The north coast of Mauritius is known for its beautiful bays and buzzy Grand Baie is the lively hub at the northern tip of the island. Fishermen sail across the wide lagoon and out to sea in the early morning light, ready to bring in their catch of the day; and you can spend quality time on one of the amazing beaches. Diving is a must, as wild dolphins can often be seen off the north coast; and this is the area to catch a boat and explore the northern offshore islands.
Flyover more of Mauritius below…
Riambel and Pomponette
Ile Aux Benitiers
Flyover our golf courses 1
Flyover our golf courses 2
Kayak and Paddle Trails
Flyover our Wildside
Mountain biking trails
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She has been a fruit seller on the island of Mauritius for 12 years. You’ll find her on Mont Choisy beach, her stall piled high with pineapples, mangoes, and pink and white jean malac fruit. Street food is part of the Mauritian way of life and you’ll often see sizzling stalls and colourful food trucks by the side of the road.
Have you seen our stunning street art?
Bright swipes of blue. A bold lick of green. The outline of an eye-catching character in a deep red or black. Armed with his box of paintbrushes and tins of colour, Evan has made it his mission to add character to the chilled-out fishing village of Trou d’Eau Douce.
You’ll find incredible street art in villages and cities across Mauritius. The art scene has really taken off over the past few years and these big murals by talented street artists make art in Mauritius accessible to all.
Have you seen the street art around our beautiful island?
Find a passion for Mauritius crafts
You’ll find him in the shade most days, occasionally glancing up at Pieter Both mountain as his fingers expertly weave dried rattan into a beautiful basket. The techniques he uses have been passed down by his father – and his grandfather before that.
The island is bursting with skilled artisans and this is a true Mauritius craft, one Rajesh is passionate about preserving. So stay longer and meet locals like Rajesh – perhaps even learn to weave a basket yourself. You’ll find a new appreciation for the bags, baskets and furniture made right here in Mauritius.
Dive under and photograph a shipwreck
Gerald is a professional underwater photographer and some of his best dives have been right here in Mauritius. Shipwrecks, turtles, dolphins and huge sperm whales are waiting to be spotted under the waves.
Mauritius rests on the Mascarene plateau and is surrounded by a barrier of coral reefs. Expert dive centre instructors can help you learn in Blue Bay Marine Park or guide you to spectacular islets, basalt tunnels and wrecks such as Stella Maru, which sits upright on the seabed.
There are over 170 dive sites to explore, so stay longer and make the Indian Ocean your underwater playground.
Meet Dunienzil Family
Hike along the west coast to Albion Lighthouse
Meet the Dunienzil family.
In August 2020, they walked 330km around the island of Mauritius, discovering so much more than blissful beaches.
Their favourite stretch is the 13km between Albion and Pointe aux Sables on the west coast. Here, you can spot the red and white stripes of Albion Lighthouse sitting proudly on the black cliffs, waves crashing against the volcanic rocks below.
On their adventure, the family peered into rock pools filled with salty water and shy crustaceans. They gazed over the deep blue ocean under the warmth of the sun and stayed in local homes to meet new faces and make new friends.
Who do you want to hike along the west coast with?
Learn kitesurfing in the lagoon
Bart started kitesurfing when he was 12 and has spent his whole life by (and in) the ocean. Mauritius is one of the best destinations in the world for kitesurfing and Bart can tell you which lagoons are great for beginners and where to catch that perfect barrel.
There are fantastic kitesurfing spots all around the island, and the south is renowned for those strong and consistent tradewinds, especially between April and November. One Eye at Pointe du Morne or Cap Dal in Tamarin are the island’s most famous kitesurfing areas, where you’ll find a great choice of surf and kite schools.
So come and meet instructors like Bart. Book a one-off lesson or dedicate your whole stay to mastering the sport. It’s time to live your best life by the ocean.
Discover street art and street food in Port Louis
He recently took us into Port Louis, showing us the most amazing Manga street art and which little restaurants in Chinatown serve the best noodles and dumplings. That’s the great thing about being a local, that knowledge you gain from having the time to explore.
Stay longer and get to know the island in depth. With a unique blend of European, African, Indian and Chinese culture, the food, architecture and history of the island are truly fascinating and waiting for you to discover.
Meet Mr Narainsamy
Meet Mr Narainsamy.
He is up early with the sun, motoring his boat across the lagoon in the soft pink light of dawn. His mission? To catch red snapper – but also to enjoy the art of fishing, the gentle rocking of the waves and the chance of spotting a pod of dolphins leaping from the ocean.
If you stay longer in Mauritius, you can start to feel the rhythm of the island. You’ll have time to join a fishing trip or you might even find yourself alongside locals at the red-roofed Notre-Dame Auxiliatrice church. This is where the catch of the day comes in and residents wait in anticipation with their baskets to buy the best fish.
Come to the island, stay longer and become an islander, too.
Embrace slow travel and discover hidden jewels
Jean knows that Mauritius is so much more than its beaches and lagoons. If you’re prepared to hike rugged trails and explore deeper, you’ll find the island’s hidden jewels. Emerald-green forests, astounding look-out points and tumbling waterfalls that cascade into freshwater pools.
You get to find these special places when you’re not in a rush. So embrace slow travel in Mauritius, become a local like Jean and give the island more of your time. It’s only then that you’ll be rewarded with a more authentic travel experience.
Fancy a cup of tea in Mauritius?
Sati has been picking tea on the island of Mauritius for 40 years. Tea is big business in Mauritius, with rolling plantations sweeping in orderly lines across the landscape. Whether you know it as thé, cha, chai or tea, the island’s passion for this drink dates back to 1890 and vanilla tea is still one of the most popular drinks in Mauritius.
Visit one of the tea factories or plantations on the island and you’ll find over 20 flavours of tea to try. You can even follow the Tea Route at Bois Chéri tea plantation to learn all about the history.
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