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If you find yourself on Mauritius, chances are you came for the beaches. Surrounded by the Indian Ocean’s alluring waters, it’s difficult to go wrong no matter which side of the island you’re on. Here, Forbes Travel Guide picks the best beaches in Mauritius:
1. Trou aux Biches. Meaning “does’ watering hole,” this beach is a favorite among the locals, who come flooding in for weekend picnics. Its clear waters are good for snorkeling and casuarina trees line the unblemished sand almost all the way to neighboring Mont Choisy in the north. A popular dive spot for beginners, nicknamed “the aquarium,” is also located here.
2. Tamarin. Any beach worth your time will have its share of gajacks or Indian snacks for sale. Grab some fried bites from vendors across the way from the retro Tamarin Hotel and watch the spinner dolphins cavort across the bay.
3. Blue Bay. Enjoying marine park status, this protected area has some of the island’s best underwater views. Snorkeling is prime, but the coral reefs can just as easily be explored on glass-bottomed boats departing from the beach. Lunch at a nearby table d’hote for a comforting meal and Creole hospitality.
4. Flic en Flac. Watersport rentals, music and snack-sellers make this a lively beach, and the shallow waters are a kid favorite. The most stunning (and consequently busy) dive spot in the island, Flic en Flac’s La Cathédrale is a veritable maze of passages and cave ledges, which feature a hundred foot drop-off.
5. Île aux Cerfs. Easily Mauritius’ hottest excursion, a trip out to the Isle of Stags is not to be missed. With almost three miles of heavenly beach, head away from the crowds to a spot of sand all your own. On Saturday nights from October to March Le Touessrok hotel, which owns the land, turns all of Île aux Cerfs into a DJ dance party.