The Riviere du Rempart District of Mauritius is one of the largest districts found there.
Riviere du Rempart District is also one district that offers many fun activities both in and out of the water. Numerous attractions will keep you busy all day, and the spectacular islands not far off the shores are a must to visit.
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Riviere du Rempart District
About Riviere du Rempart District
The Riviere du Rempart District of Mauritius is one of the largest and one that offers many fun activities both in and out of the water. Numerous attractions will keep you busy all day, and the spectacular islands not far off the shores are a must to visit.
Most popular things to do in the Riviere du Rempart District
- Diving and snorkelling at the islands.
- Deep sea fishing.
- Romantic dinner cruise.
- Catamaran or speed boat cruise.
- Water skiing.
- Sea kayaking.
- Seaplane trips.
- Off road buggy and quad-biking.
- Hiking at Ile d’Ambre.
- Shopping in Grand Bay.
Riviere du Rempart District – Grand Baie
Grand Baie, or Grand Bay in English, is certainly one of the hotspots in Mauritius. It’s a fantastic Mauritian seaside village with a huge beach ideal for anyone who truly wants to enjoy the beauty of the island’s shores. It is described as a tropical paradise safe for swimming, windsurfing, diving, snorkelling and a host of additional water-based sports. Grand Bay is also popular as a departure point for deep sea fishing excursions and luxury boat cruises. There is possibly nothing more romantic than a sunset cruise on a comfortable, 40-foot catamaran, surrounded by the quiet lapping of gentle waves and beautiful scenery. An alternative to sails is a motor-yacht or a luxury speed boat cruise. This can be arranged as a full-day tour, past all the islands in the area and the gorgeous beaches and lagoons of the north coast.
Grand Bay is the perfect location, year-round, to enjoy the crystal clear waters of Mauritius. Summers are hot and winters are mild. The bays and lagoons are also nicely sheltered from wind. November to March is considered to be the warmest time of the year in Grand Bay.
The two most popular beaches in Grand Bay are La Cuvette Beach and the Grand Bay Public Beach. Both are located very nearby to the centre of the village and are nearby to many useful facilities, such as food stalls and beach restaurants. The beaches of Grand Bay all feature white sand that are mostly free of rocks and lagoons that are also lined with soft sand under the water.
Off the beach, Grand Baie is an absolute pleasure. Here you can shop till you drop for selective fashion brands, crafts, jewellery, textiles, souvenirs and anything else your heart desires. The traditional, local shops are especially interesting, some having been around for over fifty years, but there are modern and larger shopping complexes available as well.
Grand Baie’s vibrant nightlife is another of its major draw-cards. The town has some of Mauritius’ most exciting and lively bars and night-clubs and is certainly the best place to let loose and party till the early hours of the morning.
Since Grand Baie is incredibly popular amongst travellers there is an excellent and wide choice of hotel and resort accommodation available. We have made sure that only the best service providers have made our list and we can offer great advice on how to make the most of your stay in Grand Bay.
Riviere du Rempart District – Coastal Villages
Pereybere ranks as second most popular to Grand Bay, or for those who prefer to avoid some of the Grand Bay crowds, even as the most popular town in the north. Pereybere has a beautiful public beach, shopping facilities, restaurants and a variety of options for accommodation. The lovely beach, even though it’s not the longest stretch of beach in the area, is the main attraction.
Cap Malheureux is found right on the northern tip of Mauritius and offers the best views of the uninhabited Coin De Mire Island, a landmark of the country. This small, but charming village has a beautiful little red-roofed chapel, a cosy restaurant or two, fruit stalls at the scenic point overlooking the ocean and some volcanic black rocks that are evidence of the island’s volcanic origins. Cap Malheureux has a significant history and is also a place where many ships have ended their days at sea on the rocks. The village’s name therefore means misfortune, or the ‘Cape of Bad Luck’.
Grand Gaube is just a few minutes drive from Cap Malheureux and is a lovely, peaceful place from which to soak up the sun and enjoy a relaxing Mauritian holiday. The beach has several sand-filled coves, nearby hotel accommodation, a kid’s playground and sufficient beauty to keep your eyes feasted for hours! Mostly undeveloped, Grand Gaube is a quaint fishing village less crowed by visitors than the bigger towns, such as Grand Bay. It is also from where you can depart for the picturesque Amber Island and Point Bernache.
Poudre d’Or is another small coastal village in the Riviere du Rempart district of Mauritius. It has a beach, but it is without much sand and it is therefore less popular than the other locations mentioned. It’s great, however, for a quiet picnic, and it features the monument of the famous, fictional story of Paul and Virginie.
Riviere du Rempart District – Inland Villages
Mapou is best known for the Château de Labourdonnais, an incredibly grand 19th century mansion that was once the family home of Christian Wiehe, a prominent man of Mauritius. The beautiful home was completed in the late 1850’s, mainly from teak wood, and features a double colonnaded gallery, a beautiful Victorian-style master bedroom and a huge dining room with vintage dinnerware. The home is surrounded by orchards of many fruit varieties and lush, manicured gardens. Today, the home is a museum that the public can explore with a tour guide. The giant Aldabra tortoises in the gardens and the tasting bar at the nearby Rhumerie des Mascareignes distillery makes the outing even more splendid.
In Goodlands, it is recommended to visit the large flea market that is held on Fridays for purchases of some unique Mauritian items, great food and many more bargains. A bicycle tour of the nearby sugar cane estates is a wonderful outing and a visit to the Historic Marine, a manufacturer of model ships, is a must. The workshops produces the most beautiful and detailed models of different types of ships, and even of the Saint Geran, a well-known 18th century ship that hit the rocks nearby the village of Poudre d’Or. All visitors receive the most wonderful and friendly welcome to the factory. The craftsmen love to show off their work and to receive compliments for it, while the manager will give you more information about the main ship replicas they make.
Riviere du Rempart District – Islands
Just out to sea at the northern tip of Mauritius lie several beautiful and uninhabited islands. Closest to the mainland is Gunners Quoin, or as it’s more commonly known, Coin de Mire Island. This island is considered to be the best snorkelling spot in Mauritius and it’s highly enjoyable to get there via a traditional Mauritian boat trip. Boats usually depart from Grand Bay in the morning and take visitors for an exceptionally fun day snorkelling and swimming in the perfect blue waters that surround the island. The marine life you will observe is indescribably lovely, and includes a reef and a large selection of corals. On the island you will also enjoy viewing numerous native bird species, including the ‘pailles en queue’, the national bird of Mauritius.
Other islands to the north of Mauritius include Gabriel Island, Flat Island and Round Island. They can all be reached by various kinds of boats from Grand Bay. Catamaran cruises are very popular. At Flat Island, there is the internationally famous dive spot known as ‘The Shark Pit’, where sharks swirl endlessly. Enthusiastic divers and snorkellers will certainly have an amazing time witnessing the high activity of these fearsome creatures.
On the north-eastern side of Mauritius, between Poudre d’Or and Grand Gaube, is Ile d’Ambre Island, or Amber Island. This island within the lagoon is so nearby the mainland that you can get there in a sea kayak. This is a fantastic way to view the spectacularly beautiful island and north-western shores of Mauritius. On the island, you can visit the old ruins and the forest, and learn more about its history.
Another favourite spot for swimming is Pointe Bernache, very nearby to Ile d’Ambre. This small islet has a stunning beach on the south coast and is surrounded by the lagoon.
Riviere du Rempart District Enquire Now
The Riviere du Rempart District is one of the best places to be when touring Mauritius. It has all the sun, sea and sand that you can imagine, the wonderful and fun holiday atmosphere for which Mauritius is so famous and plenty of exciting things to do. It also offers many fantastic places to stay, and we have found some of the best so that you don’t have to waste time searching for them! Simply contact us to effortlessly have your entire dream Mauritius holiday arranged. Our personal experience of the island ensures that your time in Mauritius is perfect bliss!