Brimming with sun-kissed beaches, the best dive sites and every luxury imaginable, holidaymakers here are spoiled for choice.
The most developed side of the island, Mauritius' northern regions are also its most popular, containing many of its hotels and attractions. Centred on the idyllic tourist capital of Grand Baie, there are plenty of shopping locations, water sports and tourist excursions. That's not to say the north is overpopulated, however. Considered the best place on the island for diving, there are still a multitude of undiscovered coves, untouched beaches and immaculate seas to revel in.
The charming village of Grand Baie boasts some of the island's best restaurants and bars, making it the best place to immerse yourself in Mauritius' distinctive Creole culture. Its picturesque beaches and tranquil lagoon are shielded from the winds, and it's the ideal starting point for thrilling water sports, submarine dives, deep sea fishing trips and dolphin watching tours. The area truly comes alive at night, and visitors can head out to a lively collection of clubs, casinos and lounges set along the seafront. Make a stop at the Bazaar for the best bargains, local produce, delicious street food and the most vibrant introduction to the Mauritian people.
It's easy to see why the north is widely regarded as the premier place for scuba diving in the area. Blessed with pristine waters with great visibility, the north boasts easy access to many of Mauritius' most celebrated dive sites. Ideal for novices and experts alike, there are plenty of gentle bays and shallow reefs as well as more challenging sites. Discover magnificent underwater vistas including cliffs, caverns, reefs and mysterious shipwrecks, and get up close to some of the area's rarest and most impressive wildlife including porcupine fish, giant moray eels, angelfish, reef sharks, turtles, lion fish, rays and barracuda.
There are a great deal of other attractions and sights to see in the region, including the small fishing village of Cap Malheureux, notable for its picturesque Notre Dame Auxiliatrice Church. Renowned for its charming red roof, the chapel sits on the northernmost point of Mauritius and offers stunning views of the Indian Ocean and five beautiful islets. One of the island's most famous attractions, the 300 year old Pamplemousses Botanical Garden is the oldest in the Southern Hemisphere and boasts a plethora of indigenous plants as well as giant tortoises, herds of Java Deer and the spectacular Talipot Palm, which blooms once every 30 to 80 years.
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.