Flic en Flac is a small seaside town on the west coast of the island of Mauritius in the district of Black River. The town’s name comes from the Dutch name “ Fried Landt Flaak”, which has a significant meaning of free, flat land. Flic en Flac is surrounded by white sandy beaches which attract local families and visitors for picnics, beach sports such as volleyball or football and swimmers. It is one of the longest beaches on the island as well as the second biggest tourist area on the island after Grand Baie.
From a small fishing village, Flic en Flac has rapidly developed into a principal tourist area. Moreover, there are many restaurants, hotels, shops and centers. Flic en Flac is geared towards tourism with many luxury hotels in Mauritius as well as with one of the biggest animal parks named as The Casela Park.
The Flic en Flac beach which is bordered with green casuarina trees, has a fine and magnificent lagoon protected by the reefs and as well as being safe for swimming.
History of Flic En Flac:
During the 1960’s, the village was popular mainly for its burial grounds, where people from nearby villages came to bury their dead relatives. There was also hunting of wild ducks and birds in the slog of the region.
Years after, during the 1970s and 80s the economy was aimed mostly towards sugar and textile exportation. However, at that time, the authorities were reluctant to develop the tourist sector as licenses were not granted easily to International Hotels. The authorities were then concerned mostly about the number of tourists visiting the country. Later on, as the matter was again reviewed by the government, the expansion of the tourism sector was encouraged. In this manner, several five-star hotels were allowed to be built in the region of Flic en Flac where they have exclusive use of the beaches in front of the hotels.
Hotels & Accommodation in Flic en Flac
Mauritius being one of the most popular holiday destinations in the Indian Ocean, has developed an extensive range of hotel networks and many accomodation solutions. Moreover, in the west coast region, that is Flic en Flac, visitors have a huge selection of exclusive top class resorts and 5 star hotels, along with small apartments and villas.
To mention a few, Aanari hotel, Sofitel Imperial, La Pirogue, Pearl Beach, Sugar Beach Resort, Golden Beach resort, Maradiva Villa Resort and Spa, the Sands Resort & Spa, among others.
Activities in Flic en Flac
The Casela World of Adventures
The Casela World of Adventures is one of the biggest parks in Mauritius which has outstanding views of Mauritius as well as, being home to many animals. Situated besides the Rempart Mountain, the scenic nature park brings you on an adventure through the woods where you get to simply enjoy the company of calm animals. The big cats, including the lion, is big hit at the park. Moreover, this vibrant park not only brings to you its scenic view with animals but also a number of leisure activities such as safari tours, speedy rides like the quad bike tour, segway tour, rando fun and so forth.
The Casela Nature Park forms part of the Yemen Reserve where it is home to java deer, wild boars, hares, macaque monkeys, mongoose and also variety of exotic plant species like ebony, cassias, tamarind as well as pink pepper plants. A chance not to be missed and a must-visit site!
The Casela Nature Park houses three different kingdoms as well as one discovery centre. The kingdom’s name are Safari Kingdom where Safari Quad Biking, photo-safari, and interactions with animals such as giraffes and zebras ,as well as the wild cats. Nature Kingdom is dedicated to the bird park, canopy park, animal show and the Mountain Kingdom is dedicated to canyoning, Via Ferrata Circuit, zip lines and so forth. The Discovery Centre, it is a centre which displays 4D Cinema, the discovery of natural science and the history of Mauritius through giant 3D Maps.
Flic En Flac Beach
Grab a beach towel, sunscreen and enjoy the bright sunshine. Dive into the beauty of the beautiful turquoise lagoon and perfect your tan. Flic en Flac beach is one of the most popular beaches in Mauritius, having crystal clear waters with a serene atmosphere. Kids can enjoy building sand castles while the others are having a swim. One plus point for a foodie traveller is that you can easily grab something to munch on by the beachside, since there are plenty of restaurants and street vendors.
Scuba Diving and Snorkeling
Flic En Flac, is undoubtedly one of the best place for underwater sports. Scuba diving and snorkeling are among the most famous water activities carried out in this blue lagoon. Enjoy an exciting underwater adventure, as you explore the aquamarine life as well as get the experience of meeting dolphins and fish.Whether you are experienced or not, you will be accompanied by a professional diver who will definitely give you a safe experience.
An alternate way of discovering the local aquamarine life is through a boat ride. Flic En Flac brings you this amazing opportunity of doing it there. You will be provided with best cruises and also experienced crew members who will ensure that you get one of the best experiences on- board. Fishing trips ar also available.
Shopping at Flic en Flac
Shopping in the West coast of Mauritius can deliver another experience as you might get things which will not be available in some other places in the island.
The village of Flic en Flac offers you a variety of beachwear like pareos, sunglasses, beach towels, clothing and accessories. Moreover, its main shopping complex, known as Pasadena Village Center has several eateries and shops/stalls selling mainly textile products and local souvenirs. Apart from this, Pasadena Village also offers a tourist information desk which is free of charge.
Another main shopping attraction in Flic en Flac is a mall dominated by a factory chimney that pays tribute to the sugar industry, named Cascavelle Shopping Village. Cascavelle is a lively and vibrant place for many families, mostly frequented by many locals as well as the non residents. The mall consists of several boutiques and brand shops, both local and international along with a supermarket and a food court along with other eateries.
Furthermore, Flic en Flac also offers different facilities and services such as restaurants, bars, clubs, banks and ATMs , pharmacies and clinics.