Mauritius in June

MauritiusMauritius is a popular tourist destination for obvious reasons. It has a tropical climate, warm winters, natural and man-made attractions.

In a nutshell

  • Will suit: all ages, but be sure to take special sun precautions, especially with infants
  • Flying time: 12 hours
  • Time difference: GMT+4, but jet lag should be minimal as you're flying north to south
  • Average temperature in June: 25°C
  • Tourist information: Discover Mauritius


Why

  • June marks the start of the Mauritian winter – you'll still have great weather on the coastline (20-25°C) and not so many mosquitoes. Plus, it might be less expensive.
  • A natural paradise enhanced by sophisticated services is a dream come true with kids in tow, though you can expect a costly price tag.
  • No compulsory inoculations are required, and hygiene and safety standards are high across the island.


How to get there

  • BA is the only airline to fly direct to the island from the UK and offers three flights a week.
     

Where to stay

  • The modern deluxe beach hotels have high-quality food and a child-friendly approach.
  • Port Louis, the modern capital of this 38-mile by 29-mile island, is a bustling port with a revitalised waterfront and a busy market.
  • Resort areas such as Mont Choisy, quiet Trou-aux-Biches and the more bustling Flic en Flac, popular with scuba divers.
  • BA offers packages to the region.


What to do

  • Aside from the spectacular beaches, sightseeing ranges from nature reserves and waterfalls (Black River Gorges National Park is highly recommended) to Hindu temples
  • Getting out and seeing the island is straightforward. Take the bus into Quatre Bornes to enjoy the vibrant market, visit the shops at Grand Baie, the botanical gardens at Pampelmousses and the on-site factory at the Mendine sugar plantation
  • Families should head to Casela Bird Park in the west. With 90 aviaries on 25 hectares (61 acres), it has more than 140 bird varieties, from five continents
  • Take a stroll around Port Louis. Go souvenir shopping at the Central Market, the craft market at The Caudan Waterfront, see fine colonial architecture such as Government House atop the palm-lined Place d'Armes. Check out the dodo skeletons in the Natural History Museum
  • If you're feeling fit, for a spectacular 360 degree view of Port Louis and the north, climb Le Pouce or 'the thumb', at 812m (2,664ft). It is a reasonable two-hour climb from the village of La Laura, and takes another two hours to walk into Port Louis
  • Tour the Moka mountains by quad bike, horse or 4-wheel drive at the accessible 1,500-hectare (3,700-acre) nature park of Domaine Les Pailles


Top tips

  • Try to get a hotel where beds have mosquito net (or take some with you). Wear long sleeves at night. Again, cover your skin as much as you can at night.
  • Head out of the hotel to eat – local restaurants serve Creole food at fantastic prices.


What Mumsnetters say about holidays in Mauritius

  • We went for two weeks (children then eight and four) and had a fabulous time. We self-catered for the first week and stayed in a hotel the second. We had a hire car the whole time and had no trouble driving around and seeing sights varying from forests to sugar factories (better than it sounds), plus we swam with dolphins (not the four year old). Great holiday - the children are always talking about it. Azure
  • The street snacks and food from beach vans is very good - try roti, farata, the little samosas and especially dahl puri - and very cheap indeed. I have spent months in Mauritius and eaten from vans without problem. Also, try the tiny whole pineapples they sell ready peeled as a snack. Blu

 

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