While sunny skies, sandy beaches and the warm Indian Ocean are an all-inclusive during a Mauritius holiday, a closer look will reveal that there’s far more diversity on this beautiful little island than you might think. It’s often said that ‘west is best’ and it is certainly true in that case. Mauritius’ west coast has matchless beaches ranging from the fine white sands of Trou aux Biches in the far north to the isolated Le Morne Peninsula on the south-west tip of the island. And it’s Le Morne that has the most dramatic setting on the entire island: its 3km stretch of sand, reef-protected lagoon and superb golf course are all laid out at the foot of an impressive mountain. South of the Mauritian capital of Port Louis lies the most renowned – and longest – beach on the west coast: Flic-en-Flac. Sheltered from the south-east winds, the calm waters of Flic-en-Flac are ideal for swimming, snorkelling, kayaking and diving while its palm-lined shore is home to a good selection of accommodation and villas along with shops, restaurants and bars. Here are some spots you shouldn’t miss while visiting the west of the island.

Flic en Flac: a beautiful bustling beach

Flic en Flac is a village to the west coast of the island, in the district of Black River. Flic en Flac is derived from the old Dutch name Fried Landt Flaak (which means “free and flat land”). His public white sand beach is one of the longest and most beautiful beaches of the island and its lagoon is protected by the surrounding coral reefs. The beach offers a magnificent view over the horizon of the Indian Ocean and Le Morne Brabant peninsula located in the southwest of Mauritius. You will also find in Flic en Flac some of the most luxurious hotels in Mauritius. The region is growing rapidly with apartment complexes, souvenir shops, exchange offices and other services. Flic en flac is also an ideal spot to enjoy nightlife with its various nightclubs and bars and it remains one of the best spot to admire sunset.

Tamarin: For surf enthusiasts

Breaking waves there are ideal for surfers. Its sand quality and the view is perfect for a day at the beach. Tamarin is a lovely old fishing village and has now developed into a residential area and is a lively spot you shouldn’t miss while visiting Mauritius. The village is connected to a main road linking Port Louis and the east of Curepipe. Adding to its allure, the village is surrounded by hills and is very pretty. The village is located next to Black River, another fishing village on the west coast of the island, which has shown continuous development in recent years.

The village is also known for one of the best preserved towers of Mauritius, the Martello tower, who also happens to be a museum. At Tamarin you will find several bars and restaurants, as well as one of the biggest supermarkets in Black River called ‘London Way’.

Black River: Breathtaking nature

You really do not have to bypass the opportunity to discover the authentic and beautiful nature of Mauritius. The Black River Gorges are worth a visit for all walkers, and for nature lovers and of course for birdwatchers.

The Black River Gorges is, in fact, the largest national park in Mauritius and is famous for its waterfalls, vistas and hiking. The gorge is located in the central highlands. This is a wonderful place and is also home to about 311 species of native and endemic plants and flowers  and nine species of birds that are found only in Mauritius.

Casela Nature Park – Adventures World

Casela Nature Park is a must visit park of nature and adventure. It is located next to the mountain of Rampart in the southwest of Mauritius, offering magnificent views of the west coast. The park offers four themed worlds: Safari, Nature, Mountain and water, along with a discovery center.

The various worlds offers the following:

Kingdom of Safari: The Quad, the Photo Safari, area dedicated to cats, elephants and an ideal platform for safaris and interactions with Giraffes.

Kingdom of Nature: Bird Park, walk in aviary, animal show.

Kingdom of the Mountains: canyoning, zip lines, wall climbing.

United Water:  Wave pool, slides (for children and adults), a lagoon and a lazy river.

Discovery Center:  4D Cinema, the discovery of natural science and history of Mauritius via giant 3D maps.

The tour of the Park includes

The slide – Experience a fun and exciting slide, in Mauritius,  while zigzaging with your family, friends and children. The slide includes two tracks on a slope : The first covers 1m80 with turns and twists. The other, a little stiffer ends with a bump since you are projected into the air then land on a giant buoy.

Walk along the aviary – take a walk along the birds cage and get to know the various species of colorful birds around the world.

The Safari – Photo: Come face to face with zebras, ostriches, deer and African antelopes during a 45-minute safari tour, taking you to the Mauritian savannah on a safari vehicle.

Watching Cats – for cats lovers, this is a must do! Far from the African Savannah, live the thrilling experience of approaching near the King and other big cats! The visit to felines Park is included in the price of the entry ticket where you can enjoy a close view of lions, cheetahs and tigers.

Watching Giraffes – Come face to face with these majestic animals for a unique viewing experience.

Children’s playground – a new playground that will allow more young people to have fun! A classic dome, a swing for 5, a net, a climbing wall, “springers” and the rockers among other adventures …

Mini farm – It is an ideal setting for all ages, especially for children to meet the farm animals such as deer, rabbits, wild animals and other friends in mini farm. It is a great way for kids to learn about animals and get close to nature.

Enjoy your trip in the West Of Mauritius in your Rented Car!