When we think of Mauritius or the Maldives, very similar pictures come to mind; white sandy beaches and thatched villas overlooking a perfect sea of turquoise. Both are extremely popular destinations for some serious rest and relaxation, but both have defining features that set them quite apart.
Mauritius and the Maldives enjoy a tropical climate, and while this does mean some comfortably hot temperatures for you to soak up from the beach, it also means it’s important to try and avoid the wet season and when tropical cyclones are likely. April to June and September to December are the best times to visit Mauritius, while the Maldives is best enjoyed between November and April. Stick to these windows and you’re sure to get the most sun and the clearest skies.
Mauritius is an African island, though it sits over one thousand miles away from the mainland, to the east of Madagascar. The Maldives on the other hand sits in Asia, to the south of India. Despite being in different continents, both islands are found in the Indian Ocean and are less than two-thousand miles apart, which is why they seem to have very similar climates and geography.
Perhaps the biggest difference between these two paradise islands is what you will get up to while you’re there. It’s true both are great for sand and sea, but in different ways. For example, if you’re looking to experience pure tranquility, the Maldives is the perfect spot for you. It’s one of the few places you really can feel like you have an island all to yourself, as there are over one thousand for you to cruise between. Mauritius on the other hand is a little livelier, with towns to explore and a wider range of activities on offer. If you think you’ll get bored after a few days on the beach, Mauritius makes sure you have other ways to stay entertained.
That being said, the Maldives is one of the best spots on the planet for snorkelling and diving, with a rich marine ecosystem home to tropical fish, turtles and incredible walls of coral. Sharing the same ocean, Mauritius is also a great dive spot, with ship wrecks and schools of fish beneath the water’s surface. The sea can always be enjoyed from slightly more distance though if diving isn’t your thing, perhaps from the beach with a cocktail in hand?
Clearly, seafood is definitely going to be on the menu when visiting either of these island getaways. Tuna is hugely popular in Maldivian cuisine, so expect to see this on the menu. The islands are fortunate to be rich in culture, thanks to a history of settlers and sailors visiting the islands, bringing with them new foods and recipes. Today Mauritius enjoys a fusion of Chinese, Indian, French and Creole cuisine, an exciting blend of tastes for you to explore during your stay.
One of the deciding factors of your holiday though is going to be the price. Mauritius tends to have more choice when it comes to accommodation and eating out, making it a bit more flexible to your budget. The Maldives on the other hand is all about having an exclusive experience, think all-inclusive luxury, with private island resorts and a cocktail waiting for you on arrival.
Whichever island paradise suits your taste or budget, you’re sure to have an incredible time in either Mauritius or the Maldives. Remember to check out the latest holiday deals on our website to find yourself a bargain, then sit back and start picturing yourself on that beach!