20 AMAZING BEACHES IN MAURITIUS
20 AMAZING BEACHES IN MAURITIUS
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20 AMAZING BEACHES IN MAURITIUS
As a paradise island that rivals the Maldives and the Bahamas, Mauritius is well-known. This little nation off the eastern coast of Africa is surrounded by thick vegetation, sparkling blue seas, and white sand beaches with palm trees. The beaches of Mauritius are home to several luxury and boutique hotels, but it is also quite accessible and provides a wide range of amazing sights and activities.
Although most people assume Mauritius is a honeymoon destination, the islands are home to waterfalls, gardens and national parks to go on safari, cycling or hiking and more. If you love sun, sea and sand, you can’t go wrong here, and among its 16 islands and islets, you’ll find plenty of secluded spots and virgin beaches in Mauritius all to yourself. This is where you can experience some of the world’s best snorkelling and diving, including swimming with wild dolphins and exploring stunning coral reefs.
1- LE MORNE
Le Morne is one of the first beaches you’ll hear about when searching for the best beaches in Mauritius and when you see it, you’ll understand why.
Located at the Morne Brabant Mountain base, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this western beach unsurprisingly has a rugged desert island feel and is postcard perfect.
Not only are the waters here ideal for both snorkelling and scuba diving, but the area of Le Morne is known as the best wind and kitesurfing spot in Mauritius due to the high waves.
You’ll often see competitions taking place here attended by surfers from around the world.
2- MONT CHOISY
Mont Choisy is the longest beach in Mauritius, making it one of the best because despite being popular with tourists, you will always find somewhere quiet for yourself.
The beach is lined by hundreds of native casuarina trees, perfect for picnicking under.
There are all the usual water sports on offer here, and the beach is particularly popular with families for its shallow water and an excellent range of cafes and restaurants near the beach.
However, if you plan to go here, it is worth noting that the shallow sea floor only stretches for around 30 metres before dropping into the deep ocean, which can be unexpected and dangerous.
3- FLIC EN FLAC
What was once a very small fishing town in west Mauritius is now a beautiful vacation spot with one of the most stunning beaches in Mauritius.
One of the most popular places for both tourists and locals to spend a day on the sand, the 8km long Flic en Flac combines powdery white beach with deep blue lagoons, and as it has quickly risen in popularity, several excellent shops and restaurants have popped up along the shore.
Because of the beach’s cove shape, with a reef just offshore, it is protected from large swells, so it is relatively shallow and makes a great place to swim, especially with kids.
4- TAMARIN BEACH
A lovely beach not far from Black River, Tamarin is one of Mauritius’ most popular and guarded beaches, as it is known to be one of the best spots for surfing in the country, particularly at Dal and Black Stone – two of the best spots.
The beach is surrounded by stunning salt flats and has a coral reef offshore, a gap allowing access to the beach itself.
Aside from surfing, Tamarin has some great snorkelling and diving due to the reef however it can get fairly busy as it is an embarkation point for many dolphin spotting tours on the island.
Arrive early enough and you can sometimes spot them near the beach.
5- TROU AUX BICHES
One of the most stunning beaches in northern Mauritius, Trou aux Biches is a one-mile sweeping slice of paradise.
The beach is between Mont Choisy and Pointe aux Piment and is a favourite with photographers for its classic low-hanging palm trees and white sand.
Although you can find tourists here on weekends, the beach is usually uncrowded and has lots of water sports activities and restaurants serving fresh seafood, and other food and drink stands.
Find a patch of sand to settle down for the day, or rent one of the many sunbeds lining the beach to spend the day soaking up the sun with a cold drink.
6- POSTE LAFAYETTE
Poste Lafayette is a rugged yet stunning beach on the southeast coast.
This Mauritius beach is rarely visited as volcanic rocks surround it and the sea here is often choppy.
This makes it a favourite spot with kite surfers and other water-sports enthusiasts; however, it isn’t recommended unless you’re a strong swimmer.
If you’re looking for an untouched, remote desert island-style beach and can manage the waters, you’ll be rewarded by windswept natural bluffs, a spectacular coral reef and a small sweeping cove of white sand where virtually no one goes.
Make sure to bring everything with you as you won’t find any amenities around.
7- LA CAMBUSE
La Cambuse is one of the most untouched of all Mauritius’ beaches, situated down a dirt road not far from the Hotel Shandrani.
The beach is lined with casuarina trees and surrounded by abundant flora and faunas, meaning it is quite secluded.
Although swimming is not recommended on the main part of the beach due to strong currents, there is a small area towards the end protected by rocks where you can paddle, and the beach still has endless white sand to relax on.
If you’re feeling active, there are some excellent hikes nearby, including a trail to Le Bouchon.
Now is the time to visit La Cambuse before a new mega-development begins.
Another extremely popular beach, Pereybere, is the place for tourists and locals with kids.
The sparkling shallow waters and abundance of great restaurants are a haven for family days out, so if you’re visiting with kids, this will keep everyone entertained all day.
Water sports are available for kids and adults, from thrilling jet ski rides to glass-bottomed boat tours to see tropical fish.
The waters here are calm and warm, plus there are lots of drink and ice cream vendors on the beach, so you won’t have far to go when you need a pick me up.
Even if you’re travelling without kids, Pereybere is a good beach to start with for excellent food options, and you’ll still be able to find somewhere to chill out in the sun or go swimming.
9- ILE AUX CERFS
Ile aux Cerfs, as the name suggests, is an island in itself and is one of the prettiest in Mauritius.
The island is popular with everyone from honeymooners to adventurers as long as you’re searching for a deserted stretch of sand.
Since the beach is popular, you can find several activities on offer, including jet skiing, kayaking and catamaran tours.
This Mauritius beach is accessible only by boat from Trou d’eau Douce, so be prepared to pay to reach paradise.
The beach is a favourite for locals and tourists alike, but you can usually find somewhere quiet to set up camp for the day.
There are a few small shops and amenities on the island, but after much campaigning, there is luckily no large resorts or malls, so it remains as tranquil as ever.
10- GRIS GRIS
Despite its name, which means ‘Grey’, Gris Gris beach is one of Mauritius’s most naturally stunning beaches and is the southernmost point on the island.
The beach is backed by rugged steep cliffs, which offer sweeping views from the top if you’re up for a climb.
The beach isn’t known as being a relaxing destination but offers pretty coastal hikes and views of the crashing waves.
These huge swells mean it is dangerous to swim here, and the currents are strong, however, there are certain secluded spots on the cliffs that are popular for diving into the water – if you’re brave enough!
11- ST. FELIX BEACH
St. Felix is a beach located in Mauritius’ extreme south, between Souillac and Bel Ombre.
It is known as one of the more hidden beaches in Mauritius, despite not being particularly hard to get to, as there is little here except white sand and blue sea, divided into east and west by a short pier.
The western half is slightly more popular, with a few food and drinks stalls on offer, making the perfect spot for relaxing.
Swimming and water sports are not on the cards here, as currents are deceivingly strong.
Poisonous stonefish are scattered on the offshore seabed and can be very toxic to humans.
12- LA CUVETTE
If you’re staying near the busy Grand Baie or just searching for peace and quiet, La Cuvette is just a short twenty-minute walk from Grand Baie and is infinitely more tranquil.
The only hotel here is the Royal Palm, but it is mostly deserted.
The waters are shallow and can get choppy, but not enough that you can’t go for a swim or partake in the many water-based activities, such as parasailing and deep-sea diving.
With its close proximity to Grand Baie, you won’t need to worry about finding a bite to eat or any other amenities and can enjoy this lesser-visited beach with a good book or soak up the sun.
13- RIVIERE DES GALETS
This is arguably Mauritius’ most unique beach, as you won’t find the typical soft white sand here, but instead can take a stroll along a long stretch of beach lined with sparkling pebbles and boulders.
The thousands of pebbles here have made the beach a top tourist attraction and a popular place for photoshoots.
You can also do diving and boating trips here, but only if you are an experienced swimmer.
Although you’ll unlikely want to spend the day sitting on the shore here, it is a stunning location to take a stroll and a few photos, and it gets some of the best sunsets on the island.
14- ANSE LE RAIE
Anse le Raie is a laid-back, romantic beach in the north of Mauritius home to exclusive luxury hotels, popular among honeymooning couples.
It has a diverse mix of attractions, so is a great place to base yourself to experience the island, from the quaint fishing villages nearby to the endless views of the Indian ocean.
Beach vendors and hotels offer many water sports, and it is particularly popular for stand-up paddleboarding and kitesurfing further out to sea.
Whether or not you’re staying in the area, Anse le Raie is a perfect beach on which to spend the day, knowing you can get a cold drink and food from the hotels, plus many boat trips go from here to nearby islands such as Coin de Mire or the capital of Port Louis.
15- GRAND BAIE
Grand Bay is in the north of Mauritius near the popular tourist area of Riviere du Rempart.
This is a typical, yet still stunning, tourist beach, so if you like to relax during the day and enjoy having a choice of restaurants and hotels, plus lively bars and a nighttime music scene, then it will be perfect for you.
Grand Baie is often used as a pick-up point for deep-sea fishing tours, and other water sports are readily available, such as jet skiing, windsurfing and sailing.
If you’re looking for slightly more peace and quiet, you can sometimes catch a boat to nearby coves, which are often completely deserted, as when evening rolls around, Grand Baie is party central and has some of Mauritius’s best bars and clubs.
16- BLUE BAY
Just a short way from Mahebourg, Blue Bay is in Mauritius’ southwest and is one of the best places to see diverse marine life.
Unsurprisingly due to its name, the water here is vibrantly blue and clear, which makes it ideal for boat trips, snorkelling and diving.
The area is home to the Blue Bay marine park, a national park where visitors can see hundreds of varieties of coral, fish and other wildlife.
The best time to visit Blue Bay is during the week when it is almost deserted, as locals often crowd this popular spot on weekends.
17- BELLE MARE PLAGE
Although slightly less well-known, Belle Mare Plage on the northeast cast is slowly creeping onto people’s radars as one of the best-hidden gems in Mauritius.
It is already getting busy, with several boutique hotels in the area.
This pristine six-mile stretch of sand offers plenty of activities, including snorkelling, catamaran trips and horse-riding.
Most people, including locals, come here to spend the day swimming and relaxing, so you can find food and drinks at hotels or food stands.
For the freshest meal, head to the nearby Belle Mare market, which sells local produce, hot food and souvenirs.
18- POUDRE D’OR
The name Poudre d’Or translates to ‘Golden Powder’, so you already know what to expect at this stunning beach located a short way from the capital of Port Louis.
The beach has pristine sand and clear waters, although it is known for its lush greenery, including nearby marshlands and palm and casuarina trees along the shoreline.
There is nothing much to do at this beach except relax, and the beach is only accessible via one road.
However, it makes a great place to spend a few hours after visiting the nearby village of the same name to learn about the area’s history, which saw many shipwrecks.
There is now a statue of the drowned lovers Paul and Virginie (Mauritius’ version of Romeo & Juliet), which is a testament to the town’s past.
19- LA PRENEUSE
La Preneuse is one of Mauritius’ more historic beaches, famous for the Martello Tower and the number of old cannons that line the sand.
The beach is out of the way from the main tourist areas, meaning it remains quiet and the shallow waters here are ideal for children.
The beach is only around a kilometre in length, and it is best to visit at low tide when most of this appears, as there is very little left at high tide.
Swimming and water sports are possible here, however, it is less popular for snorkelling and diving than other beaches due to the lack of a coral reef.
You can also catch excursions such as boat trips and dolphin spotting tours from here, but La Preneuse often gets busy at weekends and in the evening when it has spectacular sunsets.
20- ILOT MANGENIE
The only beach on the list that not just anyone can reach, Ilot Mangenie is both the beach’s name and the private island it’s located on.
This tiny white sand island is owned by the luxury Shangri-La Le Touessrok Resort and Spa; however, day visitors are welcome and it is a short ten-minute speedboat trip from the main island.
The Island is surrounded by a breathtaking coral reef, which not only makes for great snorkelling and diving but also protects the island from heavy waves meaning you can swim here to your heart’s content.
If you’re going for the day, you can set up on the beach or rent a cabana, and if you’re inclined to explore, you can also hire an e-bike to explore the plantations on the island.
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