Most of our accommodations are located along the shore. Thus, the shape of the beach influences the choice of the right region and accommodation on the island. In the north and north-west you will find fine sandy beaches, while the beaches in the south are crossed by small pieces of coral. However, the water in the south seems to be much clearer than it is already in the north. In the south it is more windy and the waves are higher than in the other parts of the island, so the south is very popular among kitesurfers. Along the east coast light breezes are present during the summer months which is a pleasant cooling to the high temperatures. During the winter months the wind is a bit stronger. The sun rises in the east and you can enjoy the sunset in the west with beautiful panorama views on the Indian Ocean.
In the following, we will give you a rough overview of the various white sand beach sections and lagoons that divide the green island from the turquoise lagoons. Starting in the north-west the list guides on to the north and to the eastern and southern sections before it leads back to the west. Travel around the island and do some excursions in Paradise. Discover some of the very different beaches around this amazing island.
Baie du Tombeau north west
The Le Goullet beach located in Baie du Tombeau can be spotted from the coastal road and accessed by car from the opposite side through Balaclava. The access might be difficult to find as you will need to drive through fields with no indication. It's a public beach with a river estuary. The beach is large, with lots of trees that offer shades and usually a quiet location during the week. Well visited during the week end.
Pointe aux Piments north west
The Pointe aux Piments beach is long and runs from Baie aux Tortues to Trou aux Biches. The sandy beach is repeatedly divided into stony sections and provides isolated and romantic bays. The beach is of considerable length but it is very narrow in places. The highlight of Pointe aux Piments is the coral reef, located close to the coast, with perfect conditions for snorkelling and diving. The Baie aux Tortues bay, and the adjacent coastal areas, were declared the first Ocean National Park because of their biodiversity. On the Pointe aux Piments beach there are more luxury hotels, apartment complexes and holiday homes. The public beach is very small and is located directly in the town. Here you find culinary offers and you quickly come into contact with the locals. For swimming and snorkelling it is worthwhile heading in the direction of the hotel.
Trou aux Biches north west
This beach, lined by Filaos trees, is several kilometres long and has very fine sand. Located near the Troux aux Biches Hotel and the police station of the village, this public beach can be easily reached from the main coastal highway. This nice beach has no special amenities and is not lighted at night. The lagoon is very quiet, has a sandy seabed and is not deep.
Mont Choisy north west
This one of the most important and well-known meeting places for Mauritians on the weekends and also a camp site for teenagers during the holidays. This beach is ideal for people who want to meet locals. Along the beach street merchants offer handicraft, parasols made of straw, deck chairs, Coconut milk and other local specialities. Patrols and guards are doing regular controls. The quiet lagoon is very large and not deep.
Pointe aux Canonniers north
The Pointe aux Canonniers beaches, which are approximately 6 km long and cling to a peninsula, have fine sands and are broken up by lava rocks in some places. There are many small and hidden bays which are perfect for those seeking tranquillity. The sea is perfect for swimming and snorkelling. The coast is primarily cultivated with several hotels, holiday homes and private homes; one of these holiday homes would be ideal for your holiday if you really wish to benefit from this amazing beach. The small Pointe aux Canonniers beaches are located North of Mont Choisy, approximately 4km from Grand Baie.
Grand Baie and La Cuvette north
Grand Baie, the largest bay, is a true feast for the eyes with beautiful turquoise-coloured water. Around the bay the location has developed into the tourist centre of Mauritius. You can find everything a tourist needs here. The public beach is less suitable for swimming as the bay is occupied by a fleet of boats, which are quietly moored in the bay throughout the day. Nevertheless the sight of the most beautiful bay in Mauritius is not to be missed. Be enchanted by the beautiful shades of blue as the colours of the bay glisten in the sun, changing from light turquoise to a powerful blue to a remote dark marine-blue. There are snack stands with local food along the busy beach promenade, which shimmers in the evening under the lights from the restaurants and street lamps.
La Cuvette, a small, rock-enclosed bay with fine sand, is a very popular beach. Located between the luxurious Royal Palm Hotel and the heart of Pointe aux Canonniers, the beach is well equipped with showers, toilets, lampposts, and a parking lot. The calm ocean, the clear water and the sandy seabed make swimming very comfortable.
A few minutes’ drive from Grand Baie, located in the centre of Péreybère, there is a lively public beach which is popular with the locals as well as tourists. Primarily on the weekends, bank holidays and school holidays you will experience the typical family life of the Mauritians. Lying on the white sand and looking out from the small bay provides a great view over the turquoise-blue water with the occasional catamaran passing by. The shallow water is perfect for young children to splash around in and the gorgeous sandy beaches offer ideal conditions for children who love to make sandcastles. Everything you need, for your comfort and entertainment, is provided in the surrounding restaurants and bars. The Doner kebab, which you can buy on the beach, is highly recommended. Sanitary facilities, as well as lighting for evenings and nights, are available.
Cap Malheureux north
The Cap Malheureux beach is located on the Northern tip of Mauritius, with a fantastic view over the small volcanic islands of Ile Plate, Ile Ronde and Coin de Mire. It is an oasis of tranquillity, far from the urbanised world. It offers a harmonic atmosphere, ideal for those seeking some peace and quiet. The unusual chapel on the beach is a popular object for photographers. The name Cap Malheureux (Cape of Misfortune) originated after the English arrived here silently on 2nd September 1810 and drove the French away from the island. This beach is less popular, because there are large, black lava stones found here, but there are some smaller bays along the coastline where you can enjoy the clear water of the Laguna. Swimming shoes are recommended. On the public beach there are sanitary facilities and small snack stands, which offer Mauritian food throughout the day.
Grand Gaube north east
The small public beach of Grand Gaube provides a spectacular view of the northern islands of Mauritius: Coin de Mire, l'île Plate, l'île Ronde, and l'île au Serpent. The beach is located at a tranquil lagoon, between the two hotels 'The Legends' and 'Le Paul et Virginie', in small fishing village. The hotel owners and the government worked together to make the beach even more attractive by adding a parking lot, a comfortable, shaded promenade and other amenities. Grand Gaube is well-known for its exciting and colourful regattas.
Roche Noires east
The public beach at Roche Noir is particularly worth a visit with its breath-taking scenery over the black lava stones and the dark, rougher sea, whose small waves break over the nearby coral reef. It is windy all year round here, which is wonderfully refreshing during the extremely hot summer months. Swimming is not suitable here; but to cool off you can always treat your feet to a paddle. It is a great place to search for shells; if you look carefully enough you will find several interesting and beautiful shells. Around Roche Noir there are several holiday homes which are located directly on the beach. There are wonderfully white sandy beaches with a turquoise-blue Laguna, which is protected by the upstream coral reef.
Poste La Fayette east
Poste La Fayette is one of the preferred swimming locations, especially in the warmer months, because of the fresh prevailing winds which are present all year round. The Poste La Fayette shoreline is lined with Casuarina trees, which bow under the strong winds, presenting a really unique view. The public beach at Poste La Fayette is one of the most beautiful beaches, with an adjacent turquoise-blue Laguna, with shallow waters; ideal for children who want to swim. Surprisingly the area is very reserved – very few observers share in the beauty and tranquillity of this location.
Belle Mare east
This is one of the widest beaches of the island. It is usually exposed to the wind, but in summer it is very comfortable. Basic infrastructure has been arranged by the local authorities. Safety is ensured by regular patrols. The small, shallow bays make it possible to swim all along the beach. This beach is ideal for runners who are looking for wide space and fresh air. There is a theme park not far from the beach.
This beach is easily accessible and looks similar to the beach in Mont Choisy due to its numerous filao trees. You can find street hawkers for arts and crafts, fruits and other local snacks. The fine sandy beach is crossed by some rocks now and then but it is well suited for swimming.
Trou d'Eau Douce east
This small village at the east coast is especially known for offering boat trips to the neighbouring islands, such as Ile aux Cerfs. Visitors meet at the at the main pier, located near the ruin of an old limekiln, in the heart of the village. Swimming is possible at the neighbouring beaches which offer a panoramic view of the main hotels of the region.
Pointe d'Esny south east
Located in the South East, this beach is one of the most beautiful on the whole island. The white radiant sandy beaches stretch for miles along the coast and there is an enchanting turquoise-blue Laguna. All along the beach there are private houses and holiday homes. Nevertheless there are several hidden passages enabling you to reach this wonderful beach. However the beach offers no shade and has no snack stands. So it is advisable to bring a parasol and a picnic with you. The clear water of the Laguna is ideal for swimming and snorkelling. Swimming and splashing is suitable here, even for children. In the winter months, from June till August, there are perfect weather conditions for kite surfers here.
Blue Bay south east
A small, but very popular beach not far from the airport. It is located next to the Blue Bay Marine Park. There are benches and tables for a picnic, as well as fast food restaurants, toilets, and a police station close to the beach.
La Cambuse south east
A beautiful and especially wide white sandy beach with crystal clear water. Enjoy the gorgeous turquoise blue of the Indian Ocean and swim in the relatively deep water. Sanitary facilities and a few snack stalls are available.
The public beach at Riambel is a dream beach located in the south of the island. On weekends and public holidays the beach is one of the most popular starting points for locals. On all other days the beach is abandoned and you can enjoy a wonderful day in peace and quiet, aside from the sound of the sea. Unfortunately the sea is a little wild here and there is a strong current all year round. Swimming is not suitable here, especially for beginners. If you don’t want to miss out on the swimming experience you can lie in the water on the edge of the shore and be pampered by the warm sea and the radiant sun.
Nevertheless the beach is located in a heavenly bay and the long beach is perfect for walks. The entire coastal area is particularly impressive; if you look to the North you will see it is lined throughout by green mountains. There are sanitary facilities, small snack stands with Mauritian food, and street lights, which light up the beach in the evening and at night.
Bel Ombre south
A public unspoilt beach section in a turquoise lagoon in the south. In the Mauritian winter it is very windy here, thus it is well suited for kitesurfing. Nearby there are mainly hotels and villas. Likewise the "C Beach Club" is located in Bel Ombre: a club to spend the day in cozy lounges, enjoy the view and celebrate in the evening.
Le Morne south west
A section of public beach located between two hotels. Set at the bottom of the enormous Le Morne mountain, and providing a view of the lagoon, this is a spectacular location. A bit further on, past the hotels, you will find a small beach which is the meeting place for kite-surfers. Although you shouldn't swim here you can watch the kite surfers freely surf all around the lagoon. A local club offers surfing classes.
La Preneuse west
This small beach is located at the bottom of the ruin of an old limekiln, at the edge of the Black River district. Not far from the beach is the Martello tower, a building from colonial times. The tower was completely renovated with the help of the office for national heritage. Tours of the tower are now possible.
The bay of Tamarin is a favourite location for surfers from all around the world. It is very popular with Mauritians from the Tamarin and Black River regions. The bay is near an estuary which can be crossed at low-tide, opening the way to another beach with private bungalows. The bay is famous, because it is frequently visited by a school of dolphins. Several dolphin-watching boat trips start from the beach. The beach is equipped with toilets, a large kiosk, public benches and a car-park. Regular patrols ensure the safety of visitors. The beach is not lighted at night. Swimming is very comfortable; the seabed is sandy with a few stones. The sea state changes frequently: with an increase of wind the waves become larger, reaching all the way to the beach. The Tamarin hotel, located at the ocean front, offers a large variety of dishes and beverages.
Flic en Flac west
Several kilometres long and lined by Filaos trees, the public beach of Flic en Flac is the main beach at the west coast. The beach can be easily reached by bus and is often visited by locals. A car park and other basic amenities are provided, including patrols by the coastal police. The beach is nice for swimming, but care must be taken due to currents. The main attraction of the beach are numerous restaurants which are located directly at the ocean front and offer a large variety of dishes.