Best Beaches in Mauritius20/10/2015
Trou aux Biches
Trou aux Biches has to be one of the best stretches of beaches in Mauritius and it’s also home to the stunning Trou Aux Biches Resort & Spa. Located in a prime position on the west coast near to lively Grand Baie and Port Louis, clear water and safe swimming make this stretch of coast particularly popular, and with coral reef just a short swim from shore, it’s also great for snorkelling. With approximately 2km of white powder like sand, and spectacular views of the Mauritian sunset, it’s easy to see why so many refer to Trou aux Biches as the best beach in Mauritius.
Down on the peninsula in the southwestern corner of Mauritius is the stunning public beach of Le Morne. With 4km of white sand, it’s backed by the dramatic monolith of Le Morne mountain. The perfect wind conditions almost all year-round makes this beach one of the top kite and windsurfing destinations in the world. Although the lagoon is normally associated with windsurfers, kiteboarders and surfers it’s perfectly possible to swim here too. The elegant Dinarobin Hotel Golf & Spa sits on the Le Morne Peninsula – and it’s this tranquil location that makes the hotel perfect for couples or indeed families looking for an intimate, relaxed hideaway. The Paradis hotel is also widely regarded as one of the premier resorts on the island and has an enviable position at the tip of the stunning Le Morne peninsula.
Once you reach Blue Bay beach, you will realise where the name comes from – the sea is crystal clear, and is home to a wide variety of coral and exotic fish. Situated on the south-east coast near Mahebourg, Blue Bay is protected by an offshore reef, making the area perfect for snorkelers and swimmers. Blue Bay is also very famous for the Blue Bay marine park which is the first and biggest marine park in Mauritius. Stay at the nearby Shandrani, and enjoy romantic strolls along the beach, seeing all the small beautiful bays that it has to offer.
A picturesque white sandy bay surrounded by emerald waters, Grand Baie is best known for its entertainment and shopping. It’s also the embarking point for catamaran cruises to the northern islands. Due to the very active boat and catamaran traffic inside the bay, the public beach has only a small area in which you can enter the water, but just a few kilometres north is the popular white-sand cove of Pereybere, with a family-friendly protected swimming area, beachside restaurant and sun loungers for hire. Tucked down a small road by the Royal Palm hotel is the tiny sandy cove of La Cuvette, a private place for couples to spread their picnic blankets during the week.
Flic en Flac
Flic en Flac is the longest beach in Mauritius and is located on the west coast of Mauritius between the village of Albion and Tamarin. With 8km of golden sand and shallow, calm water, it’s popular with locals and tourists alike and is one of the island’s most popular dive spots. However the highlight has to be the beautiful sunsets that it offers, which disappears into the sea, leaving breathtaking views of the beach and its surroundings.
Ile aux Cerfs
The Ile aux Cerfs Island is located inside the large east coast lagoon. It’s easily accessible from Mauritius mainland by boat. The beach there is great for relaxation, and there’s also the opportunity to enjoy water sports like para-sailing, kayaking and more. It’s the perfect destination for some laid-back snorkelling in the lagoon.