About The Attraction
Grand Bay, (or Grand Baie) is a seaside village and large tourist beach in the district of Rivière du Rempart at the north of Mauritius. Grand Bay was once called De Bogt Zonder Eyndt (Bay Without End) by the Dutch in the 17th century, and when visiting the village it is easy to understand why. Today, the resort town of Grand Bay is the most popular holiday destination in Mauritius.
Grand Bay owes its popularity to the enchanting quality of its emerald waters and to its liveliness by day and by night.
It offers facilities for safe swimming, sailing, windsurfing, and water skiing, and it is also the departure point for deep sea fishing trips and for boat excursions to the islands to the north of Mauritius: Gunners' Quoin, Flat Island, Round Island, and Serpent Island.
Grand Bay and its surroundings also offer a large choice of fashion and craft shops, hotels and restaurants. You can find in Grand Bay traditional local shops, some operating for almost 50 years, alongside modern shopping centers and worldwide brand shops. Considering the variety of shops and shopping complexes, Grand Bay is definitely a top shopping destination for clothes, jewelry, textiles and for souvenirs.
Grand Bay is also known for its night-life as it hosts most of the island best bars and night-clubs, including Banana Café, Zanzibar, Les Enfants Terribles and the famous Buddha Bar. For the night owls, the Grand Bay night clubs are the place to be, where parties pick up, generally at around midnight and parties last till the early morning hours.
Grand Bay is found in the district of Rivière du Rempart at the Northern western part of the Island along a beautiful natural bay. Grand Bay is situated about 25 km north of Port Louis the Capital of Mauritius. It is found between the village of Pereybere (from the east) and Trou aux Biches (from the west). The drive from Grand Bay to Port Louis takes about 30 minutes, while the drive to the airport takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Grand Bay has a good bus route leading to key locations in Mauritius. You can easily get the bus to Port Louis or to other cities such as Triolet, Goodlands, Grand Gaube and can easily venture further across the island.
Grand Bay is an ideal place to visit anytime of the year, with warm summers and mild winters. It offers its visitors to enjoy the sun, calm sea and the beautiful beaches for sun bathing and swimming.
The wind is generally offshore, and together with the beaches and lagoons which are sheltered by the winds, Grand Bay and the northern region are recommendable for a great holiday year around.
In summer, (November to March) the North and especially Grand Bay can get very hot and humid where a T-Shirt is the only thing you can wear.
Besides lying on the beach and soaking in the sun, you will find facilities for safe swimming, sailing, windsurfing, parasailing and enjoying many water sports.
Also, the Grand Bay region is great place to discover the breathtaking underwater marine life of Mauritius going for one of the Underwater Adventures such as the Underwater Sea Walk, Submarine excursion and the Underwater Scooter.
For divers, there are plenty of diving sites to be discovered, all found along the coral reefs, within few km from the beach.
Grand Bay is the departure point for deep sea fishing trips and for boat excursions to the islands to the north of Mauritius: Gunners' Quoin, Flat Island, Gabriel Island, Round Island, and Serpent Island.