Essential Information about Visiting Mauritius in December
Weather in Mauritius in December
During December, the daytime temperature is generally between 30 to 35 degrees Celsius, while the nighttime temperature is between 20 to 24 degrees Celsius. The weather is largely warm and sunny with a few downpours happening towards the end of the month.
Why to Visit Mauritius in December
This is also the best time to visit the pristine beaches of the archipelago and beat the heat by engaging in various watersports, including surfing, swimming, and deep-sea diving.
Places to Visit in Mauritius in December
Highlights: You can also get an opportunity to view the Black River National Park.
Difficulty Level: Medium, if you have reached this fall then you have to walk so it is not considered appropriate or people who can’t walk much. If you are getting a chance to spree around the south-west part of Mauritius then it is worth a visit.
Location: It is approximately 53 km from Louis Port.
Due to the fact that Port Louis is the capital city of Mauritius, it is the centre of all major attractions like the luxurious resorts, swanky casinos, plush cinema halls, restaurants serving authentic Mauritian cuisine, shops selling handicraft items and a marina.
Tourists can indulge in exciting outdoor activities like skydiving, snorkelling and underwater Sub Scooter trips. Some of the major tourist attractions in Port Louis that you shouldn’t miss include the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam, the Blue Penny Museum, the Citadel and Central Market.
Location: Port Louis District, Mauritius.
- Port Louis
- Port Louis
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Highlights: It can be a spectacular place for all the bird watchers. It has many waterfalls and hiking places too. You can also find 300 species of flowering plants and many endemic species of birds too. If you are lucky, you can also view Mauritius Kestrel, echo parakeet and the pink pigeon too.
Difficulty Level: Easy.
Location: It is located in the west part of Mauritius and is approximately 38km away from Louis Port.
Casela Nature Park
It has in-house restaurants that serve some of the best local dishes, prepared in authentic style and a range of souvenir shops. There is also an African safari zone where children can spend time interacting with animals like giraffes, monkeys, rhinos, big cats, zebras and impalas.
Location: Royal Road, Cascavelle, Mauritius.
- INR 300 for non-resident adults
- INR 175 for non-resident children
- INR 180 for resident Adult
- INR 70 for resident children
The sandy beaches and the azure waters of the ocean allow you to indulge in exciting water sports like sailing, windsurfing, deep-sea fishing, water skiing, parasailing and enjoy short boat trips to the nearby islands, namely the Flat Island, Round Island and Serpent Island, to name a few. This town is also a cultural hotspot, with shops selling local traditional handicraft items, local food, textiles, jewellery and much more on the shores of the beach.
Location: Rempart District, Mauritius.
Islands are an ideal place to escape from the bustle and chaos of routine city life. When talking about islands, one place that perfectly meets every traveller's imagination is Ile aux Cerfs island in Mauritius. Situated on the east coast of Mauritius, Ile aux Cerfs is spread over 87 hectares of land consisting of rich vegetation and gorgeous beaches. Popularly known as 'Deer Island', Ile aux Cerfs is one of the star attractions of Mauritius with its luscious beaches and coral reefs.
The island offers a range of leisure activities with its 18 hole golf course; banana boat rides as well as glass bottom rides. You will find a variety of restaurants offering lip-smacking local cuisine as well as international cuisine. It is a picture-perfect location with an abundance of breathtaking views, including the magical Grand River South East waterfalls.
Apart from a place to relax and adventure activities, you will also find it fun to explore the wonders of nature in Ile aux Cerfs. There is a range of museums, monuments and national parks to visit around Ile aux Cerfs. The expenses at this island won't burn a hole in your pocket as it is a relatively inexpensive destination in Mauritius. You can also plan a short trip since you get to do a variety of activities and watch spectacular views on a small island. Here is the complete guide to travelling to Ile aux Cerfs. You will find an abundance of reasons to visit the island on your next holiday.
It has a large public beach that greets the visitors with its gorgeous stretches of casuarina-lined white sand and turquoise blue water. It is known to be one of the unspoilt and cleanest beaches in Mauritius where you can have the experience of a lifetime.
Trou Aux Biches is lined with many classy restaurants and beachside hotels where you can have an immaculate binging experience. A diving school is also located over here where you can learn diving skills. Trou-Aux-Biches is also replete with many historical sites, monuments, and cultural sites.
City Centre is considered to be one of the most prominent landmarks that tourists must visit here. It has a unique charm that is bound to impress you every time you visit this place. The City Centre helps you in getting a glimpse into the life of the locals. You can also spot the largest Hindu temple at Trou Aux Biches that was built in 1857.
The most enthralling activity to do at Trou Aux Biches is playing an eventful game of golf at the nearby golf course. You can also visit the Mauritius Aquarium and other closer beaches in Pointe-Aux-Piments. So plan a vacation now to Trou Aux Biches to fall in love with the unspoilt beauty of this place.
This sleepy colonial town is mostly inhabited by fishermen who head out on their boat to have an excursion of the sea. It is home to some of the most intriguing museums that give you an insight into the tradition and rich history of this scenic village. You can witness over here the unique amalgamation of Creole, Dutch and French architecture. It is also revered to be the jump-off point to the nearby islands and sandy beaches of South Mauritius.
This place is a paradise for the low key travellers who’re in the lookout for pocket-friendly accommodation options. It invites visitors to have a walk-in it’s cobble-stone waterfront where the fishermen can be seen relaxing on their wooden boats. Soak in the sun and sand as you take a walk along it’s beaches only to get mesmerized as the sky bursts into a kaleidoscope of vibrant hues when the sun mellows.
The hilly terrain is adorned with various species of colourful flowers along with numerous pristine beaches and small islands. There are various thrilling activities like zip lining, excursions, hiking, sightseeing tours and day cruises that you can enjoy with your loved ones when you are travelling through Rodriguez, that will make your trip to Mauritius incredibly special.
Location: Western Indian Ocean, Mauritius.
Highlights: One of the famous temple of Lord Shiva is located some 1800 feet above the sea level. Not just Lord Shiva, you will also find temples of Hanuman and Lakshmi. You will be completely sold by the calm and peaceful nature of the place which makes it worth visit while in Mauritius.
Best time to visit: Maha Shivratri becomes the best time to visit Grand Bassin since it attracts a large number of followers. However, visiting this place during February and early March are considered to be ideal time to visit this place.
Location: It is approximately 38 km from Port Louis.
Things to Do in Mauritius in December
While skydiving is conducted in many places around the world, what makes skydiving in Mauritius special is the incredible birds’ eye aerial view you can catch of the stunning tropical landscape. A view of the islands and the lagoons while you drop from 10,000 feet in the air is truly a life-altering experience.
Location: Sugar Estate Airstrip, Skydive Road Z.I MU, Riviere du Rempart 30107, Mauritius
Price: INR 31,203 per person
Explore Botanical Gardens
The other botanical gardens are the Curepipe Botanical Gardens and the Monvert Nature Walk, both of which are ideal places for quiet walks, exploring the local natural landscape and memorable picnics in Mauritius.
- Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden - Pamplemousses, Mauritius
- Curepipe Botanical Gardens - Route des Jardins, Curepipe, Mauritius
- Monvert Nature Walk - A 10, Curepipe, Mauritius
Entry Fee: INR 350 per person approx.
Ziplining over the Southern Coast of Mauritius is also a wonderful way to check out the many valleys, flowering hill slopes and valleys in Mauritius while watching the waves of the Indian Ocean in the distance. The activity comes with a secure harness that connects the two ends of the zipline, as you are bodily tethered to the line on which you can zoom through like a bird across the sky.
Location: Vallee des Couleurs, Mauritius
Price: Starts at INR 792 per adult
Celebrate New Year
The food that is part of your evening and night includes all the fresh produce that can be found in Mauritius including seafood, local delicacies, curries and desserts. While several hotels and resorts offer exciting New Year packages for tourists, you can also visit places like Grand Baie that puts up an impressive firework display that you can watch from the beach.
Location: Grand Baie, Mauritius.
Price: Prices start from INR 3,500 per person
A breathing tube allows you to breathe in fresh air throughout the duration of the activity, making it a pleasant and memorable experience. During the activity, you can interact with the schools of colourful tropical fish in the Indian Ocean and the many beautifully preserved coral reefs.
Location: B13 Grand Gaube Coastal Road, Grand Baie, Mauritius
Price: INR 2,746 per person approx.
There are several magical scuba diving points in these islands. However, what they all have in common is the pristine water that is home to schools of fish, corals, jellyfish and other interesting underwater elements that you can catch from a close distance when you go scuba diving in Mauritius. December is also the perfect time to indulge in this activity since the relatively cooler temperatures don’t drive away the fish and other creatures.
Location: Coral Garden (Belle Mare), Le Morne, St. Jacques, Lanai, Grand Baie, Trou au Biches, Bain Boeuf, etc.
Price: Starting from INR 9,000
These fishes reside only in the deep sea, and you can take pride in catching fish that are several feet long. Among these trophy fish, you may have the opportunity to catch prizes like the blue and black striped marlin, mackerel, snappers, tuna, sailfish, striped caranx and many other exotic options.
Location: Black River, South West Mauritius
Price: INR 12,000 – INR 17,000 approx. for 6 people for one hour
Homes and hotels on the island are decorated with the vibrant tropical flowers that grow in Mauritius and fir, cypress and other local trees are used instead of the traditional pine when it comes to the actual Christmas tree. All in all, it is a unique, festive and homely experience that you can become a memorable part of your vacation in Mauritius.
Therefore, when you sign up for snorkelling, you get the opportunity to check out the beautiful corals, lagoons, fish and other aquatic creatures that are otherwise invisible and out of reach. Snorkelling is ideal for those who feel scuba diving is too intense. The activity takes part in shallow waters and can be enjoyed by people of all ages. After your snorkelling trip, you can also go on a glass-bottom boat ride and watch dolphins leap out of the water.
Location: Trou aux Biches, Flic en Flac, Pointe Aux Piments, Ile Aux Cerfs, etc.
Price: INR 3,000 per person
The festivals consist of Hindus fasting for 10 days, after which, on the day of the festival, they walk bare feet over a pit of burning coal to prove their faith to their Gods. Even though it is not mandatory to participate, it is a beautiful and intriguing cultural performance that people from all over the world travel to Mauritius to watch.
Location: Draupadi Amman Temple, Mauritius
Entry fee: Free entry