The northern coast of the island is the place where the most development has taken place in recent years. Thanks to this work, Grand Baie has an abundance of restaurants and discotheques. If you like to party to the sound of good music, you will find plenty of options to choose from here.
The north isn’t only about night life, however. It also boasts some of Mauritius’ best-loved sights, including the charming red-roofed church that overlooks the lagoon at Cap Malheureux.
Many people believe that the beaches of northern Mauritius are without compare. Some of the finest examples include the stunning Trou aux Biches – shaded by casuarinas trees – the arching curve of Mont Choisy beach, which runs from Trou aux Biches to Grand Baie, and the divine Pereybere cove.
There is more to Pamplemousses than its delightful botanical gardens. Deriving its original name from the Pamplemoussier citrus plant that was imported by the Dutch who first colonised Mauritius in the 17th Century, this northern town has a rich historical past.
Interesting places to visit include the Old Cemetery, the 18th Century Saint François of Assises Church, and L’Aventure du Sucre: a fascinating museum that chronicles the history of the Mauritian sugar industry while offering additional insight into the island’s wider history, including slavery and rum production.
Maheshwarnath Temple, Triolet Shivala
As well as being the longest village on the island, Triolet Shivala also boasts the biggest Hindu temple. First built in 1819 in honour of the Gods Shiva, Krishna, Vishnu, Muruga, Brahma and Ganesha, the brightly-coloured Maheswarnath provides an interesting stop-off point.
Grand Baie may well be the most renowned village in Mauritius. It owes its popularity to the enchanting quality of its emerald waters and to its liveliness by day or by night. It offers facilities for safe swimming, sailing, windsurfing, and water skiing, and is also the departure point for helicopter excursions, deep sea fishing and for boat excursions to the islands to the north of Mauritius: Gunners’ Quoin, Flat Island, Round Island, and Serpent Island. Grand Baie and its
surroundings also offer a large choice of fashion and craft shops, hotels and restaurants. Grand Baie is also known for its night-life as it hosts most of the island best bars and night-clubs, including Banana Café, Zanzibar or Les Enfants Terribles.Anyone who loves boutiques should pay a visit to Sunset Boulevard in Grand Baie. Those who are interested in picking up local souvenirs, meanwhile, should head to Comptoir des Mascareignes in Pamplemousses, where they will find an assortment of handicrafts, gift stands, local fashions, ship and plane models, paintings and jewellery. Pamplemousses is also the base for Maritime Models Co. Ltd – a locally renowned manufacturer of model ship and sailing-related souvenirs.
- Avoid walking alone after hours
- Take a boat trip to “Flat Island”
- Dive in a real submarine or go on a scuba dive safari to the outer islands
- Go hiking or mountain biking at La Nicoliere
- Try out one of the many water sport activities in Grand Bay