Venture off the beaten track to uncover adventure around every corner.
Less built up and more private than the rest of the island, Mauritius' east coast is perfect for exciting family holidays and secluded couples getaways. Filled with a wholesome sense of discovery, this is a paradise of transcendent natural beauty. Home to quaint fishing villages, charming powder-white beaches and untouched lagoons as well as some of the most rugged and untamed landscapes, the sense of limitless freedom is absolute.
Immaculate and unspoiled, the east contains many of the best beaches and lagoons in the region. Celebrated among the most beautiful on the island, Belle Mare is one of Mauritius' longest beaches, and is considerably less congested than other tourist hotspots. Benefitting from cooling sea breezes, this is arguably the best part of the island to visit in the heat of the summer.
The offshore winds make this region perfect for high-octane water sports like windsurfing, parasailing, kitesurfing and sailing. For beginner divers, the calm, shallow waters of Blue Bay Marine Park seem tailor-made. Located just moments from the shore, its superb coral reef is one of the best places to see the Indian Ocean's wildlife. Strike out on an adventure to Île aux Cerfs, a picturesque island famous for its vibrant marine life, excellent snorkelling conditions, crystal clear waters and an outstanding 18-hole championship golf course.
The landscape of Mauritius' eastern regions is among the most rugged and untouched on the island. Ideal for hiking and exploring in glorious solitude, the volcanic terrain is incredibly diverse, blessed with dramatic caves, mountains, gorges and waterfalls. Climb the forest-clad slopes of Lion Mountain to discover some of the most spectacular panoramas of the island and the sea or head to the picturesque Poste Lafayette beach. Unique and romantic, it's the only place in the east where you can catch vistas of the sunrise and the sunset.
A visit to the east is also a fantastic way to encounter some of Mauritius' rarest and most amazing wildlife. Two of the island's three national parks are found here, making it the premier destination for enriching hikes and wildlife-spotting tours. Visitors to the Bras d'Eau National Park can meet monkeys and wild boar, whilst a boat trip to the Islets National Park may be rewarded with sightings of chameleons, lizards, snakes and dozens of species of tropical bird.
Approx. 11 hrs 50 mins
Best Time To Go
May to November
Situated just above the Tropic of Capricorn, Mauritius enjoys warm weather and plenty of sunshine. Temperatures sit between 20°C and 30°C, depending on the season, and travellers can expect around eight hours of strong sunlight per day. Refreshing rain showers are to be expected, though they seldom last long, and are most likely between January and March.
A country with uniquely varied topography, there are noticeable differences and microclimates between regions. The northern and western areas of the island tend to be warmer and drier than the east and the south, and temperatures along the coast tend to be a few degrees higher. The north benefits from extra sunshine compared to other regions.
The Mauritian summer lasts from early December until the beginning of April. The highest temperatures are usually around December, making it ideal for a winter break or Christmas getaway. A perfect destination all year round, Mauritian winters are only slightly cooler, whilst being less humid and wet. If you want to beat the crowds, visit in February, March and April, when tourist numbers are lower but the climate is still very pleasant. Tropical cyclones may occur between November and April.