Port Louis Beaches and Water Sports
(Port Louis, Mauritius)
beaches are just about perfect, and some of the best are located along the western coast of the island, being within easy access of the city. In fact, Port Louis serves as something of a gateway to some of the island's finest resorts and beaches.
Grand Baie (Grand Bay) is just 20 km / 12 miles north of the capital and ranks amongst the premier tourist hubs on the island of Mauritius. A gorgeous white-sandy beach, a deep bay and its proximity to Port Louis all combine to make Grand Baie ideal for both sunbathing and water sports. Popular here is sport fishing, snorkelling, catamaran cruises and even 'underwater walking' with special air-filled glass helmets.
Also to the north is Pereybere, a favourite swimming beach, which generally draws large crowds of young beachgoers. Kitesurfing is a popular activity at Pereybere, as is snorkelling around the rocky outcrops, where marine creatures and coral reefs are concentrated.
Just before both Grand Baie and Pereybere is the northerly resort of Trou aux Biches. Snorkellers will be sure to enjoy checking out the shallow waters and coral reefs of Trou aux Biches, while beachgoers will no doubt appreciate the fine silver sand and water sports, such as paragliding and water skiing.
To the south of Port Louis is the longest beach on Mauritius, Flic en Flac, which is known for its beautiful turquoise lagoon. Flic en Flac is a lively seaside village with its beachfront being conveniently close to a variety of amenities, such as restaurants, bars and shops. The beach of Flic en Flac stretches for just over 1.6 km / 1 mile in length and boasts underwater caves and old wrecks, which lend themselves to scuba divers of all ability.