Mauritius in May
The month of May marks the beginning of the southern hemisphere winter and is one of the most enjoyable times of year to visit Mauritius. Days are warm and dry, with slightly lower levels of heat and humidity than the previous few months. Best of all, sea temperatures remain warm all year round – even during the winter you can still expect the water temperature to sit at a pleasant 22 °C.
1st May: Labour Day
The first day of May was first celebrated as Labour Day at Champs de Mars in 1938, and is an important day for Mauritian workers who fought for their social and economic rights for many years. Now the day is an annual public holiday, and is often associated with significant crowd gatherings and political meetings.
7th-10th May: AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open
Taking place over four days, the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open is the first tournament ever to be tri-sanctioned by the Sunshine, European and Asian tours, and Air Mauritius is one of the competition’s major sponsors. The event takes place at the renowned Heritage Golf Club, where the course comprises two loops of nine holes.
9th May: Royal Raid
LUX* Royal Raid was the first trail run to be organised in Mauritius and celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. The event consists of three separate races – an 80km run, 35km run and a 15km run – and takes participants through some of the most beautiful scenery on the island, including the Yemen nature reserve and the Black River Gorges National Park.
13th May: La Fete du Pain / The Bread Festival
Organised by Les Moulins de la Concorder, the Bread Festival is held every year in May to celebrate St. Honore, the patron saint of bakers. This year’s event takes place at the Caudan Waterfront and will feature all kinds of artisan loaves, pastries, demonstrations and creative workshops.
21st-24th May: Mauritius Theatre Festival
Presented by Beachcomber Hotels and Pascal Legros Productions, the first edition of the Mauritius Theatre Festival will take place over four days at the Mahatama Gandhi Institute. The event will feature several works, including new play Les immigrés à Paris (Immigrants in Paris), featuring a variety of Mauritian comic talent.