Mauritius has a maritime climate, hot/tropical in summer (November to April) and cooler/sub-tropical in winter (May to September). Variation between the different regions of the island is considerable. The temperature on the coastal areas varies between 22°C in winter and 34°C in summer. The sea temperature varies between 22°C and 27°C. In the central highland part of the island, the maximum daytime temperature varies from about 19°C in August to about 26°C in February. The western and northern regions are warmer and relatively drier than the eastern and the southern. A green cover of vegetation is maintained over much of the land throughout the year. The cyclone season runs from December to March.
Christmas and New Year are the absolute peak periods for travel to Mauritius, so book early and expect to pay peak season supplements for travel during this period. International school holidays play an important factor – the island is often busier during the periods of French school holidays for example. Planning a visit to the island to coincide with one of the major religious festivals makes a lot of sense, providing colour, culture and an insight into the local way of life. Divers and watersports addicts may want to think twice about travelling in peak cyclone season in January and February.
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