10 things to do in the North, Grand Baie
If you’ve chosen to holiday in the North, you’ve chosen the right place. Vibey and trendy, tourists love it and, of course, so do the locals. The Grand Baie area offers the right mix of island-style relaxation and cosmopolitan nightlife with an array of coffee shops, restaurants, shopping malls, outdoor activities and nightclubs to keep the young-at-heart happy.
Looking for something different to do? These are some of Pam Golding Luxury Rentals’ recommendations.
1 Taste the heart of Mauritius
Like most things Mauritian the fruit salad is fiery and full of colour. Expect a mix of sweet, sour or really really hot. What makes it so special is the cucumber picked from the garden, mixed with other local ingredients such as pineapple, mango, dried chillies, crushed salt and tamarind paste.
2 Cruise to the islands
Sail on a wooden pirate boat from Calodyne to Ile aux Bernaches on the northeast coast or choose the Northern Islands Cruise from Grand Baie to Gunner’s Quoin aboard Le Pacha catamaran. For an extra-special day out, take a 12-minute helicopter flight to Flat Island (Ile Plate). You’ll get a bird’s eye view of the northern lagoons and the majestic Gunner’s Quoin (Coin de Mire). Stop for lunch among the ruins of the Governor’s House and return by catamaran, fast boat or helicopter…
3 Under the sea
Discover the plant and animal life on the seabed, more than 35 metres deep, in a real submarine or drive yourself in an underwater scooter at three metres deep. You will be comfortably seated, able to breathe normally with your head in a large transparent dome, and can even talk to your partner while you explore!
4 Get into the swing of things at Mont Choisy Le Golf
Discover the unique 18-hole championship course designed by Peter Matkovich. The meandering fairways are notable for their endemic landscaping and distinctive black volcanic rock outcrops, challenging enough for amateurs and pros alike.
5 Taste Buddies
“To know Mauritius, you must taste Mauritius.” Book a guided food tour with Taste Buddies! Discover the rich history and culture of the island, and taste some great street food in the Grand Baie area.
6 Shop till you drop
Well, it’s not quite like that in Mauritius. The experience is more casual, island style. Take your time to discover the local wares at the market or hunt for bargains at the more sophisticated La Croisette Mall with its international retail offering.
7 Cool off
When the heat is on, Gourmet Popsicle is your go-to stop in Grand Baie. The frozen snack and dessert brand has plenty to tempt the palette. And if you can’t get by without your daily dose of coffee and pastries, there are some quaint French cafés that will pique your interest.
8 Rum tasting
A rum tasting on the island is a must. If you’re not a rum drinker, you could become one after trying the local flavours. Connoisseurs will be amazed at the depth of flavour and endless possibilities with infusions being concocted from ancient recipes and new-wave creativity.
9 Kitesurfing at Anse Le Raie
Kitesurfing is big in Mauritius. The closest spot to wind- or kitesurf is at Anse Le Raie, where the flat water provided by an enclosed reef just 2.5km offshore is a water baby’s delight. Launch from a 300m-wide sandy beach area but wind and wave conditions can prove challenging for more inexperienced surfers.
10 Hike at Bras d’Eau National Park
This is one of three national parks in Mauritius. On the island, everything is about the outdoors and what better way to work off the holiday indulgences than a hike or walk in nature? It’s so beautiful you’ll forget about the exercise!