Summer Holidays Mauritius
The European summer holidays coincide with the winter and spring months in Mauritius. Although this sounds like a chilly reception awaits, nothing could be further from the truth. The average temperature during the winter is 24ºC, with the sea temperature dropping from the summer high of 29°C to about 20°C. Winter also heralds a welcome drop in humidity and although there can be moderate winds buffeting the east coast, compared to the Mediterranean they are negligible.
Owing to the tropical location of the island, there is not a huge difference in daylight hours between summer and winter and, in general, it gets dark at about seven in the evening during the summer and six in the winter. The comparatively short days, compared to European summers, need not hinder travellers to the island, nor put them off visiting. The warmth of the climate and the activities on offer will not fail to compensate for the spectacular, but ‘early’, sunsets.
During the winter months the east coast of Mauritius, in particular, has fairly strong winds, making it the ideal location for a wind-surfing holiday. If such activities, however, are not desired, then the north or west coasts of the island will be the most appealing. The beaches of Flic-en-Flac, La Preneuse, Perybere and Grande Baie are more than pleasant at this time of year. Unlike the sweltering and unrelenting heat of the summer months, often accompanied by intense humidity, the warm and dry weather makes these beaches more attractive than ever.
Water sports like wind-surfing, kite-surfing, snorkelling, scuba-diving and swimming are all still possible from July to September. Slightly cooler temperatures and winds make this the ideal time for sailing, kite-surfing and wind-surfing and there are sailing competitions organised almost every year during this season. The slightly lower temperatures of the lagoon mean that perhaps after an hour or two in the water, the chill will begin to make itself felt, but the water is by no means prohibitively cold. In general, the best time for snorkelling or scuba-diving diving is fairly early in the morning but even this early on it is never very cold.
Given the popularity of the tourism industry in Mauritius, there is a huge array of different accommodation types from which to choose. There are beach villas, both luxurious and affordable, penthouses with service ratings ranging from three to five stars, holiday apartments with private swimming pools or luxury beach suites. With direct beach access from most of the coastal properties, sparkling pools and outstanding levels of service, any choice will make your stay unforgettable.
As with any popular, warm, tropical paradise, Mauritius can get very booked up. Planning ahead, while not always essential, is advisable at any time of year and so, to enjoy a warm and sunny holiday on the jewel of the Indian Ocean, start looking for a place to stay as soon as possible. Various websites, like Isla-Mauricia, give the opportunity of comparing accommodation options and finding the best deals. Let the unexpected warmth of the island embrace you.