surrounded by emerald-blue sea waters, is home to beautiful
sandy beaches, all within easy access to the major cities,
and free for all to enjoy. The following provides information
on some of the most popular beaches of the island.
is situated on the coastal road between Grand Baie and
Cap Malheureux. Pereybere offers deep and clear blue waters.
It is definitely the most popular among young people,
with some of the best beach action around. Pereybere attracts
more people during school holidays and Sundays.
is probably the most popular beach on the island, and
regularly welcomes people from all over the world. It
is a safe place for swimming, sailing, windsurfing, and
water skiing. Only 20 kilometers away from Port-Louis,
Grand Baie has a host of clothing and craft shops, restaurants
and trendy night clubs. Grand Baie is unsurprisingly also
home to a few exclusive hotels like the Royal Palm ;and
the Merville. From Grand Baie, one can catch a helicopter
for an excursion along the coast, or get onto a boat for
a trip into the deep seas to Coin de Mire, Ile Plate and
is a small fishing village located on the furthest north
tip of Mauritius. Cap Malheureux offers a magnificent
view of some of the small islands off the coast. Among
others, Ile Plate, famous for its lighthouse; Ile Ronde,
inhabited only by palm trees, harmless boas and indigenous
lizards; Ile aux Serpents, which, despite its name, is
not infested with snakes; and Coin de Mire, an enormous
rock of historical importance, since it was from there
that the English secretly embarked on September 2, 1810
to win over the island from the French.
is situated on the northern coastline, and is one of the
best beaches around. No wonder it is so popular among
both locals and tourists. Locals enjoy spending the weekend
there, relaxing in the sun, enjoying the sea and playing
soccer on an adjacent field. The entrance to the beach
is guarded by a monument, commemorating the first airlink
between Mauritius and Reunion Island on September 10,
1933, undertaken by a Frenchman by the name of Sutel,
and a Mauritian, Jean Hily. The latter unfortunately lost
his life on the second attempt held on October 4, 1934.
nestled between Mont Choisy and Pointe-aux-Piments, is
a short stretch of public beach next to one of the big
hotels on the island, The Trou-aux-Biches Village Hotel.
Trou-aux-Biches is a cozy white sandy beach, with blue
waters and lazy filao trees to match. Trou-aux-Biches
is also minutes away from The Aquarium, where you can
acquaint yourself with quite a number of magnificent species
of the Mauritian marine life. The splendid Hindu Temple
across from Trou aux Biches stands in sweet contrast to
the heavenly emerald-green waters and white sandy beach
The name Flic en Flac is thought to come from the old
Dutch name, 'Fried Landt Flaak', or 'Free and Flat Land'.
Flic en Flac, off the Port Louis-Tamarin road, lies
at the bottom of a 3Km straight road running through
cane fields. It is not as cute and carefree as its name
suggests. Rather, it is an increasingly busy holiday
village that lies and relies on a great stretch of beach,
and caters for the middle range in the market rather
than the budget level, which prefers Tamarin. There
are lots of apartment blocks (a real eyesore) springing
up in this area to cater to the increasing influx of
is the surfing centre of Mauritius, although you can go
for weeks without seeing a surfer. The character of the
place is more laid-back than Flic en Flac and rougher
around the edges. It has a good beach and is well situated
for most of the other sights. Salt evaporation ponds encircle
the village. Tamarin Bay Beach - This is a small public
beach with good views across the river estuary to Montage
is the official public beach closest to Mahebourg.
This attractive beach can get very busy on weekends.
|ILE AUX CERFS a
small island off the east coast, is the next best thing
after paradise. The island features vast beaches fringed
with palm trees, and clear waters. There is no need to
leave this paradise island since it has all you need,
including restaurants and water sports facilities. Restaurants
and other services are housed in small exotic kiosks,
with straw roofs. Tourists can access IIe aux Cerfs by
getting onto one of the small boats at Pointe Maurice.
Close to Ile aux Cerfs is the beautiful but lesser known
Ile de l'Est. A short distance from Ile aux Cerfs is Le
Touessrok, one of the oldest five-star hotels on the island.