Quick Facts: Western Mauritius
- Western Mauritius is home to the greatest variety of landscapes and the activities on offer are endless
- The beaches of the west coast are popular among swimmers, fishermen and surfers
- Western Mauritius is mainly inhabited by the local Creole people
- This region is best visited during the cooler winter months
- A variety of rivers and streams cut across the picturesque landscape of Western Mauritius
Introducing Western Mauritius
Western Mauritius presents some of the most dramatic landscapes on the island with flat beaches that are suddenly broken up by mountain outcrops that reach into the sky. The area features extraordinary beaches that are popular with swimmers, surfers and fishermen. These beaches are flanked by picturesque inland areas which are easily accessible to tourists.
Due to this varied terrain Western Mauritius offers the greatest choice of excursions, activities and places to visit. The west-coast of Mauritius is popular with families and young couples as those visiting this area are ensured that they will never be bored.
Major places of interest
The city of Flic de Flac has recently experienced an immense boom in tourism and has begun to rival Grand Baie when it comes to providing shopping, dining and night-life facilities. The magical seven colored earth of Chamarel can be found in Western Mauritius. This every changing sand dune exhibits stunning multi-colours due to the volcanic minerals found in the sand.
Tamarin bay is well-known for its ideal surfing conditions and the friendly locals. The largest public nature park in Mauritius starts in this western region, that being the Black River Gorges. The park is home to a spectacular walk through a dense forest punctuated by streams and flowers. Le Morne Mountain is steeped in legend about run away slaves. The mountain is surrounded by an exclusive peninsula that resembles paradise.
Western Mauritius is inhabited mainly by the local Creole people and so the ethnicities found here are less varied than in other parts of Mauritius. Here the people are exceptionally friendly and if you are looking for the authentic Mauritian experience then this is definitely the place to be.
Topography and climate
Western Mauritius presents a dry climate with temperatures soaring during the summer months. Although the area is pleasant all year round, the winter months between June and September are actually the best time to visit as the temperatures are not unbearable.
The interior of the western region is covered with vast, grassy savannah lands that remind one of Africa. Rivers and streams cut across this region, pouring into the ocean. These rivers and streams colour the sand and so you don’t see the white sandy beaches like those found in Northern Mauritius.