- Location: North of Tropic of Capricorn in the Indian Ocean east of Madagascar
- Best Time to Visit: Throughout the year
- Preferred timings: Daytime
- How to reach: Fly to Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport at Plaisance Thereafter take chartered flights or boats to different islands
- Nearest Airport: Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport at Plaisance
- Time required for sightseeing: 3 days
‘God first made Mauritius and from it he created Paradise’ — this is what Mark Twain had to say about the beautiful group of islands. Mauritius Beaches are the greatest attractions of Mauritius. Its awesome combination of unspoiled white sands and clear turquoise blue waters of the Indian Ocean attract thousands of visitors every year. The lure of this combination is too deadly for even the most pessimistic traveler to resist. Mark Twain was so moved by Mauritius that he exclaimed ‘God first made Mauritius and from it He created Paradise’. These alluring, sensuous and inviting beaches give you an opportunity to experience God’s paradise on the earth’s surface.
Mauritius an extinct volcano for the last one hundred thousand years is now a picturesque group of islands in the Indian Ocean north of the Tropic of Capricorn east of Madagascar. Comprising three habitable islands and twenty-two uninhabited islands, Mauritius gives you ample opportunities for new discoveries. A coral reef encircling the group of islands makes the waters absolutely safe for diving, snorkeling and surfing. You have thirteen beaches to explore, of which Tamarin Bay, Balle Mare, and Blue Bay are the significant ones.
The Tamarin Bay in southwest Mauritius is famous for its huge surfs. The Bay though rough at edges is the perfect place for surfing and snorkeling. The landscape with verdant forests, hills and volcano peak is exquisite. Trek through the forests and up the hill slopes to Montage du Rempart. Or just laze in the Tamarin Bay beach under swaying coconut palms. Belle Mare on the east coast of Mauritius is outstanding due to its deep aquamarine lagoon between the beach and shoreline. The pristine white sand against the background of aquamarine water is in one word ‘breathtaking’. If you are a golf enthusiast, then Belle Mare is the place to be in. In addition to the lagoon and beach, you have access to two golf courses, one 18-hole and another 9-hole, in Belle Mare.
In Mauritius Blue Bay you are in a beach right out of a picture postcard. Perhaps you would fail to find a ‘more blue’ beach as Mauritius Blue Bay. The ice blue crystal clear water against the ivory white sandy beach is so perfect that even a child would not fail to take a perfect picture. Blue Bay Beach can boast of the best photographs of beaches ever clicked. Whether you laze on the sands or snorkel in the clear waters, your experience would be beyond words.
Ile aux Cerfs Beach would certainly soothe you. This is the perfect location for a day out. Go boating or snorkeling among corals and black rocks. If you are an avid angler, then Ile aux Cerfs off the East Coast is the place to be in. Try out the best recipes of Mauritius in this island. ‘Rougaille Poisson Salíé — salt fish in tomato sauce, ‘Boilettes de Viande’ — beef and chicken meatballs, ‘Civet de Lievre or Lapin’ — rabbit or hare in red wine, ‘Croquettes de Morue’ — salt cod fritters, ‘Boullin Crabes’ — swimmer crabs bouillon, and crystal prawn would delight you.
Flic-en Flac, Pereybere, Cap Malheureux, Trou-aux-Biches, and Mont Choisy are the other noteworthy beaches in Mauritius.