Grand Baie Travel Guide
Overview 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.
Grand Bay © Selene Weijenberg
Shopping 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.
Restaurants Grand Baie is bursting with restaurants and bars and there are a
variety of cuisines on offer to suit a variety of budgets.
Nightlife 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.
Activities 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.