Flic en Flac

After Grand Baie Flic en Flac is the most popular tourist area in Mauritius. The once small fishing area on the west of the island has developed into a hub of resorts, hotels, rental apartments, restaurants, bars, clubs and souvenir shops. The beach itself is one of the best on the island – a long 8km stretch of white sand where you can laze away days, have picnics under the shade of the casuarina trees, try out some street food, or take advantage of the array of water sports on offer, such as snorkelling, scuba diving and deep-sea fishing. A short drive to the south, beautiful Tamarin beach is one of the few places in Mauritius not protected by coral reef, which makes it a renowned surfing spot.

Highlights

The west coast of Mauritius offers some of the best scuba diving on the island, with some fantastic wreck, reef and drift sites just off shore from Flic en Flac and nearby Tamarin. Suitable for beginner divers, La Cathédrale is one of the most popular sites in Mauritius for its stone arches, caverns and caves where you’ll be able to see a host of tropical fish species, while there’s also a cluster of other dive sites close by.

Some of the best scuba diving can be located around Flic en Flac

Water sports are the main activity on offer in Flic en Flac, and with such a huge choice, there’s something for everyone. Kids will love banana boating and paddle boating, while teenagers can try parasailing, water skiing and jet skiing. Then there’s deep-sea fishing for tuna and marlin, canoeing, kayaking, and sailing. Further down the coast, Tamarin has one of the best surf spots on the island (the best conditions are May to September), where you can do lessons at the local surf school.

Pods of dolphins can be found offshore from Flic en Flac and Tamarin, and swimming with these beautiful creatures is one of the most popular activities things to do on Mauritius’ west coast. However, the way this is done raises many ethical questions about how the dolphins are treated, as they’re crowded by boats and by people trying to get close to them. If you do choose to swim with dolphins, do some research on ethical operators and make sure that you keep your distance in the water and that your boat stays far away from the pod.

The dolphins around Flic en Flac are numerous

A 10-minute drive from the centre of Flic en Flac, Casela World of Adventures is one of the most popular attractions on the island. The 250-hectare nature park offers more activities than you could fit into a full day: everything from safari drives to see lions and Segway or quad bike safaris where you can spot zebra, deer, monkeys, ostriches and antelopes to rides on horses and camels, feeding giraffes, mud karting on an off-road track, ziplining and canyon swinging and canyoning in a river. There’s lots for children, including being a zookeeper for the day, pony rides, tilapia fishing, feeding giant tortoises and lorikeet birds and the petting farm.

Practical advice

If you’re not staying at a resort that offers diving, then be sure to pick a dive operator that has a good reputation (ask your hotel for advice or go with reviews). Some resorts also offer scuba diving lessons to non-guests.

Flic en Flac is excellent for children and adventure travellers, alike  Credit: Easy Voyage

If you don’t have a rental car, Flic en Flac is well connected by public buses to the capital of Port Louis (about half an hour’s drive away) as well as to Curepipe and Quatre Bornes. The airport is an hour’s drive away.

Flic en Flac is ideal for families: the beaches of western Mauritius are best for kids, as they are calm and sheltered. There’s also plenty of child-friendly resorts and other lodging options in Flic en Flac, as well as a wealth of activities for children of all ages.

Flic en Flac has a great choice of luxury hotels and resorts that are perfect for couples and honeymooners, with private villas with their own swimming pools, butler service, couples’ spa treatments and special pampering extras such as private dinners for two.

While it’s not off the beaten track, Flic en Flac is a good choice for adventure travellers who want to spend their days diving, surfing, snorkelling and doing other exciting water sports.


Our Recommended Itinerary

Kruger, Cape Town and Mauritius Bush & Beach Safari (15 days)

day 1 to 3

Kruger National Park | Lion Sands Game Reserve
  • Kruger, Cape Town and Mauritius Bush & Beach Safari (15 days)
  • Kruger, Cape Town and Mauritius Bush & Beach Safari (15 days)
  • Kruger, Cape Town and Mauritius Bush & Beach Safari (15 days)
  • Kruger, Cape Town and Mauritius Bush & Beach Safari (15 days)
  • Kruger, Cape Town and Mauritius Bush & Beach Safari (15 days)
  • Kruger, Cape Town and Mauritius Bush & Beach Safari (15 days)

day 4 to 7

Cape Town
  • Kruger, Cape Town and Mauritius Bush & Beach Safari (15 days)
  • Kruger, Cape Town and Mauritius Bush & Beach Safari (15 days)
  • Kruger, Cape Town and Mauritius Bush & Beach Safari (15 days)
  • Kruger, Cape Town and Mauritius Bush & Beach Safari (15 days)
  • Kruger, Cape Town and Mauritius Bush & Beach Safari (15 days)
  • Kruger, Cape Town and Mauritius Bush & Beach Safari (15 days)

day 8 to 14

  • Kruger, Cape Town and Mauritius Bush & Beach Safari (15 days)
  • Kruger, Cape Town and Mauritius Bush & Beach Safari (15 days)
  • Kruger, Cape Town and Mauritius Bush & Beach Safari (15 days)
  • Kruger, Cape Town and Mauritius Bush & Beach Safari (15 days)
  • Kruger, Cape Town and Mauritius Bush & Beach Safari (15 days)
  • Kruger, Cape Town and Mauritius Bush & Beach Safari (15 days)

day 15

End of Journey

View Full Itinerary

You might also like

Budget holiday in Mauritius

The top tip for budget travel in Mauritius is to travel during the off-peak season (May to September) to get discounted rates on flights and lodging. The best lodging option for a budget-conscious trip is a self-catering apartment (Flic en Flac has the best selection) if you’re travelling solo or as a couple, or a house if you’re a family or group of friends. Shop for fresh produce…

Family holiday in Mauritius

Mauritius is an ideal family holiday destination and is great for kids of any age. The island offers great value for money on family holidays, with the choice of all-inclusive resorts and self-catering apartments and houses. Many resorts and hotels are child-friendly, offering children’s swimming pools and play areas, kids’ clubs and programmes packed with fun activities and services…

Romantic holiday in Mauritius

Mauritius is one of the most popular destinations in southern Africa for romantic holidays and honeymoons, and it’s easy to see why. There’s not much that can top a tropical beach holiday for couples wanting a romantic break, and Mauritius’ exquisite beaches and islets offer the perfect combination of sugary white sand beaches, swaying palm trees and crystal-clear calm sea for…

Why do people come back to Mauritius?

Because Mauritius offers something for everyone, people return again and again for different kinds of holidays: as romantic couples and adventure seekers and as families looking for child-friendly ocean fun. With the diversity of attractions and experiences that Mauritius has to offer, you wouldn’t be able to fit them all into one trip and you’ll be planning the next holiday before…

Mauritius in September

Climate September has the lowest rainfall of any month in Mauritius which means plenty of sunshine for long beach days. Day time temperatures are in the low 20s and night time temperatures drop to about 18C – bring along a sweater or jacket for nights. Highlights of the month/disadvantage + advantages September is still low season in Mauritius, so it’s a great time to travel for…

Grand Gaube

At the northern end of Mauritius, just to the east of Grand Baie, Grand Gaube is a lovely little fishing village with a good beach, rocky bays and a few upscale resorts – the perfect place to stay if you’re looking for beach time without the crowds. Resorts offer a smorgasbord of water sport activities such as scuba diving, kite surfing, boat and catamaran cruises and deep-sea…

Popular Mauritius Safaris

These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates

 | Kruger, Cape Town and Mauritius Bush & Beach Safari (15 days)

Kruger, Cape Town and Mauritius Bush & Beach Safari (15 days)

Spend your days discovering the fine beaches of Cape Town, enjoying the remarkably untamed wilderness of the Kruger National Park and swimming the pristine beaches of Mauritius....

 | Magical Mauritius and South Africa Honeymoon Safari (11 days)

Magical Mauritius and South Africa Honeymoon Safari

Start your trip in South Africa and finish in Mauritius. Experience the stunning beaches and the Big Five in the Phinda Private Game Reserve. ...

 | South Africa and Mauritius Island Holiday (12 days)

South Africa and Mauritius Island Holiday (12 days)

South Africa has so much to offer, from spotting the elusive leopard, to exploring Johannesburg's historical sites. Include the tropical island of Mauritius for an even more unforgettable vacation....

Ready to start your adventure?

Your tailor-made African holiday starts here...

How can we get hold of you?

How many people will be travelling?

Details

Please tell us more about your travel plans?


Discover Africa needs the contact information you provide, to us to contact you. You may unsubscribe from these communications at anytime.

Submitting your inquiry

Thank you, your enquiry has been received

Thank you, your enquiry has been received

Reference:


   discover.africa
    info@discoverafrica.com
    8AM - 5PM GMT+2