Grand Baie Travel Guide
Grand Bay © Selene Weijenberg
The seaside village of Grand Baie (Grand Bay) is the most developed resort area in Mauritius and one of the most popular tourist destinations on the island. In fact, the tourism has overwhelmed this small town, and the peak season of December and January can be unpleasantly crowded, though the buzzing nightlife in this period is enjoyable for younger travellers. In fact, one of the main reasons to visit Grand Baie is the variety of restaurants and shopping, second only to Port Louis. Despite its popularity, it is still possible to find more secluded and peaceful spots along the coast, and the development in the area has not destroyed the natural beauty of the place. Those looking to be somewhat removed from the hustle should opt to stay in Pointe aux Canonniers. The beaches in Grand Baie are an aquatic paradise for watersports lovers with scuba diving, snorkelling, and sailing on offer. Visitors will find plenty of accommodation in Grand Baie, with both quaint local guest houses and luxury hotel options on offer. Public transportation in Grand Baie is fairly good.
Outside of Port Louis, Grand Baie is the best shopping destination on the island and visitors will find plenty of shops and stores selling souvenirs and local arts and crafts. There are supermarkets for the self-caterers.
Grand Baie is bursting with restaurants and bars and there are a variety of cuisines on offer to suit a variety of budgets.
The nightlife is a big drawcard for Grand Baie, and definitely the best to be found in a Mauritian resort. The clubs and bars buzz until the early hours during peak season.
Water activities include yachting, glass-bottomed boat trips, sea kayaking, scuba diving, snorkelling, waterskiing, and fishing. There are plenty of fun land activities as well, and for those looking for a thrill there is even skydiving.