Mauritius – top 10 ideas for a day on the water

The beautiful turquoise seas of the Indian Ocean are a big draw for most people who visit Mauritius.

Here are 10 great ways to spend the day on these sublime waters.

Diving in Mauritius

Diving in Mauritius

1. Diving and snorkelling
Undoubtedly, diving and snorkelling are on most people’s must-do list when they visit Mauritius, and it delivers in spades. There are some 23 dive centres on the island, including at Constance Belle Mare Plage and Constance Le Prince Maurice. Visibility is good – the best time of year for diving is October-April, although you can still dive in calm waters for the rest of the year.

2. Blue Bay Marine Park
On the South East tip of Mauritius sits Blue Bay Marine Park – one of the best spots on the island for snorkelling. This national park is home to 38 coral species and 72 fish species including wrasse, parrotfish, goatfish, damsel fish and eeltail catfish.

Waterskiing in Mauritius

Water skiing in Mauritius

3. Head out to Ile aux Cerfs
Rent a speedboat with an experienced skipper and head out to Ile aux Cerfs off the east coast of the island. This tiny island is renowned for its sandy beaches, beautiful lagoon and many watersport activities. Snorkel, swim or try your hand at water skiing before feasting at one of the island’s restaurants. Some speed boat tours can arrange a lobster BBQ on the beach.

4. Deep sea fishing
Mauritius is the ideal destination to try your hand at deep-sea fishing. Just 1km off the coast, the water measures 70m deep. Here you can expect to catch tuna, shark, barracuda, marlin and sailfish. Half day and full day trips are offered by operators – ask at your hotel for details.

 

5. Kitesurfing and kiteboarding
If you’re looking for a rush of adrenalin, this should hit the spot. There are various kitesurfing schools on Mauritius where you can pick up the basics before heading out to the surf. The warm water of the Indian Ocean is a great place to try your hand at this fast and exhilirating sport.

6. Surfing
The West coast of Mauritius, at Le Morne and Tamarin Bay, attracts surfers from around the world. If you’re a novice, there are several surf schools located here where you can give it a try. Waves can reach approximately 8 feet.

7. Sea kayaking
Glide across the water in your kayak, and visit Ile d’Ambre just off the North East coast. Tamarin on the West is also a good starting point for a kayak trip.

8. Catamaran cruises
What could be more luxurious than hiring your own catamaran and sailing out for lunch or a sunset cruise? If there aren’t enough of you to justify a private hire, jump on board a tour and you could visit Grand River North East Waterfalls, Ile aux Cerfs and Trou d’Eau Douce fishermen’s village among others.

Dolphins off the coast of Mauritius

Dolphins off the coast of Mauritius

9. Swimming with dolphins
Dolphins continue to inspire awe in anyone who swims with them. A pod of spinner dolphins regularly swim off the West coast, at Flic en Flac. Organised tours will take you out to where they play and some give you the option to swim with the dolphins, accompanied by experienced guides.

10. Undersea walk
Don the weird headgear, and you can walk freely underwater while fish swim around you. It’s a bit like snorkelling except you’re upright and no breathing exercises or techniques are required. Check at your hotel for details.

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The essence of the Constance Hotels Experience

Constance Hotels Experience resorts are elegant and beautifully proportioned, enveloping you in a luxury that’s relaxed and refined.

Lobby at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Lobby at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

As you wander through one our resorts, you feel you’re experiencing luxury on every level. Everything is designed to offer the ultimate sensory experience as you take in the landscape, people, décor and food.

Luxury on a big scale

There’s nothing small scale about a Constance hotel. Bedrooms are beautifully proportioned – huge beds, pillows placed enticingly, enormous windows that take in the view. Bathrooms come with double sinks, massive baths, walk-in showers and perfect lighting.

Poolside view at Constance Ephelia, Seychelles

Poolside view at Constance Ephelia

At each resort you’ll find a choice of swimming pools, bars and restaurants – all offering a different atmosphere. Music gently rolls out – loud enough to create a vibe but not intrusive.

Culinary spirit

In the restaurants, Constance offers its guests a taste of the Constance culinary spirit. Dishes are beautifully prepared, often around one spice or key ingredient, and our sommeliers serve wines from around the world.

Snorkelling in the Maldives

Snorkelling in the Maldives

Spa, sport and island tours

You can spend your days relaxing by the pool, on the beach, trying out watersports and diving, golf or spa, tennis, fitness studio or take an island tour. Many activities are offered free of charge.

Constance staff

There’s something intuitive about the level of service that guests receive at a Constance hotel. There’s a warmth and generosity of spirit in the staff as they greet you. And as the days pass you awaken to a sense of belonging.

These are joy-filled places, designed to meet your every need. In that sense they are totally indulgent. But there’s a sincerity to them that takes the service and the experience to another level.

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Top 10 beaches in Mauritius

Situated in the Indian Ocean, the island of Mauritius is surrounded by turquoise sea, flanked by hundreds of white sand beaches.

Here’s our list of the top 10 must-see beaches in Mauritius.

Grand Baie beach, Mauritius

Grand Baie beach, Mauritius

1. Grand Baie

On the sheltered north coast, Grand Baie is teeming with hotels, restaurants and shops. It may not be the quiet spot it once was but it’s definitely worth a visit and has a magnificent beach. You can enjoy watersports and deep sea fishing from here too.

2. Péreybère

One of the most popular places for swimming on the island is the northern beach of Péreybère. Popular at weekends with local Mauritians, the water is beautifully clear.

3. La Cuvette

Close to Péreybère is this gem of a beach. It’s a small, horse-shoe shaped beach with glass-like water. There are shady spots under the trees dotted along the top edge of the sand. Get here early at the weekend as it’s popular with local people.

Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

4. Belle Mare Plage

On the peaceful East coast is the beach belonging to Constance Belle Mare Plage. This long stretch of beach gently curves around the bay, and faces directly out to the reef beyond. The water is calm for swimming. Catch amazing sunrises from here if you’re up early enough, and at night you can enjoy some fabulous star gazing.

5. Roche Noires

North of Belle Mare Plage along the East coast is the beach of Roche Noires. Black volcanic rocks line part of the water’s edge, wedged deep into a long stretch of white sand. Calm water makes it safe for swimming. The east coast gets the offshore winds in the winter, making it a good spot for sailing.

6. Blue Bay

In the south-east of the island, near the airport, is the well-known Blue Bay beach. Soft sand, clear calm water and shady spots make this beach very popular at the weekend. Further along the beach are some rocks, from where you can head into the water for some great snorkelling. 

Gris Gris beach, Mauritius

Gris Gris beach, Mauritius

7. Gris Gris

The south of the island is home to the most dramatic beaches on the island. Top of these is the breathtakingly beautiful Gris Gris. From the cliffs above you can look down to the wide stretch of sand below, and the large waves as they come pounding into the shore. It’s not safe to swim here but walk along the shell-filled beach and shoreline, and feel your spirit soar.

8. Pomponnette

Children playing on Pomponnette beach

Children playing on Pomponnette beach

Drive west along a winding road through small fishing villages with colourful houses, verdant vegetation and Hindu temples until you reach the long beach of Pomponnette. Untouristy and quiet, the water’s calmer here than at Gris Gris but still be careful when swimming.

9. Flic en Flac

This small village on the West coast is popular with tourists. You’ll find a growing hotel and restaurant trade, as well as dolphin watching tours. The white sand beach is popular at the weekend.

Surfers at Tamarin Bay

Surfers at Tamarin Bay

10. Tamarin

North  along the West coast is Tamarin bay. Tamarin isn’t protected by the reef, so the sea is rougher here than at Flic en Flac. But that makes it ideal for surfing, and long walks along the sand. The Tamarin river forms an estuary here, backed by mountains to the East.

 

Holiday inspiration: wildlife of the Seychelles

The Seychelles is an archipelago of 155 islands, situated approximately 1000 miles east of Kenya.

Constance Lemuria Resort

Constance Lemuria Resort

Favoured as a top honeymoon destination, the island nation is also one of the world’s great success stories when it comes to protecting its flora and fauna.

Conservation work in the Seychelles was started in the 1960s by a group of local conservationists. Since then, the government has successfully introduced strict laws protecting the natural heritage of theSeychelles.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

The Seychelles is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

1. The atoll of Aldabra
The world’s largest raised coral atoll, Aldabra is isolated and uninhabited. It’s home to the Aldabra giant tortoises. The average weight of one of these male tortoises is a whopping 550lbs (250 kgs).

2. Vallée de Mai on Praslin Island
Said to be the original ‘Garden of Eden’, Vallée de Mai is home to the world’s largest nut and prized fertility symbol, the Coco de Mer.

At Vallée de Mai, you’ll also find giant endemic palm trees and the rare Seychelles Black Parrot.

Coral reefs

Fish hiding in coral

Fish hiding in coral

The Seychelles has six national marine parks and the reefs around the islands are brimming with marine life.

Over 1000 species of fish have been recorded here, including yellow snappers, jack fish, fusilier, clown fish, humphead parrot fish, rays, lion fish, scorpion fish and barracuda. You’ll also find dolphins, whale sharks and sea turtles.

Colourful soft and hard corals fill the reefs, making this one of the top destinations in the world for diving and snorkelling.

Bird life

Seychelles birdlife on Cousin Island

Seychelles birdlife on Cousin Island

The Seychelles has 12 endemic bird species. The national bird is the Seychelles Black Parrot. The Seychelles Magpie Robin and Seychelles Warbler were successfully brought back from near extinction. Other birds include the Aldabra Drongo, Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher and the Seychelles Sunbird.

The bird and marine sanctuary at Cousin Island Special Reserve has won several awards for conservation and ecotourism.

Turtle preservation in the Seychelles

The beaches at Constance Lémuria, on Praslin Island, Seychelles, are important nesting sites for the endangered hawksbill and green turtles.

Turtle at Lemuria, Praslin Island

Turtle at Lemuria, Praslin Island

The turtles return to the same beaches year after year to lay their eggs. Find out more about the work we’re doing preserving turtle habitats at Constance Lemuria.

Conservation work is also happening across theSeychelles to protect the sea turtles from extinction.

Find out more

Read more on our blog about the flora and fauna of the Seychelles:

Constance hotels in the Seychelles

5 places to pause with a book at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Aerial view of beach and infinity pool at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Beach and infinity pool at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Guests at Constance Le Prince Maurice enjoy 60 hectares of beautiful tropical gardens bordering the still waters of the lagoon.

The resort is brimming with quiet spaces decked out with enormous sofas, chaise longues and sun loungers.

Grab a book and head to these 5 spots at Constance Le Prince Maurice, where you can indulge your literary senses, and enjoy the peace and stillness.

 

The beach

Here you’ll find fine white sand, calm turquoise waters, palm trees, super-comfortable sun loungers and first class service from the ‘sand butlers’. The beach is just a stone’s throw from the junior suites and villas. The beach gets the sun all day, and you can even watch the sun set out to the West from the comfort of your sun lounger.

 Looking East over the bay

Tucked away behind the junior suites, you’ll find this tranquil spot overlooking the easterly side of the resort. Hidden away from the restaurants and bars, the only sound here is of the sea and a gentle breeze.

The Pool Bar

The infinity pool is breathtakingly beautiful, warm and comes complete with a bar that you can swim up to. Take a seat at the water’s edge, ring the bell for service and soak up the views across the pool. The pool bar is warmed by the afternoon sun, making it perfect for languid moments when all you want to do is pause and enjoy.

Laguna Bar

Laguna Bar

The Library

If you’re hankering after a more traditional space where you can put your feet up and get stuck into your literary tome, head to the library. It’s air-conditioned and furnished with comfy arm chairs and shelves of books, newspapers and DVDs to borrow.

Laguna Bar

Flanking the infinity pool is the Laguna Bar. Fans whirr above huge chairs and sofas furnished in purples and reds, and the polished wooden floor feels super-luxurious. There are no walls or windows along the side of the bar so you can enjoy uninterrupted views across the pool and out to sea. If there’s a downpour of summer rain, head here – enjoy the chill out music and sound of water from the pool, order drinks and snacks from the bar, and get reading.

Can you recommend a good read? We’d love to know what books you’d suggest taking to read in these places.

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Videos of paradise!

Our Facebook page now has a number of video clips and tours of our resorts in the Maldives, Seychelles, Mauritius and Madagascar.

Below is a taster of the wonderful Constance Ephelia Resort in Seychelles. You can find more videos, photos and information on our Facebook page.