Mauritius is generally not a busy place (except for road traffic) but the village of Grand Bay with its amount of restaurants and, to a lesser extent, its bars and discotheques is probably the only place, together with Flic-en-Flac and Black River on the West Coast
, giving the
impression of nightlife. Depending on the period, it can get busy
if not “buzzy” in peak seasons, especially in December
Since most restaurants
stop serving food as from 10.00 p.m. it is advisable to keep the drinks short prior to dinner and find out about the few late night
for a night cap. For the most zealous night owls, these bars would be your waiting area until activity in the night clubs pick up, generally around midnight.
Due to the fact that it was the first coastal village to be frequently visited by tourists, some aspects of Grand Bay are typical of all the tourist destinations. Grand Bay has also attracted several people from the other villages and regions to a point where it is difficult to identify today who are the true people of Grand Bay. Commerce and tourist attraction is the common denominator.
The last remnants of Grand Bay as a fishermen village are now gone, thanks to the lack of urban planning and the respect of laws, to the frenzy "investors" in apartments remaining empty, to immobilized mobile food outlets, to tireless tricycles and food lorries obstructing the sea view and lately to shopping centres. Seen as chaotic by those who regret its quiet old times, folkloric for those who just spend a few days.
Therefore Grand Bay remains a convenient place to stay for its location, as it only takes half a day by car to discover several other regions of Mauritius while taking advantage of the shopping
and of the restaurants.
Due to favourable sea conditions, Grand Bay offers the best opportunities
of Nautical activities and nearly all excursions
proposed in Mauritius
can be booked from the numerous local tour-operators on the street side. Some of them may not be reliable and we advise contacting agencies from licensed receptive agents working with foreign tour-operators.