Mauritius Taxi Guide
Mauritius is a year-round destination, with a mild tropical climate and up to eight hours of sunshine each day, but weather is still a consideration in deciding when to go, where to go and what to do on Mauritius.
The island has two seasons: a hot, wet and humid summer (October to April), with a slight risk of cyclones from January to March, and a warm, dry winter (May to September). Average temperatures range from around 25°C in summer to 20°C in winter. Average annual rainfall is 2010mm, most of which falls in summer.
As Mauritius is best known for winter sun, the peak season for tourism is from October to April and low season runs from May to September. Rodrigues’ peak tourist seasons are from the end of November to February, around Easter in April and from the end of June to August; outside of these times beach restaurants are often closed and only a few tables d’hôtes are open. The cooler, drier months from June to September, with fewer mosquitos, are good for outdoor activities; clear, calm and warm waters from November to April are ideal for diving or perfect for doing a North Tour & South Tour in Mauritius; the best deep-sea fishing is from October to April; and surfing conditions are at their best from June to August.
Note that the west and north coasts are warmer and drier than the east and south coasts. In the summer, the cooling southeast trade winds make the east coast pleasant and perfect for watersports, but the south and east can be chilly and windy in winter. The north and west coasts are more sheltered in winter, meanwhile, but can get stiflingly hot and humid in summer. Most rain falls in the highlands, with Curepipe the rainiest of the inland towns.
Map of Mauritius:
Northern islands – With blinding white sands, beachside barbecues and great snorkelling, a trip to Îlot Gabriel or the lesser visited Flat Island is a must.
Ile Aux Certs Tour – Make plans to go early in the day and spend the whole day on Ile aux Cerfs. Located at about fifteen minutes of the shore, it appears among the most interesting. Every day Mauritians and tourists visit the island of Ile aux Cerfs either by speedboat or catamaran cruise to ile aux cerfs; they cruise from the village of Trou d’Eau Douce and spend the whole day on the island.
Black River Gorges National Park – Hike through Mauritius’s forested interior for birdlife, endemic ebony trees and sweeping coastal views.
Grand Bassin – Travel to Grand Bassin crater lake in the interior during a colourful Hindu festival to experience Mauritius’s Indian culture.
Mahébourg – The old capital is the island’s most appealing town, with a bustling Monday market.
Île aux Aigrettes – This conservation project offers a glimpse into what Mauritius’s landscapes could have looked like in the time of the dodo and a guaranteed sighting of the pink pigeon.
The south coast – See a different side to Mauritius on the undeveloped south coast, where you’ll find tranquil fishing villages, pounding surf and deserted beaches.
Le Morne Brabant – Climb this UNESCO-listed mountain for views over the coral gardens.
Rodrigues – With peaceful guesthouses, tables d’hôtes and walking trails, Mauritius’s laidback sister island is an antidote to the modern world.
Two weeks is long enough to experience the best Mauritius has to offer, from its celebrated beaches and islands to the historic capital, varied wildlife and wide assortment of watersports.
- Mahébourg Bargain for produce, crafts and spices in the bustling Monday market in the ancient capital of Mahébourg, first inhabited in 1805, in the island’s sleepy southeast.
- Blue Bay Snorkel with seahorses and parrot fish in Blue Bay Marine Park, just offshore from Blue Bay and Pointe d’Esny, the closest resorts to the airport, before taking a boat to the swish private island of Île aux Deux Cocos.
- Black River Gorges National Park Get back to nature in Mauritius’s forest-clad interior where alongside endemic wildlife and waterfalls you’ll find the crater lake of Grand Bassin flanked by statues of Hindu gods.
- Tamarin Hop aboard a catamaran cruise, private boat or stand up paddleboard to see the pods of bottlenose and spinner dolphins that play in Tamarin Bay.
- Port Louis Stroll through the capital’s museums, bustling market and religious sites before sampling a Mauritian street-food speciality like dholl puri or gâteaux piments for lunch.
- Climb Le Pouce Take in the great views over Port Louis from this peak in the Moka Mountains and work up an appetite for the Creole restaurant at Eureka, one of the island’s most striking colonial mansions.
- Grand Baie Spend a couple of nights in Mauritius’s tourism capital, where there’s plentiful beach hopping, nightlife and activities, including an unforgettable day-trip to the northern islands.
- Île aux Cerfs For a touch of east-coast glamour, head to this island playground where you’ll find idyllic restaurants, watersports galore, a treetop adventure circuit and an award-winning golf course.
Opportunities to get out into nature are in ample supply in Mauritius and Rodrigues, with activities ranging from gentle kayaking trips and mountain hikes to skydiving and kitesurfing.
- Le Morne Peninsula Venture down to the southwest peninsula, Le Morne, for world-class kitesurfing conditions and waves suitable for both beginners and pros.
- Le Morne Brabant Make an early start for the morning climb up this UNESCO-listed rocky monolith, which has a poignant history entwined with the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century slave trade.
- Tamarin Falls A canyoning or trekking trip is the only way to see Tamarin Falls, the island’s highest cascades at nearly 300m, which are solely accessible on foot.
- Cap Malheureux Steel your nerves for Mauritius’s biggest thrill, a tandem skydive from 10,000ft above Cap Malheureux on the island’s north coast.
- Île d’Ambre Hop aboard a sea kayak for a half-day trip to the northern island of Île d’Ambre, birthplace of Mauritius’s most famous legend, Paul and Virginie.
- Grande Rivière Sud Est “Glamp” in Otentic’s stylish safari-style tents beside Mauritius’s longest river, Grande Rivière Sud Est (GRSE), where activities include sunset kayaking trips and swimming in the rain water pool.
- Île aux Aigrettes Step back in time on this conservation island where you can spot tortoises lumbering under the canopy and pink pigeons living in the semi-wild.
- Rodrigues You’ll need a minimum of three days on the “anti-stress” island to visit secluded coves, take a trip to the offshore islands and see tortoises in the wild at François Leguat Tortoise and Cave Reserve.
Most visitors arrive in Mauritius by plane at Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam (SSR) International Airport in the southeast, which now has a slick new terminal building. Air Mauritius run daily flights onwards to Sir Gaetan Duval Airport on Rodrigues. As a winter sun destination, high season stretches from November to February, and fares are at their highest around Christmas and New Year. The cheapest time to fly is during the Mauritian winter months of May to October.