February Weather Averages for Mauritius
What's the Weather Like in Mauritius in February?
The warm season in Mauritius generally lasts from December 5th until April 9th, with average daily high temperatures reaching as high as 29°C. The hottest day of the year falls on February 4th, with an average high of 30°C a...
What's the Weather Like in Mauritius in February?
The warm season in Mauritius generally lasts from December 5th until April 9th, with average daily high temperatures reaching as high as 29°C. The hottest day of the year falls on February 4th, with an average high of 30°C and a low of 23°C.
February is generally a hot month, average temperatures usually stay around 26°C, while low temperatures still reach a sizzling 24°C.
Over the course of February, the length of day is essentially constant. The shortest day of the month is February 29th; with 12:31 hours of daylight and the longest day of the month is February 1st with 13:01 hours of daylight.
Furthermore, the earliest sunrise of the month is at 5:53am on February 1st and the latest sunset is at 6:53pm on February 1st.
Average Sunshine Hours
While the latest sunrise is at 6:06am on February 29th and the earliest sunset is at 6:37pm on February 29th. The amount of sunshine hours are also essentially constant, compared to January, where sunshine hours stay at an average of nine hours.
Even though February is a summer month, it is one of the wettest months of the year, as it is in the middle of the cyclone season. On Average, February receives 228mm of rainfall, spread across 10 days. Compared to October, which only receives 50mm of rainfall, spread across three days.
The average probability that some form of precipitation will be observed in a given day in February is 63%, with little variation over the course of the month. Throughout February, the most common forms of precipitation are moderate rain, light rain and thunderstorms.
However, rainfall should rarely affect your holiday in Mauritius as precipitation usually comes down in short, hard bursts, which is then shortly followed by brilliant sunshine.
During February the median cloud cover is a partly cloudy 64%, and does not vary substantially over the course of the month. On February 15th, a representative day, the sky is clear or mostly clear 24% of the time, and partly cloudy 32% of the time.
Furthermore, humidity levels in February generally range from a mildly humid 69% to a very humid 96% over the course of the month, rarely dropping below a mildly humid 61% or reaching as high as 100%. On average the air is driest around February 1st, at which time the relative humidity drops below a humid 74%, three days out of four.
Over the course of a typical February wind speeds vary from 1 m/s to 6 m/s, which is considered as a light to moderate breeze, rarely exceeding 10 m/s. The highest average wind speed of 4 m/s usually occurs around February 17th, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is a moderate 6 m/s. At this time of the year the wind is most often coming from the east, followed by the southeast.
Average Sea Temperatures
The sea temperature in February is often very hot at 28°C – that's 1°C hotter than January, where the sea temperature can reach 27°C. This means February is a great time of year to go swimming and enjoy water sports such as windsurfing.
As mentioned before, February is prone to cyclones. However, according to statistics, Mauritius is in the centre of a cyclone only every five years. The most recent significant cyclones to occur in February were Gamede in 2007 and Gerry in 2003.
However, one of the worst tropical storms to hit the island was Cyclone Hollanda, which was the worst tropical cyclone to hit Mauritius in 19 years.
The cyclone formed on February 6th in 1994, in the Indian Ocean and moved southwestward, striking Mauritius on February 10th with winds speeds up to 100 mph. Hollanda destroyed and severely damaged over 450 homes, which displaced 1,500 people .
High winds also left the island without power and also caused severe crop damage, as nearly half of the island's sugar canes were destroyed.
If you are worried whether a cyclone might affect your holiday you might want to travel to Mauritius during May or June, which are considered to be winter months, but temperatures are still promising and cyclones are very unlikely at this time of year.
Mauritius Hotels in February
Mon Choisy Beach Resort
Mon Choisy Beach Resort is perfect for all the family as it features a large outdoor swimming pool and sits beside the seafront. The hotel also offers a babysitting service and the staff are more than happy to arrange a number of outdoor activities for you including diving and horse riding.
Sun & Earth Villa Hotel
The Sun & Earth Villa Hotel is a more affordable option located in Mont Choisy. This comfortable hotel features a swimming pool, restaurant and free Wi-Fi access. All rooms at this hotel are bright and airy and are decorated with tiled floors and wooden furniture.
Hilton Mauritius Resort & Spa
On the other hand, why not stay at the luxurious five-star Hilton Mauritius Resort & Spa located in Flic-en-Flac. This exclusive resort offers a wide variety of dining options, tennis courts, a water sports centre, swimming pool and even a golf putting green.
La Pirogue is a four-star hotel situated along the stunning white beach of Flic-en-Flac. This spacious hotel features air-conditioned rooms, a fitness centre, spa, large outdoor swimming pool and flourishing tropical gardens.
Mauritius Beach for February
Ile aux Cerfs
Ile aux Cerfs, (also known as Deer Island in English) is a small island located near the east coast of Mauritius. This island is famous for its breathtaking sandy beaches and a stunning lagoon. There are also plenty of water sports activities available including snorkelling, as well as restaurants, a golf course and luxurious five-star hotel.
Blue Bay derives its name from the azure waters that make Mauritius famous. This is a clean public beach which is perfectly suited for sunbathing or enjoy a swim in the crystal clear waters. This area of Mauritius is a lot quieter compared to the more populated tourist resorts, so you should head here if you're looking for a sense of seclusion.
On the other hand, La Cuvette is another public beach located just a few metres away from the heart of Grand Baie. This beach is right next to a restaurant and nightclub called the Godfather and offers a number of sun loungers to laze away on.
Some of the most beautiful beaches in Mauritius are found along the east coast of the island. Belle Mare is a stunning white sandy beach located next to the small village of Trou d'Eau Douce. Due to its length the beach is perfectly suited for sport activities such as jogging, football and walking.
Bars and Restaurants
If you're looking for a romantic restaurant you must try Domaine Anna, located just a short drive away from Flic en Flac, found on the west coast of Mauritius.
This spacious restaurant is particularly romantic at night, as there many lanterns and candles flickering in the background and across the surrounding pond. It's one if the island's most sought-after dining locations, and features an exclusively Chinese menu which makes the most of local abundant seafood catches.
Another option is L'Alchimiste Restaurant located in Rhumerie du Chamarel, found just outside of Chamarel. Many of the dishes here are made with the estate's award winning rums, such as wild boar braised with rum and served with a creamy yam puree.
For a historic setting why not head to Maison Eureka, located inside an old plantation owner's mansion in a beautiful part of Moka. Each day there is a different menu served that features delicious authentic Mauritian cuisine such as chicken curry with peanut rougaille.
However, if you're a fan of Chinese cuisine you must try the highly recommended Dragon Vert, located in Quatre-Bornes, found in the centre of the island. This place serves up typical Chinese snacks throughout the day.
If you're looking to get out of your hotel in the evenings then make a visit to Kenzi Bar. Situated in Flic en Flac, this upscale bar can be a little hard to find but it's worth the effort.
The bar comprises an attractive selection of appetisers and cocktails, and hosts regular live music nights throughout the week. There's a range of indoor and outdoor seating options, and most guests prefer to make use of the inviting garden space.
Things to do in Mauritius in February
Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden
The Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden, also known as the Pamplemousses Botanical Garden, is a popular tourist attraction located near Port Louis in Mauritius.
This stunning garden is thought to be the oldest botanical garden in the Southern Hemisphere. The French governor of Mauritius initially opened the garden as a private garden almost 300 years ago; later, the garden became the national botanic garden of Mauritius.
Trou aux Chefs
Mauritius has many stunning natural attractions to offer including the famous Trou aux Cerfs, which is a dormant volcano located in Curepipe. Today, what is left is a well-defined cone and crater measuring 300 and 350 metres in diameter, and is over 80 metres deep.
This is a favourite sightseeing spot for many locals and tourists, as from the top of the crater you get a 360° view of the town of Curepipe and the distant horizon.
Blue Penny Museum
Furthermore, if you want to learn more about Mauritius' interesting culture and history you must head to the Blue Penny Museum. The museum mainly specialises in a vast stamp collection, however it also has a variety of old marine maps, paintings, sculptures and old documents on display, that tell about the richness of Mauritian history and culture.
Jummah Masjid Mosque
Another place worth visiting is the Jummah Masjid mosque, located in Port Louis. This beautiful mosque dates back to the 1850s and is one of the most significant religious buildings in the country today.
Dates for the diary
February 1st is a very significant public holiday in Mauritius as it marks the abolition of slavery in 1835. Slaves were originally brought to the island from Madagascar and the East Indies by Dutch settlers in order to help with agriculture and infrastructure in the 17th and 18th century. However, it wasn't until the British took over the island that slavery was made illegal.
Furthermore, Maha Shivaratree (Shivaratri) Festival takes place throughout February and March. This is an annual event that is celebrated by devotees of Hinduism across the world. This celebration is given in honor of Lord Shiva and usually involves a procession to the sacred lake of Grand Bassin.