is the start of the cyclone season. Throughout the month, the average temperature hovers around 26°C. Essentially, the month of January is characterized by constant daily high temperatures, where it is not uncommon for maximum temperatures to exceed 31°C. While temperatures only fall below 24°C one day in ten, so you are pretty much guaranteed gorgeous hot weather.
Furthermore, January also falls within the warm season which lasts from December 5th until April 9th, with average daily high temperatures above 29°C. On the other hand, the cold season usually lasts from June 15th until September 21st, with an average daily high temperature below 25°C.
However, even though January is a very hot month, there is also quite a lot of rainfall in this month. On average 228mm of rainfall is predicted to fall in Mauritius, spread across a total of nine days. The probability that precipitation will be observed varies throughout the month. On average, precipitation is most likely around January 31st, where rainfall is 62% likely, while precipitation is least likely around January 1st, at 51%. The most common forms of precipitation in January are moderate rain, light rain and thunderstorms. However, when it does rain, it usually comes down in short heavy bursts, so the weather will rarely ever interrupt your holiday at this time of year.
As mentioned before January is sometimes prone to cyclones, however, according to statistics, Mauritius is in the centre of a cyclone only every five years. The risks are usually higher from mid-December through to March as sea temperatures get warmer. In Mauritius, tropical cyclones mostly form on the Inter Tropical Convergence Zone, an area near the equator where winds from the northern hemisphere meet the south and can intensify into tropical storms. The most severe cyclones to hit Mauritius in January, in recent years was Dairus in 2004, where wind speeds reached 113 km/h and Dina in 2002, where gusts reached 228 km/h. However, if a cyclone was likely to occur it can usually be tracked beforehand giving you plenty of time to prepare and many hotels in Mauritius are equipped for such occasions.
Over the course of January, the length of day is essentially constant. On average, the shortest day of the month is January 31st, with 13:02 hours of daylight and the longest day is January 1st with 13:21 hours of daylight. The amount of sunshine hours at this time of year are gradually decreasing but still very high at nine hours per day, compared to November, which on average receives 10 hours of sunshine per day.
At this time of year the median cloud cover us a partly cloudy 63% and does not vary substantially over the course of the month. On January 16th, a representative day, the sky is clear or mostly clear 25% of the time and partly cloudy 31% of the time.
During January the relative humidity typically ranges from a mildly humid 66% to a very humid 96%, rarely dropping below a 56% or reaching as high as 100%. On average, the air is driest around January 1st, at which time the relative humidity drops below a humid 71%, three days out of four.
Furthermore, over the course of a typical January, wind speeds vary from 1 m/s to 6 m/s, which is considered as a light to moderate breeze, rarely exceeding 8 m/s. The highest average wind speed of 4 m/s occurs on January 1st, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 6 m/s. At this time of year the wind is most often coming from the east, followed by the southeast.
Sea temperatures in January are a positively hot 27°C – that's 4°C hotter than in August, where sea temperatures usually average out at 23°C. This means that January is a perfect time of year for swimming and taking part in water sports such as windsurfing and kayaking.
- Mauritius Beach
Dates for the diary
It is estimated that 3% of Mauritians are of Chinese origin. Chinese New Year is usually celebrated across the island, as part of the celebrations firecrackers are set off to drive away any evil spirits. Families will also get together to celebrate the New Year with plenty of delicious food. Other celebrations including parades with figures of dancing dragons, lions and a fireworks show. Usually, the main celebrations are held in Port Louis in China Town. The actual date of the Chinese New Year is determined according to the Chinese calendar.
The Cavadee Festival is celebrated at the end of January and the beginning of February in Mauritius. This religious festival is celebrated by Indians of Tamil origin and is one of the most impressive festivals to take place on the island. This is often a period of fasting, where devotees will also have their cheeks, tongues and chests pierced before going to their temple with offerings on their backs. They may bring along the Cavadee, an arc of wood or metal, to symbolize the sacred mountains. Which is then laid out and covered with flowers at the statue of a divinity. Other parts of the festival include fire-walking and sword-climbing rituals.
- Chinese New Year
Things to do
The Champ de Mars is one of the oldest horse racecourses in the world, which saw its first race on June 25th in 1812 in Port Louis. This is the perfect day out for the whole family, if you want to experience the true and authentic Mauritius. Furthermore, The Crown Lodge offers a fully dedicated team, who will do their utmost to make sure you have a fantastic day. All you have to do is sit back and watch the race, whilst waiters bring you a variety of drinks and canapés. This place has also been voted as one of the top attractions to see in Mauritius on Trip Advisor.
For spectacular scenery head to northern Mauritius to the dramatic headland of Coin de Mire and 'Cape Misfortune' (named for the number of ships that foundered on the local rocks). This place is also of significant historical importance for Mauritius; as it was here where the British invasion force defeated the French in 1810. Furthermore, a small distance from the cape is the fishing village, known as Cap Malheureux, where you will also find the famous church called Notre Dame Auxiliatrice.
If it's a rainy day or you want to escape from the heat, why not visit L'Aventure du Sucre; the only museum in the whole of Mauritius which is dedicated to the history of sugar in the island. Here you will find out about the roots of Mauritian people, going back 500 years, and the history of the island itself and its varied cultures.
Les Sept Cascades is a set of seven waterfalls located in the south west of Mauritius in the Riviere Noire. This place is a favourite for local hikers and tourists who want to explore some of Mauritius' natural scenery.
- Notre Dame Auxiliatrice
Where to eat & drink
Coolen Chez Ram Restaurant is an Indian eatery located in Grand Baie, which is recommended by locals and tourists for its traditional and flavoursome Mauritian seafood dishes, in particular the lobster and red snapper. Many people rave about this place, saying the service is excellent.
Furthermore, the Chamarel Restaurant offers one of the best views on the island of Mauritius, as it is perched up high in Chamarel, offering panoramic views over the south west coast, near the seven coloured earths. This restaurant serves typical Mauritian dishes such as delicious octopus curry with green papaya and coconut chutney.
Chez Tino is a delicious little restaurant, well known for its traditional Mauritian seafood dishes, such as grilled fresh fish and calamari. This restaurant can be found near to the Trou D'eau public beach, and make sure to get a table upstairs for spectacular views of the bay.
Many locals recommened Happy Rajah, an Indian-Mauritian eatery located in Quatre-Bornes. This place is renowned for its delicious vindaloo and friendly service.
Hit the beach
Ille des Deux Cocos is a small island lying just five minutes away from the mainland of Mauritius. This tiny island is often described by visitors as "heaven on earth" due to its tranquil setting, clear turquoise waters and natural landscape. This beautiful island is definitely worth visiting while staying in Mauritius, you may even see a wedding taking place, as it is a very popular spot for weddings and honeymoons.
Furthermore, Pereybere is located on the coastal road between Grand Baie and Cap Malheureux. This stunning, tropical beach offers clear, turquoise waters and fine, golden sand. This beach is very popular among young families as it is within close proximity to two of the main tourist areas.
Mont Choisy is located on the northern coastline of Mauritius and is renowned as one of the best beaches on the island. Like most beaches in Mauritius, this place boasts fine, clean sand, complete with warm turquoise waters, perfect for swimming.
On the other hand, if you want somewhere which is great for water sports, head to Tamarin, which is the surfing centre of Mauritius. This place is slightly quieter compared to the neighbouring resort of Flic-en-Flac. This beach also offers stunning views across the river estuary to Montage du Rempart.
Last but not least, Ile Plate Beach is one of the most stunning beaches in Mauritius. This place is superb for swimming and snorkeling, as the water here is crystal clear.
- Ile Plate Beach
Where to stay
The Mahe Holiday Resort is a comfortable hotel located down Royal Road in Mahebourg. This place offers a fitness centre and all rooms come with a flat-screen TV, air conditioning, and en suite bathrooms. Many of the rooms enjoy mountain views and the hotel itself is not far from the local beach.
The Beachcomber Shandrani Resort & Spa is a fully inclusive resort located on a private peninsula in Blue Bay. Guests can take full advantage of the facilities on offer including a modern gym, sauna, outdoor swimming pool, kid's club and there are also a wide variety of water sports available at the beach including water skiing, surfing and snorkeling.
However, if you are looking for somewhere a little more affordable, why not try the three-star Ocean Beach Hotel & Spa in Grand Bay. This property offers its own private beach area, as well as an outdoor swimming pool, complete with a wooden deck, loungers and parasols. The Ocean Beach also offers a range of rejuvenating massage treatments and hammam.
The Klondike Hotel in Flic-en-Flac boasts a broad range of facilities including an outdoor pool, tropical gardens and a spa. Each room is individually decorated and comes with either a terrace or balcony, with views of the garden or ocean. All rooms are also equipped with a TV, safe and tea-and-coffee-making facilities.
- Typical resort in Mauritius