Overview – Mauritius

Anthony Ham
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By Anthony Ham

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of many Lonely Planet guidebooks, including the guide to Mauritius.

Anthony is a renowned Africa expert and author of the Lonely Planet guide to Mauritius.

Anthony is the author of the Lonely Planet guide to Mauritius.

Mauritius is famed for its beaches, turquoise waters teeming with marine wildlife and sumptuous hotels. If you crave a little adventure, there is plenty to explore. Go hiking in Black River Gorges National Park, enjoy shopping at Flacq market and wander around the extensive botanical gardens. Make time to connect with people; the diversity of cultures is perhaps the island’s biggest asset.

Rates (USD) $374 to $1,845 pp/day
Best Time to Go May, June and September to November
High Season November to April
Size 2,040km² / 790mi²

Pros & Cons

  • Picture-perfect beaches
  • World-class hotels and resorts
  • Many water sports offered
  • Lots of marine wildlife
  • Melting pot of cultures
  • Landscape is dominated by sugar cane, not much nature left

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Weather & Climate

Mauritius has a tropical, warm climate. Summer is hot and wet (December to April) and winter (May to November) is warm and dry. Mauritius is prone to tropical cyclones between January and March. Weather stations are in place and cyclones are usually broadcast in advance. Most pass without causing any harm.

Best Time to Visit

Mauritius can be visited at any time. Most people coming on a beach holiday enjoy the hot summer months (December to April), especially if they want to escape the northern hemisphere winter at that time. If you like to hike or explore you might prefer the cooler shoulder months of May and June and September to November. January to March is the cyclone season and it tends to be very wet at that time.

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Anthony Ham  –  
Australia AU

Anthony is a photographer and writer for travel magazines and Lonely Planet, including the guides to Kenya and Botswana & Namibia.

Mauritius: Bringing birds back from the brink
4/5

An island of green surrounded by a turquoise lagoon out in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is one of the most beautiful countries on Earth. Mark Twain even wondered whether heaven was modelled on Mauritius. The main island is ringed by...

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Shelmith  –  
Kenya KE
Reviewed: Oct 14, 2020
I had the best time with my friends!!!
5/5

Safari bookings got us this amazing place in Mauritius, sand suits resort and spa.which was close to the beach which was a plus. We had an amazing view and the service was amazing. There was great entertainment and I wouldn't forget the...

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