March Weather Averages for Mauritius, Mauritius
What's the Weather Like in Mauritius in March
The warm season in Mauritius generally lasts from December 5th to April 9th, with an average daily high temperature above 29°C. During March, the month is characterized by essentially constant daily high temperatures, with maximum temperatures reaching 28°C, however temperatures can still exceed 31°C one day in ten during this time of year. Throughout March the average temper...
What's the Weather Like in Mauritius in March
The warm season in Mauritius generally lasts from December 5th to April 9th, with an average daily high temperature above 29°C. During March, the month is characterized by essentially constant daily high temperatures, with maximum temperatures reaching 28°C, however temperatures can still exceed 31°C one day in ten during this time of year. Throughout March the average temperature stays around 26°C, whilst on a cool day temperatures can fall to a pleasant 23°C.
Over the course of March, the length of day is gradually decreasing. On average the shortest day of the month is March 31st with 11:54 hours of daylight and the longest day is March 1st with 12:29 hours of daylight. The amount of sunshine hours are also on the decrease at eight hours per day, compared to January which receives on average nine hours of sunshine per day. Furthermore, the earliest sunrise of the month is at 6:07am on March 1st; the latest sunset is at 6:36pm on March 1st, whilst the latest sunrise is at 6:16am on March 31st and the earliest sunset is at 6:11pm on March 31st.
At this time of year the median cloud cover is a partly cloudy 61% and does not vary substantially over the course of the month. As an example, on March 16th, the sky is clear or mostly clear 27% of the time and partly cloudy only 32% of the time.
Precipitation is generally high during the summer months in Mauritius and March falls within the end of the cyclone season. The average probability that some form of precipitation will be observed in a given day is 62%, with little variation over the course of the month. Throughout March, the most common forms of precipitation are moderate rain, light rain and thunderstorms.
During March, typical wind speeds vary from 1 m/s to 6m/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 March 3rd, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 6 m/s. At this time of year the wind is most often coming out of the east, followed by the southeast.
The sea temperature during March in Mauritius is also positively warm at 27°C – that's only 1°C cooler than February, where sea temperatures reach 28°C on average. During summer the sea is warm enough to take part in activities such as snorkeling and kayaking.
Furthermore, during March the humidity levels typically range from a mildly humid 70% to a very humid 96%, rarely dropping below a mildly humid 63% or reaching as high as 100%. The air is usually driest at this time of year around March 31st, at which time the relative humidity drops below a humid 74% three days out of four. On the other hand, that air is most humid around March 1st, where humidity levels can rise above a sweltering 94%, three days out of four.
On March 30th 2013, severe torrential rainfall caused floods throughout Port Louis and Plaines Wilhems. It is estimated that over 150mm of rainfall fell in less than three hours, causing traffic chaos, resulting in the death of 11 people.
At this time of year cyclones can occur, however they will rarely affect your holiday. The most recent tropical storms and cyclones to hit Mauritius in March were Diwa in 2006 and Davina in 1999. Davina was an intense cyclone where wind speeds reached a staggering 173 km/h and Diwa was more of a severe tropical storm where wind speeds reached 126 km/h.
Click here for an up-to-date 14-day weather forecast for Mauritius, which might come in handy if you're planning to visit the island in the near future.
Hotels for Mauritius in March
One & Only Le Saint Geran
The One & Only Le Saint Geran is an exclusive four-star hotel located in Belle Mare. Surrounded by coconut palms trees and a private sandy beach, this hotel is perfect if you are looking for a romantic getaway. Other facilities at this hotel include a spa centre, a 9-hole golf course, restaurants, a wine cellar, a modern gym, an outdoor swimming pool and five floodlit tennis courts.
Labourdonnais Waterfront Hotel
However, if you want to stay in the capital of Mauritius, in Port Louis you must stay at the Labourdonnais Waterfront Hotel. This extravagant hotel features several restaurants serving different cuisines from around the world. Guests can also enjoy a complimentary cruise aboard a catamaran, which lies just a five-minute drive away from the hotel.
La Serenade Bed and Breakfast
If you're looking for a cheaper option why not try La Serenade Bed and Breakfast in Grand Bay. This small hotel boasts an outdoor swimming pool, rooftop terrace, bar and serves a gourmet breakfast everyday of the week, serving tropical fruits and fresh pastries.
Beaches for March for Mauritius
Blue Bay is one of the most popular beaches located on the southeast coast of the island. This beach offers soft, white sand and clear calm water, making it superb for water sport activities such as snorkeling and scuba diving.
Furthermore, Gris Gris is home to some of the most dramatic scenery in the south of the island. The only problem with this beach is that it is not very safe for swimming, however it is great if you want a relaxing stroll along the seafront.
Bellemare is one of the most beautiful beaches on the whole island, and can be found situated along the east coast. Because of its length this beach is popular for activities such as jogging or playing beach volleyball, meaning that it can get rather busy during the height of the tourist season, however its clear, turquoise waters and clean sand make up for it.
St. Felix Beach
St Felix is a public beach situated in the south of the island, between the towns of Soulliac and Beele Ombre. This beach boasts exceptionally clean white sand and beautiful clear turquoise water.
Restaurants and Bars for Mauritius in March
The Beach House Restaurant & Bar
The Beach House Restaurant & Bar is located in Grand Baie, Mauritius. This place serves anything from Portuguese to Mexican cuisine, so you definitely have plenty of choice!
Escale Creole is a traditional Creole restaurant run by a mother and daughter team. This superb eatery is located inside a tropical garden, found in Moka, Mauritius. Apart from serving delicious Creole cuisine, they also brew their own rum, using specials herbs and spices to create a distinctive homely taste.
Big Willy's has become one of the hottest bar and nightclubs in the whole of Mauritius, however it is mainly known for its live sporting coverage and superb affordable prices. Every Friday and Saturday night a DJ is hired to play out the latest hits and occasional live music is also played in the tropical garden.
Things to Do in Mauritius in March
Pieter Both is the second highest mountain in Mauritius, measuring at 820 metres tall! If you wish to climb the mountain, it takes approximately an hour, however it is a rather difficult climb, the views are certainly worth it. Pieter Both was originally named after the first Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies, and it is renowned across the island for its gigantic rock formation at the top of the mountain, which is said to resemble a human head.
Eureka House (Maison Eureka) is an authentic Creole house that was built in 1830, located by the river of Moka. This elegant building was originally owned by French and British aristocrats in the 19th century and was once owned by the island's biggest sugar baron. The Eureka Mansion and its grounds provide an intriguing glimpse into colonial life; however, it is much more than a house and museum as the property also boasts many waterfalls, endemic plants and lush greenery.
Centre Equestre De Riambel
Horse riding is a popular activity in Mauritius, as the island boasts many stunning beaches, which are just perfect for galloping across. The Centre Equestre De Riambel is based in the south of the island and provides many different horse riding tours along Mauritius' deserted beaches, as well as the possibility of even swimming with the horses!
Skydive Austral Mauritius
On the other hand, adrenaline junkies will love Skydive Austral Mauritius. Take to the skies at over 10,000 feet and jump out of a plane with a professional skydiver, who will do all the work for you. This experience is definitely a once in a lifetime experience but not for the faint-hearted!
Dates for the diary
March is a relatively quiet month in terms of events in Mauritius. March 12th is Independence Day, marking the date when Mauritius gained its independence in 1968 and also this is the same date that Mauritius became a Republic in 1992.
Furthermore, March also sees the continuation of Maha Shivaratree, which is celebrated every year by Hindus in honor of the Lord Shiva. This is a three-day festival where Hindus pilgrimage to the Grand Bassin, a holy lake located on the island. Once at the lake, people will make food sacrifices and fetch holy water from the lake. Many people are also dressed in white, whilst carrying bamboo on their shoulders as a sacrifice.
The Holi Festival is another important ceremony taking place in Mauritius, also celebrated by Hindus. Many people celebrate the festival by splashing friends, family and strangers with coloured water and powder!