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Beautiful Beaches of Mauritius
Overview of Mauritius beaches
The coast of Mauritius is approx. 200 km in length, and contains 160 km of beaches. The shoreline is characterised by small bays, often fairly isolated, long stretches of beach with adjoining filao forests, occasionally interrupted by lava rocks.
The beaches offer something for everyone - from "lively" with all the hustle and bustle, to isolated as in Robinson Crusoe. All beaches share the white, mostly fine coral sand, which forms a beautiful contrast to the colours of the sea and the blue sky. When the sun is shining, the sea reflects a range of blue hues, turquoise and often even green.
Almost the entire coast line of Mauritius is surrounded by a coral reef that protects the lagoons from major wave action as well as from large, dangerous fish such as sharks and barracudas. The water is crystal clear, with the temperature ranging from 23Â°C to 29Â°C, depending on the time of year.
The water is generally extremely calm and warm, and the shore dips gently, making almost all beaches in Mauritius suitable for children and non-swimmers as well. The coral reefs off the coast of Mauritius are often located only a few 100 metres from the shore and are most inviting for snorkeling and diving. Water sports to suit all requirements are offered at all the beaches, particularly in the north west and on the hotel beaches.
The west coast lends itself to beautiful, romantic sunsets (approx. 18:30 - 19:30), while watching the sun rise on the east coast is for extremely early risers. The beaches on Mauritius are freely accessible, that is, they are open to the public up to 1 metre above the tide mark, even in the hotel areas, despite the efforts of some hotels and owners of holiday homes to create an alternate impression.
Beaches of Mauritius - Beach Trou aux Biches Mauritius
The entrance to the public beach of Trou aux Biches on the coastal road from Pointe aux Piments to Grand Baie is located on the level of the police station. The beach has a small parking place and various stands selling freshly fried gateaux Piments or Dholl Puri.
Although the public beach area is not particularly interesting due to the number of boats anchored here (the motorboats for water-skiing and other water sports start from here), the picture changes after you make a turn to the right.
The beach along the Trou aux Biches Hotel is indeed one of the best in Mauritius. This beach appeals to every type of visitor to Mauritius. The fine sand contains only a few pieces of coral, and is ideal for building giant sand-castles.
The beach is sufficiently wide, but offers only limited shade. Persons who are not guests at the Trou aux Biches Hotel should arrive early or bring protection from the sun. Loungers and sun umbrellas have recently been made available for hire. The beach of Trou aux Biches has a gentle slope, and is consequently particularly suitable for children and non-swimmers as well. The reef in front of the beach ensures that the water is calm.
The coral reef at Trou aux Biches is only 250 m from the beach, and is one of the best snorkeling paradise locations in Mauritius. The coral reef can easily be reached (by swimming through shallow water) and offers a wide diversity of species. Dive into the wonder world of the coral reefs. The reef is also suitable for snorkeling beginners.You should be particularly aware of the current when swimming further out. The wind often blows from the shore, making the return more difficult.
Trou aux Biches is also an ideal location for lovers of diving sports. Numerous diving bases ply their trade from Trou aux Biches.
The range of water sport opportunities is more than sufficient. Whether you're keen on water-skiing, jet-skiing, glass boat trips or para-sailing, every taste is catered for. The resort is also the starting point for deep-sea fishing. The fleet is located at the end of the beach in the direction of Grand Baie.
The beach of Trou aux Biches is well-suited for long beach walks, and offers romantic sunsets; don't leave the beach too early! The town of Trou aux Biches offers everything a tourist to Mauritius could want. Accommodation ranges from simple apartments in the town through beach villas to a luxury hotel with a golf course. Individual tourists are well catered for in terms of gastronomy.
Small and large restaurants, supermarkets and small shops ensure that guests want for nothing. Trou aux Biches is located on the coastal road linking the towns of Pointe aux Piments, Trou aux Biches, Mont Choisy, Point aux Canonniers, Grand Baie, Pereybere and Cap Malheureux.
The beach of Tamarin is only partially suitable for a quiet beach holiday. As there is no reef to protect the bay at Tamarin, the sea is rougher here than at the other beaches on Mauritius.
The bay at Tamarin is ideal for surfers.
The beach of Tamarin is beautifully located and is well suited for long walks and for collecting mussels.
The Tamarin river forms a beautiful estuary here against a backdrop of mountains.
Le Morne Brabant Beach
The peninsula at the south-western tip of Mauritius is dominated by the Le Morne Brabant mountain, which is approx. 550 m high, and has been declared a World Natural Heritage site by UNESCO.
The contrast between the snow-white beaches, the turquoise sea and the tropical surroundings at the foot of the mountains lend this resort an air of uniqueness. The beaches are well-suited for swimming, the water is shallow and suitable for children and non-swimmers.
The reef in front of the beach makes the area popular for snorkeling. The wide beach has fine, white sand and few visitors, except on weekends. Ample space and shade are available.
Because Le Morne Brabant is somewhat remote, the beach is difficult to reach by bus. As a result, if you are not staying at one of the wonderful hotels, using a rental car is advisable. The journey is an adventure, regardless of the direction from which you approach the beach.
Ile aux Cerfs Beach Mauritius
The beaches on the island of Ãle aux Cerfs close to the coast of Mauritius feature in many Top10 lists of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Ãle aux Cerfs is one of the absolute highlights of Mauritius. This is also one of the reasons all tour operators include an excursion to this striking place in their programme. Fast boats depart for the island approximately every half an hour from various locations; those who wish to travel on their own depart from Trou d'Eau Douce.
A small parking lot where boatsmen can always be found is located near the entrance of the village. Make sure to bargain a good price. The speedy trip to the island is an adventure in itself. Trips during low tide are a little slower as the boatsman has to avoid coral colonies.
As soon as you reach the jetty on the other side, you will realise that the dream island of Ile aux Cerfs is no longer an insiders' tip. A multitude of offers for tourists and large crowds are a definite, especially on weekends. However, if you continue walking a little further, you are sure to find a peaceful place in one of the most gorgeous spots on the Indian Ocean.
Belle Mare Beach
The bay located near the city of Mahebourg does justice to its name. The water is deep blue to turquoise, reflects brilliantly in the sun and is particularly clear. The sea is shallow and the depth increases only gradually. The beach consists of fine, white sand, and is shaded by filao trees.
The combination of wind and calm water provides ideal conditions for windsurfing, particularly for beginners. The tourist infrastructure leaves a little to be desired, although there are traders and sanitary facilities.
Beach Pereybere Mauritius
The beach of Perebere is surrounded by the lively village of Perebere with a multitude of apartments, retail businesses, restaurants and pubs, some of which are really reasonable. A wide range of food and drink is also available in the immediate vicinity of the beach.
The beach of Perebere is extremely small and located in a sheltered bay. It has very fine sand, but drops quickly and suddenly, making it less suitable for small children.
The little stretch of beach fills up reasonably quickly, and on weekends the locals also visit this beach to spend the weekend. If you prefer more peace and quiet or places for snorkeling, stroll along the water's edge away from the public beach.