From seafront yoga in Goa and football on Kenyan sands, to Sri Lankan fishing villages and Maldivian dhoni boats, we love the Indian Ocean for the laidback beach living that goes with it. Whether you're eating fresh seafood in Zanzibar or watching hip-swaying sega dancers in Mauritius, the pace of life here mirrors the gentle rhythms of the ocean.
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December through April and July through September are the dry seasons in Mombasa. The hottest months are December to April, while July through August or September are a bit cooler.
The dry, slightly cooler months of July and August are the best times to visit Mombasa. Temperatures are still quite warm but the skies stay clear and sunny, perfect to enjoy the pristine beaches around Mombasa.
April through June is the long, very wet season and October and November is the short wet season when occasional showers may occur. The wettest month is May, when up to 20 days of the month are rainy. Because of the heat, the rain turns the air very humid. Typically rain comes in short bursts before the sun appears.
The Maldives enjoys warm tropical weather and plenty of sunshine year round, but there’s less risk of rain from December to April. The hottest months of the year are March and April, when temperatures can reach 33°C.
If you want sunny days, clear blue skies, great diving, and little chance of rain, take your Maldives holiday between December and April. This is peak season, so there are plenty of activities on offer too.
There are two monsoon seasons in the Maldives – the northwest (summer) monsoon brings very little rain and wind from November to April, and the southwest (winter) monsoon brings occasional showers from May to October, mainly in June and July.
Our favourite time to visit Mauritius is between December and April. The weather is warmer, the clear, blue Indian Ocean is more inviting than ever, and the markets of Grand Baie are bustling with bargains.
Most people choose to visit Mauritius during the island’s summer, November to April, to make the most of warmer temperatures. In general, the north is warmer and drier than the south.
Mauritius enjoys warm tropical weather year round, but the coolest months are May to October. As a tropical island rain is common, but sometimes showers can last for an hour late afternoon and dry up very quickly.
The driest season in Sri Lanka tends to be from December to March for the west coast, the south coast and the Hill Country, and from April to September for the ancient cities area and the east coast.
With different dry and rainy seasons depending on the area of the country, Sri Lanka is a great year round destination. We love hitting the beaches of the west and south coasts from December to March, escaping the cold winter back home.
The Yala monsoon brings heavy rainfall to Sri Lanka’s west and south from May to September, while the Maha monsoon blows rain into the north and east from October to January. October and November see rain in many parts of the island.
Weather in the Seychelles doesn't vary too much throughout the year, with a warm tropical climate making for an ideal year round destination. April to September are the driest, coolest months, with the most comfortable temperatures.
Our favourite time of year to visit the Seychelles is the dry season, between April and September, when rainfall isn't as heavy and temperatures are high without being humid or uncomfortable.
Regular rain keeps the Seychelles lush and green, with October to March seeing hotter, wetter, more humid weather due to the northwest monsoon. The islands lie outside the hurricane belt and are rarely affected by storms.
Zanzibar has two main dry periods: January to February and June to October. January and February are hotter and a perfect retreat from the UK winter, while June to October offer slightly cooler temperatures.
Zanzibar’s warm tropical climate and cooling sea breeze barely change all year round. We love to visit in January to February, when the island is at its warmest, and June to October, when temperatures are pleasant and rain rarely falls.
Zanzibar has two rainy seasons: mid March to late May and November to December. If you do decide to visit at one of these times, November and December is a better option, with short, sharp showers swiftly followed by sunshine.