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Blick auf Mauritius mit dem Berg Le Morne Brabant, Bild: Myroslava Bozhko / shutterstock

The most beautiful beaches in Mauritius

If you dream of paradisiacal, white beaches and a turquoise blue shimmering sea, you will find the perfect destination on the exotic island. Mark Twain said: “First Mauritius was created, then paradise. But paradise was only a copy of Mauritius.” The island offers everything that belongs to an unforgettable beach holiday: first-class hotels, extensive water sports facilities and a crystal-clear sea. Romantic couples can enjoy atmospheric sunsets and relaxing walks by the sea. Families appreciate the numerous leisure activities and the bathtub-warm sea. The tropical climate makes the island a year-round destination. Discover the most beautiful beaches in Mauritius.

Holidays on the north coast

Grand Baie, Mauritius
Grand Baie in Mauritius, Image: Quality Master / shutterstock

In the north of the island, the well-known resort of Grand Baie awaits its guests. It has a perfect tourist infrastructure with restaurants, cafes, bars, shops, banks and leisure activities. On the outskirts of the village is the small bay of La Cuvette, which is ideal for relaxing hours. Things are a little livelier in the adjacent Pereybere. The bay on the turquoise blue sea is popular with locals and holidaymakers alike. A few restaurants and bars provide variety. Between the towns of Pointe aux Cannoniers and Mont Choisy lies the 3km long Mont Choisy beach. Various water sports are offered here, otherwise extensive walks are possible. There is plenty of space for sunbathing, and shade is provided by the island’s typical filao trees. If you want to discover the species-rich underwater world of the Indian Ocean while snorkeling, you should opt for the beach of Trou aux Biches. The water is crystal clear and the offshore reef is home to numerous colorful fish. A trip to deep-sea fishing or a boat tour along the coast offers variety.

The most beautiful beaches in the west

Flic en Flac, Mauritius
The beach of Flic en Flac, Image: tb-photography / shutterstock

On the west coast is the resort of Flic en Flac with its 8km long beach, the longest on the island. A lagoon is ideal for snorkeling, otherwise it is perfect for walks and sunbathing. On weekends, the beach is often visited by local families who come with barbecues or picnic baskets. The adjacent beach of Tamarin is very popular with surfers and surfers.

There is no offshore reef, so that sometimes meter-high waves provide perfect conditions. A special feature of this beach is the Black River, which flows down from the highlands and flows into the sea. The beach is divided into two sections and you get a beautiful view of the river and the mountains. About 5km south of Tamarin lies the village of La Preneuse with its fantastically beautiful bay, which scores with good snorkeling conditions. Romantics can look forward to unforgettable sunsets.

Those interested in the history of the island can see a watchtower from the time of the pirates with two cannons. The beaches of Le Morne are located on a peninsula, with the 550m high mountain Le Morne, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, at its centre. The reason for this is a story about the slaves’ struggles for freedom. The beaches are made of white coral sand and are particularly popular with windsurfers and kitesurfers.

Lonely dream beaches in the south of the island

Ilôt Sancho, Mauritius
Aerial view of Ilôt Sancho, Image: Nacho Sandoval / shutterstock

Unspoilt bays and steep cliffs characterise the south of Mauritius. Between Bel Ombre and St. Fénix lies the paradisiacal small island of Ilôt Sancho. It is considered the perfect surf spot for experienced surfers. On St Félix beach, the bright white sand contrasts effectively with the turquoise ocean and deep green trees. If you are looking for peace and relaxation, this is the right place. This also applies – with the exception of weekends – to the beach of Riambel. However, it is not suitable for swimming due to the currents. Walks with a view of the beautiful bay and the green mountains are ideal for this.

The East – the coast and the enchanting Ile aux Cerfs

The beach of Belle Mare stretches from the village of the same name to Trou d’Eau Douce, which invites you to linger with colourful wooden houses and typical restaurants. The long sandy beach is ideal for walks or jogging and walking. Exclusive hotels have settled here that promise a fantastic holiday. The sea shimmers turquoise blue and the white sandy beach is overgrown with shady trees. In front of Trou d’Eau Douce stretches the charming island of Ile aux Cerfs. With its deep green palm trees, white sandy beaches and crystal-clear water, it is a popular destination. It can be circumnavigated in about three hours, and in addition to lively areas, lonely and idyllic bays can also be discovered. Active holidaymakers can enjoy parasailing or snorkelling, and there is also a golf course designed by Bernhard Langer. Further south on the east coast is Blue Bay and anyone who sees this bay knows where the name comes from.

The sea here offers an incomparable play of colors of different shades of blue. Blue Bay is a tip for snorkelers, the area in front of the Public Beach was declared a Marine National Park in 1997. The coral garden is of extraordinary beauty, the marine ecosystem has different species of flora and fauna. The visitor centre, located opposite the beach, offers extensive information about the Marine National Park. If you don’t want to snorkel, you can admire the colorful corals and tropical fish on a glass-bottom boat trip.