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The island of Mauritius is a sought-after holiday and honeymoon destination, offering safe beaches, gentle seas and a mild tropical climate. Popular holiday activities include diving, deep sea fishing and golf, there a number of 18 hole courses on the island, including two championship courses at Belle Mare Plage. However, for many visitors the attraction is simply the chance to unwind on a beautiful tropical beach.

Overview Must see attractions When to visit

Mauritius overview

The tropical island of Mauritius lies in the Indian Ocean about 550 miles east of Madagascar.

A popular holiday destination, Mauritius has a number of ultra-luxurious resort style hotels which offer accommodation and facilities of international standard, yet offer guests a personal welcome and exceptional levels of service.

However, for many holidaymakers it is the inactivity of relaxing on a beautiful, sandy beach with occasional dips in the warm azure waters of the Indian Ocean that is the main attraction.

Key points


Must see attractions

Mauritius is a place to relax and unwind, but no holiday in Mauritius would be complete without a trip to the neighbouring island of Ile Aux Cerfs and a visit to see the giant water lilies at the Royal Botanical Gardens.

Botanical gardens

The Royal Botanical Gardens (also known as the Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens or Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Gardens) are one of the most popular tourist attractions in Mauritius.

Wander through groves of palm trees and spice gardens, or admire the pond of giant Victoria Amazonica water lilies. The smell of your favourite spices – ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, camphor and sandalwood – is all around, as are glimpses of Mauritian wildlife. Spot the Java deer and giant tortoise enclosures. There’s also an art gallery and a cemetery.

Ile Aus Cerfs

A visit to Ile Aux Cerfs is a must for anyone staying in Mauritius. The island features palm fringed beaches of the finest white sand and has facilities for every type of water activity under the sun:

The lagoon at Ile Aux Cerfs extends for hundreds of meters at ankle-depth, beyond which the clear blue water is of swimmable depth and ideal for snorkelling or diving.


When to visit

Despite being a small island, Mauritius’ climate and landscape vary widely from region to region.

Heat and humidity

Mauritius has a hot and humid tropical climate, with an average midday temperature of 23°C (73°F).

Summer lasts from December to April, when there are occasional heavy tropical rains. The risk of storms is highest between January and April.

The winter season lasts from July to September, and is completely and perfectly pleasant. Daytime temperatures range in the mid 20’s, falling to about 15°C at night, with less rain and humidity. The east coast can be quite cool in winter due to strong winds.

Summer is cyclone season and while direct hits are rare, Mauritius can experience days of rain.