Grand Baie or Grand Bay is a seaside village and large tourist beach in the district of Rivière du Rempart at the north of Mauritius. Grand Bay was once called De Bogt Zonder Eyndt (Bay Without End) by the Dutch in the 17th century, and when visiting the village it is easy to understand why. Today, the resort town of Grand Bay is the most popular holiday destination in Mauritius.
Best Time to Visit
If you are planning a Travel to Mauritius then Grand Bay is an ideal place to visit anytime of the year, with warm summers and mild winters. It offers its visitors to enjoy the sun, calm sea and the beautiful beaches for sun bathing and swimming. Grand Bay and the northern region are recommendable for a great holiday year around. In summer, (November to March) the North and especially Grand Bay can get very hot and humid where a T-Shirt is the only thing you can wear.
Top Places to Visit in Grand Baie
1. La Cuvette Beach
The public beach of La Cuvette is very close to the center of Grand Bay. The beach is situated near the Royal Palm hotel and you can reach it when heading from Grand Bay center to Pereybere. The beach is quite small and intimate. The water is very calm and the beach is clear of rocks and corals. It is very nice to walk from the beach along the coast until reaching the center of Grand Bay.
2. Grand Bay Public Beach
The Grand Bay public beach is situated at the very center of Grand Bay and it is impossible to miss. Due to the very active boat and catamaran traffic inside the bay, the public beach has only a small area in which you can enter the water. Although there is no doubt the beach is very nice and provides great view of both Grand Bay and the beautiful bay, you should take into account that due to all the boat traffic inside the bay, the water is probably not as clear as in the other beaches.
3. Grand Baie Bazaar
Hidden down an inland street away from Royal Rd, this market has a broad range of touristy Mauritian and Malagasy crafts. Prices aren’t fixed, but wares aren’t expensive and there’s minimal hassling from vendors.
4. Shiv Kalyan Vath Mandir
Shiv Kalyan Vath Mandir is a vividly coloured Tamil temple that’s older than Surya Oudaya Sangam. Remove your shoes before entering.
5. Sunset Boulevard
Sunset Boulevard, which sits either side of Royal Rd in the heart of town, is home to chic boutiques, including knitwear specialists Floreal, Maille St and Shibani; Harris Wilson for menswear; and Hémisphère Sud for fabulous leather goods.
Things to Do in Grand Baie
Besides lying on the beach and soaking in the sun, you will find facilities for safe swimming, sailing, windsurfing, parasailing and enjoying many water sports.
Also, the Grand Bay region is great place to discover the breathtaking underwater marine life of Mauritius going for one of the Underwater Adventures such as the Underwater Sea Walk, Submarine excursion and the Underwater Scooter.For divers, there are plenty of diving sites to be discovered, all found along the coral reefs, within few km from the beach.
Grand Bay, as the top holiday destination in Mauritius, offers variety of hotels, guesthouses and private apartments and villas. There are many places to stay in and around Grand Bay, including hotels, guest houses and villas that range from deluxe resorts to rooms to let.
Seaside of the North
Apart from the Grand bay area itself, the seaside of the North is rich in colours and variety where you can see all shades of blue. The sea surface inside the lagoons is often covered with soft sand, with an unmatched transparency.