Beach filled days
Grand Baie Mauritius has several choices when it comes to the beach scene. Quiet private beaches can be found right outside the 4* and 5* All Inclusive hotels in Grand Baie Mauritius, and the sleepy bay of La Cuvette is ideal for swimming in the lovely calm waters. Keen snorkellers will love Troux aux Biches – as well as being one of the island’s most beautiful beaches, it’s the most convenient spot to reach the coral reefs.
Grand Baie’s most popular coastline has got to be Grand Baie public beach. It’s a lively spot right in the centre of town with both locals and tourists soaking up the sun and swimming in the shallows. Grand Baie Beach is 300 metres in length and surrounded by beautiful greenery with park benches and much needed shady spots. Street food and fruit stalls are dotted around the sands if you need a quick snack, or you can easily head to one of the restaurants inland.
Grand Baie Beach is also the best spot for a little watersports action. Local facilities on the shore offer parasailing, banana boats, jet skiing or sailing lessons. If you’d rather explore the sea with someone else taking the lead, you can catch a ride on one of the many glass-bottomed boats docking in these waters.
Grand Baie is the departure point for both deep sea fishing trips and fun boat excursions. If you want to explore more of the area, boats are available to take you to the islands north of Mauritius including Gabriel Island, Round Island and Serpent Island.
When the sun sets Grand Baie turns up the action with a lively nightlife scene. Walk along the popular Royal Road to find all the top nightlife spots, from clubs to bars and pubs.
Banana Beach Club is one of the most popular joints and has an open-air bar that wraps around one of the island’s trees. Other venues to check out before the night ends are Zanzibar, Les Enfants Terribles and the famous Buddha Bar. Clubs at Grand Baie know how to have a good time and many are open into the early hours of the morning.
Tour the gardens
Only a 15-minute drive out of town will get you to the beautiful National Botanical Garden of Mauritius. This is one of the most visited sightseeing spots on the island and was initially opened by a French Governor nearly 300 years ago.
The gardens are massive and it would take you the best part of your holiday to walk the whole length. Across the site you’ll find more than 650 varieties of plants, including Giant Water Lilies, medicinal plants, a large spice garden and 85 types of palm trees. You can walk through the park on your own time or sign up for a guided service.
Shop till you drop
If you’re looking for a great shopping base, Grand Baie has got you covered. This locale is one of Mauritius’ main shopping hubs, with shopping centres and market stalls all selling an array of items from hand-woven clothing to rainbow-coloured jewellery, and fresh produce to souvenirs.
Set back from the bay in the centre of town lies Grand Baie’s bazaar, where it’s not uncommon to see a little haggling going on at the stalls. The bazaar is open 6am to 6pm Monday to Saturday and is a must-visit for anyone wanting to find that perfect Grand Baie souvenir.