Grand Baie (Grand Bay) is a coastal village in the north of Mauritius, popular for it’s pristine beaches, water activities and its nightlife. Along with many deluxe hotels and budget-friendly apartments, the resort town is also a hub for shopping and dining. From international brands and food chains, to local and authentic boutiques, Grand Baie is a must-visit, when on the island.
History of Grand Baie
During the initial colonial period, in the 17th century Grand Baie was once called “De Bogt Zonder Eynt” by the Dutch which means “the Bay without End”. It was initially a fishing village until after the 1960s, that the region started to develop with hotels. Today, Grand Baie is one of the most popular and lively regions of the island, as well as a hotspot for both locals and tourists.
Accomodation in Grand Baie
Grand Baie is a top holiday destination in Mauritius and due to its popularity, several hotels and accomodations have opened up here. From budget-friendly hostels to comfortably apartments and luxury, 5-star hotels, Grand Baie has a place to suit anyone and their travelling needs.
You will often find that many accommodations, including apartments are either beachfront or within walking distance to the beach. Apartments are also conveniently located near restaurants, supermarkets and the town centre, so you don’t have to worry much about transport or grabbing a meal.
For more information on accommodations in Mauritius or for booking a hotel, check out: http://mauritiushotels.mu/
Beaches in Grand Baie
Pereybere beach is a small beach located in Grand Baie. It is one of the most popular beaches where you will find a turquoise sea, white sand dunes and a variety of water sports.Along the coast there are green casuarina trees, where you can relax under the shade, if you don’t fancy a swim. Otherwise Pereybere Beach is a great place to enjoy a swim with your family, and is ideal for inexperienced swimmers. There are several water activities that can be done like pedalo, kayak and boat trips.
La Cuvette Beach
An alternate beach to Pereybere, would be the La Cuvette Beach. This beach is a secluded, hidden gem, that is not well known among tourists. It is not as crowded as the Pereybere Beach, so it makes for tranquil and peaceful getaway. The parking of La Cuvette offers some stands and stalls where you can refresh yourself with local food and drinks, including coconut water.
Grand Baie Public Beach
Grand Bay Public Beach is a popular holiday destination for many. The white, sandy shores, turquoise-blue waters and liveliness of the beach is what makes it hotspot in the north of the island. It is worth noting that because several boats are docked in the area, it is not ideal for swimming. However there are many fruit and food stalls in the area, so it is a great place to relax and sample local food or grab get a quick snack, while watching the waves.
Things to do in Grand Baie
When visiting Grand Baie, you definitely have a lot of things to do. Apart from lying on the beach, soaking in the sun and swimming, you get to enjoy different water activities like safe swimming, sailing and parasailing among others. It is also one of the best regions to discover the underwater world with unique underwater activities including an underwater sea walk, submarine excursion and the underwater scooter. This therefore allows you to discover underwater marine life of Mauritius.
The Grand Baie region offers the opportunity for both beginners and experience divers to discover the underwater world of Mauritius. There are many diving centers offering certified PADI courses, diving excursions and even beginner initiation dives. Certified divers will accompany you to the various diving sites including reefs and shipwrecks.
Boats and Catamaran
Apart from all these activities, there are also boats excursions in which you get to discover the crystal clear waters of the north or the various Northern islets. Glass Bottom boats are a budget friendly and exciting way to discover the local marine life, without getting your head wet. These cruises will take you along the shallows of the northern coastline and you will get to see various species of fish and coral.
To visit the islets, catamarans and speedboats are the most popular ways of visiting Flat Island, Gabriel Island, Round Island and Serpent Island. Catamaran cruises often include a grilled lunch and snorkelling as part of the package, whereas speed boats will often dock on island or serve a light lunch.
Deep sea fishing trips are also offered, where you can cruise the deep sea and hunt for a big catch.
For more information on activities and things to do in Grand Baie, check out: https://mauritiusattractions.com/
Nightlife in Grand Baie
If you enjoy the clubbing nightlife, Grand Baie is the best place to be and you will find different concepts and designs of the clubs to suit your taste. The nightlife scene of Grand Baie glows bright with happening nightclubs,alluring beach clubs,casinos, and lounges. It is home of different nightclubs namely Zanzibar, Les Enfants Terribles, OMG Club and also the popular Buddha bar. It is also worth noting that most of the clubs are within walking distance, so you can movie from one place to another within the same night. This is the place to be for the late-night party people.
Shopping In Grand Baie
La Croisette Shopping Mall
La Croisette Shopping Mall of Grand Bay is one of the most outstanding malls of Mauritius. This mall is dedicated to entertainment, fashion and an amalgam of flavors. You will find an exceptional range of retail outlets, from high-end, international fashion brands to local handicrafts. Foodies will be delighted at the number of international food chains and local eateries in the food court. Also, being one of the largest malls in the North region, the mall comprises of a multiplex cinema for all the movie lovers, as well as other leisure activities for the little ones. This mall hosts over 110 retail shopping and food outlets for all the Mauritian shopaholics and visitors.
Grand Baie Coeur De Ville
At walking distance from the beach, the shopping mall, Grand Baie Coeur de Ville is where locals and tourists can find anything they need in a modern environment – from local fresh fruits to craft souvenirs. With over 70 shops and the Super U hypermarket, this mall is a shoppers paradise where they can indulge in local products, global brands, clothing and jewellery. There are also a number of international food chains in the food court, as well as a Chinese and Indian restaurant. As entertainment, you can try your luck at the Ti Vegas casino or if you’re not much of a risk taker, you can visit the bowling alley. There is also an arcade and bumper cars for children to enjoy. This mall is a place not to be missed when you are in Grand Baie.
Grand Baie Bazaar
For anyone who loves bargaining or interested in purchasing local products, the Grand Baie Bazaar is a must-visit spot. Also known as the Grand Baie Market, it is located just off the Royal Road of Grand Baie. Here you will find a number of stalls and stands with local merchants selling various items, including handicrafts, souvenirs, textiles, bags, jewellery and clothing, at relatively cheap prices. Do bear in mind though, that most items may be knockoffs of international brands. While you are here, you can also the opportunity to taste some local snacks.
Situated right in the middle of the tourist hotspot, on the main road, is Sunset Boulevard. It is the oldest shopping center in Mauritius where you can find over 50 international brands. Prices in this center may be rather high, but that’s because of the many high-end boutiques selling.high quality apparel, knitwear, leather goods, souvenirs, beachwear and jewellery. Besides shopping, it’s scenic location makes for a good stopover, where you can stop for a coffee or a meal at many of the cosy restaurants and cafes.
Grand Bay Store
Situated right in front of the popular beach and Sunset Boulevard, is the Grand Bay Store. Here you can find various branded shops including swimwear, sport items, shoes and children clothing. The mall also houses an art gallery and a Chinese Heritage Museum where you can learn about the impact of the Chinese community in Mauritius.