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Seychelles and Mauritius

Mauritius and The Seychelles are island countries in the Indian Ocean. Along with the Maldives, they’re the most glamorous destinations in the region. It’s hard to choose between the two as they are both so idyllic and they both have different charms.

Mark Twain said that heaven was probably based on Mauritius. Both destinations are ideal for a beach vacation and they’re impossibly romantic. Overall, Mauritius boasts a wider array of activities to choose from and a more diverse selection of hotels. The hotels in Mauritius are also slightly less expensive. However, if you’re looking for a remote tropical paradise, then Seychelles has the edge.

While some islands of the Seychelles will bring you face to face with other tourists, others are almost completely deserted and offer peace, quiet, and pure seclusion. Whether with mountains, beaches, or lush vegetation, the Seychelles are also home to all kinds of landscapes and scenery!

Furthermore, the resorts in Mauritius are concentrated on one island, whereas Seychelles is comprised of 115 islands, so the resorts are more spread out. You can experience Robinson Crusoe seclusion in Seychelles whilst still having access to luxury amenities, and that’s what makes it such a unique destination. Mauritius is more touristy and more developed, but still a tropical paradise.

The beaches in Seychelles have the softest sands, and flawless blue water and they’re surrounded by dense forests. Anse Source d’Argent may be the most famous beach in Seychelles. It’s one of the most photographed beaches in the world for a reason: it’s the picture-postcard image of a perfect beach.

Mauritius has a wider array of hotel options, and many are geared towards romance. It’s one of the most popular honeymoon destinations. Sugar Beach is one of the top luxury resorts in Mauritius. It’s a sprawling hotel located in the peaceful Flic-en-Flac bay. It’s surrounded by manicured lawns and boasts panoramic ocean views. Overall, Mauritius’ hotels are better if you’d like a larger resort with more dining options and activities. Whereas Seychelles has many small boutique properties if you’d prefer a rustic retreat without the crowds.

Mauritius has many excellent beaches, especially on the north of the island. Belle Mare Plage in the east is also worth checking out. It’s something of a stomping ground for glamorous people. Le Morne beach is slightly more remote and less crowded but worth the trek. Overall, both Mauritius and Seychelles have world-class beaches, but Seychelles does slightly have the edge.

Popular destinations

Seychelles

  • Anse Lazio, Praslin
  • Anse Intendance, Mahé
  • La Digue Island
  • Baie Lazare, Mahé

Mauritius

  • Black River Gorges National Park
  • Île aux Cerfs Island
  • Port Louis
  • Grand Bassin
  • Chamarel

Best time to travel to Mauritius

Thanks to its subtropical climate, Mauritius boasts sunshine, clear blue skies, and warm temperatures for the majority of the year. Rain, apart from in the Chamarel Mountains, is only really expected in January and February due to cyclones coming in from the Indian Ocean.

The best time to visit Mauritius is from May to December when the weather is cool, dry, and sunny. Expect some of Africa’s best beaches, fresh seafood, and long, sun-drenched days on a Mauritius holiday. The island has a classic tropical climate with warm weather year-round.

Despite the chance of rain, the Christmas and New Year period is still a popular travel time with many people seeking some winter sun over the holidays. Heavy downpours – which help to clear up the humidity – are often followed by sunshine.

The hottest months are December to March with the cooler (though still warm) months June to August.

One of the best months to experience all Mauritius has to offer is May, with fewer crowds as well as discounts to take advantage of.

Best time to travel to Seychelles

Because of its physical location, (just south of the Equator), Seychelles resulting enjoys year-round sunshine and temperatures that hover around 30°C. Tropical showers are to be expected throughout the year, and though humidity is high, the cooling sea breezes do a great job of tackling this.

The best time to visit the Seychelles is between April and May, or October and November, as these are the calmer periods between the two trade winds which hit the island each year. The northwest trade wind blows from November to March and the southeast wind from May to September.

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