Mauritius is a warm and sunny tropical island with pleasant temperatures all year round. The seasons in Mauritius, Rodrigues and the other islands in the Indian Ocean are opposite to those in the Northern Hemisphere. The warm season stretches from November to April (25/30°c) and it is cooler (22/25°C) between May and October.
A cooler and drier tropical winter (due to the predominance of south-east-trade winds) runs between May and October. During summer, between December and April, the weather is hot, even if the sun is never too harsh; it sometimes rains, particularly on the Central Plateau.
Tropical cyclones may be experienced between January and March. Along the coast, temperatures are 4°C higher than inland.
The western and northern parts of the island are generally hotter and receive a lower amount of rainfall than the east and the south, which are exposed to trade winds. It is generally cooler at night than during the day (3°C to 4°C less) in winter and the sun sets earlier, at around 18:00hrs.
The best period for diving enthusiasts is between January and April, when they can best enjoy the beautiful seabeds around the island. Surfing aficionados will experience the most beautiful waves crashing ashore between June and August, mainly along the West coast, while the best period for big game fishing is between October and April.
Water temperatures vary between 23°C in winter and 29°C in summer.
In fact, the island is a great place to visit all year round, the best periods being between April and June and between September and December.
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