Places and beaches of the west of Mauritius

What to do in Mauritius - go see le Morne Mountain

le morne° by ✰saïda✰, on Flickr

The island of Mauritius is well liked as a tourist destination. In fact, just in 2013, the country has received seven prestigious awards in the field of tourism.  It’s a well deserved recognition as the island offers a choice of accommodations and activities for tourists.

The western part of the island is one of the most touristic areas of Mauritius with accommodations ranging from luxury villas to equally luxurious hotels. It also boasts some of the most beautiful beaches of the country. There are also quite a range of touristic activities that can be practiced there, such as hiking, horse riding excursions, SCUBA diving, big game fishing, whale and dolphin watching, golfing, etc. At the Casela Nature Park, more activities can be practiced such as going on photo safaris, zip-lining, hiking, quad and segway riding, among others.  The nearby Black River Gorges National Park will provide further opportunities to admire one of the remaining forests of the island of Mauritius.

Starting from Port-Louis, the first village which can be definitely considered being a western village is Pointe-aux-Sables, which is considered to be the suburb of Port-Louis. The area has two public beaches which are well appreciated by the locals. Further down, you will encounter Petite-Rivière, which is mainly a residential area.

The next touristic area will be the village of Albion which is known for its beautiful public beach. You will find that there are a lot of luxury villas there, as the region is generally very sunny and is appreciated by locals and tourists alike. After going through the busy village of Bambous, you might consider making a stop at Flic-en-Flac, another place known for its beautiful beaches, night-life and luxury Mauritian villas and hotels which can range from friendly family hotels like Villas Caroline to 5 star luxury hotels.

Before arriving at the village of Tamarin, you will surely pass the Tamarina Golf Club, which offers a golfing experience with an out-of-Africa feel. At the Riverland Sports Club, tourists will have the opportunity to practice tennis, golf swings, kayak, and archery, among other activities.

The village of Tamarin is mostly known for its ancient salt evaporation ponds and its public beach. Further down, tourists will go through the village of La Preneuse where the Martello Tower Museum can be found, as well as a beautiful public beach. There are no luxury hotels in La Preneuse, but tourists looking for a nice place to stay in Mauritius will find a lot of luxury villas for rent there.

The village of Grande Riviere Noire is known for being the point of departure for many big game fishing trips as an anglers’ club is established there.  Further down are the villages of Case Noyale and La Gaulette which can be considered to be fishing villages.

The last place of the West of Mauritius is Le Morne. It is mostly known for the mountain of the same name and for its beautiful public beach. Tourists will also find a few luxury hotels there, as well as an 18-hole golf course.


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