Easiest Coastal Walk:Trou aux Biches To Mon Choisy beach,Mauritius.

I went on my first coastal walk last week. It is a shame that living on an island, I’ve never thought about it earlier. But as we say better late than never. Initially, I’d planned to hike on the western coast, but I was uncomfortable adventuring alone in that location. Because the area is prone to unpredictable weather, so I opted for the North.

My adventure began in Trou aux Biches, a 30 minutes’ car drive from the capital city, Port Louis. Alternatively, You can catch the 82, Cap Malheureux Bus which takes around one hour. Trou aux Biches village is famous for its sandy beach, posh hotel resorts, and restaurants. I grabbed a steaming bowl of dumpling at Chez Meung, a traditional Chinese restaurant before the hike because I don’t start any adventure without a bowl of dumpling or noodles. After I finished, I crossed to the other side of the street, tightened my shoelace, and began hiking.

Bowl of dumpling

Difficulty level of the hike.

My itinerary was until Mon Choisy, another amazing beach. Google Maps claims the circuit takes 40 minutes but it is different when you are moving on the coastline. My time frame was 1 hour 15 minutes (honestly, I was lazing around). It can be more or less depending on your walking pace. The trail is beginner-friendly. The surface is flat with no rock climbing or steep slope. However, near the end, there is a rocky shore. The water level is shallow but the rocks are slippery, they are covered with algae, be careful there.

What to Expect on the track.

En route, a manifold of picturesque spots and deserted stretches of white sand await you; you can relax for a while or take a dip in the water. You will come across a few local fishermen here and there as well as tourists’ resorts,you’ll have to pass through one of them as there is no other way. to go forward.Nearing Mon Choisy, you’ll find a Volleyball court under construction and a beautiful Hindu Temple.

Activities in Mon Choisy

Once at Mon Choisy, You can settle down to a picnic, grab an ice cream, go for a swim, or if you are energetic like me you can continue to walk until Pereybere beach (this a post for another day). Conversely, You can indulge yourself in the water sports activities if you’d like some adrenaline rush. Among all the beaches I’ve been to, Mon Choisy has the shallowest water, on top of that, the water is always warm even in Winter.

What to bring

Don’t forget sunscreen!!!

For this hike, Sunscreen is vital unless you want a bad tan: I wore ¾ pants and did not apply sunscreen.Now my legs have two different shades.Although, this hike can be done barefoot I suggest you bring water shoes as I’ve mentioned the path is slippery in some area. Lastly don’t forget your water, snacks, and swimsuit because it’s useless to go to the beach and not take a good dip in the ocean.

If Mauritius is your next holiday destination and you want to enjoy the beaches to the maximum, then grab your flip flops and go on a coastal walk: it’s a cheap alternative to buses and taxis. And you will benefit from incredible views these means of transport don’t offer.

3 Easy Mountains To Hike In Mauritius.

Mauritius is known for its sandy beaches, warm weather, catamaran trips and delicious street food. However, Mauritius is not only heavenly beaches, but it is also home to a plethora of lush green Mountains, waiting for you to hike them. You may have noticed our dazzling mountain ranges while traveling around the island. Here’s a list of mountains that you should hike in this Paradise Island.

Signal Mountain.

Located in Port Louis,Montagne des Signaux (in French) is one of the easiest mountain to climb in Mauritius.The way to the top is tarred and well maintained.When you reach the top ,you will the enjoy a 360 degree view of Port Louis,adjacent mountain ranges ,you can even catch a glimpse of Gunner’s quoin in the North of Island.It’s quick hike up ,around 90 minutes.

2.Le Pouce Mountain.

View of Le Pouce from Letard Mountain.

Le Pouce is the third highest mountain of Mauritius .It’s a relatively easy hike with only the top requiring a bit of climbing.There are two ways to reach the top,You can take the trail situated in St Pierre,which is the most of common route or You can hire an experienced guide and start hiking from Le Dauguet,Port Louis.Either way is fine.What I like to do when I hike this mountain is I start the hike in St Pierre and then end in Port Louis .This Mountain is ideal for a half day hike or if you are experienced ,you will complete the hike in 2 hours 30 minutes .

3.Le Morne Brabant.

My favorite Mountain in Mauritius .It is located in the extreme southwest of the Island .This mountain is an important location in the history of the Island ,it was used as a shelter for runaway slaves when slavery was still a thing ,many of the fellow runaway slaves committed suicide on this mountain .The mountain is divided into two parts.The first hike route is flat and easy.The second route is for experienced hikers as the way up is steep and technical,you will need to sign a form to continue your way up to the second hike route.The mountain is open from 7 am- 4 pm everyday.The hike can be completed in 4 hours and the views are heavenly.

The Mountains mentioned here,are mountains that you can hike easily,solo and without a guide.However,there are also other amazing mountains in the island which are a bit technical and require an experienced guide and hiker to climb ,be sure to check them out too.