Mauritius is a small island in the Indian Ocean famous for beautiful beaches and clear seas. The main focus of the island is luxury resorts but it also has an interesting colonial history, as well as great opportunities for water sports, diving and boat trips.
Beach Holidays in Mauritius
MauritiusDifferent areas of Mauritius offer different things. Whether you are looking for a quiet time lying on an undisturbed beach, or a livelier holiday with great nightlife there is an area of the island for you.
Grand Baie Beach Holidays
Grand Baie, at the northern tip of the island, has the best nightlife on the island and is great for water sports. Whilst the beach in the city itself is busy with boats, there are a number of hotels and resorts around the area on quieter stretches of sand. The town is easy to reach from these resorts, giving you access to the nightlife and restaurants.
Flic en Flac Beach Holidays
Flic en Flac is one of the longest beaches on the island and hosts a large number of hotels and resorts, as well as a town of the same name. Although still lively, it is more suited to families than Grand Baie. The west coast, where Flic en Flac is situated, is great for diving and dolphin watching.
Le MorneLe Morne
Le Morne is at the south-west point of the island. Due to its slightly secluded location, it is quieter than other beaches and resorts and tends to have more luxurious hotels. The seclusion means that outside of hotels there are very few bars or restaurants. The local area is a hotspot for kitesurfers.
Belle Mare Plage
Belle Mare Plage is the longest beach on the island and is on the east coast. Its location means that it can be windier and currents can be stronger on the east coast compared to the west coast. There are a lot of resorts along here – including a number of exclusive resorts with great bars and restaurants. The wind means that it’s a great place for sailing and windsurfing, and the island’s best dive spot – The Pass – is nearby.
Day Trips and Cultural Sites in Mauritius
Iles Aux Cerfs Days Trips
Iles Aux Cerfs is a small island off the east coast of Mauritius. The islands have probably the best beaches in Mauritius and have loads of watersports available. You can also play golf on the island or go to some great restaurants.
Boat Trips in Mauritius
The generally calm seas around Mauritius are great for boat trips, whether you are going snorkelling, on a sunset cruise, or just a tour of the island. The boats come in all shapes and sizes – from speedboats to luxurious catamarans, with most offering drinks and food on board.
Black River Gorges National ParkBlack Gorges National Park
It’s not all sand and beaches in Mauritius – the island also boasts a fantastic national park. The Black River Gorges National Park is home to a number of endemic bird and plant species and is covered in a thick forest. The park has great walking trails that are the best way to see it.
Port Louis Days Trips
Port Louis is the capital of Mauritius. With a population of just 150 thousand people it is small by global standards, however, it can still feel extremely lively and busy, particularly at the Central Market. There are also some good bars and restaurants along the seafront.
Where to Stay In Mauritius
Mauritius has a range of accommodation from some good value 3-star resorts up to extremely luxurious 5-star resorts. If you go in off season you can get some big discounts on the hotels.
When to Go to Mauritius
You can go to Mauritius at any time of year. December tends to be peak time, whilst January, February and March are popular despite high chances of cyclones. The rest of the time tends to be quieter and cooler, but temperatures rarely fall below 20 degrees Celsius.
We would recommend April and May, and September to December as the best months to go to Mauritius.
Getting Around Mauritius
No two places in Mauritius are more than two hours away from each other, so you can cover a lot of the sites on the island in a day. The best ways to get around are either to hire a car and driver for the day for a reasonable price, or a hire a car and drive yourself.
Getting To Mauritius
There are frequent flights to Mauritius, although most involve a few hours stopover. Direct flights take around 12 hours, whilst those with stops tend to take 16 to 20 hours.