Grand Baie offers some of the best aquatic adventures on the island
Grand Baie (or Grand Bay) is a coastal village in the North West of Mauritius situated in the district of Rivière du Rempart. It is one of the most popular and most visited places on the island.
It is found at a distance of about 25 km from Port Louis, the Capital. Served by a motorway directly linked to the airport and the capital, the drive from Port Louis to Grand Baie takes about 30 minutes, while the drive from the airport takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Bus routes in direction of Grand Baie are also easily accessible. Nearby well known villages around Grand Baie are Pereybere, and Trou aux Biches with all 3 places hosting some of the best beaches on the island.
Let’s go back to the past for a little bit of history, the Dutch who discovered the island by sheer mishap in 1598, named Grand Baie ‘De Bogt Zonder Eyndt’ in the 17th century which means Bay Without End in Dutch. You will be able to witness this by yourself as you reach there with the bay and the sea stretching as far as you can see. It would be a shame not to enjoy such a gift from the nature.
It is therefore obvious that Grand Baie offers some of the best aquatic adventures on the island; swimming, sailing, windsurfing, water skiing, underwater Adventures such as the Underwater Sea Walk, Submarine excursion and the Underwater Scooter, deep sea diving and if you enjoy boat trips, it the place where you can catch a boat for deep sea fishing trips or for excursions (catamaran and speedboats) to the islands off the North coast of Mauritius: Gunners' Quoin, (Coin de Mire) Flat Island (L’Ile Plate), Round Island (L’Ile Ronde), and Ile au Gabriel.
Besides all this, you can simply lie on the beach and soak in the sun. You must surely be thinking to yourself that you need to visit in summer in order to be able to enjoy all these activities to the most. Absolutely not, Grand Baie is an ideal place to visit anytime of the year because it has very warm summers but also mild winters. Therefore almost 365 days a year, it offers its visitors to enjoy the sun, calm sea and the beautiful beaches.
You may see the beaches nearby here Pereybere, Trou au Biches and Mont Choisy
Ladies we know what you are waiting for (but we think the gents also will be interested), we are glad we have some good news for you, Grand Baie will prove to be a top shopping destination for you with 3 famous shopping complexes namely Sunset Boulevard, Grand Bay Coeur de Ville and Grand Baie La Croisette being located there.
Be it for clothes, jewellery, textiles and fabrics, souvenirs, Grand Baie is home to multiple shops from around the world offering you the possibility to shop some of your preferred worldwide known brands, but also giving you access to some more traditional local shops offering you a choice of locally crafted products and souvenirs. Art amateur?
The village also hosts some nice art exhibition from time to time and there are art galleries where you may shop some beautiful pieces of art.
The foodies will not be left aside, some of the best restaurants on the island are situated in Grand Baie. From Chinese, Indian, Italian to local cuisines, from chic restaurants to street food, there are more than sufficient offers to please each and everyone’s taste.
What makes Grand Baie such a popular place among the locals and tourists, is that the place is not lively only during daytime but it is also known for its night-life as the main streets are packed with nightclubs, bars, pubs and lounges, offering a wide choice to the night owls in an idyllic location with the sea being only a few meters or kilometers away from these places.
Grand Bay, as one of the top holiday destinations in Mauritius, offers a wide variety of accommodation ranging from hotels, guesthouses to private apartments and villas.