Mauritius Weather May Averages, Mauritius
What's the Weather Like in Mauritius in May
May officially lies within the winter season in Mauritius, however the climate at this time of year is still very warm and perfect for a summer holiday. During May the maximum temperature can reach 26°C to 27°C, however it is not uncommon for temperatures to still exceed 30°C at this time of year. The average temperature during May usually stays around 23°C and only drops below this figure one day in ten.
Over the course of May, the length of day is essentially constant. The shortest day of the month usually falls on May 31st with 10:58 hours of daylight, while the longest day is May 1st with 11:21 hours of daylight on average. The earliest sunrise occurs at 6:26am on May 2nd and the latest sunset is at 5:47pm on May 1st. While the latest sunrise is at 6:38am on May 31st and the earliest sunset is at 5:36pm on May 30th.
The median cloud cover at this time of year is a partly cloudy 56% and does not vary substantially over the course of the month. On May 16th, a representative day, the sky is clear or mostly clear 32% of the time and partly cloudy just 30% of the time.
Even though temperatures might be on the slight decrease during May, so is the amount of rainfall. On average May sees 101mm of rainfall, spread across eight days, compared to April which sees on average 178mm of rainfall throughout the month.
The average probability that some form of precipitation will be observed in a give day in May is 55%, with little variation throughout the month. Over the course of the month, the most common forms of precipitation are moderate rain and light rain.
On the other hand the humidity levels during May are quite similar to the month of January as typical humidity levels range from a mildly humid 65% to a very humid 96%, rarely dropping below a mildly humid 56% or reaching as high as 100%.
During May the average wind speeds vary from 1 m/s to 6 m/s, which is considered as a light to moderate breeze, rarely exceeding 9 m/s. The highest average wind speed of 4 m/s occurs around May 13th, 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.
During May the sea temperature is still positively warm at 26°C that's only 2°C cooler compared to February, when sea temperatures are at there hottest. Therefore, May is still a perfect time of year to take part in activities such as windsurfing, water skiing and snorkelling!
Hotels for Mauritius in MAy
Address Boutique Hotel
The Address Boutique Hotel is located on the Riviere du Tombeau waterfront in Terre Rouge. This four-star accommodation offers guests air-conditioned rooms and villas boasting breathtaking panoramic views. Guests can also take full advantage of the continental breakfast served every morning; there is also a snack bar that serves lighter meals during the day.
Harbour Side Lodge
On the other hand, the Harbour Side Lodge in Port Louis offers an outdoor swimming pool, restaurant, free Wi-Fi access and all rooms come with air conditioning. At the Harbour Side Lodge you will also find barbecue facilities and a bar.
Casa Florida is an affordable option located in Pereybere. This hotel offers an outdoor swimming pool and is just a 5-minute walk away from the sandy beaches of Pereybere. All rooms at this hotel offer private balconies or terraces overlooking the hotel's lush tropical gardens.
Hotel Bougainville is a three-star hotel situated along the east coast of Mauritius in Trou d'Eau Douce. This traditional hotel offers a variety of facilities and activities including a barbecue, outdoor dining, snorkeling and a games room.
Beaches for May for Mauritius
Ile aux Cerfs
Ile aux Cerfs, also known as (Deer Island) is a small island located near the coast of Mauritius. This island is famous for its breathtaking sandy beaches and 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 within close proximity.
If you drive along the north west coast of Mauritius you will find Tamarin Bay. This beach is known as a surfers paradise as the sea is a lot rougher here compared to most parts of the island, making it perfect for water sport activities such as surfing.
Grand Baie is one of the largest beaches on the island and is teeming with hotels, restaurants and shops. It may not be quiet but you are guaranteed many facilities to choose from. This area is also popular for activities such as sailing and deep sea fishing.
However, if you are looking for somewhere a bit more quiet and secluded make sure to go to La Cuvette at least once while staying in Mauritius. This beach is found close to Pereybere and boasts crystal clear turquoise waters and a horse-shoe shaped bay.
Restaurants and Bars for Mauritius in May
Coolen Chez Ram Restaurant
Coolen Chez Ram Restaurant is an Indian restaurant situated in Grand Baie, which is highly recommended by both locals and tourists for its traditional and flavoursome Mauritian seafood dishes, in particular the lobster and red snapper.
On the other hand, 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.
On the other hand if you want a lively night out, where you can dance the night away make sure to head to the Godfather Club in Grand Baie, known as one of the best nightclubs on the island. This is the biggest discotheque operating in Grand Baie and plays a variety of musical genres to appeal to all types of people.
N Gyone Dance Bar & Lounge
However, if you're looking for a European style club make sure you try out N Gyone Dance Bar & Lounge at least once during your stay in Mauritius. This club offers a spacious lounge area and a dance floor. There are also two bar areas, one inside and one outside, so you have the best of both worlds.
Things to Do in Mauritius in May
Martello Tower Museum
The Martello Tower Museum is located next to La Preneuse Public Beach, which looks out onto the renowned Le Morne Mountain. Experienced guides will show you around this 19th century British fort, which has played a significant role in the history of the island.
Ocean Spirit Diving Centre
The Ocean Spirit Diving Centre in Pereybere, Grand Baie offers PADI scuba diving courses throughout the week off the coast of Mauritius in the beautiful Indian Ocean. They offer a variety of dives including reef diving, deep diving, night diving and even shark diving! Whether you're a qualified diver or a complete beginner Ocean Spirit Diving Centre can offer you the perfect diving experience.
Eureka House (Maison Eureka) is a traditional Creole house which was constructed 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 to explore.
Casela Naure & Leisure
The Casela Nature & Leisure Park is home to over 1,500 birds, zebras, lions, giant tortoises, monkeys and more in the heart of Cascavelle, Mauritius. Enjoy the natural beauty of the park either by foot, quad bikes, segways or even on zip line, including the longest zip line in the Indian Ocean. There is even the chance to meet lions, tigers and cheetahs face to face on the highly recommended Big Cats Walk.
Dates for the diary
There's plenty going on in May in terms of events. Labour Day takes place on May 1st this is a public holiday which is celebrated every year at the beginning of May, often referred to as Worker's Day across the island.
On the other hand marathon runners and fitness enthusiasts may enjoy Royal Raid, which is a yearly running competition held in the mountains of Mauritius. Runners can compete in either the 22-mile race or the 50 mile race. Both courses are off-road and cut through the beautiful, natural landscape of the island, passing through the Black River National Park and up the Parakeet Trail, which leads up to an altitude of 720m!
Furthermore, the Duchess of York Cup is a popular horse race that takes place every year at the Champ de Mars racecourse in Port Louis. This internationally renowned race took place for the first time in 1927 and ever since it has been considered as one of the top events in the horseracing calendar on the island.
On the other hand foodies will love Crossroads of Flavours. This is a culinary festival for locals and visitors who enjoy all things food related. This event includes various opportunities to taste authentic Mauritian cuisine and cooking demonstrations.