The volcanic island of Mauritius is renowned for its natural beauty and vast expanses of white sand, which puts it high on my list of destinations to visit during my lifetime. And I don’t think I’m alone; the enchanting isle attracts holidaymakers in their thousands every month – especially to the eastern region.
It’s little wonder the area has such appeal, the idyllic landscape of the island’s eastern region comprises palm-lined beaches and deep blue lagoons, while the tropical climate means you can escape the dull skies and drizzle at home and work on your tan at one of the many beaches. If you want to find out which sandy spots are the best to visit in east Mauritius, read on.
Among the most famous beaches on the whole island, Belle Mare is a must-visit for beach bums. The resort is quiet and luxurious, and the beach itself is known as one of Mauritius’s longest and most beautiful stretches of sand.
The stunning white beach is lined with lush greenery and the water is a deep, clear blue, giving it a paradisiacal appearance that I for one have only ever encountered in daydreams. The temperature of the sea around Mauritius’s beaches rarely drops below 23 degrees C, so if you fancy a swim there’s no need to worry about the water being too cold. What’s more, there are virtually no waves here, so even non-swimmers and children can paddle safely in the shallow areas.
If you’re keen to head underwater and admire the marine life, you’ll find the surrounding lagoons ideal for snorkelling and diving, and many firms run guided excursions from the beach at Belle Mare.
Blue Bay Beach
Further down from Belle Mare is Blue Bay Beach, another popular bathing spot. The beach here is a good place to visit if you want to get active during a stay in a hotel in the east of Mauritius, as there are opportunities to get involved in a range of watersports here.
During the week, the main beach is quiet and secluded, while the weekends see an influx of people, many of whom are keen to indulge their passion for sailing and windsurfing. If you want to try out a thrilling pastime, feel free, but I’d rather embark on a tamer yet equally enjoyable excursion – snorkelling.
The activity is another popular pastime, and the coral reefs to be found under the surface around Blue Bay are both unique and beautiful. You can find out more about the underwater ecosystems by calling in at the marine park’s visitor centre, which is opposite the beach.
There are plenty of amenities close to the beach, from showers and toilets to food stalls where you can pick up a burger or some egg-fried rice, so you can easily make a day of it.
Poste Lafayette Beach
If it’s awe-inspiring scenery you’re after, the beach at Poste Lafayette offers just that. Located between Belle Mare and Roches Noires, Poste Lafayette Beach is backed by sheer cliffs, and the water here crashes against the rocks in spectacular scenes of wild nature.
The untamed landscape means the beach is lesser trodden than its calmer, better-known counterparts, but this makes it all the more appealing if you want to spend some time admiring the untouched, rugged beauty of the area away from throngs of tourists.