Blue Bay is a town in the island country of Mauritius.
A highlight of any visit to Mauritius will be taking in the relatively undeveloped south of the island, which includes some of the country’s most wonderful scenery and wildest landscapes. While the area around Blue Bay has been a long-established favourite with tourists for its great beaches and crystal-clear waters, the majority of the south coast has no beach, thankfully limiting hotel construction for the most part. One big recent development was the building of three huge luxury hotels on the former sugar estate of Bel Ombre. This was followed in 2006 by the opening of another big luxury hotel in the nearby hamlet of St Felix, all of which will of course contribute to the area’s economy, but, many fear, will also mean Mauritius’ most unspoiled corner will gradually become more and more like the rest of the island. For now though, the area is the most ‘Mauritian’ in the country and the drive along the coastal road from Souillac to Le Morne really shouldn’t be missed. Other highlights include the typically sleepy town of Mahébourg, the wonderful nature reserve Île aux Aigrettes and imposing Lion Mountain, which dominates the region.
The Blue Bay marine park is framed on one side by Le Shandrani Hotel, Blue Lagoon Hotel and the runway of our international airport Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Airport. On top of the marine park is 'Ile des Deux Cocos', an islet within the lagoon, of 4.22 hectares. An important and unique network of coral reefs protect this part of the island from the ocean's waves.
Once you are in Blue Bay residential area, you can easily walk from your hotels or villas to the beach since the area is small and with little development.
- Blue Bay Marine Park. A must see! There you will find rare corals and fish species in a depth of 5.5 metres. There is more than 50 different species of corals that have been identified, and more than 80% are alive. The Blue Bay Marine Park is now protected by the government, due to constant degradation of the marine environment left by urbanisation and the tourism industry.
For those who want to be involved in recreational activities there is a large range of land and water sports available including, tennis, table tennis, volleyball, windsurfing, kayaking, pedaloes, snorkelling and mini sailboats. Deep sea fishing and diving can also be organised.
In addition,there exist a wide spectrum of sailing activities and you can organize trips to the outlying islets by catamarans and speedboats cruise. For example, visit to Ile Aigrettes, a 5 hectare islet which consists of an old calcareous coral reef partially overlain by sand and soil deposits. It is an internationally important site as it was declared a nature reserve in 1965. Many of the plants found there grow nowhere else in the world.
Shopping in Mauritius is more than just an interesting experience. It is a journey in time and space of the civilisation and cultures that have come across its history. The sculptures and drums of Africans origin, colourful sarees or tailor-made suit, is a proof of this diversity. Traditional Mauritian Arts and Crafts products and the best-branded luxury goods can be found in a number of shopping centres/arcades in all the towns and beach resorts. There are also a number of duty free shops, which offers very attractive prices. Last but not least are the traditional and colourful markets where you can really experience the Mauritian way of life and practice the national sport, bargaining !
Mauritius is a paradise for the senses, not only for the eyes with its beautiful landscape, but also for the palate. Gastronomes will find a variety of flavours and aromas inherited from the different migrations through its history in Blue Bay. Culinary traditions from France, India, China and Africa, the best-known and appreciated cuisines in the world, have been passed on through generations. The story of a Mauritian starting the day with a continental breakfast, followed by an Indian lunch and finishing off with a Chinese dinner is a common cliché.
- Chantauvent Guesthouse, Coastal Road, Pointe dEsny (5km from Mahebourg, Blue Bay), ☏ . A thatched house on the beach at Pointe d’Esny in the southeastern part of the island, near the Blue Bay Lagoon. With 15 rooms, studios and apartments.
- Pingouinvillas, 94A, Rue des Daurades (in the residential tourist area in Blue-Bay, the southeast of Mauritius Island), ☏ . Serviced apartments and studios in a small tropical garden full of flowers under the shade of coconut trees and encircled by cool verandahs bordered by balustrades. €200-400 per week.
- 1 Shandrani Resort & Spa, ☏ . All inclusive resort.