Clear warm water and
endless white beaches: Mauritius makes this tropical dream come true!
Its large lagoons lined with fine white sand are the embodiment of
paradise to those who want to enjoy the sea or just up soak the sun.
All around the island, large strips of public beaches offer unbeatable
relaxing possibilities during the week and great opportunities to mix
with the local population at the weekends.
Most public beaches
are safe for swimming, and are ideal for coastal walks and scenic
The north is famous for watersports such as water-skiing,
windsurfing, sailing, deep-sea fishing and parasailing. In the
evenings, with their unparalleled vista of the sunset, the region’s
trendy bars, restaurants and clubs buzz with life.
The east is wilder and less developed, offering a spectacle of
nature. The white beaches of Palmar and Belle Mare stretch endlessly
along the coast here, fringed on one side by shady green casuarinas
trees and edged by the lagoon on the other.
is known for its high cliffs, which provide a great photo opportunity
as you journey round the southern tip of the island. Here, the breaks
in the reef allow the open sea to come right up to the land, crushing
against the rocks, creating a craggy and dramatic coastline.
On the west coast, meanwhile, visitors can enjoy magnificent
sunsets and deep-sea fishing. Surfers also love it here and frequently
head for Tamarin – the surf centre of Mauritius – which is as popular
with beginners as it is with more experienced surfers.
Most beach hotels in
Mauritius provide complimentary watersports facilities to their
clients. Scuba diving, parasailing and deep-sea fishing are available
at extra cost.
Motor boats are not allowed to exceed five knots in specific zones
inside the lagoon – particularly in Flic en Flac and Trou d’Eau Douce.
Other regions are expected to follow suit soon.
waters and clear blue skies greeting you at every turn as you enjoy
kite-surfing, deep-sea fishing or a sailboat charter off the coast.
Mauritius’ waters are packed with activities and excitement.
Mauritius is an idyllic location for Sea Kayaking. It ‘s beautiful
vast protected lagoons offer great paddling experiences. From
mangroves mazes to river mouths, as well as huge crystal clear lagoons
& isolated islets. And for the more experienced paddlers, open water
crossings are available.
sport can be undertaken between November and April. The main species
that can be found in Mauritian waters are blue and black marlins,
sharks, tuna and bonito. Fishing boats can be hired from most hotels
A number of deep-sea fishing competitions have become regular events
over recent years. The most prestigious of these is the Marlin World
Cup, which takes place every December.
The main fishing centres are around Rivière Noire, Le Morne, Flic en
Flac, Trou aux Biches and Grand Baie.
Your Deep Sea Fishing Guide
Best time to fish: November to April
Species found in
Mauritius: Blue or black marlin, all types of sharks, several
varieties of tuna (skipjack, yellow fin and dog tooth), sailfish,
bonitos, dorado, wahoo and barracuda.
Equipment: Fully-equipped fishing boats can be hired from most hotels.
Competitions: A number of deep-sea fishing competitions have become
regular events over recent years. The most prestigious of these is the
Marlin World Cup, which takes place every December.
Mauritius is now
renowned among kite-surfing enthusiasts for its quality and variety of
kite-surfing locations. These range from Anse la Raie and Cap
Malheureux in the north to Poste Lafayette and Belle Mare in the east,
and Pointe d’Esny near Blue Bay in the south.
Arguably, one of the very best places to do a spot of kite-surfing is
Le Morne on the west coast, which is renowned for its blustery
Blue Safari – The
Experience a unique and spectacular way of diving – without ever
getting wet – on-board a real submarine! Comfortably seated in an
air-conditioned cabin under atmospheric pressure, you will discover
the magic of Mauritius’ vibrant marine and coral life at depths of 35
metres under the sea.
Over the course of your 45 minute journey, you will visit the
ship-wrecked ‘Star Hope’, corals and a 17th Century anchor. A fabulous
experience, the Blue Safari Submarine is open to everyone from the
ages of two to 77.