BEACHES OF THE SOUTH

The south-eastern regions of Mauritius are rich in history, the villages that follow one another along the coastal road did not develop like the other cities of the country. They kept all their history and it seems the clock stopped. The South is the wildest and most mountainous but mostly the most preserve of all Mauritius. Between plantations, forests and vast lagoons little frequented, the South is far from the seaside pretensions of the North and in contrast to the great urban descent of the center of the island.

By the beach, La Prairie and Bay of the Cape, very wild, Belle Ombre, Baie de Jacotet, St Felix, Riambel and around Souillac, Cambuse, Blue Bay, Pointe d’Esny. Beside Mahebourg, the calm of the lagoon invites you to swim, especially on the beautiful beach of Blue Bay which is the only marine park in the region.

BAIE DU CAP
RIVIERE DES GALETS
ST FELIX
BAIE DE JACOTET
BEL OMBRE
RIAMBEL
LA PRAIRIE
POINTE D’ESNY
LA CAMBUSE
SOUILLAC & GRIS GRIS
LE MORNE

EXPLORE

BAIE DU CAP

When someone says “beach in Mauritius” you probably think of yellow or white sand, rolling waves, bright sunlight and a beer or fruity cocktail. But beaches come in far more different shapes and colors than some of us might have expected. Do we have you at untraditional white-sand beach?

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Something unique on its own… If the answer is yes, head over to Riviere des Galets, down the South coast of Mauritius (if No, do still head over there!).

Coming from the river, a countless amount of smooth pebbles cover the shoreline, permitting the place to be called Riviere des Galets (River of Pebbles). Do not expect being able to find a spot for a good swim as Riviere des Galets is not secured by coral reefs and is more often of a surfer’s spot.

Witness the waves caressing the shoreline of pebbles that roll down, making an incredibly soothing sound. The place is ideal for some morning meditation by the shore as you can wake up all of your senses.

A few tips from Mauritius Explored:

  • Swimming is absolutely not recommended, please keep an eye (and hands) on your kids while you explore Mauritius and its unique beaches
  • Rumor has it that gentle sharks roam the area .Opportunity to make new friends!
  • You may proceed there after your scrumptious picnic at St.Felix (follow the coastal road)

RIVIERE DES GALETS

When someone says “beach in Mauritius” you probably think of yellow or white sand, rolling waves, bright sunlight and a beer or fruity cocktail. But beaches come in far more different shapes and colors than some of us might have expected

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Do we have you at untraditional white-sand beach? Something unique on its own… If the answer is yes, head over to Riviere des Galets, down the South coast of Mauritius (if No, do still head over there!). Coming from the river, a countless amount of smooth pebbles cover the shoreline, permitting the place to be called Riviere des Galets (River of Pebbles). Do not expect being able to find a spot for a good swim as Riviere des Galets is not secured by coral reefs and is more often of a surfer’s spot. Witness the waves caressing the shoreline of pebbles that roll down, making an incredibly soothing sound. The place is ideal for some morning meditation by the shore as you can wake up all of your senses.

A few tips from Mauritius Explored:

  • Swimming is absolutely not recommended, please keep an eye (and hands) on your kids while you explore Mauritius and its unique beaches
  • Rumor has it that gentle sharks roam the area .Opportunity to make new friends!
  • You may proceed there after your scrumptious picnic at St.Felix (follow the coastal road)

ST FELIX

If you ask a beach lover for recommendations of Mauritius best beaches, St Felix would most likely be the one on top of the list; and this for many reasons but principally for its remarkable beauty and exclusivity.

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Located near near the village of Rivière des Galets, in the extreme south of the island between Souillac and Bel Ombre, yet  again on the wild south coast of the island, St Felix is a must-see when in Mauritius.

St.Felix is kept warm in between the towns of Belle Ombre and Souillac and is scrumptiously inviting for its magnificent hues of blue water and green lush coastline. An ultimate color palette idea for your home! All the tropical feels you’ve been looking for! It is one of the most remote and peaceful beaches of the island. St Felix comprises of two small separate beaches. The second part of beach is much more beautiful with a great moment of intimacy with the elements and offers an idyllic setting away from the tourist beaches of the island. The beach is surrounded by dense vegetation contrasting with the white sand and turquoise sea that offers spectacular hues of blue.

St.Felix maintain all the wilderness along with rough waters but is more suitable for swimming when compared to other beaches down the South. If you are wondering what to do in Mauritius on a calm and peaceful day, you might even be able to go for some snorkeling in St Felix.

It is equally ideal for some picnic as the beach proposes a vast green bank adorned by grass. Perfect for the kids to set free and enjoy too! Get set, go and explore Mauritius!

A few tips from Mauritius Explored:

  • Picnic is always a good idea! Do you hear us?
  • Don’t just disappear like that, warn your family that you won’t come back from Mauritius!

BAIE DE JACOTET

Blending history and nature perfectly, Baie de Jacotet is mostly visited for its proximity to Sanchot Islet. Back in the days, it was where colonies prevailed over each other- a legendary naval site. Sounds like straight out of a historical book but you’ve got to know that Mauritius is much more than just beaches, luxury resorts and coconut trees.

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The Bay of Jacotet got its name from the river flowing into the bay. It is the historic site of the first attack against the Ile de France by the English in 1810. At the mouth of the bay is Ilot Sanchot, famous for its legends of corsairs and pirates at the origin of several hidden treasures. The bay gets busy in winter times where surfers invade the beach for its beautiful waves. It is very isolated and most people miss it.

In fact, Sanchot Islet is itself the main attraction of Baie-de-Jacotet. A small canal separate both land and islet and is accessible by foot (provided you are wearing shoes-you’ll thank us for that!). Once on the islet, you get to admire magnificent views of the ocean and why not go for a treasure hunt since legend has it that the place is where pirates have for long been hiding treasure on Sanchot Islet. It is a good way to explore Mauritius.

Baie-de-Jacotet in itself is surrounded by lush greenery like most beaches on the south coast, the shore is quite rocky on some areas and you might not consider a swim there as there are fare better places down the coastal road. Nevertheless, it is indeed a good place to connect with nature and laze on the beach.

A few tips from Mauritius Explored:

  • Again, if you’re planning on going to Sanchot Islet, wear proper shoes!
  • If you’re into fishing, this good be a fruitful spot for you!

BEL OMBRE

Not all beaches are created equal. Even on the paradise island of Mauritius, some beaches are cooler than everyone else’s beach.

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Bel Ombre is the perfect definition of what people come to Mauritius for: Sea, Sun and Sand; but it is sprinkled with a little bit of magic here and there as well, along its 6km stretch of golden sand.

Although not totally untouched (due to several nearby hotels and resorts- but really good ones; some of Mauritius best hotels), Bel Ombre beach offers crystal clear water and promises the bounty-feeling you’ve been looking for throughout while you explore Mauritius. Indeed, Bel Ombre is the perfect place to just check-out from reality for a while. With nearby resorts, Bel Ombre is a flawless mix of luxury and adventure- golden sand, azure sea, perfect waves guaranteed!  Bel Ombre beach is no exception and occupied by the Hotel Heritage Le Telfair, the Tamassa Hotel , the west part of Bel Ombre public beach is still almost 1,2 kilometres.

You’ll find it difficult to articulate what you like the most about Bel Ombre. It is inviting in its own way. The area is also a well-known kitesurfing spot with several kite-surfs rental options and kite-surf schools. Once there, you’ll see them floating all over the azure sky above you like flamboyant birds.

You will find the nicest stretches near the Bel Ombre roundabout (exit marked with Rivière des Galets). Protected by the coral reef, but still close to open waters, this area is popular with kite surfers. Bring your own gear, or rent from the numerous kite school operators near the hotel beaches. Keep in mind that parts of the St Martin and Bel Ombre reefs are located right next to open waters, and along with that – very strong wind and current. These waters are great for experienced kite and wind surfers, but do respect the Beach Authority signs and warnings. There is plenty of open space for picnics, and with the beach being located a couple of hundred metres from the road, it’s all very quiet.

Yet another, picture-postcard beach, with its turquoise blue and emerald green shades, that makes it the perfect place to take a dip but we’ve warned you, Bel Ombre will steal a big piece of your heart (and soul most probably…). What are you waiting for to explore Mauritius?

A few tips from Mauritius Explored:

  • Get emotionally ready! It’s so beautiful you might tear over Mother Nature’s miracles!
  • Not always suitable for novice swimmers (especially during high tides)

RIAMBEL

Rugged, wild and untouched are just some of the ideal words to describe this jewel of Mauritius. When it comes to beautiful coastlines and picturesque landscapes, it is hard to beat the south.

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Located in the disctict of Savanne, Riambel is one among the off-beaten beaches of the island.  The oceanfront here is beautifully rugged, with a long stretch of pristine beach fringed by palm trees and grassy banks. Still unmarred by touristic development, the purity of the air and splendor of the surroundings ignite a spirit of adventure to visitors.

Also known as Pomponette, Riambel beach offers 2.5 km of wild untouched coastline free of hotels. With less than 200 metres to the coral reef, the waters here are rather lively, but although there are some strong currents in the area, there are plenty of bay like beaches here, with shallow, calm waters.

If you are lucky, the odd snack van will be in the neighborhood, otherwise head for Bel Ombre to the west, or Surinam and Souillac to the east and stock up on food and drinks.

Adored by locals during the weekends, this beach on the south of Mauritius can get pretty crowded. Blame it on its postcard-worthy stretch of beach. The pristine shore’s beauty is only matched by the bright blue waters, but get wild due to strong currents. If you’re a beginner swimmer it is less recommended for you to get into the waters at Riambel as it is quite risky due to rough waters. Indeed it’s less of a swimming locale, but one thing is for sure –it is one of Mauritius best beaches to have plenty of shots to post on Instagram.

Good to know: It is one of the few beaches that are still intact from tourism infrastructures, safe from development and degradation.

A few tips from Mauritius Explored:

  • Stick to your squad when swimming, avoid risking it alone and keep an eye on children while at Riambel due to the strong currents and vigorous waters on the south coast.
  • Alternatively, build sandcastles. There’s no specific age for that, come on!
  • Get emotionally ready! It’s so beautiful you might tear over Mother Nature’s miracles!
  • Not always suitable for novice swimmers (especially during high tides)

LA PRAIRIE

With its picturesque backdrop of Le Morne Brabant in the distance, the area is a popular picnic spot for local families from the neighbouring villages, such as St Martin and Bel Ombre, but also from the larger nearby towns of Chemin Grenier and Souillac.

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La Prairie is a vast stretch of grass and beach land, located between Le Morne Village and Baie du Cap in the southwest of Mauritius.

A so-very peaceful spot in Mauritius, you’d wish you could build a little cabana and stay there forever! La Prairie offers a large stretch of grass, so rest assured you won’t really have to contend with screaming children (unless they’re the really loud ones) and unbearable couples engaging in public displays of affection. It is one of the best beach experience if you are looking to be uninterrupted by these distractions yet being able to witness local lifestyle since many of them try their level best to get a little spot there for a family picnic. There’s a sufficient amount of shade as well and once in a blue moon (kidding! more often than that) you might be able to catch a cone from the ice-cream sellers who come and go (more likely during weekends). It is also a good spot to hit with man’s best friend as they freely run across the large stretch of land to finally slip into the water, and glide off in one majestic swoosh; like they’re in their element!

Another worthy reason why this beach needs to be on your list of Mauritius best beaches is for its incredible backdrop view of Le Morne Brabant, which looks straight out of a movie scene. We’re giving you some ideas but let’s confess, someone could easily make some millions by filming a movie or documentary with such a view, hey!

There are no hotels or accommodation as such nearby/at La Prairie so it is ideal for a day trip while on a road trip from the west coast to the south coast of Mauritius.

A few tips from Mauritius Explored:

  • Wondering what to do in Mauritius? Get your little picnic basket ready and set off to La Prairie– along with the typical red checkered picnic cloth!
  • Consider extending your stay in Mauritius as you will be seduced by the atmosphere of this beach, so you might want to come back on another day too!
  • If travelling with kids, keep an eye on them as La Prairie is located right along the main road
  • There are no facilities such as public toilets/bathrooms at La Prairie so come prepared!

POINTE D’ESNY

Escape the Blue Bay beach frenzy and visit this hidden pearl on the outskirts of south Mahébourg. Pointe d’esny beach is one of the best kept secrets of the east coast beaches in Mauritius.

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In our very humble opinion, no trip to Mauritius is complete without a visit to Pointe D’Esny. Unique on its own, Pointe D’Esny is one of Mauritius best beaches that are a must-see! It is less likely to be crowded as compared to the public beach of Blue Bay and this is what makes Pointe D’Esny a heart winner among many travelers (let’s keep the ‘tourists’ away).

What Pointe D’Esny promises is a daily dose of magic sunset moments. As if it was from a painting, with the different hues of pink, purple, blue and orange sky and sail boats as props. Indeed an eye-popping experience!

The beach is accessible through a narrow pathway from the coastal road, as if you were to discover a little treasure at the end of it. Still wondering what to do in Mauritius? Answer is: Explore Mauritius!

A few tips from Mauritius Explored:

  • Pack some icy good old wine and a beach mat for the most romantic sunset!
  • You’ll probably need eye drops because it gets so beautiful, it hurts!

LA CAMBUSE

What do you crave the most after a long flight? Some good sleep? Come on, this is for regular people not us wanderers! Since we’re here to explore Mauritius we will head right down to the beach!

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This is the deal Mauritius has to offer, a large stretch of golden sand beach, a few minutes away from the airport! Yes you’ve heard right! La Cambuse Beach is located near the village of Mon Desert, in the southeast part of Mauritius. This is one of the many beaches of Mauritius situated in the Grand Port district.

With a vast patch of grass, it is very possible for you to get some rest under the trees too and why not come back on another day with a big picnic basket and your camping materials?

La Cambuse has some particular wild traits and tends to be a windy beach; the currents and waves can get out of hands so it is highly recommended to be on your guard during those times.

Nevertheless, it is a great location for a first dip in one of Mauritius best beaches. It is one of the many things to do and see in Mauritius.

A few tips from Mauritius Explored:

  • Stroll around the whole beach stretch which is quite wide; this is a good first initiative to explore Mauritius!
  • Make sure you pack your swimming suits in your hand luggage, so it’s easier!

SOUILLAC & GRIS GRIS

Although the island has no shortage of beautiful white-sand beaches for lazing around, why not take a break from the usual bone-white coastlines, azure seas and sensuous luxury resorts to let Gris Gris amaze you with its wild side?

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We promise you; it is truly a nature’s masterpiece! Uncover Mauritius’ grandiose landscape with Gris Gris’ tremendous waves. Do not waste time and explore Mauritius best beaches!

Nestled on the south of the island, Gris Gris deserves its name for its bipolar atmosphere combining windy and gloomy sky with the bluest horizon. Although you’ll be tempted to do so, it is strictly prohibited to swim or cliff jump at Gris Gris. Blame it on the strong currents that have often leaded to several drowning cases, alerting the authorities to severely tighten swimming.

Although limited, you will be able to find a few guesthouses and restaurants at the entrance parking of Gris Gris, promising authentic Mauritian hospitality and Creole delicacies. If fortune favors, you’ll also be able to satisfy your sweet tooth crave; thanks to the multiple ice cream trucks roaming from beach to beach.

If you think Gris Gris is only about enormous waves crashing against the cliffs, then you’re wrong. The area holds a mesmerizing lush green flora which is home to many local endemic birds leading you to the end of the headland to witness the famous “La Roche Qui Pleure” and “Pont Naturel”; two landmarks in the district of Souillac.

A few tips from Mauritius Explored:

  • Avoid getting to close to the cliffs edge if you wish to see more of Mauritius
  • It can get pretty windy up in Gris Gris, you might want to consider bringing a thin jumper
  • The cold months could be of your interest if you’re fascinated by gigantic marine mammals, also known as… whales! Do we need to say more? 
  • Complete your Gris Gris experience with an ultimate road trip along the South coastline starting from the south west to the south east or vice versa!
  • Be ready for unlimited ocean spray and greet a forever goodbye to your sinusitis!

LE MORNE

If there was a beauty pageant for beaches, this little gem in the south west of Mauritius could most definitely take over the crown! Rich in beauty and history, Le Morne is a gorgeous beach enhanced with white-bone sand and turquoise water.

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Governed by the majestic Le Morne Brabant Mountain (icon of Mauritius as it has been listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO), Le Morne holds a special place in the heart of not only many Mauritians but a long list of tourists too!

It is yet another good spot to feast your eyes through some snorkeling session but to top it all, Le Morne is also a hot pick for kite surfers, so take note as this might be a good spot to show off your skills or simply improve them! It is one of Mauritius best beaches to get active at and is surrounded by some good hotel options-in fact, a few of Mauritius best hotels can be found at Le Morne.

If you did not get our point yet, let’s just put it simpler: Le Morne is an entire package on its own, customized to suit each and every one tastes and interests!

A few tips from Mauritius Explored:

  • Combine with a morning hike at Le Morne Brabant (we can’t say more, just go up to the summit and we’ll talk later). It’s a big surprise up there!
  • We recommend you to read the history of Le Morne with regards to slavery times in Mauritius.