Top 16 Mauritius Beaches

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A tropical gem, set in the warm blue waters of the Indian Ocean, the island nation of Mauritius has very few rivals when it comes to beaches. 

Most visitors tend to gravitate towards the beaches in the north of the island, and to be honest they will not disappoint. Offering everything you would expect from a tropical paradise along with the lively nightlife of the islands main resort town, Grand Baie. 

That's not to say there aren't great beaches all around Mauritius and each coast has its own character. The east coast tends to be far less developed than the west and is fringed with coral barrier reefs which provide protection to the beaches, forming sheltered lagoons.

Traversing the lush, verdant interior will bring you to the most dramatic scenery on the southern shores of the island. Large swathes of the south are exposed to the ocean swells and the beaches are correspondingly rugged. However, the south west is protected by coral reefs and a mountainous backdrop makes for some of the most stunning beaches in Mauritius.

The Best Mauritanian Beaches...

  • 1. Ile aux Cerfs

    Ile aux Cerfs

    Île aux Cerfs, or Deer Island, is a small 87-hectare private island off the east coast of Mauritius. If you thought the beaches of the main island where stunning, wait until you see Île aux Cerfs Beach for yourself.

    While Île aux Cerfs Beach has the white sands typical of Mauritius, backed by indigenous casuarina trees and fronted by warm turquoise waters of a lagoon, its private nature means it is… read more »

  • 2. Belle Mare Beach

    Belle Mare Beach
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    Close to the town of Mahebourg on the southeast coast of Mauritius, Belle Mare Beach comprises a long stretch of pristine white sand backed by a thick canopy of native casuarina trees. Despite the beauty of this scene, Belle Mare Beach remains largely undeveloped and is probably the least established area on the island, providing a more authentic vision of Mauritius.

    While there are a descent range of hotels and villas… read more »

  • 3. Flic en Flac Beach

    Flic en Flac Beach

    With a name that probably comes from the Old Dutch for 'free flat land', Flic en Flac Beach is one of the longest public beaches on Mauritius. Lying approximately 15 kilometres south of the capital, Port Louis, it sits on the island's west coast. It is roughly 13 kilometres long.

    Comprising gorgeous white coral sand, its shallows form a lagoon created by coral reefs, providing a warm and safe place to… read more »

  • 4. Mont Choisy Beach

    Mont Choisy Beach
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    Close to the northern tip of Mauritius in Pamplemousses district, Mont Choisy Beach is just ten minutes from the hotels and nightspots of Grand Baie, and half an hour from Port Louis. Mont Choisy Beach is the longest in northern Mauritius. Stretching from Trou aux Biches to Pointe aux Canonniers, its white sands arch attractively along its length so that there's generally always a quiet spot to enjoy… read more »

  • 5. Le Morne Beach

    Le Morne Beach
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    Located on a peninsula of land on the southwest coast of Mauritius, Le Morne Beach sits at the base of the Morne Brabant Mountain UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its pristine white sands are contrasted by the beach’s sparkling aquamarine seas, and dark casuarina trees.

    Le Morne Beach is possibly the best kite surfing and windsurfing spot on the island, although stand-up paddleboarding and scuba diving are also common. That said, the… read more »

  • 6. Trou aux Biches Beach

    Trou aux Biches Beach
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    Situated on the northwest coast of Mauritius in Pamplemousses district, Trou aux Biches Beach is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful on the island. Less built-up than nearby Grand Baie, which is just ten minutes' away by road, it nonetheless has a small selection of hotels and restaurants to choose between, as well as boutique shops in which to buy local textiles and other mementos of your… read more »

  • 7. Pereybère Beach

    Pereybère Beach

    Located within the large arc of northern coastline known as Grand Baie, Pereybère Beach lies just two kilometres from Grand Baie Beach itself and the village built around it. This means visitors are never far from the island's largest selection of food and accommodation options.

    One of the smaller beaches on Mauritius, at approximately 150 metres in length, Pereybère Beach is still thought of as one of the best stretches… read more »

  • 8. Grand Baie Beach

    Grand Baie Beach
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    Roughly 25 kilometres north of Port Louis, the capital of Mauritius, in Rivi-re du Rempart district, Grand Baie Beach lies at the centre of a curving bay of the same name. Probably the largest complex of hotels and resorts on the island, there is also a very good range of shops, including international brands. There's no shortage of restaurants either, for when you're looking for some time away from the… read more »

  • 9. Tamarin Beach

    Tamarin Beach

    Located on the southwest coast of Mauritius, Tamarin Beach sits on the opposite side of a river to Montage du Rempart mountain. Originally brought to wider international attention by surfers, a gap in Tamarin Beach's coral reef allows large waves to reach its white sands.

    Surrounded by salt flats, Tamarin Beach extends close to 1.5 kilometres in length, although much of its size is lost to the incoming waves at high… read more »

  • 10. Blue Bay

    Blue Bay

    Named after the extraordinary blues of its waters, Blue Bay boasts the largest coral reef on Mauritius, which is home to 50 different types of coral alone. The reef is protected by Blue Bay Marine Park, probably best explored with a mask and snorkel in hand, although regular glass-bottomed boats also tour it.

    Located on the island's southeast coast, Blue Bay's white coral sands can be found beyond its filao trees.… read more »

  • 11. La Preneuse Beach

    La Preneuse Beach

    Situated on the western side of Mauritius, La Preneuse Beach offers a phenomenal rainbow of colours come sun set. It sits on the coast of the village of Black River, in the Rivière Noire district.

    At low tide La Preneuse Beach consists of around one kilometre of white sand. During these times a sand bank appears, which can be reached by wading through the warm waters. However, at high tide, much… read more »

  • 12. Cap Malheureux

    Cap Malheureux
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    Located on the northern tip of Mauritius, Cap Malheureux Beach can be found beside a small village of the same name. Although its warm Indian Ocean waters are ideal for swimming in, Cap Malheureux is better known as a departure point for boat and catamaran trips to Flat Island and its lighthouse, as well as the wildlife refuge of Round Island.

    The mature trees that line Cap Malheureux Beach provide some… read more »

  • 13. Ilot Mangenie

    Ilot Mangenie
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    The only island or islet of its type in Mauritius, Ilot Mangénie is the name of both the isle itself and the soft coral sands of the main beach. A small private island off the east coast of Mauritius, it is owned by the Shangri-La Le Touessrok Resort and Spa, but welcomes day visitors.

    Once comprising just five rooms built by a sugarcane farmer by the name of Henri Wiehé in… read more »

  • 14. Gris Gris

    Gris Gris

    In contrast to many of the beaches on Mauritius, Gris Gris Beach is not ringed by a protective coral reef, and therefore sees the full force of this part of the Indian Ocean come ashore. As a result, it is a beach predominantly visited for its dramatic clifftop scenery and location at the southernmost point on the island, rather than as a place to relax on its pale sands, which… read more »

  • 15. Bras d’Eau

    Bras d’Eau
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    Despite its unbelievably white sands, Bras d'Eau Beach rarely gets overcrowded. More popular with local Mauritians than tourists, it is most busy on weekends and public holidays. When it comes to location, Bras d'Eau Beach can be considered a small bay or cove inside Poste Lafayette lagoon.

    South facing, there is often a strong breeze running offshore which attracts parasailing enthusiasts. There are not as many swimmers, because the rocky seafloor,… read more »