Best beaches to visit in Mauritius
- Mauritius boasts of some of the best beaches in Africa. These are some of the best beach towns and the best beaches in these towns. I'll also explain how you can get to each easily.
Grand Baie ( Grand Bay)
- Grand Bay on the north coast is one the most touristic beach towns in Mauritius. Grand Bay is only a 30 minutes drive from Port Louis. Taxis outside the airport charge MR 1500 ( about $40) for transfers from MRU to Grand Bay. Alternatively, take Grand Bair express buses from the northern bus terminal in Port Louis. The fare to Grand Baie is MR 40. There's no direct bus connection from the airport to this bus station.
- These are some of the best beaches in Grand Bay.
La Cuvette Beach
- This beach is close to the center of Grand Baie just 10 minutes walk away. It's a small beach but there are a few spots for food and drinks and also a dive shop where you can book snorkeling and undersea excursion gears and tours. The closest hotels from this beach are the Veranda Grand Baie Hotel and Mauricia Beachcomber resort.
Tip: La Cuvette is one of the cleanest beaches that's close to the center of Grand Baie center. The Grand Baie public beach is closer to the town center but is not ideal for any water activities due to the active boat traffic here. You'll however get the best views of the Grand Bay here.
Trox Aux Biches Beach
- This beach is one of the most visited in Mauritius. It's long, has ample facilities, good weather and sand quality. It's located a few kilometers south of Grand Baie along the highway to Port Louis and is easily accessible from both towns. The bus station is just in front of the beach. This beach is arguably the most famous in Mauritius, it tends to get crowded a lot especially on weekends.
Mont Choisy beach
- This beach is a few kilometers both east of Trou aux Biches. It's easily accessible by bus from Port Louis, Grand Baie, and all towns on the northwest coast.
- This beach is also longer than Trou aux Biches, has almost as many facilities, and gets less crowded.
- Pereybere beach is located 2km east of Grand Bay along the road to Malheureux. This beach has some of the best views of Gunners coin and Ilot Gabriel.
- The water here is very shallow and great for swimming. The village of Coin de Mire is very close to this beach. There a few spots for food and drinks on the beach itself, you'll find more spots in Coin De Mire.
Beaches on the West Coast
- The West coast especially the area around Flic en Flac is the second most touristic region in Mauritius after the north coast. These are some of the best beaches along the west coast.
Flic en Flac beach
- The small town of Flic en Flac is the most touristic town after Grand Baie. There's no airport in Flic Flac but is well connected by bus from Port Louis, Curepipe, and Quatre Bornes. Direct airport shuttle transfer is available from MRU to Flic en Flac for $50. Money-saving tip: For airport transfers take the shuttle, its service is good and will save you $20 if you're going to Flic rn Flac. Taxi transfers cost $70 from MRU to Flic en Flac.
- From Port Louis buses headed to Flic en Flac depart from Place Victoria bus station. Take bus route 123. Buses drive through the entire Flic en Flac beachfront and stop anywhere. Get off at the beginning of the beachfront near the village if you want to be close to shops.
- This town has the longest beach in Mauritius covering an 8km stretch from the village of Albion to Tamarin.
- This beach is popular for all sorts of water activities. There are also pods of dolphins offshore the coast of Flic en Flac and Tamarin. Dolphin watching and swimming with dolphins is one of the most popular activities here.
- This beach is popular among surfers, it lacks coral reefs leading to a strong current ideal for surfing. This beach lies between Flic en Flac and Black River.
Le Morne Beach
- This beach is located on the Le Morne peninsula at the foot of the Le Morne Brabant mountain. It's a popular beach among kite and windsurfers. Most non-surfers who visit Le Morne do so because of its unique scenery.
Beaches on the East and South coast
- The East and South coast are the only true off the beaten path destinations in Mauritius. These regions of the country are not popular for water sports, on most beaches seas are wild with very high cliffs. The wild scenery and quietness are not found in the North and West and are the main attraction here. These are some of the beaches that are worth a visit:
Gris Gris Beach
- This beach is located at the extreme South near Soullilac village. It's famous for the "Roche Qui pleure" ( the rock that cries), it's a large rock where waves break with great violence creating an impression that the rock is crying. There's a small garden beside the beach where you can view the beach and a small path from the garden leads you to the end of the beach where you'll get the best views and photos of the beach. All forms of water activities are not allowed here for both hobbyists and professionals.
Ile Aux Cerfs
- Ile Aux Cerfs is a private island just off the East Coast. It's popular for all sorts of water activities and catamaran tours.