Drone photography of barrier reef in the west of Mauritius near La Preneuse beach. Some of the corals can be seen outside the sea during low tide. La Preneuse beach is located in the small village of La Preneuse, in the western part of Mauritius. It is one of the many beaches of Mauritius located in the Black River district. Home to one of the best-preserved Martello towers on the island, La Preneuse beach is a popular destination for history lovers. With only a few small boutique hotels along a 2-kilometer stretch, this beach also offers a quiet and relaxing experience. The Martello Tower is well worth a visit, and while you're there, you can also sample local Mauritian snacks at the nearby food stand. The beach itself is popular with locals, and while Sundays can be busy, most other days of the week the beach is very quiet. Apart from a few rocky areas to the north, it is possible to walk along the sandy beaches to Tamarin Bay, if you wish. On the way, you can look around the lush gardens and marvel at the luxurious mansions lining the coast. La Preneuse is a good destination for dolphin watching, and there are usually skippers around to take you on a trip for a small fee. Spinner dolphins and bottlenose dolphins are often seen off the coast in large numbers. For good snorkeling spots, head away from the main beach and walk either north towards Tamarin or south towards Grande Riviere Noire, where you will find colorful tropical fish in abundance. The coasts of Tamarin and nearby Grande Riviere Noire are not protected by the coral reef, and the currents here can be very strong if you go too far.