Mauritius embodies the tropical island paradise fantasy, with coastlines of glistening white sands surrounded by calm azure waters and the world’s third-largest coral reef. The island’s mild climate makes it an ideal year-round hotspot, attracting many visitors for some winter sun during the peak season of October to April.
Our complete guide details everything you need to know about traveling to Mauritius for your winter sun getaway, including our list of must-see tourist destinations.
Traveling to Mauritius
Similar to the Maldives, Mauritius has traditionally been seen as a couple’s holiday destination. The luxurious island has a wealth of beaches lined with high-quality hotels, relaxing spas, golf courses and Michelin-star restaurants. But there are also plenty of activities for families, including an abundance of water sports, making it an ideal winter sun getaway for families and couples alike.
Most visitors arrive in Mauritius by plane at Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam (SSR) International Airport, which now has a new terminal building.
From here, you can transfer to Grand Baie’s resorts on the northwest coast – it’s perfect for visitors looking to experience the bustling nightlife and thrilling activities like diving and parasailing. If you’d prefer a quieter and more relaxing stay, consider Belle Mare for its glamorous white-sand beaches - perfect for enjoying that much-needed winter sun.
What is there to do in Mauritius?
Experience the island’s vibrant culture by booking a day trip to the capital Port Louis, located just 30 miles from the airport. As you explore the city’s fascinating hybrid of historic and modern architecture, pay a visit to the exciting Central Market to taste lip-smacking street food and peruse the exotic goods on display, many of which make perfect souvenirs!
The island’s coral-filled lagoons are inhabited by hundreds of fish species and offer some of the world’s best snorkeling and diving. Water temperatures are warm all year round, with visibility reaching up to 50 meters on the clearest day and providing breathtaking views of the barrier reef encircling most of the island’s coastline.
Keen swimmers should experience the “underwater waterfall” illusion off the coast of Le Morne, caused by sand and silt sliding down 2.5 miles to the ocean floor. It’s a sight to behold, and despite appearances, completely safe to swim.
Peak-season visitors must take advantage of the incredible deep-sea fishing. Most trips are done on an exclusive-private basis according to your experience level and preferences, helping you get the most out of this exciting attraction. Make yours extra memorable with a night-time expedition under the spectacular night sky.
Venturing off the coast and into inland Mauritius rewards you with stunning displays of natural beauty. Marvel at the cascading waters of Tamarin Falls, tackle scenic mountain trails around Le Morne and stroll through the island’s sole national park - home to rare birds and over 300 plant species.