Trou-aux-Biches is by far the most beautiful of the beaches in Mauritius, with its clean white sand and crystal clear sea. Most tourists flock here, where there is a great provision of water sports like kite surfing, parasailing and snorkelling. The beach is well known for being very family friendly; you will find the water is shallow enough for the children to play and swim and first time snorkelers need only swim a short distance to be able to see the beautiful coral reefs and exotic fish native to Mauritius. Many honeymooners come to Trou-aux-Biches to relax on this peaceful beach, with sun loungers for hire all along the beach and where some secluded areas can still be found along its 2 kilometres stretch.
If you fancy a stroll you could take a leisurely 30 minutes walk along Trou-aux-Biches to see the Indian temple Maheswarnath. Just a few minutes’ walk from the beach is also the Aquarium where they hold daily feeding shows; this is a must for all the family to see. Trou aux Biches is in a very hospitable resort where the people are very welcoming. This typical Mauritian village has traditional charm with a gentle, peaceful slow way of life. Amongst the thatched bungalows and colourful tropical gardens there are plenty of open spaces with beautiful architecture. Experience swimming with dolphins or sailing leisurely along the coast. If you like things a bit faster paced, then try some horse riding or quad biking, or you could even encounter the lions and cheetahs on the island with one of the daily tours. The closest city, Port Louis, is approximately 7 miles away, where you will find plenty of shops and restaurants. Take a walk into the old town through China town, with the strong smells of Chinese cuisine and traditional decorations and buildings, or visit the National Museum. There isn’t a lot of mainstream shopping in Mauritius, but the local bazaar alongside the regular market days can be quite fun and you will be sure to find a few souvenirs to bring home.
Food in Mauritius is typically Creole and Indian, but you will find Chinese food in Port Louis. If you’re eating on a budget and prefer European food like burgers, I am afraid there is very little of it to be found on the island, but it is served in some smaller restaurants that are dotted around. The food here is less spicy than your typical Indian food, but is still very tasty; eating from the street vendors is far more economical if you’re on a family budget, the food is very nutritional and tasty with a variety of tropical fruits to try.
There is nothing really happening with nightlife in Mauritius: there are very few nightclubs or bars and the ones there are, are usually found in the larger towns. The hotels do have some local entertainment showing weekly but not usually nightly and you will probably find more entertainment in the larger restaurants. If you want to party all night, I am afraid Mauritius isn’t the place to do it.