The world’s most renowned place for relaxation is at the beach. However, not all beaches are worth the trip. Many of the beaches in the world would leave you disappointed. Here is a list of the top 10 beaches we think you should visit in the Indian Ocean to make your vacation one of the most memorable experiences of your life. Our choices are based on factors such as the beauty of the places and the level of satisfaction one will get while visiting these shores. A trip to one of these beaches would make you feel like you are in heaven and you would definitely want to come back for more.
1. Pereybere Beach, Mauritius.
The beach is located in the north of Mauritius in the village of Pereybere. It is one of the many seasides in Mauritius with beautiful sands and calm lagoons. Arriving at the beach, you will find a lot of casuarinas trees around the borders of the shore. Photographers will have a nice playground and good photo shoot opportunities.
But the reason this beach is first in our top 10 is because it is very safe for families with small children. In fact, the lagoon is very calm and shallow at the beginning. You will not find any corals that will hurt your foot in the waters. As a result, you can run and walk carefree at the starting point of the shoal.
Furthermore, there are coast guards roaming in the area while there are great numbers of inhabitants bathing in the waters. Therefore one can let their babies play on the beach with no worries. There are many water sports activities that you can get access to, like windsurf, parasailing, water ski and many more.It is also a nice spot to admire the sunsets and sunrise.
Trou aux Biches is situated in the north west of Mauritius. It has one of the most gorgeous beach in the island. Many hotels are available there and plenty of water sports and adrenaline rush activities are also proposed. The quality of the sand is phenomenal, powder-like while the beach gives a beautiful picturesque view, being decorated by coconut trees around the borders. Being home to many beautiful and multicoloured corals and different types of fishes, the sea offers the most spectacular snorkelling experience.
3. Beau Vallon, Seychelles
Beau Vallon is situated on the north west of Mahé Island. It is the most renowned and largest beach in Mahé Island. The beach is clean and is home to some white crabs which can be seen early in the morning. At night, you can have a romantic walk over the beach while the small waves crush against your legs just as we see in the movies.
Moreover, the waters are deep enough for swimming although you will have to keep your eyes opened for fishermen’s boats. Coconut trees and takamaka trees can be found along the beach with good picturesque view.
4. Anse Intendance, Seychelles
One of Seychelles’ and among the most beautiful beaches in the Indian ocean, Anse Intendance has the finest of sand and nice picturesque view with palm trees decorating the borders of the beach. Found in the main island of Seychelles, the Mahé island, Anse Intendance offers great surfing opportunities while having the drawbacks of dangerous waters. As a result, we do advice not to go bathing in the sea at Anse Intendance.
And if you are looking for a hotel in mahe , Jardin des palmes will surely meet your expectations, providing value for money.
5. Anse volbert, Seychelles
Anse volbert is situated on the north east coast of Praslin, an island among the other 114 islands of the archipelago of Seychelles. Anse volbert is among the most popular beaches in Praslin. It has fine sands and warm shallow waters. It is safe for children to bath as the sea is protected by coral reefs resulting in calm and peaceful waters.
6. Mont Choisy Beach, Mauritius
Mont choisy is found in the north of Mauritius. It is usually the beach most local inhabitants go to as it is easily accessible and has plenty of space. If you would like the beach to be a little deserted, you might be granted your wish during week days. The beach also has a football area with sand on the ground instead of grass. It offers facilities such as public toilets and bathrooms. The sand is of average quality with a shallow lagoon and patrol roaming in the area. There are numerous casuarinas trees on the borders of the beach. In fact, most of the trees one will find there are casuarinas trees. Many water sports are available to the public, like water skiing, tube riding, surfing, parasailing and glass-bottom boat.
7. Anse Lazio beach, Seychelles
Anse Lazio is located on the north shore of Praslin Island. This beach is a must go for the photograph lovers. It provides the best quality shoots for even the amateur camera holders. With the beautiful sands being merged with the crystal clear, light blue coloured water and the nice sun shining bright over them, you will feel like the view is from heaven itself. Its lagoon is protected by coral reefs resulting in calm waters. Here you will have good swimming opportunities.
8. Blue Bay Beach, Mauritius
The Blue Bay beach is situated south east of Mauritius. A very beautiful beach, with the sand white merging with the light blue lagoon following the dark blue deep sea. Its lagoon is very deep while not being very suitable for small children to go swimming without proper surveillance. You have a wide parking space to park your vehicle but the parking area is not in so good conditions. One may sunbath on the spacious beach or may rest in the shades of the casuarinas trees while other average swimmers can go for a swim in the attractive turquoise waters of blue bay. Snorkelling will be quite an experience there. The waters are crystal clear, making the wide variety of fishes, crabs and other sea animals easily spotted.
9. Ile aux Cerfs
Around the east coast of Mauritius, you can take a boat for a trip to the Island of Ile aux cerfs, a small island surrounded by good quality sand with nice waters .
However, be careful where you land your foot in the lagoon. You might step on sea urchins which when sting, hurt extremely. The natural habitat there was preserved and so provides a wonderful snorkelling experience. On the other hand, hotels on the ilot offers high quality services and there are numerous activities on offer. You will surely enjoy yourself there.
10. Maafushi, Maldives
If you are looking for a trip to the beach to relax with nothing much of a budget, Maafushi is the right place for you. Among the many islands in the archipelago, Maafushi homes a gorgeous beach with powder-like sands and light blue coloured waters. You may find some water sports there such as snorkelling. However, it is not a place where one can experience adrenaline rush activities. It is mainly designed for relaxation. Moreover, if you like calmness and tranquillity, we suggest you go in September which is in the low season when the prices are also very low. October and November are the peak seasons. There will be a lot of foreigners and prices will definitely be on the rise.
All the islands in the indian ocean are worth a trip, Mauritius and seychelles being the most popular among holidaymakers. If you are planning a trip to any of these two, we highly recommend you to book a villa in mauritius, or stay at villa caroline which one of the most affordable hotels in mauritius, offering 4-star services.
It is no coincidence that Mauritius is commonly referred to as the beach island. Either north or south, the Mauritius beaches are the best in the world. Its three hundred and thirty kilometres of coastline is ornamented with azure crystalline waters and waves washing up on infinite stretches of white sandy beaches sometimes in front of lush green vegetation giving it a sense of lost paradise. Situated in the South of Mauritius, beaches like Blue Bay, Le Morne, St Félix, are the amongst the most visited beaches of the island, all year round.
Picturesque postcard landscapes and sunshine galore are on the menu. If the sun never fails to call in the south. It is easy to take shelter in the shade of coconut palms and casuarina trees lining the beaches.
The natural richness of the Mauritian lagoon, where you can observe some 600 species of fish and the inviting water temperature, between 23 ° and 27 ° depending on the season, also offers a range of beach and water activities that will meet the expectations of young and old.
The Blue Bay Beach is known for its soft clean white sand and clear coastline. Thanks to the location and size of Blue Bay, it is one of the most desired weekend destination for the inhabitants of the south.
The best time to enjoy the beach during the week where you can have a small secluded corner all to yourself. It is very difficult to take a bad picture to Blue Bay because it is simply one of the best beaches in the world.
Blue Bay is also host to the first marine park of the island. You can access it by seeking the service of one of the numerous boat charters found on the beach. You can either choose to admire the fish species through glass bottom boats or either snorkel and also discover the numerous species of coral.
Unfortunately over the last years, the corals began to whiten, probably because of the rise in the sea temperature.
Located on the south-western coast of Mauritius, Le Morne is a small village overshadowed by a small mountain called Le Morne.
It is home to a very nice public beach that attracts surfers, gliders and kite surfers. It is slightly windy and this place is an ideal place for these sports.
From the beach, you have a very impressive and beautiful view of the mountain. If you love hiking and trekking, you will probably want to hike the mountain. On the top, you will have a very impressive view of the peninsula and see an amazing optical illusion- an underwater waterfall. The village is very relaxed and accommodating.
La Prairie is named is named after the green grass that borders the beach. It is situated in the south of Mauritius in between the Mouth of Rivière Du Cap River and La Pointe Sud Ouest.
This beach is not suitable for swimming because of currents but is popular with families who come to picnic here every weekend in the shade of Casuarinas.
Sometimes laid on the turf, the pirogues of the fishermen will make amazing backgrounds combined with the blue of the sea for your photos.
St Félix beach is the ideal family beach of the south of Mauritius. With a turf extending over a few hundred metres, soft sandy beaches and a crystal clear lagoon, St Félix is one of the gems of the south.
The beach is quasi-deserted throughout the year. During weekdays, it is very rare to find people at the exceptions of some few tourists or third age groups picnicking.
If you are residing in the north of Mauritius, the journey to Saint Felix can take you a while. The coastal road is approximately ninety-seven kilometres long.
St Felix is also a great place to test your snorkelling skills.
The Riambel public beach is a dream beach located between Souillac and Bel Ombre. During weekends and holidays, the beach is one of the busiest places by locals. On weekdays, the beach is quiet and you can enjoy a beautiful day in peace, apart from the waves.
Unfortunately, the sea is a bit rough and there is a fairly strong current throughout the year. Swimming is not recommended, especially for those who are not used to. If you do not want to take the risk, however, you can lie in the water on the beach and be pampered by the warm sea and bright sunshine.
To the east of Souillac in the extreme south of Mauritius, the Gris-Gris and its mysterious high cliffs immediately bewitch minds with its deafening tumultuous roars.
A horde of reckless waves come and smash their last breaths of life on eroded black basaltic rock.
This incessant ritual of furious waves in Mauritius that befell the chain and excessive noise litany give this grandiose show a nostalgic decor Breton Island more surprising in Mauritius.
A few steps from the rough and imbued with magic place, a rock having a rather bizarre name, La Roche qui pleure – literally the crying rock, mingles with the party making seep infinity of warm ocean tears from her protruding walls under attack repeatedly by a devastating ocean.
Geysers of water with long spit erected towards the sky are also working to make them a subject of this attraction.
Below these bare cliffs, a small beach with golden intoxicating pristine white sand gracefully reveals to visitors of this sumptuous part of Mauritius.
However, swimming is strongly discouraged because of the strong sea currents that stir the waters. Yet in this romantic place in the heart of an authentic and spectacular Mauritius
The beach of La Cambuse in the southeast of the island is a beautiful beach surrounded by lush and unspoiled nature. To get to the beach, you have to take the road leading to the Shandrani hotel. The beach of La Cambuse is on the right just before reaching the hotel.
You will then find a charming little dirt road with trees on each side of the road and after a few minutes you will find the beach. Near the beach, you will find large Casuarina trees lining the coast, and just before the white sands of La Cambuse you find veloutiers.
The Veloutier is a beautiful shrub with silvery green foliage, grows mainly Veloutier The seafront, the trunk is twisted and dried by the salt in the air. Its sinuous forms give it the appearance of a Bonsai.
The white sand beach is beautiful with turquoise sea surrounded by greenery, swimming is not recommended, because the sea is generally rough with strong currents.
This part of the south can be windy, but if you want to swim, you will find the right end of the beach, a lake surrounded by rocks – perfect for a swim.
Nudism is prohibited, but topless is accepted. The best time to visit the beach of La Cambuse is early morning since the beach is nearly desert.
There large areas of natural coral overflowing with marine life makes of Mauritius an exclusive place to discover the wonders of snorkeling.
If you are holidaying in Mauritius you’d most probably want to grab your snorkeling equipment and head to the beach.
Unlike Seychelles where the rise in the sea temperature caused by global warming to a massive whitening of its coral reefs, the marine fauna and flora of Mauritius Island is still well preserved.
Reunion Island on the other hand has very few coral reefs and the majority of its beaches are made up of volcanic ash. There are few places where you can enjoy swimming and snorkeling.
The lagoon is generally calm in the majority of places due to the fact that the island is surrounded by a coral reef. Mauritius is home to some of the most beautiful coral reefs in the world. Teeming with hundreds of colorful fish, underwater world of Mauritius is considered a natural wonder.
Coastal areas offer the best environment for all types of water sports. Snorkeling is the perfect way to take part in the pleasures of these incredible beauties of nature. Book a local guide for detailed dives and maximum safety.
Mauritius: Marine Fauna and Flora
Mauritius has one of the most abundant marine life of the Indian Ocean. The moderate tropical sea temperature is ideal for the flourishing of the fauna and flora. It is not surprising at all that there is about four hundred and thirty different species of underwater creatures, including fish such as Parrot fish, Groupers, Napoleons, Sweet-lips, Angels, Trumpet, the clown fish, moray eels and lobsters.
More than two hundred different species of corals have been recorded by marine biologists. There is also a good number of sponges and sea anemones.
For fans of big game fishing, the deep water around the island teem with Tunas, Marlins, sharks and sea breams.
Dolphins can also be observed at certain spots including Tamarin and Flic en Flac. One can also see whales during their migration south of the island.
Mauritius: The Best Seasons for Snorkeling
Situated above the tropic of Capricorn, Mauritius enjoys a purely tropical climate. The water temperature averages the twenty-eight degrees Celsius in summer and twenty-one degrees Celsius in winter. The water temperature is therefore ideal for snorkeling throughout the year, even though summer months are considered the best.
In summer, warm water attracts an abundance of migrating fish. Marine plants also flourish during this season due to the availability of plenty of sunlight. During the summer season we can easily observe a wide variety of exotic fish due to the fact that reproduction occurs mainly during this period of time.
Mauritius: Best sites for snorkeling
There are many snorkeling sites scattered throughout the island. Beginners can easily learn to snorkel in the calm and shallow water of the lagoon. While experienced snorkelers can proceed directly to Snorkeling sites which are more adventurous such as caves, cliffs, wrecks, pinnacles and reefs. The most popular sites in Mauritius include “Colorado” and “Roche Zozo” outside Blue Bay on the south coast of Mauritius among others.
The east coast
The Blue Bay Beach is known for its clean soft white sandy beaches and clear coastline. Due to the location of Blue Bay, it is a very popular beach destination for tourists as well as locals. The best time to enjoy the beach is during the week as it is normally very crowded on weekdays.
Blue Bay is especially famous for snorkeling. Since 1997, an area of three hundred and fifty-three acres that is located across from the public beach became the first and so far the only marine park in Mauritius.
The reasons for the foundation of this marine park are exceptional and unique coral gardens. The Blue Bay Marine Park offers a rare blend of flora and fauna. The Coral rocks are in well-preserved form. The marine park is home for about Seventy-two species of coral and thirty-two fish species. Some corals are as old as eight hundred years.
The is a visitor center where you can get information on the park in front of the public beach.
The best way to access the park is to take a glass bottom boat. The journey takes about half an hour.
The West Coast
Flic en Flac
The beach of Flic en Flac covers a long part of the western Mauritian coast. Boasting an incredibly clear water and aquatic life outbreak is probably one of the best spots for snorkeling. It also offers perfect opportunities for sunbathing and endless walks. If you walk on the beach to the south, you will reach the next village Tamarin after about half an hour, where you will discover a beautiful beach and the best place to surf in Mauritius.
Beware of sea urchins. A good measure of protection is to wear swimming shoes.
Tamarin is a beautiful little village situated only five kilometers from Flic en Flac. The “natural aquarium” is a sight to be seen at Tamarin. It is one of the most beautiful seascapes of Mauritius.
The Mauritian Marine Conservation Society (MMCS) is working on making it the site the second marine national park.
Tamarin is also a very interesting place to watch sunset.
Trou aux Biches
Trou aux Biches is mostly known for sunbathing, Snorkeling and other kinds of sports activities. Some people even say it’s the most beautiful beach of Mauritius as beach which extends over more than a kilometer has one of the cleanest beach and clearest water. The proximity of the reef makes of Trou aux Biches an ideal place for snorkeling and diving.
Trou aux Biches also offers a lot of activities such as water skiing, parasailing, kayaking and big game fishing.
Situated on the southwestern tip of the island, Le Morne is probably the richest site in history and culture of Mauritius. Le Morne beach is located on the peninsula under the foot of Morne Brabant, a mountain of about 550 meters. Le Morne Brabant has been classified by UNESCO as World Heritage since 2008.
Le Morne has a turquoise lagoon and very clear water which offers excellent visibility for snorkeling and diving.
Mauritius is surrounded by the immensity of the Indian Ocean. Those clear, warm colored, blue turquoise water enveloping the island adds up to its magnificence. Its endless white beaches shaded by coconut trees make Mauritius an ideal tropical holiday destination.
An array of spots is offered by the island commonly pictured as the paradise of the Indian Ocean. Its large lagoons bordered with fine white sand are the incarnation of paradise to those desiring to enjoy the sea, the sand and the sun. All around the island, large strips of beaches promises matchless relaxing possibilities.
With approximately 330 km of breath-taking beaches at every corner of the coastline, Mauritius ensures not only spectacular lagoons but also assures calm water conditions, ideal for swimming, bathing and snorkeling since the entire island is surrounded by coral reefs.
On many of these beaches you are sure to find hotels and beach resorts. However it is important to know that all beaches of Mauritius are public. Most Mauritius public beaches are safe for bathing and swimming, and ideal for coastal walks and scenic sightseeing. So whether you are lodging at a hotel or villa, all the beaches are accessible to each and everyone.
Beaches in the North of Mauritius
Famous for its outstanding number of activities proposed on its beaches, northern beaches offer water sports such as waterskiing, windsurfing, sailing, deep sea fishing, and parasailing. In the evenings you will have the opportunity to enjoy amazing views on the sunset while sipping a drink at any of the trendy bars and or restaurants situated along the coastline.
Mont Choisy Beach
The public beach of Mont Choisy is situated between Pointe aux Cannoniers and Mont Choisy and is almost 3 kilometers in length with white sand bends around the coast creating a bay of beautiful turquoise water, lined with the casuarina trees providing shade from the sun.
The beach might not be that busy during week days but during the weekend it is quite full. In case you are looking for a quieter and more intimate beach atmosphere make sure to visit the beach during the weekdays and not during the weekends.
A small, but very busy, beach which is quite popular amongst Mauritian citizens for its cleanliness. The beach will not disappoint! If you walk across the rocks on the right you will find more secluded spots to sunbathe in privacy and even spot many tropical fish such as the angel fish.
Pereybere beach is full of life with fast food stalls spread along the beach selling kebab, sandwiches and also fresh pineapple. Also, few meters from the beach you will find many bars and restaurants serving Chinese, Mauritian and International cuisine.
La Cuvette Beach
The public beach of La Cuvette is the closest center of Grand Bay. The beach might be small but intimacy is maximized and you will be able to fully enjoy the beach. The water is very tranquil and the beach is clear of rocks and corals.
Grand Bay Public Beach
The Grand Bay public beach is situated at the very center of Grand Bay. Due to active boat and catamaran traffic inside the bay, the public beach has only a small area in which you can enter the water and you will surely not come across waters that are as clear as in other beaches.The Grand Bay public beach is easily accessible by walk and you enjoy range of facilities offered on and along the coast like fresh juice stands, fast food stalls, ice cream parlours and restaurants.
Anse La Raie Beach
Anse La Raie Beach is located near the village of Calodyne, in the north of Mauritius. Several things can be said about Anse La Raie beach, but few visitors would probably consider this area as a beach as such.
Situated northwest of Calodyne, this area enjoys the same stunning views of the north Indian Ocean in a more peaceful and quiet environment. With clean and clear waters the lagoons offers great opportunities for both snorkelling and perhaps a bit of Mauritius kite surfing al dente!
For a better beach spot, head east of Anse La Raie. Park at Anse La Raie beach, cross the rocks to your northeast and walk along the coast, and you will find shallow waters and a small sandy beach. But still remain cautious the tide rises quickly there.
Poudre d’Or Beach
Poudre d’Or Beach is located in the village of Poudre d’Or, in the north-east part of Mauritius, near the rocky grounds on the northeast coast. You will have to look hard to find any sand here at all, and the waters tend to be rather muddy and brown most of the time throughout the year.
Yet, the area is a good spot for a quiet lunch under one of the many trees, and you will not have to struggle to find a spot of your own. There is also a monument of the world famous (and fictional) story of the two friends and lovers Paul & Virginie.
Beaches in the West of Mauritius
Beautiful beaches and magnificent sunsets are the best thing you can wish for your holidays, and the west coast is the perfect place for the best sunsets. The western part of the island is the ideal destination for surfers where the waves and wind conditions provide ideal conditions for surfing.
Flic en Flac Beach
The beach of Flic en Flac is located between the village of Albion and Tamarin and remains one of the longest beaches of Mauritius. It is a fantastic corner for bathing, swimming, snorkeling and for spending a day relaxing. With its white sand and a turquoise blue lagoon, Flic en Flac is protected by coral reefs and offers best swimming possibilities without strong sea currents.
Flic en Flac is the place to be at sunset- you will witness the sky fill with range of colors-which is a feast to the eyes. The sight of the sun disappearing in the sea with the remarkable scenery of the beach all around is quite breathtaking.
The sights of the Tamarin beach with the Black River mountain range in the background are stunning and make the visit to Tamaran beach worthwhile. With its yellowish sand consisting of soft sand mixed with little stones, Tamaring beach remains unique in its own way and is clear from corals, stones and sea urchins.
You will also have the chance to cross the river of Tamarin, which cuts the beach in two parts, from one part to the other by crossing the river by foot. The only problem there is that no coral reefs are present and sometimes strong currents can drag you away and on many occasions you will see waves reaching all the way to the beach which can be ideal for those surf lovers.
Le Morne Beach
Le Morne is situated on the south west tip of Mauritius and its beaches are located on the west part of the Le Morne peninsula on the foot of the Le Morne Brabant. The public beach of Le Morne is a lush beach surrounded by very clear waters providing great visibility without forgetting a magnificent landscape with Le Morne Mountain as an imposing background.
The Le Morne beach is particularly popular for windsurfing and kite surfers. The perfect wind conditions almost all year-round makes this beach one of the top kite and windsurfing destinations in the world. Swimming is also possible but you should always be cautious since kite surfers and surfers are always gliding on this lagoon.
South Coast Beaches of Mauritius
The south of Mauritius is considered to be a more virgin region of the Island providing wilder scenery and is also known for its high sea cliffs and for the dramatic sights of the big waves crushing against the rocks. Since there are breaks in the coral reef at that area, waves can reach all the way to the coast thus making the sight of Mauritius south coastline very dramatic and picturesque.
Riviere des Galets Beach
The Riviere des Galets beach is located between Souillac and Bel Ombre and is easily accessible when driving on the southern coastal road. Riviere des Galets beach is a great place to enjoy relaxing big waves crashing on the shore. The unique smell of the sea and the light breeze brushing your cheeks are unique experiences you will encounter there. There sand is barely visible, the only thing visible are “galets” and this makes this beach quite unique in the world.
Ilôt Sancho is yet another surprise this southern coast reserves for you. The island is reachable by walk from the beach of the Riviere des Gallet by crossing the very shallow sea on this spot. Ilôt Sancho might be small but the walk around it will last some minutes and is worthwhile since you will have an unparalleled view of the southern coast from there- Swimming is not allowed near the island.
St Félix Beach
The beach of St. Felix is located near Bel Ombre and Souilliac. It is one of the most beautiful beach of the southern coast and actually consists of two small separated beaches of which the more eastern beach is most recommended. The beach itself is very beautiful and the trees and vegetation along the coastline provide a dramatic colors contrast to the beach and sea. Swimming and bathing is not possible at St Felix due to the strong sea currents and the many corals scattered along the beach but is still worth a visit for relaxation.
La Cambuse Beach
La Cambuse Beach is located near the village of Mon Desert, in the south east part of Mauritius, in the Grand Port district. It remains one of the least visited beaches in Mauritius – considering its size.
Although virtually unknown to most tourists, La Cambuse Beach is actually a public beach. It is east of the airport towards the Shandrani Resort and Spa complex. After the narrow rocky road leading to the beach, you can enjoy a very nice, sandy beach with crystal clear waters that you will usually have to yourself.
A word of advice: The currents in the area are very strong, and this is definitely not a beach for the little ones.
Gris Gris Beach
Gris Gris is the must place to see. Gris Gris beach offers the visitors a magnificent view from the top of its cliffs. This part of the island is not surrounded by coral reefs which causes the thick waves crash directly on the cliffs creating big splashes of water. The most spectacular part of Gris-gris is “La Roche Qui Pleure” where the constant squashing of waves against the flanks of the cliff gives the impression that the cliff is crying.
East Coast Beaches of Mauritius
The east of the island remains the wilder and the less developed part of Mauritius and offers a spectacular view of wild nature. As you walk the eastern coast, the beaches are more virgin yet less crowded. This is what makes those beaches quite attractive.
Blue Bay Beach
The South East coast is different from the rest of the coastline because of its wide public beach for which the place is known and is a popular attraction.
Blue Bay is one of the most popular beaches in the South East. It derived its name from the clear azure sea. Ancient governors of the island were fascinated by Blue Bay and spent a lot of time there.
Blue Bay is next to Pointe d’Esny if you arrive from Mahebourg and go towards the south. The middle part of the bay has a characteristic changeable blue palette, made up of anything from dark blue to royal blue. The luminosity of the place seems k to be trapped in a lagoon and it is renowned for its corals, most of which are still alive.
The beach owes its popularity to its calm waters conducive to numerous aquatic activities like snorkelling and diving. Swimming, fishing, boating, water polo, skiing, boat racing and even walking on the sea bed where the waters are shallow tantalise visitors and other sea lovers who marvel at the glistening, scintillating blue water or the white foamy chasing earn other to the shore or the small fishing boats sailing back from their trips.
A choice destination for locals
Blue Bay is always packed with people during the weekend and on public holidays. Tourists and Mauritian families alike flock to the place to enjoy ‘a day at the beach’. In the summer, the sea is always luke warm and it is a real delight to take the plunge and swim or dive at leisure. Because of its shallow water and vast public beach, Blue Bay is a favourite place with families with kids who never tire of playing on the beach or in the water under the watchful eye of their parents.
Many people tend to indulge in various activities – generally playing their favourite games to pass the time. So, while a few people would read a book under the shade of filao trees, others play boka or rummy or scrabble. Many, often after drinking a few beers, would start singing and dancing.
The Marine Park
Blue Bay has a marine park. The lagoon is surrounded by coral reefs and has unique coral gardens. The marine ecosystem provides a rare beauty with its many different species of fauna and flora. The area accommodates seventy-two different types of corals and thirty-two different species of fish. It is said that some of the corals in Blue Bay may be up to 800 years old.
It is easy to get to the coral gardens and admire them in glass bottom boats. Sometimes, when the sea is extremely calm, people take a dive in order to go and have a better view of the underwater world.
But there is more. Not far from Blue Bay, there is an islet called île de Deux Cocos which is close to the marine park. The coral reefs protect this little island from oceanic waves. The marine park is also home to mangroves, algae, sea grasses and weeds, corals and other marine organisms. There is also a wide variety of fish species namely the Damselfish, Surgeonfish, Butterfly fish, juvenile Sailfish tangs, as well as tiny Pipefish and large Trumpet fish. All these help to make the glass bottom boat trips to the park an enjoyable and memorable experience.
The Blue Bay Marine Park was proclaimed a National Park under the Wild Life and National Parks Act in October 1997. It was then declared a Marine Protected Area and designated a Marine Park in June 2000.
It is to be deplored that the National Coast Guard at the Marine park is unfortunately too lenient and the number of boats near to the park might soon damage the corals.
Last but not least Blue Bay is blessed with a very cosy and quiet environment. Two hotels, namely Shandrani and Blue Bay Hotel add to the importance of the village. They are both 5-star hotels offering a range of services in addition to accommodation and wining and dining: they also cater for conferences and weddings and is a favourite destination for honeymooners.
Its marine park which one of the biggest marine park of the island is one of its major attraction. Blue Bay Marine Park is an ideal destination for snorkeling trips and it is easily accessible and provides magnificent underwater scenery for those passionate of snorkeling.
Blue Bay is a great place to stay during your vacation in Mauritius, whether you are opting for a self catering beach villa in Blue Bay, hotel, or bungalows.
Belle Mare Beach
The beautiful beach of Belle Mare is located on a coastal region in the east of Mauritius This beach is famous for its particularly fine and white sand and for its calm waters as there is a great deep lagoon that runs between the shoreline and the beach. The Belle Mare beach sand is very white and pristine.
Because of its length the beach of Belle Mare is perfectly suited for sport activities like jogging and walking along which can be a real treat for those sports lovers.
Poste Lafayette Beach
Poste Lafayette Beach is located in the north east part of Mauritius. It is also known as Jalsa Beach. Poste Lafayette offers a peaceful surrounding.To the south of the beach you will find little but shallow waters and small islands dotted with mangrove trees.
During the weekends you will find a few snack vendors around, selling burgers and similar stuffs. The scenery varies from pristine white beaches with powder sand, to kilometre long black rock landscapes along Poste Lafayette beach.
Ile Aux Cerfs
Ile Aux Cerfs is an outer island that can be visiting in the east of Mauritius. The beach there is great for relaxation, but the lagoon is quite shallow, being an ideal spot for smaller children to swim, Adults will have the opportunity to enjoy water sports like para-sailing, kayaking and many more.
Operators there offers packages comprising of a visit to the GRNE Waterfall followed by a visit to Ile Aux Cerfs and lunch on Ile Aux Margini where Mauritian Specialties is proposed. This is a great place to spend a day just before ending your holidays on the island.