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Mauritius

Grand Baie Holidays

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Grand Baie? No bother.

Charming and lively in equal measure, Grand Baie sits at the northern tip of Mauritius – and it’s no surprise it was one of the first places to attract visitors to the island. As its name suggests, this exuberant enclave is home to a lovely bay, which has become a hub for sailing, scuba diving and watersports. A holiday to Grand Baie often involves many day trips and sailing adventures to small islands further north.

But you don’t need to travel far for good beaches. Grand Baie has two sandy spots of its own. First, there’s the discreet hideaway of La Cuvette. And second is the gorgeous curve of Mont Choisy, which stretches from Grand Baie to Pointe aux Canonniers. Due to its idyllic setting, it’s also home to some of the island’s most-loved hotels, including the five-star Royal Palm Beachcomber. After the beaches, Grand Baie holidays are famed for their high-quality hotels, delicious restaurants and plentiful bars.

But one thing you may not expect from your Grand Baie holiday is the variety of shopping opportunities. This part of the island is a shopper’s dream, with markets and shops selling all kinds of local crafts and souvenirs.

And there’s plenty more to see in the local area. Horticultural fans will enjoy the impressive flora at Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens, but even if you just stroll around the island, you’ll soon see lush tropical blooms like bougainvillea and hibiscus. For a spot of culture, meanwhile, visit the Red Roof Chapel at Cap Malheureux where Commander-in-Chief John Abercromby landed his British troops during their attack on Mauritius in 1810. Triolet is also worth a look. As well as being the longest village on the island, it also has Mauritius’ largest and most colourful Hindu temple, Maheswarnath Mandir. Cycling is a great way to explore on your Grand Baie holiday, as you’ll discover quiet villages, sugarcane fields, pine forest, and gorgeous views of the outer islets. 

Best time to go

Things to do

Shopping

Botanical Gardens

Best time to visit Grand Baie

Mauritius is located in the southern hemisphere, so the seasons are the opposite of those in the UK. Even with its four seasons, the tropical island has moderate temperatures in the twenties throughout the year, with occasional rainfall. Typically, the northern and western regions of Mauritius are warmer and drier than the east and the south – and, luckily for you, Grand Baie is in the north.

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If you want some quality beach time, there are two periods when it’s best to plan your holiday to Grand Baie – between April and June, or between September and December. But, keen scuba divers should consider visiting in summer, which is November to April. The weather is hot and humid at this time of year, but underwater visibility is fantastic. Meanwhile, surfers should think about going on holiday to Grand Baie in June, July or August, when the winds pick up.

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Things to do in Grand Baie

Grand Baie is renowned as Mauritius’ sailing hub due to its large protected bay. You can book on a yacht day trip or go on a catamaran cruise – or simply do it yourself, and rent a private sailing boat. If you’re into watersports, you won’t be short of options. Kitesurfers should head to the top spots around Cap Malheureaux and Anse le Raie. Grand Baie is also a popular holiday spot for divers, boasting some of the island’s best dive sites. Spot large parrotfish at Gunner’s Coin, or head to Whale Rock where you might just see hammerhead sharks. If you’re not confident in the water, you can still discover the Indian Ocean. Explore the underwater world on a Blue Safari submarine.

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Back on dry land, meanwhile, Grand Baie holidays are all about relaxing and enjoying the Mauritian hospitality in the restaurants, bars and cocktail lounges. Grand Baie is known as the liveliest spot in Mauritius – but everything is still very low-key, as you’d expect in such a laidback paradise.

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Shopping

Grand Baie and the surrounding north are the shopping heartland of Mauritius. Sunset Boulevard in Grand Baie has a great variety of clothes, dive equipment, and souvenir shops selling local crafts. Other shopping centres, including La Croisette and Super U, feature outdoor play areas, skateboard parks and bumper cars to entertain youngsters too. Pamplemousses is another great place to head for local handicrafts like paintings, jewellery and ship models.

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One of Mauritius’ main industries is clothing manufacture, and this is evident when you visit Goodlands Market. On Tuesdays and Fridays there’s a riot of local fabric and fashion on sale, while Wednesdays and Saturdays see piles of fresh fruit and vegetables. 

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Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden

This impressive, vast garden is renowned by botanists as one of the best collections of indigenous and exotic plants in the world. It’s a great day out on your Grand Baie holiday, and the highlight is undoubtedly the giant Victoria Amazonica water lilies. Native to South America, the tea-tray shaped leaves reach up to two metres across. You’ll be able to see them at their most impressive in the warm summer months, especially January. The palms here are also a major attraction with an astonishing variety of shapes and forms, including talipot palms – these trees flower once after about 40 years, then die.

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Bird enthusiasts will also love the gardens as they attract many species including the Madagascar fody – a small, bright red bird. There are also captive populations of deer and around a dozen giant Aldabra tortoises to be found in the grounds. 

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Best time to go

Best time to visit Grand Baie

Mauritius is located in the southern hemisphere, so the seasons are the opposite of those in the UK. Even with its four seasons, the tropical island has moderate temperatures in the twenties throughout the year, with occasional rainfall. Typically, the northern and western regions of Mauritius are warmer and drier than the east and the south – and, luckily for you, Grand Baie is in the north.

Show More
Show Less

If you want some quality beach time, there are two periods when it’s best to plan your holiday to Grand Baie – between April and June, or between September and December. But, keen scuba divers should consider visiting in summer, which is November to April. The weather is hot and humid at this time of year, but underwater visibility is fantastic. Meanwhile, surfers should think about going on holiday to Grand Baie in June, July or August, when the winds pick up.

Show More
Show Less

Things to do

Things to do in Grand Baie

Grand Baie is renowned as Mauritius’ sailing hub due to its large protected bay. You can book on a yacht day trip or go on a catamaran cruise – or simply do it yourself, and rent a private sailing boat. If you’re into watersports, you won’t be short of options. Kitesurfers should head to the top spots around Cap Malheureaux and Anse le Raie. Grand Baie is also a popular holiday spot for divers, boasting some of the island’s best dive sites. Spot large parrotfish at Gunner’s Coin, or head to Whale Rock where you might just see hammerhead sharks. If you’re not confident in the water, you can still discover the Indian Ocean. Explore the underwater world on a Blue Safari submarine.

Show More
Show Less

Back on dry land, meanwhile, Grand Baie holidays are all about relaxing and enjoying the Mauritian hospitality in the restaurants, bars and cocktail lounges. Grand Baie is known as the liveliest spot in Mauritius – but everything is still very low-key, as you’d expect in such a laidback paradise.

Show More
Show Less

Shopping

Shopping

Grand Baie and the surrounding north are the shopping heartland of Mauritius. Sunset Boulevard in Grand Baie has a great variety of clothes, dive equipment, and souvenir shops selling local crafts. Other shopping centres, including La Croisette and Super U, feature outdoor play areas, skateboard parks and bumper cars to entertain youngsters too. Pamplemousses is another great place to head for local handicrafts like paintings, jewellery and ship models.

Show More
Show Less

One of Mauritius’ main industries is clothing manufacture, and this is evident when you visit Goodlands Market. On Tuesdays and Fridays there’s a riot of local fabric and fashion on sale, while Wednesdays and Saturdays see piles of fresh fruit and vegetables. 

Show More
Show Less

Botanical Gardens

Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden

This impressive, vast garden is renowned by botanists as one of the best collections of indigenous and exotic plants in the world. It’s a great day out on your Grand Baie holiday, and the highlight is undoubtedly the giant Victoria Amazonica water lilies. Native to South America, the tea-tray shaped leaves reach up to two metres across. You’ll be able to see them at their most impressive in the warm summer months, especially January. The palms here are also a major attraction with an astonishing variety of shapes and forms, including talipot palms – these trees flower once after about 40 years, then die.

Show More
Show Less

Bird enthusiasts will also love the gardens as they attract many species including the Madagascar fody – a small, bright red bird. There are also captive populations of deer and around a dozen giant Aldabra tortoises to be found in the grounds. 

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Show Less

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