Grand Baie & North Coast Destination Guide

Grand Baie is situated on the north coast of Mauritius. It is approximately an hour and a half drive from the airport and is arguably the most frequently visited destination for holidaymakers. The topography is generally quite flat and is commonly known as the “northern plains”.

Activities

The area is renowned for its splendid sandy, white beaches, beautiful lagoons and crystal clear blue waters. With designer boutiques, a variety of bars, restaurants, cafes, curio shops and nightclubs there is a little something for everybody. If you are travelling with children then you may wish to take them to the Aquarium or the L’Aventure du Sucre. It is an interactive sugar museum that is undoubtedly great fun for the little ones. Another fun thing to do is to take a submarine tour of the ocean beds. You will see spectacular coral reefs, a shipwreck and a 17th-century ship anchor.

Water sports are a popular pastime on the island. Grand Baie is no exception, with sailing, windsurfing, parasailing, kite surfing, water-skiing, diving, snorkelling and even deep-sea fishing. Whereas on land, visitors can play golf, go horse riding, quad biking, cycle, zip lining or relax in one of the luxury health spas. Excursions include boat trips out to the nearby islands as well as snorkelling at Trou Aux Biches. There are colourful reefs and an abundance of fish just a short distance out from the beach.

The climate in Grand Baie is rather fantastic all year round. It has sunny, hot summers and mild winters. The food culture is incredibly rich and diverse. It is a melting pot of different influences with elements of French, Creole, Indian and even Chinese. Treat yourself to delicious fresh seafood, curries and coconuts, for example, or why not try the locally produced rum?

Travel

The local airline, Air Mauritius, is a reliable and comfortable carrier with multiple flights a day operating between Africa, Europe, Asia and Australia. Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport is located 48 km from the capital city, Port Louis and approximately 73 km from Grand Baie via the M2 motorway.