A very busy and popular public beach on the island: the Beach of Trou aux Biches. It is the ideal family beach in Mauritius.
Trou aux Biches is a small coastal town located on the north westerly coast of Mauritius. It is a very popular town with tourists – with many hotels and apartments for rent – but also with locals enjoying one of the many restaurants in the area or a picnic/camping week-end on the beach. Trou-aux-Biches is located about 25min from Port Louis, the capital and 15min from Grand Bay, the main town in the north.
The public side of the beach is not very big – merely a few hundreds meters and it is often packed – but the beach extends on both sides with hotels and private housing. I have said this already: all beaches have been made public in Mauritius (results of governments agreeing to too many hotels on the beach and the local population getting tired of it). Here it is the perfect example of how this can affect hotels. Let me explain: I don’t know exactly when this law was passed – but 10 years ago you were not allowed to put your towel down in front of a private house or a hotel – buying the grounds gave a servitude to the beach – this has ended now. So the Trou-aux-Biches Hotel, for exemple, located on this beach now has dozens of people every day choosing a spot on the beach right in front of their hotel: the hotel’s problem being their beach is an extension to the public one and at high tides it is not very wide. It’s not even locals who do it (a little bit yes, but they tend to stick to the real public beaches) but mainly tourists who stay in nearby apartments etc. I don’t know, it might just be me – but it feels a bit wrong! In front of many other hotels I feel it is not as big a problem – access is sometimes a bit complicated or parking is and tourists don’t know the beaches – here both are easy, it is very busy and you feel it.
Having said all that – Trou-aux-Biches beach is one of the most beautiful ones in Mauritius. The sand is so fine and the waters are really clear. There is not much to snorkel for (in my opinion – but I might be biased having lived in the Maldives!), the reef is very far out and there are not many fish close to the shore here – however this is the perfect spot for a lot of fun water-sports like banana boats, para-sailing, glass bottom boat and it is very easy to find departures for big game fishing or just a taxi boat to take you a for a small or a big ride on the ocean. Just negotiate with the skipper and off you are!
Like Mont Choisy beach located up the road just a few kilometres away, Trou aux Biches is one of the best beach for swimming in Mauritius: the shallow and quiet waters of the western coast and the coral reef located far out gives a beautiful lagoon. It is a perfect family beach!
The car park close to the beach is not very big but somehow it seems always possible to get a spot – sometimes after a little wait. Not as on Mont Choisy beach, here you will find many street hawkers: lunch, snacks, ice cream, drinks: you name, you have it! So if you don’t want to go for a sit down lunch at one of the many restaurants in the area, you are still sorted. Many locals set up tents for the weekends and others bring whole kitchens to cook lunch or dinner and enjoy family time! The local bus also stops right in front.
Things to do around Trou-aux-Biches Beach
The car park for the beach is very easy to find: there is one traffic light in the village, opposite the local Police Station and that’s where it is! The local most famous mini market is called Popo Supermarket – they have been around for a very long time and it is a 2 min walk up the road from the car park. There are also many small shops and eateries around: tourist items, post office, ice cream shops …
Some of the best italian restaurants on the island can also be found in Trou-aux-Biches: 1974, da Antonio e Giulia or La Voglia Matta (chez Marco) that serves the best pizzas in Mauritius (blog post coming!).
The 3 closest hotels to Trou-aux-Biches beach:
– 5***** Trou Aux Biches Beachcomber – Luxury resort and spa
– 4**** Le Cardinal Exclusive – Boutique Hotel
– 3*** Casuarina Resort & Spa
– and many others!
The hotels usually offer day packages – lunch and access to the pool and facilities, but there is also a Beach Club La plage – open all day from 9am till late, they serve lunch and dinner.
In the same district, a bit far but great to check out if you are in the area: the Hindu Temple – Maheswarnath Shiv Mandir, the Pamplemousse Gardens, Aventure du Sucre and the coastal town of Grand Bay.
Map of Trou aux Biches