Mauritius is a beautiful island nation off the southeast coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean. The nation is comprised of Rodrigues and Mauritius island as well as the outer islands, which are all part of the Mascarene Islands. With amazing white sand beaches, lagoons and stunning blue water, the Mauritius Island has endless beaches and opportunities for whatever water sport you desire. With amazing fish of all sizes and colors, magnificent coral reefs and many other sea “treasures”, there is an endless opportunity of things to do and see for every interest. Every beach has hotels in the immediate area, and all of these can rent equipment to you, from boats, snorkeling gear, scuba diving equipment, surfing gear of all types and even can get you access to submarines and semi-submersible machines. Below is a list of a few of the best beaches in Mauritius that will make your stay here the vacation of a lifetime!
The various areas of the nation have their own highlights and Mauritius attractions. For instance, the eastern coast is thought to have the best beaches in Mauritius because it is generally wilder and less developed that other parts of the country. Many of the Mauritius beaches along this coast are much less crowded than other areas. While that may also mean there could be fewer public facilities on some of the beaches, it lends to a more secluded and quiet time. Much of the shoreline is lined with native casuarinas trees that can provide some much needed shade, especially in the summer months.
The Mauritius beaches along the south coast are known for their high sea cliffs and for the dramatic sights of the big waves crushing against the rocks. The rugged and picturesque scenery make many people feel that these are the best beaches in Mauritius. While not at conducive to swimming because of the strong sea currents, it is still an amazing portion of the country not to be missed.
The Mauritius beaches on the west coast are extremely popular with both the locals and tourists. The waters are an amazingly blue turquoise, and most beaches are of white sand. The perfect wind conditions make these the best beaches in Mauritius for surfing and windsurfing. It is a world-recognized region for professional windsurfers, which are amazing to watch. The Mauritius beaches listed below are in no way the only ones to be seen in the country. This is a limited list that I felt are well worth spending time at.
1. Blue Bay and Blue Bay Marine Park
Blue Bay and Blue Bay Marine Park is probably the most popular of the beaches in Mauritius for tourists. With its magnificent beaches and crystal-clear waters, it is certainly the place where you will want to spend a lot of time. It is located on the southeast part of the Mauritius island, not far from the city of Mahebourg, and is near the airport and several hotels, which are within walking distance making it very convenient. It is an amazing place where you can dive, snorkel, surf, sail or enjoy any water sport you desire, or spend the day sunbathing with a tropical drink in your hand. No better way to relax and enjoy your vacation! There are over 50 different species of corals, some of them very rare, in a unique network of reefs that break the oceans waves to protect the bay. There are also many fish species in the shallower water that will make any snorkeling or diving a fantastic experience. Atop the marine park is ‘Ile des Deux Cocos’, an islet within the lagoon should also be on your list of what to do in Mauritius while in this area.
2. Pereybère Beach
Pereybère Beach is one of the most popular of the Mauritius beaches with not only tourists, but the locals as well. It is a small cove half way between Grand Bay and Cap Malheureux. The town of Pereybere itself has some wonderful shopping area, bars and restaurants when you want a break from playing in the amazing blue waters. Many colorful shoppes, exotic fruits and locally grown vegetables and many arts and crafts that you will love to see. With so many types of cuisine that the island has to offer, as well as many varieties of local beers and rums, you will have a wonderful day. The lagoon itself is so clear and full of beautiful fish that it is perfect for snorkeling and diving. There are many food vendors on the beach where you can get all sorts of delicious foods and drinks so you can spend the entire day here. Located on the northern portion of the Mauritius island, this is a beach you will not want to miss.
3. La Cuvette Beach
La Cuvette Beach near Grand Bay is one of the absolute best beaches in Mauritius for water skiing, sailing, windsurfing or any other water sport you love. The waters here are very calm and do not have the coral reef and rocks that other beaches do, which makes it ideal for swimming and playing in the beautiful blue Indian Ocean. There are plenty of food vendors on the beach so you will be able to play all day without having to leave the beach. This amazing beach is situated in the northern section of the Mauritius island and near the epicenter of Grand Bay. There are many hotels nearby in Grand Bay, and any one of them will have boats and equipment that you can rent. There are many bars, restaurants and shopping opportunities in Grand Bay that will give you a much needed break from your days in the sun, sand and surf!
4. The Belle Mare beach
The Belle Mare beach is probably the longest beach in Mauritius. It stretches over several miles, on the eastern portion of the country, from the village of Belle Mare to Trou-d’Eau Douce, and with its magnificently white and pristine sand, it is very likely the most beautiful of all the Mauritius beaches. There is a deep lagoon that runs parallel to the beach which lends to the calm waters the beach is known for. The length of the beach makes it a perfect place to walk, jog or even horseback ride – especially during those magical moonlit nights! The lush greenery, native plants and trees add to the beauty of the area as well, and for the early birds the sun rises are unbelievably spectacular. As with most Mauritius beaches, there are very few people during the week, which makes it ideal for those quiet relaxing days. During the weekends, it fills with locals and tourists alike, which makes it an exciting hub of activity.
5. Tamarin Beach
Tamarin Beach lies between Flic en Flac and the village of Black River in the Bay of Tamarin on the western portion of the nation. It is a very popular Mauritius attraction because the Black River mountain range is in the background, making it an amazingly scenic area. There is also the river of Tamarin that divides the beach in two. It can easily be crossed on foot, and just adds to the beauty. The sands of the beach are more of a yellow color than other Mauritius beaches, and a little rougher, with small stones mixed in. There is no reef protecting the bay, so it can get some fairly good waves. While not usually towering waves, it is one of the best beaches in Mauritius for sailing, surfing, water skiing, paddle boarding and many other water sports. It is also where a lot of the locals bring their families to spend the entire day, even having campfires in the evenings while enjoying the magnificent sunset. You can not go wrong spending time at this beach.
6. The Le Morne Beaches
The Le Morne Beaches are along the west side of the Le Morne peninsula in the southwest portion of the Mauritius island. It is situated at the foot of the Le Morne Brabant and the Le Morne Mountain range. The Le Morne Mountains are also a UNESCO World Heritage site that you will want to spend time enjoying. With these mountains in the background, amazing white sand and trees scattered along the beach, the scenery in this area is one of the best on the Mauritius island. There is also an ideal wind almost year-round that makes this one of the best beaches in Mauritius for windsurfing, and there are even professional windsurfers taking advantage of the conditions on a regular basis. You will thoroughly enjoy watching these people take on the sea! There is also kite surfing and many other sports that aren’t as available at other Mauritius beaches due to these prime conditions. So grab some of the great beach food and have a great day!
7. Flic en Flac beach
Flic en Flac beach is situated on the west coast of the Mauritius island, between the village of Albion and Tamarin. Flic en Flac means “Free and Flat Land” in Dutch and is also one of the longest beaches in Mauritius. It has many Casuarina trees along it, which makes it another one that is ideal for those midnight strolls – or jogging for the more health conscious people! The beach is entirely protected by the coral reef which makes it absolutely wonderful for snorkeling and diving to see all of the wonderful varieties of marine life. The reef also breaks the waves of the ocean, making it ideal for swimming without worrying about the sea current. The town of Flic en Flac is a terrific village to take in some of the local flavor and take time for some shopping and sightseeing. There are many shoppes where you can get local spices and teas as well as many other local delicacies.
8. Ile aux Cerfs Beaches
Ile aux Cerfs is one of the most popular Mauritius attractions. It is actually a tiny island itself, just off the east coast of the mainland. It is easy to access by boat from the mainland. With the swaying palm trees, fantastic white sand and crystal clear turquoise water, this is definitely one of the best beaches in Mauritius. Here you will find everything you need in order to spend the entire day enjoying it and doing whatever makes you happy. The beach surrounds practically the entire island, and the waters provide for every kind of water sport you could think of, and some you have probably never heard of. Boats and equipment can be rented,found and guides or instructors can also be. The interior of the island has a local bazaar, many shoppes, and a wide variety of restaurants – anything a person may need to have the time of a lifetime can be found here. This gem is definitely one you will want to see and spend time on!
9. Trou aux Biches Beach
Trou aux Biches Beach is located on the northwest side of the country, just southwest of Grand Bay. It is another one of the best beaches in Mauritius for snorkeling, as there is a huge coral reef there. Scuba diving or deep sea fishing are also very popular activities here. The sand here is white and almost powder-like, so very nice to walk in. This is such a luxuriant and relaxing beach to spend a quiet day enjoying.
10. Mont Choisy Beach
This beach is located between Pointe aux Cannoniers and Mont Choisy on the northern part of the Mauritius island. This is one of the most popular beaches on the Mauritius island for the local families. There is even a football field nearby where you are welcome to join the locals in a friendly game. The white sand beach forms a bay, with plenty of room to play in the sand and sunbathe when you are ready to relax after a day of playing in the ocean. With the casuarina trees surrounding it, it not only makes the scenery beautiful, but it creates a generous amount of shade makes the summer heat more bearable.
11. Riviere des Galets Beach
Riviere des Galets Beach is arguably one of the best beaches in Mauritius for surfing and windsurfing as it often has big waves crashing onto shore. These waves are so amazing just to watch, and smell the saltwater that the mist creates. It is located between Souillac and Bel Ombre. Right next to the beach is the tiny Mauritius island of Ilôt Sancho. You can walk across a shallow portion of the sea to get to the island. It is a cute island you can saunter around easily, and is very likely one of the best, lesser known Mauritius attractions. While not a great place for leisurely swimming because of the strong sea current, it does make for a great view of the ocean.
12. St Félix Beach
This beach is actually made up of two small separate beaches. Most people like the eastern portion of the beach the best, but both sides are still terrific. The beach is considered by the locals as one of the most beautiful Mauritius beaches on the south side of the Mauritius island with the exception of Le Morne. The currents are very strong, so it makes it almost impossible to safely swim. However, the coral reefs that are scattered all along the beach makes it thrilling to snorkel and dive in. The sand is very white and the sea is a colorful mixture, from a deep blue to a light turquoise. With the trees and native plants surrounding it, it is no wonder it is one of the favorites. Located at the very south end of the Island between the towns of Belle Ombre and Soulliac it is easy to access. This side of the island is also considered the most undeveloped and native sections of the country.
13. Gris Gris Beach
Gris Gris Beach is possibly the most magnificent of the beaches in Mauritius. Surrounding the beach are some majestic cliffs which has the most wonderful view from. The huge waves crashing onto these cliffs create great splashes of water and the associated sprays and mists make the smell of seawater simply amazing. The “Roche Qui Pleure” is the best area to watch the waves crashing, where it gives the impression that the cliffs are crying. There is a small garden that has may benches where you can relax and watch the crashing waves. It is amazing. From there a trail leads down to the small beach where you can enjoy the sea. This is one of the Mauritius attractions you should not miss! The Gris Gris beach is located at the south of the Mauritius island, just a short distance from the village of Souillac.
Mahebourg is located in the southern section of the island and on the amazing Grand Port Bay. It is one of the main fishing villages of the nation and has had less outside influence than other areas of the country. While spending the day at this beach, you will be able to get more of a feel of the true Mauritian way of life. You will also want to spend some time at the Market of Mahebourg where you will find so many unique products, tropical fruits and vegetables, fresh fish, local arts and crafts, spices, teas and much more. The time you spend here is a wonderful experience where you will not only be able to enjoy the sea, but become a part of the local customs and traditions.