Aerial views of the tranquil waters and lagoons off the coast of Mauritius appear as if a divine artist used every colour of blue and green to paint a truly captivating scene.
Mauritius is an island nation located off the east coast of Madagascar with perfect beach conditions for relaxing, swimming and water sports.
Jungle waterfalls, magnificent Hindu temples, excellent French-Creole cuisine that has significant Indian and Chinese influence and much more can be found across Mauritius.
Nonetheless, the stunning beaches are unquestionably the main magnet for visitors from all over the world.
Mauritius has gorgeous beaches in every direction, but here are a few of our favourites.
Le Morne Beach
Le Morne Peninsula, located on the southwestern coast of Mauritius, is without a doubt the most photographed location on the island.
It sits in the shadow of the majestic Le Morne Brabant Mountain, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The mountain, which rises 1,824 feet above sea level, is a symbol of the struggle for freedom.
The mountain was used as a shelter by fugitive slaves in the 19th century and today it acts as a reminder of the island’s difficult past.
The beautiful white sand beach which is placed right under the mountain is a wind and kite surfing paradise.
Mont Choisy Beach
Known as Mauritius’s longest beach, Mont Choisy is seemingly an infinite stretch of sand lovingly touched by calm Indian Ocean waves.
The beach is lined with many Casuarina trees, also known as Australian pines, and it is ideal for a long walk.
If you are bringing your kids, the shallow water is perfect for them to swim.
Visit during the week to avoid crowds, because Mont Choisy is popular with locals and can get quite crowded during the weekends.
Grand Baie, a bustling village with a harbour, restaurants, and bazaar, is close by.
Do not miss the underwater sea walks, which allow non-scuba divers to explore coral reefs while walking underwater with a breathing apparatus.
Trou Aux Biches Beach, a popular resort destination, is very close to Mont Choisy.
Located at the confluence of the estuaries of two rivers, Tamarin Beach is an authentic beach with not many mega-resorts.
Tamarin has become one of the most famous surf spots in Mauritius.
While all are welcome, some territorial surfers may be there, trying to protect their waves from being commercialized.
All of these elements contribute to Tamarin Beach’s nostalgic charm.
Flic en Flac Beach
Like Tamarin Beach, Flic en Flac Beach is located in the same Black River District.
Its clear blue water has attracted many tourists, transforming the small fishing village into a popular tourist destination.
Even though the village now has modern resorts, it is still quite charming, with many beachside food shacks selling fresh seafood.
Catamaran excursions and sand horseback rides are also available here.
Ile Aux Cerfs
A small island just near the east coast of the island of Mauritius that offers full enjoyment.
Ile Aux Cerfs is largely untouched, thanks in part to the fact that no overnight visitors are permitted.
Beaches are available on both the sea and lagoon sides, where sunbathers will find calm waters and a gentle breeze.
Aside from ultimate relaxation, visitors can participate in watersports like wakeboarding and parasailing, as well as speedboat tours.
A protected area that is home to rich flora and fauna, like a threatened coral reef, as well many fish species.
Despite some doubts about the conservation efforts’ veracity, Blue Bay Marine Park remains a popular snorkelling and glass-bottom boat tour destination.
The Blue Bay Marine Park is easily accessible from a number of places in Mauritius, including Mahebourg, and it is worth visiting as a day trip only to see the colours permeating from its abundant marine life.
A guided eco-tour to the uninhabited Ile aux Aigrettes Nature Preserve, home to giant tortoises and exotic birds, is also available.
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