The tiny little paradise island of Mauritius, is home to many beautiful beaches with its crystal clear water and fine white sandy beaches, mostly fringed by coconut and casuarinas trees. The island is located in the south-western part of the Indian Ocean near Reunion and Rodrigues islands. With its temperate climate all year around, Mauritius is an ideal place to spend your island vacation.
The coastline of Mauritius is approximately 330 km long and nearly everywhere you can find the nice sandy beaches. It is entirely surrounded by coral reefs which have created large lagoons all around. Lined with fine white sand, these lagoons are the embodiment of paradise to those who want to enjoy the sea and the sun. Not only are the seas beautiful with crystal clear water, but also provide calm conditions, ideal for swimming and snorkeling. All around the island, large strips of beaches offer unbeatable relaxing possibilities.
The island enjoys mild temperatures throughout the year, however most of the locals and tourists prefer to spend their time at the beach during the summer season (between November and April -the peak season for beachgoers).
On many of these beaches you are sure to find hotels and beach resorts. It is worth noting that almost all of the beaches in Mauritius are public. Most are safe and ideal for coastal walks and scenic sightseeing. Though, despite the abundance of safe beaches, there are some beaches which can be considered as ‘dangerous for bathing’. This is why special care should be taken while visiting beaches for swimming purposes. Before entering the waters, make sure to keep track of any notice boards with warnings or restrictions regarding the sea.
Another aspect you need to consider is the fact that nudism is not allowed and there are no nudist beaches in Mauritius.
In order to get an insight about the beaches in Mauritius please consider the below;
Mauritius Beaches by region:
North Coast Beaches of Mauritius
East Coast Beaches of Mauritius
South Coast Beaches of Mauritius
West Coast Beaches of Mauritius
North Coast Beaches Of Mauritius
The North is famous for the numerous activities and watersports offered on its beaches such as waterskiing, windsurfing, sailing, deep sea fishing, and parasailing. In the late afternoon you will get to enjoy amazing views of the sunset. A selection of trendy bars and restaurants are also situated within close proximity to the beach.
The most popular beaches of the Northern region of Mauritius are: Trou aux Biches, Mont Choisy, La Cuvette, Grand Bay Public Beach, and Pereybere.
List of Beaches in the North of Mauritius:
Anse La Raie
Grand Bay public beach
Point Aux Piment
Pointe Aux Canonniers
Trou aux Biches
Popular Beaches on the North Coast of Mauritius
La Cuvette Beach – Grand Bay
The public beach of La Cuvette is very close to the center of Grand Bay. The beach is situated near the Royal Palm hotel and you can reach it when heading from Grand Bay to Pereybere. The beach is quite small and intimate.
The water is very calm and the beach is clear of rocks and corals. It is very nice to walk from the beach along the coast until reaching the center of Grand Bay.
Grand Bay Public Beach
The Grand Bay public beach is situated at the very center of Grand Bay and is impossible to miss. Due to the very active boat and catamaran traffic inside the bay, the public beach has only a small area in which you can enter the water.
Although there is no doubt that the beach is very nice and provides a great view of both Grand Bay and the beautiful bay, you should take into account that due to all the boat traffic inside the bay, the water is probably not as clear as in the other beaches.
The Grand Bay public beach is easily accessible by walk from anywhere in Grand Bay and you can enjoy a range of facilities offered on and alongside the beach such as fresh juice stands, fast food stalls, beach restaurants and many more.
Mont Choisy Beach
Another place to consider is the renowned Mauritian beach of Mont Choisy. Set in the opposite direction of Grand Bay and Pereybere, Mont Choisy is ideal for those who are seeking a peaceful and intimate getaway.
This part of the island offers you its splendid beach which stretches almost 3 kilometres from Trou aux Biches to Pointe aux Canonniers. It is among the longest beaches on the island and is frequently visited by locals and tourists.
The beach is flanked by lush green casuarinas trees and offers the perfect spot to unwind and chill under the shade of trees. In the afternoon, you can have a relaxing time while contemplating the dusky sunset on the beach.
The beach is usually packed with several snack stands, burger vans, ice-cream trucks and food vendors, especially during weekends, where people spend some quality time with their family.
Many sporty activities such as jogging, aerobics and waterskiing are practiced along the beach. There is even a nice football field just beside the beach where you can join the locals for a friendly football game.
The Mont Choisy beach is easily accessible by bus from Port Louis, Grand Bay and from all the other villages along the North West coast of Mauritius (such as Balaclava, and Pointe aux Piment).
Pereybere is just a 5-minute drive away from Grand Bay or a 30-minute walk, where you will find the key highlight of the place to be the beach. Pereybere is very well known for its beautiful beach which is 150 metres long.
Frequently visited by people, this little tourist hub offers you some really nice corners to chill, with a good variety of restaurants around, and easy access to facilities such as the ATM/cash points and supermarkets. You will also find beach hawkers, internet cafés, and boutiques in the area.
With the very enticing and remarkably clean Pereybere beach, you can relax during the day, or take a nice stroll in the afternoon, and watch as the sun goes down to enjoy an incredible sunset! If you want to add some fun and adventure to your stay, try some amazing activities such as diving, snorkelling, underwater walking, glass bottom boat rides, or simply enjoy swimming and sunbathing.
Trou aux Biches Beach
The Trou aux Biches beach is located at the North-West of Mauritius, a few kilometers off Grand Bay. Many refer to Trou aux Biches as the best beach in Mauritius considering the sand quality, weather conditions and available facilities along the beach.
The beach is about 2km long, with white powder like sand. The beach is protected by a coral reef, which in some parts almost reaches the beach. This makes Trou aux Biches also a great place for snorkeling.
The Trou aux Biches beach is great for sunbathing, spending a day with the family as well as snorkeling and other kinds of sports and activities. During the late afternoon you are sure to have a spectacular view on Mauritian sunset.
You can easily find supermarkets, shopping centers, pharmacies, and ATMs. Accommodation ranges from simple apartments, to luxurious villas and hotels with golf courses. You will most probably find restaurants offering different cuisines, particularly influenced by Asian and Mauritian flavours.
The beach is easily accessible as bus stations are situated right in front of it. The buses go from the beach all the way to Port Louis from one side, or Grand Bay the other side.
East Coast Beaches Of Mauritius
The isolated and serene Eastern part of Mauritius offers you a rather tranquil and peaceful vacation in one of the most luxurious parts of the island. With its beautiful and less crowded beaches, this part of the island is ideal for visitors who are yearning for some quiet moments.
The eastern coast is much breezier due to its South East Trade Winds-a region mostly visited by kite surfing enthusiasts. The wind blows constantly- mostly onshore over the lagoon which is safe and perfect for beginners. Fishing enthusiasts can enjoy deep-sea fishing for tuna, marlin and mako shark which are pretty much popular in this part of the island.
The white beaches of Blue Bay, Palmar and Belle Mare stretch endlessly along the coast, fringed on one side by the shady green casuarinas trees and edged by the lagoon on the other side. Along the east coast, the beaches are more virgin with less beach facilities and are also less crowded than the beaches on the North coast of the Island.
One of the main tourist attractions in this region is Ile aux Cerfs Island which is 10 minutes by boat from the fishing village of Trou D’eau Douce. The island has virgin beaches and areas where you will have the chance to enjoy watersports like parasailing, underwater walks, water-skiing and many more.
The most popular beaches of the East region of Mauritius are: Blue Bay, Belle Mare and the beaches of the Ile aux Cerfs Island.
List of Beaches at the East of Mauritius:
L’île aux Cerfs
La Pointe d’Esny
Popular Beaches on the East Coast of Mauritius
Belle Mare Beach
Just about an hour’s drive from the airport, Belle Mare is conveniently protected by the coral reef; the beach stretches for several kilometers from the Palmar beach to the Emeraude Hotel, encompassing the world famous luxurious LUX* resort.
The beach is one of the most beautiful and one of the longest beaches of Mauritius. It’s known for calm waters as there is a great deep lagoon that runs between the shoreline and the beach. The Belle Mare beach’s sand is very white and pristine and because of its length the beach is perfectly suited for sport activities like jogging and walking along. A walk along this beautiful beach is a real treat.
Belle Mare beach provides a perfect relaxing hideaway where you can find top-end resorts and villas which attract many tourists all year round. Here you will enjoy the shallow bay with fine sand and crystal clear water. You can relax, sunbathe or swim in the southern part of the beach, where you can practice a range of water activities such as snorkelling.
Blue Bay Beach
The Blue Bay beach is situated at the Southeast coast of Mauritius, not far from the port city of Mahebourg. This is one of those beaches where it is simply hard to get a bad picture- the contrasts are amazing. Once you reach Blue Bay beach, you will realize where the name comes from. The sea is crystal clear with many different shades of blue shining from any angle.
Blue Bay Beach can get quite crowded on weekends with locals from Mahebourg looking to enjoy some relaxation on this beautiful beach. During the week, it is quite empty and you will have this beautiful beach almost for yourself.
The beach is perfectly suited for swimming and relaxing. It is also possible to enjoy a very nice stroll along the beach, discovering small beautiful bays away from the public. Blue Bay is very famous for the Blue Bay marine park which is the first and biggest marine park in Mauritius. Blue Bay Marine Park is an ideal destination for snorkeling trips.
The Blue Bay Beach is easily accessible from Mahebourg. You can take a direct bus to the beach or use a local taxi.
Ile aux Cerfs (Island) Beach
Just off the east coast of Mauritius and easily accessible from the mainland by boats, is the paradise island of Ile aux Cerfs. The Ile aux Cerfs Island is located inside the large east coast lagoon and as such it benefits from the calm waters of the lagoon and the beautiful crystal clear colors.As you approach the island by boat, you will see the swaying palm trees and the pure white beaches framed by the vivid turquoise waters of the lagoon.
When visiting Ile aux Cerfs, it is better to dedicate a full day for spending on the island and enjoying the many excursions offered. Ile aux Cerfs Beach has many facilities for the benefit of its visitors- there are restaurants that cater to almost every palate, a local bazaar, a watersports kiosk and of course the beautiful Ile aux Cerfs beach which surrounds the entire Island.
South Coast Beaches Of Mauritius
The wild South Coast of Mauritius offers you some of the best panoramic views of the island. Secluded, serene and green, this part of the island is reserved for people looking for natural wilderness. You will mostly be exposed to the beaches and lush nature reserves.
The south of the island is also known for its high sea cliffs and for the dramatic sights of big waves crashing against the rocks. The beaches on this part of the island are not recommended for swimming. The cliffs are quite high and most of them fall directly into in the sea. Due to the fact that the south of the island is not protected by the reef, the sea currents are very strong and can be dangerous, with very large waves. This makes the sight of the south coastline very dramatic and picturesque.
The majestic Le Morne Brabant is the emblem of the area, located at the extreme south-western tip of the island. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site, appreciated for its cultural and historical legacy with a summit of 556 meters (1,824 ft) above sea level, complementing the beauty of this region.
The most popular beaches of the South region of Mauritius are: St Félix, Riviere des Galets and Gris Gris.
List of Beaches at the South of Mauritius:
Baie Du Cap
Popular Beaches on the South Coast of Mauritius
Gris Gris Beach
The Gris Gris beach is located in the South of Mauritius, a few kilometers southeast of the village of Souillac. When driving on the coastal road, heading east from Souillac, you will see a sign leading to the beach of Gris Gris.
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 large waves to crash directly on the cliffs creating big splashes of water.
Beside the beach there is a small garden offering many quiet spots for you to relax on one of the many benches, while having a view of the sea, waves and rock cliffs. From the garden there is a path which leads to a small beach where you can admire the view of the sea up close.
The most spectacular part of Gris-gris is the “Roche Qui Pleure” where the constant crashing of waves against the flanks of the cliff gives the impression that the cliff is crying.
Riviere des Galets Beach
The Riviere des Galets beach is located between Souillac and Bel Ombre. The beach is easily accessible when driving on the coastal road, heading east from Souillac.
It is a great place to enjoy stunning views of the sea and the big waves crashing on the shore. Here you can smell the sea, feel the breeze and enjoy the beautiful view of the south mountain range.
A few minutes walk from the beach, the small islet of Ilôt Sancho can be found. The island is accessible with a short walk from the beach of Riviere des Gallet, by crossing a very shallow sea. Ilôt Sancho itself is very small and it is possible to do a complete round of the island in several minutes. The walk on the island is quite nice, and you will have a great. The sea at Ilôt Sancho is not suitable for swimming.
St Félix Beach
The beach of St. Felix is located at the very south of the island between the towns of Belle Ombre and Souillac. The St. Felix is considered one of the most beautiful beaches of the south of Mauritius, right after the Le Morne peninsula.
The St Felix Beach has two small separated beaches of which the more eastern beach is recommended to visit. The beach itself is very beautiful, the sand is white and the sea offers mixtures of blues, from a light turquoise to a darker blue. The many trees and greenery along the coastline provide a dramatic contrast to the beach and sea.
Swimming is not possible at St Felix due to the strong sea currents and the many corals scattered along the beach. The beach is very quiet during weekdays and it offers ideal, quiet and relaxed gateways.
West Coast Beaches Of Mauritius
The western part of the island is another popular attraction where you can choose to spend your time. Enjoy beautiful beaches and magnificent sunsets along the West coast of Mauritius.
Less breezier and quieter, the region offers the best spots with long sandy beaches, along with a close proximity to major tourists attractions such as the Black River Gorges National Park, Casela Nature Park and Chamarel, just to name a few. You will mostly find some really comfy, luxurious and even budget based accommodations, along the coastlines.
The west coast beaches are quite popular with both tourists and the local Mauritian population, with the most popular beaches being : Flic en Flac, Tamarin and Le Morne.
Flic en Flac, one of the most popular beaches of the western side of the island offers a blue turquoise lagoon with shallow waters and is a great place to meet the locals and musicians.
Apart from Flic en Flac, there is the Tamarin beach along the western shoreline which offers some thrilling sea activities and adventures. The Tamarin and Le Morne beaches are well known in Mauritius and also worldwide, as ideal destinations for surfers where the waves and wind conditions provide ideal conditions for surfing.
List of Beaches at the West of Mauritius:
Flic En Flac
Le Morne Brabant
Pointe aux Sables
Popular Beaches on the West Coast of Mauritius
Flic en Flac Beach
The beach of Flic en Flac is located on the west coast of Mauritius between the village of Albion and Tamarin. With white sand and a turquoise blue lagoon, the beach is entirely protected by the coral reef and offers the best swimming possibilities without strong sea currents. Not only is the beach great for swimming but also for snorkeling and for spending a day of relaxation with your partner, family and friends.
Pay special attention when entering the sea as you may encounter coral and sea urchins which are very common in this area. Stepping on a sea urchin can be very painful and this is why it is highly recommended to wear sandals or swimming shoes when entering the sea.
The Flic en Flac beach (which means “Free and Flat Land” in Dutch) is one of the longest beaches of Mauritius. The beach continues almost all the way to the village of Tamarin and as such is ideal for a great 1 hour beach walk. One of the highlights of Flic en Flac is the beautiful sunset which fills the sky with a range of colors. The sight of the sun disappearing in the sea with the remarkable scenery of the beach all around is quite breathtaking.
During weekdays the beach of Flic en Flac is quite empty while in the weekends the beach can become quite busy with many locals from the surrounding villages and towns.
Le Morne Beaches
The Le Morne peninsula is situated on the south west tip of Mauritius. The beaches of Le Morne are located on the west part of the Le Morne peninsula, at the foot of the Le Morne Brabant.
Despite many of the Le Morne beaches now being the setting of top class hotels, the public beach of Le Morne is easily accessible from the main road and in on the same level as the other beaches in the area. The public beach of Le Morne is a beautiful beach with white coral sand, very clear waters providing great visibility, trees scattered along the beach, and beautiful scenery with the Le Morne Mountain as an impressive background.
The Le Morne beach is particularly popular for wind 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. Also for all non-surfers, it is worth making a trip to the beach to watch the professional surfers. Swimming at this beach is possible however, you should be aware of all the surfers and kitesurfers gliding and surfing along the beach.
The Le Morne beach can be quite busy during any day of the week. This mainly depends on the surfing conditions on the day. During weekends, the beach is busy with both locals and tourists coming to enjoy this beautiful beach, the ideal surfing conditions or watching the amazing surfing skills of the professional surfers visiting the beach.
The Tamarin Beach is situated in the bay of Tamarin, between Flic en Flac and the village of Black River. The sight of the Tamarin Beach including the Tamarin Bay and the Black River mountain range in the background is quite impressive and makes a visit to the beach worthwhile.
The sand of the Tamarin Bay is yellowish and consists of soft sand mixed with little stones. The sea in this area is free of corals, stones and sea urchins, making it ideal to venture into the waters. The river of Tamarin cuts the beach in two parts. You can pass from one part to the other by crossing the river by foot. Furthermore the Tamarin bay has no coral reef protecting most of it, so on many occasions you will see waves reaching all the way to the beach. Famous among the surfers, the waves of the Tamarin beach are suitable to practice surfing and bodyboarding. It is worth noting that the lack of reef protection may lead to strong sea currents and rough seas, so caution should be exercised.
All these make the Tamarin Bay a great beach for bathing in the sea, swimming in the shallow waters and also for surfing and enjoying the medium height (about 1m) waves.
The Tamarin Beach is quite empty during the week while during the weekends many locals come to the beach with their families. On Friday and Saturday night, it is very popular to come and set-up a campfire along the beach and the Tamarin bay.