Mauritius Beach - Blue Bay
the Marine Park is 353 hectares and is home to a natural “Coral Garden”A few kilometres away from the beautiful village of Mahebourg, lies one of the most magnificent beaches of the South East coast known as Blue Bay. As its name suggests the Blue Bay lagoon is one of the bluest waters you will ever see and is one of the richest in terms of flora and fauna including its famous ‘Badamier’ trees. It is easily accessible both by car and by bus. You can easily catch the bus in direction of Blue Bay from the bus station in Mahebourg.
It is rated as one of the most beautiful and appreciated beaches of Mauritius both by the locals and visitors. Most people do not only come for the unique shades of blue in the waters, but also for its marine park which makes it one of the best snorkelling spot in Mauritius. The total area of the Marine Park is 353 hectares and is home to a natural “Coral Garden”, a shallow haven of different and marvelous types of mangroves, algae, sea grasses, corals, and other marine organisms. There is also a wide variety of fish species. It is one of the best places to admire marine life. Boats offering trips to the park can be found on the main beach. Blue Bay beach also offers a fabulous view of the small island Ile Des Deux Cocos.
If you prefer to relax, or simply lie on the beach and have a sunbath, you have plenty of space on the beach with its white and soft sand! In order to ensure the security of swimmers, part of the lagoon has been clearly marked off for swimming only, so no motorboats can enter this zone and you can swim securely.
The beach is quite busy and crowded during weekends since people come from different parts of the island to enjoy the beach. If you prefer a less busy beach, then it’s better to visit on a week day. There are plenty of accommodation options at Blue Bay which range from self-catering bungalows to bed & breakfast rooms, guesthouses and a few hotels. Blue Bay beach has all the usual facilities of a public beach in Mauritius, such as restrooms, showers and police patrol near the beach area giving visitors a sense of security. However unlike many other public beaches on the island there are not many places to eat out.
There is only one restaurant ‘Le Bougainville’ and two small shop-like stands where you may have different drinks and snacks. There is also a few hawkers selling snacks or clothes. There is a petanque ground near one of the shops and also a football playground nearby. On the other part of the public beach you will find a diving center offering different types of sea activites