1. Trou aux Biches
Trou aux Biches beach is one of the best in Mauritius, with great conditions for both swimming and snorkelling. The water is clear, shallow and calm, with gently shelving sands, making it ideal for families. You’ll also find some easily accessible street food stands, and a string of cafes and restaurants along the coast road.
2. Belle-Mare Plage
Early riser? If so, the stunning east coast beach of Belle-Mare Plage is an amazing place for a cool dawn dip as the sun comes up – and throughout the whole day. Less confident swimmers should bear in mind that currents can sometimes be a little stronger here than elsewhere on the island. It can also be breezier at times – great if you want to try your hand at windsurfing too.
3. Ile aux Cerfs
Tropical idyll Ile aux Cerfs is a fun-packed island for the whole family, though it does tend to get very busy at the weekend. Here, you can take part in almost any water-based activity you can think of, so stroll further along the beach if you’re looking for emptier waters to splash about in. It’s a great destination for some laid-back snorkelling in the lagoon, too.
Lying between Grand Bay and Cap Malheureux, the northern beach at Pereybere is very popular with locals, especially during school holidays when children of all ages like to hang out and play sports. The water here is deeper than at many other beaches on the island, but still very calm. Bring a mask and snorkel too if you can – the crystal clear waters provide excellent views of the marine life and corals.
The west coast’s Black River region is home to Flic-en-Flac beach – a stunning stretch of talcum-white sand sloping into seemingly endless shades of blue water. The west coast location and proximity to beachfront bars make this a dazzling choice for a multicoloured sunset swim, followed by a laid back sundowner or two.