Looking for a beach paradise, without all the crowds of tourists? Tucked away on the southeast corner of Mauritius is stunning Blue Bay, a peaceful bay of dazzling blue, and the small town which shares its name. It remains one of the country’s most picturesque spots - and that is saying a lot. The area around the bay and up and down the coast has seen very little of the development that has come to other parts of the island. As a result, though it is popular among tourists, it is much less crowded and much more preserved. Mauritius is a fascinating culture that due to its history blends people from across the world to create a safe and successful nation. Settled by the Dutch, the French, and the English, along with African slaves and Indian indentured servants, it has quite a unique vibe among African nations. Because of its storied and multicultural history, the cuisine of the area is varied, offering great Chinese, Indian, French, and African influences. The number one spirit on the island is locally produced cane rum, available very cheaply in the supermarkets.The tropical climate of Mauritius results in warm, dry winter from May to October, and a humid, hot, wet summer from November through May.
Where to Stay
Book through Wimdu and avoid the expensive and touristy hotels in the area. Why not try an apartment or villa and live like a local? The size of Blue Bay means that no matter where you stay, the water and the beach are just a few steps away. Directly in the town, find an apartment to suit any need you might have. Those looking for villas will find them along the coast northwards towards Mahebourg.
- Mauritius was the only home of the (famously) now extinct Dodo bird.
- Mauritius is home to some of the world’s rarest flora and fauna.
- Most Mauritians are fluent in both English and French.
- The World Bank ranked Mauritius’s economy as first in Africa in terms of ease of doing business.
- The island was formed due to volcanic activity and is nearly completely surrounded by coral reefs.
- Blue Bay is home to the country’s main airport, making a drive from there to any vacation home in the town just 10 minutes.
Things to See and Do
Most things to do in Blue Bay revolve - not surprisingly - around the water. Water activities are the most popular things to do here as the crystal clear water just lures you in. There are several companies offering to take tourists snorkeling, sailing, diving and fishing. Guests can also rent all the equipment for windsurfing, kayaking, and paddle-boating. Head into the island and explore the Moka Mountains by horse, 4x4, or quad, or trek in the Black River Gorges National Park to see some brilliant wildlife. Other activities include skydiving, parasailing, water skiing, submarine trips, canyoning, and even one-on-one experiences with lions and cheetahs.Take a boat to the small island Iles aux Aigrettes and its magnificent nature reserve. Tours are offered on this wonderful island through the forest along trails past an old french limekiln. Explore the beautiful and unique plants and animals that make up the ecosystem like the Pink Pigeon, the Ornate Day Gecko, and the Aldabran Giant Tortoise. See the ghosts of the old French and British presence on the island in the form of old buildings and ruins.You can drive or take a taxi to Mahebourg in only 5 minutes, to do a bit of shopping at what is perhaps Mauritius’s best market. With few tourists and lots of traditional goods and foods, it is a feast for the senses. Pick up authentic souvenirs, or some local food to cook at your Wimdu apartment. There are also more standard shopping experiences to be had, as well as a large variety of duty-free options.For even more nature, head over to La Vanille Réserve des Mascareignes, just a 30-minute drive away. View their over 2000 crocodiles, 1000 turtles, and innumerable species of insects and butterflies.
Blue Bay is a very small community, so getting around on foot is no problem. For travellers looking to explore the rest of the island of Mauritius, car rentals are also available. Its relatively small size makes the entire country easily navigable by car. Guests can get to the capital of Port Louis in just 45 minutes, Triolet in one hour and 15 minutes, and Tamarin (best surfing) in an hour.