Now that you are in the comfort of your hotel resort, Mythic Suites & Villas, you can enjoy the first few days of your dream holiday and relax. But Mauritius is awaiting you and you long to discover the north-east coast at your own pace, to suit your mood? Scooters are made for you! Here are three suggested excursions to do in three steps without riding for miles.
Step 1: Traditional pirogue crafting.
The village of Grand-Gaube, where Mythic Suites & Villas is located, is one of the last remaining villages where traditional pirogues are still made according to ancestral know-how. You don’t have to go far to find the beautiful wooden frames turned upside down. In the Saint-Joseph neighbourhood, you can watch the carpenters at work, patiently crafting the boats, which are carved from jackfruit wood for its robustness, and where elbow grease is used to the full. Marvel at the delicate arcing of the wood, the polishing and the perfect curves of the future pirogue. As the traditional pirogue is gradually being replaced by the resin boat, the discovery of the last pirogue building sites remains an unforgettable and highly nostalgic activity to be experienced at the beginning of your scooter tour.
Take the time to stroll through the quiet streets of this sun-drenched coastal village. Its unique atmosphere and authentic charm will appeal to visitors, and from the beach you can contemplate the breathtaking views of the northern islands.
Step 2 : Cap-Malheureux
Let’s stay on the coastal road of Grand-Gaube and ride inland a bit to head north. This will take you through the cane fields, undulating nicely under the trade winds. You then pass Calodyne, a pretty little bay and “Butte à l’Herbe” beach. Stay on the B14 road until you reach the junction with the B13 towards Cap Malheureux. You will again drive along the sea where the turquoise and emerald colours of the South Seas will amaze you. Cross “Anse la Raie” whose legend you now know and you are now in the most photographed village in Mauritius, Cap Malheureux.
This small coastal village is named after the numerous shipwrecks that occurred on its steep and sometimes treacherous coasts. It is also the symbolic landing place of the English who took possession of Mauritius in 1810. It has an old marine cemetery with ancient graves.
A must-see stop on the spot, and one that appears on most of the best-selling postcards, is the pretty church, whose red roof and bell tower stand out against the clear, opaline waters of the lagoon. You can take this opportunity to taste a delicious coconut opened in front of you. Watch the dexterity of the vendor as he cuts with his machette, a small spoon from the coconut to eat the delicate pulp.
The sight of the pirogues swaying in the sea makes you dream of open seas. As you’ve seen them being built, you’ll love the names given to them and marvel at the patience of the old fisherman who is pulling in his huge net. Have a swim in the warm, fishy waters of Cap Malheureux before heading back to Grand Bay for lunch. Don’t forget to ask the conciergerie to book your excursion to the northern islands.
Step 3 : Stunning Grand-Baie
The seaside village of Grand-Baie is the hub of the north and is alive day and night. It is the tourist Mecca of Mauritius, with a plethora of bars, discotheques and above all restaurants where you can taste a wide range of Mauritian and international cuisine. It is also the ideal starting point for a number of excursions and water sports activities.
Park your scooter and go for a walk to explore its lively streets and shopping centres. Grand Bay is renowned for its high-end shopping and international fashion brands.
The beautiful bay has clear turquoise waters on a sandy beach. But choose a less frequented motorboat beach for swimming. However, try the local food specialities in the small stalls facing the bay (rotis, faratas, dholl puris, candied fruits…). They also sell take-aways, to be savoured on the beach.
Should you be less daring and more classic? You’re spoilt for choice all around you, with restaurants serving Creole, Chinese, Indian, Italian and cosmopolitan cuisine. Take the time to read the menus, choose the most beautiful view of the bay and enjoy your meal!
The exploration of the north of Mauritius is ideal for scooters. Don’t forget that we drive on the left side of the road and respect priorities. Always wear your helmet and drive carefully. Take your time to fully appreciate this ride.