Mauritius Island, 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.
Pereybere 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.
Grand Baie 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 Ile Ronde.
Cap Malheureux 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.
Mont Choisy 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 background.
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 tourists.
This 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 du Rempart.
Blue Bay is the official public beach closest to Mahebourg.This attractive beach can get very busy on weekends.
Ile Aux Cerfs
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.