Welcome to Mauritius, one of the most beautiful and unspoiled places in the world. You arrived here drawn by the beauty of the local flora and fauna, and you've probably also been dreaming of those gorgeous postcard-perfect beaches. We've created for you a comprehensive guide dedicated to the coasts that will never leave your heart and your Instagram profile!
Mauritius offers a thousand possibilities to tourists looking for a destination rich in history, nature and beautiful landscapes, all to be photographed. So it's no coincidence that Mauritius has become synonymous with dream vacations over the years. Magnificent waterfalls, temples, churches, colorful markets and French colonial houses surrounded by greenery: Mauritius is a constant surprise.
Those who come here will find a paradise for snorkeling, outdoor living or the right opportunity to immerse themselves in a spectacular family vacation with white beaches and crystal-clear waters. There is no single reason to visit the best islands in Mauritius, but we will provide you with several.
Here is our personal list of the island's most beautiful beaches, so you can be sure of a luxurious stopover when you step off one of our ships to this fantastic destination.
A generous nature, turquoise waters, an exceptionally mild climate throughout the year, not to mention its 330 km of white sand.... Mauritius is a tropical paradise with undeniable assets. Its postcard-perfect landscapes seduce travelers who swear by its dream beaches. Explora presents its Top 10 of the most beautiful beaches of the island for unique moments by the lagoon.
Belle Mare (East of Mauritius)
Located on the east coast, Belle Mare beach, the longest on the island, stretches over some 10 km of pristine sand, on the edge of a shallow lagoon with different shades of green and blue. Its reef being relatively remote, its calm waters offer an ideal environment for young and old to enjoy swimming, snorkeling or numerous water sports.
The sandy beaches of Belle Mare offer tourists a priceless paradise on earth. Imagine that you have just landed in Mauritius and you immediately go in search of a beach just for you. Belle Mare is a stretch of the white coastline that stretches from Palmar to Trou d'Eau Douce, all the way to Mahébourg, and offers an ideal place to lay your towel and enjoy the pristine beauty of Mauritius. Belle Mare is a place frequented mainly by Mauritians, who come here every weekend to enjoy the sun and the sea. So this is where you should come if you dream of a day at the beach surrounded by the local culture.
At Belle Mare, you can not only relax and take long walks among the ice stands, but also go parasailing, an activity that will give you extra thrills and make your vacation truly unforgettable.
Adventurers who want to take a break from the fabulous beaches of Belle Mare can put on a pair of comfortable shoes and venture out to climb Lion Mountain. The trail will keep you busy for about half a day and may not be an easy challenge for inexperienced climbers. The ultimate prize, however, is the fabulous view from the summit.
In addition to offering 10 kilometers of coastline to enjoy, Belle Mare is perfect for long romantic walks, jogging or just a day of relaxing in the nature of this incredible place. And if tranquility isn't enough for you, don't forget that just 15 minutes away is downtown Flacq, where shopping is a pleasure.
Île aux Cerfs (East of Mauritius)
A few minutes away from Trou d'Eau Douce, Ile aux Cerfs is an emblematic site of Mauritius appreciated for the beauty of its beaches and its very dense vegetation. Its expanses of fine sand, its large filaos in the wind, its clear waters and its rich sea bed make it a fascinating place. The island is home to a magnificent 18-hole golf course and offers a multitude of water sports as well as two restaurants with varied cuisine.
Welcome to Île aux cerfs. This spectacular place is located near the coast of Mauritius and covers over 100 hectares of land. The name of the island is due to the presence of deer, which are no longer visible on the island. Although it has kept its name, the beauty of the beaches and the unspoiled nature that embellishes them make this place one of the destinations not to be missed during your spectacular trip here.
Known for its white sandy beaches, calm lagoon waters and the opportunity to try a variety of water sports, Ile aux Cerfs is perfect for the whole family and is the ideal destination for a day of sun, nature photography and sunbathing. The area is well-equipped with bars and restaurants to enjoy the whole day, without having to travel to get supplies.
The beautiful beaches of this island can be reached by boat excursions to be booked on site. Although it is a very famous place, when you arrive here, you will be sure to avoid the crowds of the most popular places, like Grand Bay, and instead enjoy a day of sun and sea in a relatively quiet climate. It is also one of the most beautiful places in Mauritius to photograph: don't forget to bring your camera!
Trou-aux-Biches (North of Mauritius)
Whiter and finer than on the other beaches of the island, the sand of Trou-aux-Biches is simply exceptional. Stretching over several kilometers on the edge of a clear lagoon, it offers a most pleasant swim with more depth, in a region renowned for its colorful seabed conducive to fantastic dives. It also has a breathtaking view of the Indian Ocean and offers the most wonderful sunsets on the island.
If you are looking for a fabulous beach in an idyllic setting in Mauritius, you have come to the right place. At Trou Aux Biches, you can enjoy the beauty of a beautiful white beach and some of the activities that have made the island so famous. Trou aux Biches is actually one of the most famous places where you can dive and admire the sea bed, turtles and many other deep sea creatures. Come here if you are looking for a place to snorkel that is also suitable for the whole family. The presence of restaurants and facilities simplifies your stay on the beach, where you can linger while enjoying the comfort and care provided by mass tourism.
Le Morne (South-West of Mauritius)
In the south-west of the island, the Morne peninsula offers not one but several idyllic beaches, between long immaculate stretches and successions of small discreet coves, with the legendary Morne Brabant mountain in the background. This unique environment is enhanced by a translucent lagoon renowned for kite surfing not far from La Prairie beach.
A heavenly setting with a magnificent golf course on one side and a 3 km long beach on the other. Ideal for families, it offers many activities to fully enjoy the beach and the lagoon.
Le Morne beach is located in the southwestern part of Mauritius and offers guests an unforgettable view of Mauritius seascape and the Morne Brabant which is one of the most spectacular mountains of Mauritius. It is not as easy to reach as many other beaches on the island, but it gives great satisfaction to those who dare to reach it. In fact, compared to the rest of the beaches, there are always relatively few people here, so you can lay down a towel and enjoy the unspoiled, tropical climate.
The strong currents and winds you can encounter at Le Morne also make it the ideal destination for those who want to kite or paraglide. There are not many restaurants or bars in the area, so if you decide to come here, be sure to bring everything you need for a picnic.
If you don't know how to spend your time after a morning at the beach, treat yourself to a climb up Morne Brabant, the famous slave route that also became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008. The area is private and offers guests one of the most unspoiled and natural views in Mauritius. Take this walk if you love nature and also want to admire the beauty of some of the endemic plants of Mauritius.
If you came here to see the dolphins, you are in the right place. The expeditions that leave from the coast will take you to the animals' habitats to share an unforgettable moment in their presence. Finally the sea around Le Morne is also very well known internationally for Big Sea Fishing.
Flic-en-Flac (West of Mauritius)
Formerly a fishing village, Flic-en-Flac is today the most popular and probably the most authentic beach on the west coast of Mauritius. Its caves and wrecks make it a favorite site for divers and its untouched lagoon allows for swimming in complete serenity.
The possibility to live a unique Mauritian experience in typical bungalows, a magnificent natural setting near the residential village of Tamarin.
Located on the west coast of Mauritius, Flic en Flac has established itself over the years as the second point of reference for tourism and local beach life. It may owe its popularity to the fact that this part of the island has developed more slowly than the others and still retains some of its original and unspoiled charm. In the past, and not so long ago, Flic en Flac was just a fishing village: today, it has been redeveloped as a tourist resort for upscale vacations. Flic en Flac attracts thousands and thousands of tourists every year, residents and from all over the world. What makes this spectacular place different is the beauty of the beaches: this is where you must come if you want to relax on the clouds soft sand, and immerse yourself in the crystal-clear water of an enchanted landscape. Enjoy 8 kilometers of coastline, ideal for water sports, long walks or, more simply, a day of sunbathing.
The waters of the area are protected by a coral reef that blocks ocean currents, so even children and less experienced swimmers can swim safely.
Come and enjoy the beach life of Mauritius and immerse yourself in the pristine beauty of its pearl beaches. Flic en Flac also offers all the amenities needed for a comfortable stay, such as great bars, restaurants, small stores, street food areas and water sports equipment rental facilities. Come here to try your hand at motorized activities, reef snorkeling, swimming, kayaking and diving. There is also the possibility that those who dive in these waters may encounter dolphins: some local companies are familiar with their habitats and will take you there, with equipment, for a small fee.
Flic en Flac is also the perfect place to stop with the kids, thanks to the presence of toilets, picnic or barbecue areas, musical events and shows.
At the end of the day, as the sun sets over the horizon, enjoy a magical sunset and, if you have some time left, visit Flic en Flac, the spectacular tourist village where fabulous restaurants and relaxation areas welcome you with their dazzling beauty and modernity.
Blue Bay (South-East of Mauritius)
Located near the village of Mahébourg, Blue Bay's main attraction is its enchantingly beautiful ivory beach, caressed by the trade winds. Less frequented than other beaches in the region, it is considered one of the wildest and most picturesque of the island. It is an ideal place for kitesurfing and snorkeling thanks to its vast lagoon.
See the beautiful sandy residences, composed of contemporary and sophisticated apartments. It is a perfect choice for travelers who want to stay in freedom in an idyllic setting.
Blue Bay is a small jewel set in the south-eastern part of Mauritius. Its beauty has been circumscribed by law and is now protected by the creation of a natural park since 1997. Blue Bay is one of the places of reference for all those who want to visit Mauritius and have to choose an itinerary while having little time to spare. Come here if you are looking for a place of peace and harmony, where you can fully enjoy the beauty of a preserved and protected environment. Located 10 minutes from the beautiful village of Mahébourg, Blue Bay offers one of the best snorkeling sites on the island. Come here if you are looking for a privileged place to admire the island's seabed and enjoy the tropical paradise where you have decided to spend your vacation.
In fact, Blue Bay does not offer the same restaurant and bar options as the other most famous beaches on the island. Come here if you are looking for silence, tranquility and serenity.
From here, you can also go on a series of boat tours that will take you not only to the surrounding islands, but also to the local wildlife - like turtles.
Pereybere (North of Mauritius)
Come and spend a full day of relaxation at Pereybere, one of the most beautiful and popular beaches in Mauritius. Surrounded by incredible crystal-clear sandy beaches, Pereybere beach fits perfectly the description you would make of a postcard of this island. The area is located towards Grande Bay and is easily accessible as a location for top hotels, villas, restaurants and large stores. If you can, come here early in the morning to ensure the best spots on the beach and a privileged view of the sunrise.
Pereybere is not a particularly tree-lined beach and the cost of renting an umbrella can also become very expensive in high season. Explora therefore advises you to find a spot near a shady plant so that you can enjoy the beach all day while taking the right breaks from the sun.
Although it is a small beach, Pereybere is also famous for the tranquility and transparency of the waters surrounding it. The seabed is clean and sandy, beautiful to walk on without fear of injuring yourself with pieces of glass or coral. This place is divided into several sections: on the left side you can moor with small boats, while in the center there is an area lined with buoys where you can swim safely. The right side is dedicated to water sports, including kayaking.
Come here to dive or treat yourself to a wonderful day at sea, if you want to go snorkeling to discover the wonders of the ocean floor. You may have the opportunity to swim with small turtles or colorful fish.
The area is surrounded by excellent restaurants that welcome you with all the necessary attention and make your stay a small paradise of comfort and typical local products. Pereybere is one of the most important attractions in Mauritius, so it tends to be very busy around noon. It is better to arrive earlier and take the best seats! This place is perfect for the whole family as it offers a wide variety of attractions.
Grand Bay (North of Mauritius)
This coastal area takes its name from the village located in the district of Rivière du Rempart, in the north of Mauritius. At one time, and more precisely around the 17th century, this area of the island was under Dutch rule and was called "De Bogt Zonder Eyndt", or "The Endless Bay". Now, walking along the beaches of Grand Bay, you can easily imagine why it was called that. And more importantly, you can easily imagine why this place has become the most important seaside attraction in Mauritius.
Grand Bay owes its popularity to the clean and spectacular waters that surround it and to the vitality of the towns that border it. In addition to offering all the facilities needed to engage in water sports, including sailing, swimming, windsurfing, water skiing and more, Grand Bay is also the ideal starting point for those who want to for excursions on Flat Island, Round Island and Serpent Island.
Come here if you want to snorkel at all experience levels. Many facilities also offer courses to improve your skills, so you can dive more confidently and reach the reefs or wrecks that can be visited in the area.
Grand Bay is a family town, with facilities designed for all ages and needs. Enjoy the white beach that never seems to end and stroll along the shoreline to choose from a range of bars and restaurants that suit you best. If you go a little further into town, you'll also find a number of spectacular clothing, jewelry and textile stores to satisfy all your shopping needs.
Finally, Grand Bay is famous for its incredible nightlife, clubs and bars. Come here if you are in Mauritius with your friends and want to spend an unforgettable night with good music.
Gris Gris (South of Mauritius)
Change of scenery: here, the cloudy beaches are replaced by the roughness of the dark rock. The absence of a coral reef makes Gris Gris a fascinating place, where the landscape is unexpected. Located near the village of Souillac, Gris Gris is at the southern end of the island and owes its irregular structure to the winds that constantly whip it. The area is indeed known for the strength of the natural agents that shape it every day, and should be on the itinerary of any traveler wishing to discover something other than the typical white sand beaches of Mauritius.
Giant waves, angular cliffs that plunge headlong into the roaring sea and incredible beaches: Gris Gris is a wild and untamed place that is nevertheless visited every year by thousands of tourists fascinated by its incredible fame.
At the entrance to the area you will find a sign dedicated to the origins of this fantastic place. Among the different features listed there, there is also a nice legend about the possible origins of the name "Gris Gris".
If you come to Gris Gris, don't forget your camera. Also keep in mind that you won't be able to swim here: the currents are very strong and it's a good idea to stay on land, enjoy the scenery and maybe even a wonderful picnic in the wilderness along the most amazing cliffs of Mauritius.
Mont Choisy (North of Mauritius)
One of the most spectacular beaches to enjoy a beach all to yourself. This is where the beauty of Mont Choisy comes into play, an area that is both easily accessible and incredibly beautiful. Its white beaches enjoy the shade of vegetation and a crystal-clear sea that is simply priceless. Just take a walk and you'll find a little piece of paradise all to yourself. Come here to enjoy the sunrise or sunset and dip your feet in the soft, irresistible sand. Relax in the sun and listen to the sound of the waves, or snorkel off the coast. You will also enjoy a wide variety of hotels in the surroundings. Mont Choisy is the perfect destination for your vacation in Mauritius!