Mauritius of a typically tropical sweetness and endless white beaches : Mauritius is a real paradise for those who want to enjoy the sea or just to soak up the sun. Here is a list of the island's finest public beaches.
One of the best areas for sailing, windsurfing and water skiing.Grand Bay was the first area of the island to fully experience the tourist boom. A shopping and leisure paradise, Grand Bay also happens to be the area where Mauritians head for when they want a fun-filled night out (restaurants, bars and discos). Recently renovated, La Cuvette beach is well worth a visit.
This remarkable small cove half-way between Grand Bay and Cap Malheureux is one of the finest bathing spots on the island.
The wonderful Pereybere public beach is popular because of its shopping facilities, restaurants and pubs.
Miles and miles of white and spotless beaches from Belle Mare to Trou-d'Eau Douce
Blue Bay beach is one of the most popular bathing spots in the South-East of the island. An ideal spot for windsurfing and sailing.
Le Morne & Tamarin
Offer kilometres of beaches for bathing and are very popular for surfing.
Flic en Flac
White beaches fringed with filaos or Casuarina trees.
A few metres away from Baie aux Tortues, which 17th century sailors named after the many tortoises in the area, can be found the ruins of the old Balaclava estate. Visitors will be able to see the sea walls, whose initial foundations were laid down by Mahe de Labourdonnais.
The Triolet Shivala
The longest village on the island, Triolet offers an opportunity to visit the biggest Hindu temple, the Maheswarnath, first built in 1819 in honor of the Gods Shiva, Krishna, Vishnu, Muruga, Brahma and Ganesha.
The Labourdonnais Orchards
Discover a large variety of tropical fruit trees, colorful and perfumed exotic flowers. Trips on mountain bikes or hiking are possible.
The flora of Mauritius is composed of 700 species of indigenous plants. Many of these plants are threatened with extinction. This is because there is less than 2% of their natural habitat left, and because introduced plants and animals compete and destroy their
fruits and seedlings.
In collaboration with the National Parks, the and Conservation and Forestry Services, the Mauritian WIldlife Foundation is working to protect the species and the forest for future generations.
Tea Route and Bois Cheri
Discover traditional Mauritius by following the Tea Route that starts at the Domaine Les Aubineaux in Curepipe. From here, you can enjoy visiting the Bois Cheri tea factory and museum Ã¢ÂÂ situated 12 kilometres north of Riviere des Anguilles Ã¢ÂÂ as well as the anthurium greenhouse and the vanilla plantations.
Trou aux Cerfs, Curepipe
This is an extinct volcano in the middle of the central plateau, overlooking the town of Curepipe. The steep, 85 metre-deep crater culminates in a natural lake. The panoramic viewpoint is exceptional from here, providing not only a vista over the main towns, but also extending outwards to include the Moka range of mountains and the north-west coastline.
Black River Gorges National Park
One of the main 'green'attractions is the Black River Gorges National Park, which extends over 16,680 acres and provides a haven to highly endangered native plants and animals. It plays home to around 311 species of native and endemic flowering plants and nine species of birds that can only be found in Mauritius.
Chamarel Coloured Earths
No one can categorically state why these undulating, dune-like knolls vary so wildly in colour. Some say the seven shades of earth were formed from volcanic ash deposits that cooled at different temperatures. Others believe that the colours of the mounds can be attributed to the differing quantity of metal oxide they each contain.
However people choose to interpret them, the Coloured Earths at Chamarel -just west of the Black River Gorges - are worth investigating. Note that they are especially breathtaking first thing in the morning, when the sun is at its brightest and the colours at their deepest.
Grand River South East
Visitors and locals alike enjoy navigating along the mouth of the Grand River, swimming and diving under its waterfall or having a picnic on the riverbanks. Outings to this popular beauty-spot can be organised with local operators from the village of Trou d'Eau Douce.
South & South-East
The south reveals a dramatically different landscape from the rest of the island: one typified by high cliffs - in places - that are battered by waves. These are created where the protective barrier of coral reef that surrounds Mauritius falls away on the seabed, so leaving the coastline exposed to a punishing Indian Ocean.
But the south is not singularly about cliffs and rough waters. Further round the coastline, heading westwards,are an array of beautiful beaches and top-rate hotels and resorts, in up-and-coming areas such as Bel Ombre.