Which coastline is best for a beach holiday?
You’ll find stunning white sand beaches all around the island, plus clear, calm lagoons perfect for snorkelling, swimming and paddleboarding. There are also offshore islets like Ilot Gabriel and Ile aux Cerfs, where you can spend the day on the beach.
To help you choose where to stay, here is a quick guide to the beaches on each coastline in Mauritius:
North: The north is known for its buzzy atmosphere, great bars and restaurants and beaches with views over the northern islands. It’s also a great place to catch a boat or catamaran to explore the northern islands, navigating to picture-postcard islets such as Ilot Gabriel. There are flat, sandy beaches, loads of watersports and calm waters.
East: You’ll find some of the longest and best beaches on the island, plus incredible lagoons with clear water. The east is great for swimming, snorkelling and diving. There is a tranquil vibe and a cooling breeze for most of the year, perfect for kitesurfing.
South: The south has a rocky coastline with steep cliffs, hidden bays and wild beaches. There are wide stretches of sand to be found in the south, though strong currents and coral reefs should be considered if you are in the water.
West: The west coast is the place to make the most of sunset cocktails in cool beach bars, snorkelling, and diving to treasures such as Crystal Rock. You’ll also see Le Morne Brabant mountain from this coastline and can make the most of the kitesurfing hotspot at Le Morne. There’s also more chance of spotting wild dolphin pods off the west coast.