Blue Bay Travel Guide
Blue Bay © Alain Feulvarch
The relatively undeveloped south coast of Mauritius boasts beautiful, wild landscapes and the lack of sandy beaches has protected the region from too many resorts. The area around Blue Bay is the exception to this and here travellers can find stunning white beaches and a number of huge luxury hotels which have opened over the last few years. Often called one of the best beaches in the world, the white sand of Blue Bay contrasts with its brilliant turquoise water. Blue Bay (also called Bel Ombre) is probably the most popular beach in Mauritius, and can get crowded on weekends when the locals from Mahebourg come in droves, though week days are pleasantly quiet. Blue Bay is renowned for its colourful coral reefs, and snorkelling and scuba diving are popular activities. Non-swimmers can enjoy the view from a glass-bottomed boat on the way to the Islets of Mauritius, also known as the Ile de Deux Cocos. Land-based activities include tennis and volleyball; and Blue Bay has some excellent restaurants. The south of Mauritius is the most traditional and unspoiled region of the island and a delight to explore.
Apart from the usual hotel shops and local stores, visitors to Blue Bay can go shopping in the nearby town of Mahebourg which has a wonderful traditional market. Local merchants sell fresh fish, fruit and vegetables, spices, clothes and arts and crafts.
Blue Bay is a melting pot of cultures and cuisines and the restaurant scene has benefitted greatly from this diversity. French, Indian, Chinese and African restaurants can be found near the beach and the various hotels provide numerous fabulous dining opportunities.
Many of the big hotels provide their own clubs and bars for nighttime entertainment, but Blue Bay's main nightlife venue is the C Beach Club which features international DJs on Friday and Saturday nights between October and June. This nightclub, right on the beach, is a favourite with locals and tourists and stays open until 4am in season.
Watersports include wind surfing, kayaking, sailing, fishing, scuba diving, snorkelling and glass-bottomed boat safaris. The Blue Bay Marine Park protects more than 50 different species of coral and the reef is in an amazingly good condition. Excursions to the Ile de Deux Cocos are popular. There are many land-based activities as well, including tennis, volleyball, hiking and cycling. There are a number of quaint villages in the south with some cultural tourist attractions.
The south is less developed for tourism and less commercial, but for most visitors this is a big part of the region's charm.