Monday, 18 October 2021 08:48 AM
Mauritius is one of the top beach holiday destinations in the world and there are plenty of good reasons for this. The island’s warm, tropical climate, swim-friendly ocean waters and exceptional natural beauty make it an island Eden bordered by over 150 kilometres of beautiful beaches. Whichever direction you travel, a day spent visiting a few of them is bound to leave you sun-kissed and satisfied, ready to do it all again the next day.
Trou aux Biches
Trou aux Biches has great conditions for both swimming and snorkelling. Its gently shelving sands and clear, calm and shallow water make it ideal for family excursions. Bathe in year-round sunshine, stroll along the must-see strip of soft white-sand beach and explore the easily accessible street food stands, cafes and restaurants along the coast road.
Mont Choisy has warm, shallow turquoise waters perfect for swimming next to a long beach lined with lush casuarina trees. A perfect place to unwind with the family or take a long walk along the curved shore, with your feet in the sand and your lover’s hand in yours.
An ideal spot for adventure-seekers, the active boat and catamaran activity off the Grand Baie beach doesn’t leave a large area in which to enter the water for a swim. Catch a glass-bottomed boat, go deep-sea fishing, dive below the surface to explore the surrounding coral reef, or simply relax on the lively beach with world-class views before you.
Intimate La Cuvette has calm waters and a beach clear of rocks and coral. Treat yourself to hot chicken curry with cool, fresh pineapple juice for lunch while you look out at an epic view of the ocean ahead of you. The little beach may only be 80m long, but it has so much to offer the relaxed holiday dipper.
Pereybere is a popular spot with sporty, beach-loving locals. Its calm, deeper water is very clear, giving snorkellers a crystal view of the rich marine life that clamours around the coral off its shore.
A favourite among locals, this Casuarina tree-lined white sand beach stretches for 10km next to calm waters in various striking shades of turquoise. As it lies on the east coast, currents and winds can be stronger here, making it great for windsurfing and sailing. You may hear the buzz of motorised water sports as you sunbathe on what is undeniably one of the island’s most beautiful beaches. The east’s most famous dive site, known as The Pass, is found off this gorgeous shore.
Ile aux Cerfs
A 30-minute ferry ride from the public beach at Trou d’Eau Douce will take you to the powder-white sands of Mauritius' favourite island playground, Ile aux Cerfs. Named after the stags (cerfs) that once roamed around here, this sand bar is edged by translucent, crystalline water which offers every water sport imaginable, welcoming swimmers and snorkellers year-round. Be aware that weekends can be crowded, and consider complementing your beach visit with a round at the island golf club, in one of the world’s most spectacular sporting settings.
Blue Bay is certainly true to its name, with beautiful, pale turquoise water lapping up on a white sand beach surrounded by large trees. The little bay has been listed as a marine park, and the clarity of the water makes for great snorkelling amongst the protected coral beds and their undersea residents. Popular for scuba diving and glass-bottom boat tours, it’s also a great place to swim from the beach.
Flic en Flac
This wide, sandy beach stretches on for 8km next to water that is shallow and calm, perfect for families, swimming, snorkelling and long walks along soft white sands. Locals love it, as do learner divers, as the wind-protected area has a reef close to shore, and a well known fish-frequented dive site known as The Cathedral. The vibrant shores of Flic en Flac offer a huge variety of dining options to choose from when the day draws to a close, ushering in a spectacular sunset.
Tamarin Bay, blessed with typically gorgeous west coast sunsets, reached legendary surf spot status thanks to a classic 1970s movie called The Forgotten Island of Santosha. Its waves are still firing even in the low season from June to September, although over the years its surf reputation soured thanks to rampant localism. Now it’s most famous for another beach-based highlight, as boat companies offer trips to watch and swim with dolphins in the mornings. The beach sand here is darker and very fine, and joggers, dog walkers and seaside strollers make for an authentic Mauritius beach experience.
Feast your eyes on the glittering Indian Ocean before you with the lofty Le Morne Brabant towering behind you. Le Morne’s 4km white sand beach is one of the island’s best, It’s an idyllic spot to unwind on a tree-scattered, white coral sand beach.
Le Morne’s sheltered lagoon attracts accomplished kite- and windsurfers; you too can give it a go with one of the local operators, or saddle up for a sandy beach horse ride.