Mauritius North Coast

The buzz and popularity of the north coast is founded on the great all-round beach choices.


The north coast of Mauritius was one of the first to attract holiday-makers, drawn by some of the island’s best beaches of soft white sand. For those that prefer the occasional sortie to off-site shops, bars and restaurants, the north has the only real resort town on Mauritius, bustling and cosmopolitan Grand Bay. For divers, this area also offers the widest range of dive sites.

One of the two beaches is “La Cuvette", a discreet hideaway where you can still found the rare “tec-tec” hidden in the sand, small white shells that need to be preserved. Enjoy a walk through the narrow streets behind the main road to visit some of the small local boutiques, there is also a wide variety of restaurants on offer.

West of Grand Bay is an almost unbroken series of white sandy beaches with Trou aux Biches among them. To the east is a quieter region of secluded coves and smaller hotels.

The wind is generally offshore, so the north coast can feel more protected and comfortable in the windy winter months. But it also means that it is hotter and more humid in summer.

Another picturesque village in the north of Mauritius is Cap Malheureux, famous for its red-roofed church, view of the northern islands and its important fishing community. This is where the Commander-in-Chief John Abercromby landed his troops when the British attacked the island for the second time in 1810. Notre Dame Auxiliatrice, commonly known as the Red Roof Chapel is well worth a visit to simply appreciate the quality of the meticulous carpentry work and its giant clam holy water stoup.

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Why you may love it

  • Best soft white sandy beaches on the island.
  • Grand Bay the only real resort town on Mauritius.
  • Some of the most beautiful dive sites of the island are in the north. There is a range of interesting options for beginners as well as for experienced divers. Some of the most popular spots are: Gunner's Coin known for its sightings of large parrotfish; Whale Rock where you might be lucky to come face to face with a hammerhead shark and Holt's Rocks whose name suggests the formation of huge rocks under the sea.
  • Other sporting options like kitesurfing, cycling through the little villages or sailing in Grand Bay. One can join a yacht trip, a catamaran cruise or even rent a private sailing boat.

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  • Trade windsThe north-east is more sheltered from the trade winds in winter
  • Largest townPort Louis