Combining the luxuries of the north with the dramatic landscapes of the east, this charming corner of Mauritius is sure to please.
Incredibly popular with holidaymakers, the west and southwest strike a winning balance between the pristine natural beauty of the east and the more developed comforts of the north. Sheltered from the wind and boasting its own microclimate, the west is the warmest and driest part of the island, whilst the more rugged and windy south is better for exciting water sports. Enjoying the best of both worlds, visitors can expect to discover some of the region's pre-eminent beaches, premier diving opportunities, most inspiring scenery and finest wildlife hotspots.
A haven of French-style charm fused with the unique Creole spirit and hospitality, a visit to Mauritius' capital Port Louis is well worth it. With its collection of museums and bazaars, forts and temples, it is the best way to discover the distinctive history of the island. Walk down Le Caudan Waterfront for a collection of authentic bars and restaurants overlooking the bustling harbour. The premier shopping and entertainment district, featuring 170 luxury boutiques, it's a shopper's dream. Stay until evening to witness traditional signature Sega dancing performed to the pounding beat of a Ravanne drum.
The west harbours some of the island's finest sheltered coves and lagoons and most picturesque beaches. From the refined shores of Bel Ombre in the south to the convivial atmospheres and campfires of Tamarin Bay, there's something for everyone. The beautiful coastal village of Flic en Flac, popular for its long, palm fringed beach and calm lagoons, is sublime for swimming and snorkelling. In perfect contrast, the windier southern areas of the Le Morne coast are some of the best places to try adrenaline-fuelled water sports like kitesurfing and windsurfing. Head to Tamarin Bay, or to the world-famous 'One Eye' site for the ideal surfers paradise.
Filled with shallow bays, tranquil reefs, coral-clad shipwrecks and deep chasms, this corner of Mauritius is incredibly popular with divers of all levels of skill. Those in search of something spectacular should head to Flic en Flac's 'Cathedral' dive site. Considered among the finest dive sites in the world, this system of large, atmospheric caverns is teeming with wildlife. More experienced divers will love the St Jacques site. The best drift dive in Mauritius Island, the current will take you on a magnificent safari through the reef and out into open water.
Approx. 11 hrs 50 minutes
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.