Mauritius has two, vaguely defined seasons. Summer lasts from November to April with high humidity in December and temperatures ranging from 32 to 35 degrees Celsius. The constant coastal breeze helps cool the air, and cyclones can strike several times a year. Winter temperatures are slightly lower, but the skies remain sunny. The sea is warm, averaging temperatures between 24 and 27 C.
When to fly to Mauritius
Book flights to Mauritius for the winter holidays to celebrate in a relaxing new way.
Peak Season: Most travelers book flights to Mauritius between May and November because of the warm temperatures and lack of humidity. Snorkellers and divers especially love this time of year for the cool, calm waters and perfect underwater conditions.
Off-peak Season: Fortunately, even Mauritius’ off season is unfailingly wonderful. Despite the rare cyclone (which can bring heavy rains and drive locals indoors) each day on the island is another day in paradise. It’s hard to book cheap flights to Mauritius with much strategy in avoiding the cyclones, since they are so few and infrequent.
Getting around Mauritius
Once your flight to Mauritius arrives, you’ll be itching to see the rest of the island, and with good reason. Its tiny land mass allows for visitors to see every nook and cranny if they’re serious about sightseeing.
Taxis in Port Louis and Grand Baie can be hired, hailed, and shared, and it’s common to negotiate the fare with the driver, since metres are rarely used. Be smart about your Mauritius travel by making sure you always have a map on you so you can gauge how far apart your destinations are. Beware of drivers advertising for future business: if you’re not careful, you could end up taking an entire island tour – and paying by the minute – so make it very clear that you’re not interested. Some taxis charge more at night, but not exorbitantly.
For budget minded travellers booking cheap flights to Mauritius, a bus network runs all over the island. It’s known to be painfully slow, but easy to figure out, and very reliable. If you’re going farther distances, stick to express buses (standard ones stop every block).
The following chart gives approximate journey times fromPort Louis
(in hours and minutes) to other major cities and towns in Mauritius.
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