Quick Info

Name:
Mauritius
Population:
1.263 million
Capital:
Port Louis
Language:
Mauritian Creole, Bhojpuri, French, English
Currency:
Mauritian Rupee (MUR)
Time zone:
MUT (UTC+4)

More about Mauritius

Country Information

Mauritius is a subtropical island country in the Indian Ocean, approximately 1,130 kilometers east of Madagascar, off Africa’s south-eastern coast.  Its outlying territories include Rodrigues Island and other smaller islands. The main island is surrounded by coral reefs and has sandy beaches, as well as fertile plains that rise sharply to rocky mountains. It is a popular tropical travel destination in the Indian Ocean, about 2000 kilometers southeast of Africa. The country has been known by various names throughout history as it has been visited by a variety of nations. The country was only inhabited in 1638, after the Dutch Republic established a colony. The Dutch colony was later abandoned in 1710, and the island became a French colony five years later, earning it the name “Ile de France.” The country became a republic under the Commonwealth Nations in 1992, and it is now the region’s third most popular tourist destination due to its breathtakingly beautiful beaches and tropical forests. Furthermore, the country owns the third-largest coral reef in the world, which surrounds the island.

Visitors from all over the world are drawn to the island’s magnificent landscape, which includes beautiful sandy beaches, turquoise water, countless palm trees, and a pleasant temperature. Relaxation and adventure go hand in hand in Mauritius, as the country offers numerous opportunities for hiking, climbing, diving, and snorkeling. It is a place to embrace every ounce of energy.  It is calming, euphoric, curious, and adventurous. Mauritius is large enough to accommodate extraordinary adventures while remaining small enough to do everything in a single vacation. The Dodo (an extinct flightless bird the size of a swan), a multicultural population, incredible expensive resorts catering to the island’s more affluent customers, Mauritius rum, sugar, and fruit jams, the Seven Colored Earths, an underwater waterfall, the Giant Water Lilies in the Pamplemousses Botanical Garden, Ravanne drums and Sega music, and nice golf courses are all reasons to visit Mauritius. This island is the perfect destination for authentic interactions and meaningful experiences.

Climate

Mauritius has a pleasant tropical climate all year, making it a popular tourist destination. Mauritius has a mild tropical maritime climate all year, with a warm, humid summer from November to April and a relatively cold, dry winter from June to September. The months of May and October are commonly referred to as transitional months. The average temperature over Mauritius in the summer is 24.7°C and 21.0°C in the winter. The temperature difference between seasons is small, varies by location, and is usually greater along the coast than on the Central Plateau. The wettest month is February, while the driest is October. The Republic of Mauritius is also located in the SWIO’s cyclone belt. Cyclone season is from November to mid-May.

When is the best time to visit Mauritius?

The best time to visit Mauritius is determined by what you intend to do while there. The hottest months are December to March, while June to August are cooler (though still warm). The sea temperature is warm all year, reaching 27 °C in the summer, which is 10 degrees warmer than the summer sea temperature in the United Kingdom.

Mauritius has only two seasons: summer (which is hot and humid) and winter (which is cooler and dryer). It does not have a distinct spring or autumn season. Instead, “transition months” are used to mark the change in seasons.

Summer (November to April)

These are the hottest and wettest months, with temperatures peaking at 30.1 °C on average in both January and February, and February being the wettest month with an average of 253 mm of rainfall. These months are also quite humid, but they are also the sunniest.

Rainfall varies greatly across the island, with the east coast and central plateau receiving the lion’s share of the rain, while the more sheltered west coast is much drier.

Mauritius’ main cyclone season occurs in the late summer months. Fortunately, the likelihood of a cyclone passing over the island is remote, as most cyclones remain at sea and eventually dissipate as they travel west and south.

Autumn (May)

This transition month heralds a change in the weather, with rainfall amounts decreasing and maximum temperatures averaging 27.3 °C.

Winter (June to September)

While these are the coolest months, they are also the driest and warmest, with maximum temperatures averaging in the mid-20s. There is still plenty of sunny weather to be had, with an average of 7 hours of sunshine per day, with northern areas receiving more than the rest of the island.

Wind chill is important if you plan to stay in areas exposed to southeasterly trade winds, which are at their strongest in July and August, so bring a light fleece if you visit during these months.

Spring (October)

Another “transition month” has arrived. The weather is starting to warm up, with average daytime maximum temperatures now reaching 26.8 °C. It is also the driest month of the year, with only 53 mm of rain on average.

Culture

With approximately 60% of the population practicing Hinduism, this is the only country in the region. Aside from that, Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism are practiced in the country, as are a small percentage of people who do not adhere to any religion. And, because the country has a wide range of religious practices, and culture and ceremonies are heavily influenced by religion, there are numerous colorful festivals held throughout the year.

Mauritius’ culture is a vibrant tapestry woven from diverse influences, reflecting the island’s unique history and ethnic mix. Mauritius’ cultural heritage is deeply rooted in the country’s colonial past, with influences from African, Indian, Chinese, and European traditions.

Music and dance are important aspects of Mauritian culture. The sega, a rhythmic and energetic dance form, has a special place in Mauritians’ hearts. During sega performances, the beats of the Ravanne (a traditional drum), the strumming of the guitar, and the melodic voices of singers combine to create a captivating atmosphere.

Language is another important aspect of Mauritius culture. While English is the official language, the majority of the population speaks Creole, a distinctive blend of French, African, and other languages. Furthermore, many Mauritians speak Hindi, Tamil, Urdu, Mandarin, and Cantonese as a result of their Indian and Chinese ancestry.

Religion is important in Mauritian culture, with Hinduism being practiced by the majority of the population, followed by Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism. The island’s religious diversity is reflected in the numerous temples, churches, mosques, and pagodas. Festivals and religious ceremonies are celebrated with zeal, allowing visitors to witness the colorful traditions and rituals.

Mauritian culture is deeply rooted in hospitality and warmth.  Mauritius welcomes visitors with open arms and a genuine smile, making them feel at ease.  Various social gatherings, where friends and family come together to celebrate and enjoy each other’s company, demonstrate a strong sense of community and togetherness.

Mauritius takes pride in preserving and promoting its cultural heritage. Museums, historical sites, and cultural centers provide insight into the island’s past while also promoting local arts, crafts, and traditions. Mauritius’ diverse cultural landscape immerses visitors in a rich tapestry of traditions, customs, and experiences that make the island truly unique.

Gastronomy

Mauritius is a sensory paradise, not only for the eyes with its stunning scenery but also for the palate. Gastronomes will discover a wide range of flavors and aromas inherited from various migrations throughout its history. Culinary traditions from the world’s best-known and most-appreciated cuisines, France, India, China, and Africa, have been passed down through generations. A typical Mauritian day begins with a continental breakfast, is followed by an Indian lunch, and concludes with a Chinese dinner.

Among the dishes of the traditional cuisine to try are the famous Creole-style rougaille, a sauce prepared with crushed tomatoes, onions, garlic, and thyme with sausages, meat, or salted fish, the various currys, including the tasty chicken curry with shrimp or fish curry with eggplant, fish vindaye, prepared with turmeric, onions, and mustard seeds, all these with or without chili, accompanied with white rice; and a soup of pulses or “bredes” (local greens). You must also try the biryani, oriental-style rice with spices cooked with vegetables and any meat, and the surprising Chinese magic bowl.