Trou aux Biches
The heavenly landscapes of Mauritius are something that you never tire of admiring even after long months of being on the island. The town of Trou aux Biches, located in the northeast of the republic, is not considered a major tourist center, so it has managed to retain its slightly provincial charm. Although the resort has everything for a comfortable stay. Trou aux Biches prides itself on its stunning beach free of coral and rock fragments, as well as clear and transparent water. It is not surprising that the reputable British company World Travel Group in 2011 presented this Mauritian resort with an award as the best beach holiday destination on the planet.
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How to get to Trou aux Biches
From Mauritius Airport to Trou aux Biches can be reached by bus. The fare is 250 MUR per person, the distance is 65 km, the travel time is 1 hour. Taxi will cost 1900 MUR per car. From the capital of the country Port Louis to Trou aux Biches is only 20 km. A taxi ride will cost around 300-350 MUR. There is no public transport to the city, but it is not needed here – the town can be easily explored on foot.
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Trou aux Biches beach
Trou aux Biches began as an ordinary fishing village, which under its current name appeared on the maps in 1807. Now it has grown into a small cozy town with a two-kilometer strip of beach with casuarina alleys, various shops, cafes and fast food kiosks. Most of it belongs to one of the coastal hotels. This area is accessible to everyone, only hotel staff can ask not to use their sunbeds and showers. But they may not ask. In any case, there is such sand here that you want to lie right on the bare ground.
Near the beach is a coral reef that almost touches the coastline. So Trou aux Biches is also a great place for snorkeling. The sea here at first seems shallow, and large fragments of corals periodically come across at the bottom. But a little further from the coast, beauty begins – the depth increases, coral colonies appear, schools of fish are increasingly common.
Free parking is located at the northern end of the beach, near the road to Mont Choisy.
Cuisine and restaurants Trou aux Biches
What there are no problems with in Trou aux Biches is cafes and restaurants – there is a huge selection of them for every taste. Near the parking lot there are several stalls with street food: curry chicken in roti, gato pima (baked rice balls) and battered eggplant. You can eat here for 100 MUR per person. A little further from the beach, in the depths of the village, there are establishments of a more classic format: dinner in a good French restaurant will cost 1200 MUR for two with alcohol.
What to watch
Trou aux Biches is a small town, there are not so many sights here, but there is something to see. In the immediate vicinity of the beach is the Hindu temple of Mahesvarnath, it stands on the border with the town of Triole. And 4 km south of Trou aux Biches is the unique Mauritius Aquarium, which is home to endemic fish species. However, these creatures are not much different from their more numerous counterparts: they are just as bright and fast. Several sharks also live here.
Trou aux Biches Hotels
Another important plus of Trou aux Biches is generally affordable housing. Many deals start at 950 MUR, which is the price of a budget double room in a small B&B hotel. Option for independent and independent: an apartment with 4 beds will cost 2100 MUR. Well, you can spend a heavenly vacation in a five-star hotel for 13,000 MUR per day.
Carrying the proud title of the best beach in Mauritius, Flic-en-Flac is a cozy, well-groomed resort town on the west coast of the island. There is a wide strip of white sand, a gentle descent into the water and everything you need for comfortable idleness under the sun. Among other things, this is one of the best places for diving on the island: you can dive in Flic-en-Flac almost right on the shore.
There are few hotels in Flic-en-Flac itself – most of the hotels are located in its suburb of Volmar. Local hotels are quite modest (by Mauritian standards), the level of solid four stars. “Hiltons”, “sofitels” and other well-known “five” are closer to Tamarin Bay.
Cuisine and restaurants
On the beach of Flic-en-Flac, you can kill a worm in eateries offering sandwiches, fruits, drinks and other simple food. You can thoroughly dine in restaurants at hotels – there are practically no high-level establishments outside hotels. Finally, for a very “haute cuisine” we recommend going to Volmar.
Several diving centers (among them the popular Tikabo and Apnealozhy) offer PADI and SMAC training, as well as the direct organization of dives for experienced divers. You can view underwater beauties directly from the coast or take a boat a little further into the open sea. Popular dive sites include Cassava, Cathedral, Kulin Bamboo and Serpentine Shaft.