The Best Beaches in Mauritius
October 25 2017
October 25 2017
The Best Beaches in Mauritius
The very word ‘Mauritius’ is imbued with the power to conjure images of tropical waters, every iridescent shade of blue from aquamarine to indigo, and incredible expanses of white, powdered beaches, lined with the customary palm trees synonymous with island paradises. The types of images that could be lifted from the finest travel magazines. And despite the varied volcanic terrain, eclectic culture, rich history and fascinating sights, it’s really the pristine beaches and languid island lifestyle that lures intrepid travellers from around the globe to the island’s shores. Not to mention the fact that the beaches provide exceptional experiences practically year round, thanks to the favourable, tropical climate in Mauritius. And, on closer inspection of the number of gorgeous public beaches in Mauritius fringed by turquoise lagoons protected by coral reefs, it’s really little wonder. Interested in heading to Mauritius to explore its immaculate stretches of coastline seeking the ideal spot to soak up the sunshine? Here is a list of the best beaches in Mauritius:
Trou aux Biches
One of the most well known and favoured beaches in Mauritius, Trou aux Biches, located in the northwest of the island, is an excellent spot for a day in the sun with the entire family. Perfect talcum powder sand is wonderful for kids to play in and calm, shallow waters make for excellent and safe swimming, and wonderful street food stalls, cafes and restaurants are all a stone’s throw from the beach. In certain parts of the beach, which spans approximately two kilometres, the coral appears to almost touch the shore, making it a thrilling beach for snorkelling. And a big drawcard for those closer to Port Louis or Grand Bay is that it’s easily accessible with bus stations situated directly in front of the beach itself. Many big game fishing excursions also depart from Trou aux Biches.
Another exceptionally picturesque beach in the northwest, Mont Choisy is a weekend favourite among locals and tourists alike (making it the perfect mid-week beach destination). Shallow crystalline waters, bordered by shady trees make it a popular full day beach destination, enhanced by its close proximity to the airport. This long stretch of picture-perfect shores is ideal for different beach activities from volleyball and soccer to an array of water sports.
Blue Bay Beach
Situated in the southeast of the island, in the Grand Port district, the stretch of coast aptly called Blue Bay Beach, is another ideal swimming spot with translucent waters and a wealth of marine life. Another one of the most popular beaches in Mauritius, it has beautifully vibrant corals frequented by exquisitely colourful shoals of fish, but unlike many of the other beaches, it’s flanked by a semi-circle of filao trees. The contrast of the vivid blues of the water against the stark greens of the trees is enchanting—an ideal view from one of the many water-based activities available in the area. From yachting and windsurfing to snorkelling, diving, rowing and fishing, the list of activities at Blue Bay Beach is virtually endless.
The magnificent Belle Mare beach on the east coast of the island is undoubtedly one of the best beaches in Mauritius to watch the sunrise. Go for a refreshing early morning dip as nature’s finest art piece unravels and bask in the peacefulness of the dawn. This long stretch of coast (a whopping ten kilometres) unfurls all the way to Trou d’Eau Douce and is utterly breathtaking. It’s perfect for a long walk or an energetic jog. Currents here can sometimes be a little stronger than at other beaches in Mauritius, and its slightly breezier conditions make for excellent windsurfing.
Ile aux Cerfs
The iconic island of Ile aux Cerfs, located off the east coast of Mauritius, is not only famous for its world-renowned golf course, but its superb ‘Leisure Island’ too and is a short speedboat ride from mainland Mauritius. A full day trip is recommended to Ile aux Cerfs based on the incredible number of activities to do or just to enjoy the pristine beaches for a well-spent day in the sun. The lagoon offers wonderful snorkelling opportunities while a wide array of water sports are offered to adventure seekers. There are also three varied dining options and a wonderful vibey beachside bar. Ile aux Cerf is synonymous with barefoot luxury at its absolute best.
Tamarin Beach situated on the west coast, near the Black River district, is touted as one of the best beaches in Mauritius. In contrast to the many of the other beaches in Mauritius, this unspoilt beach has slightly darker, ‘black’ sand but is still breathtakingly beautiful, and as there is almost no reef that protects the bay, is a popular beach among surfers—so much so, that it’s been nicknamed ‘Surfer’s Beach’. It’s also an extraordinary place to view dolphins and enjoy a swim, but it’s important to keep in mind that the current can get quite strong.
This gorgeous stretch of coast located in the Black River region on the west coast neighbours Tamarin Beach and is one of the longest beaches in Mauritius, as well as one of the most popular. Its ideal for those that savour long walks on the beach. Powdery white sands stretch as far as the eye can see and seemingly fade into waters that are perfectly clear and beautifully calm. The cerulean lagoon here is famous for its vibrant corals and excellent snorkelling opportunities, and it’s one of the best places to experience one of Mauritius’ dizzyingly stunning sunsets, favourite sundowner in hand.
By far one of the most famous and most beautiful beaches in Mauritius, Le Morne, situated in the southwestern part of Mauritius, is an incredibly unique beach where you can swim in the shadow of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Le Morne Brabant. Thanks to the almost all year round perfect wind conditions, it’s a hotspot for surfers (specifically seeking the thrill of riding waves at One Eye and Manawa), kiteboarders and windsurfers. Le Morne also offers wonderful areas for swimming, but it’s advisable to go in the early mornings and to avoid weekends as it can get very busy, and vying for a safe spot in the lagoon can be challenging. A little further off the coast, past the reefs of Le Morne are some excellent big game fishing spots for those interested in catching some of the Indian Ocean’s famous game fish.
If you are looking for excellent, world-class accommodation close to some of the best beaches in Mauritius, then look no further than Sun Resorts. With excellent four- and five-star resorts on both the east and the west of the island, we guarantee that whether you opt for sunrise or sunset, you are bound to have an exceptional beach holiday in paradise, on what some might argue are some of the best beaches in the world. All of our stellar hotels offer a range of beachside and water-based activities to ensure you make the most of your special time in the sun. Contact us for more information, so we can help you find the ideal hotel for your dream holiday.