With sheltered sandy beaches and mountain views, the “sunset coast”, which stretches from Port Louis to the exclusive Le Morne Peninsula, has some of the island’s most diverse and breathtaking scenery. Although it lacks nightlife, this lesser-developed coastline is arguably more exotic than its northern cousin, with twisting roads offering glimpses of isolated white sandy bays and a scattering of Creole villages; the district of Black River/Rivière Noire has the strongest African flavour on the island.
A legendary surf spot in the Seventies, the lively seaside town of Flic en Flac is now famed for the dolphins that visit the bay each morning, and a favourite with families and divers. Nearby Tamarin is busy reinventing itself as the “in” place to be, with trekking in Black River Gorges National Park and world record-winning big game fishing on its doorstep. Up-and-coming Chamarel, a sleepy highland hamlet known for geological wonder the Seven Coloured Earths, and the cool coastal kiters’ hangout of La Gaulette, meanwhile make great boltholes. Mauritius’s most exclusive address and kiters’ favourite is the Le Morne Peninsula, whose imposing basalt monolith Le Morne Brabant, is omnipresent in vistas along this coast.