If you’re looking for footprint-free beaches and a back-to-basics coastline, then holidays to Calodyne are perfect for you.
Off the beaten track
Calodyne is tucked away at the north-eastern tip of Mauritius. You’re really out of the way here, with most of the bigger hotels in the south and west of the island. There’s nowhere better to experience Mauritius at its calmest, and you’ll find plenty of small beaches, bays and coves to explore. Thanks to Calodyne’s secluded location, they’re almost untouched, too. If you look out to sea, you’ll have a great view of Coin de Mire Island, as well as the other smaller islets that sit beyond the coral reef.
Mauritius’ longest beach
Drive for 20 minutes and you’ll reach Mont Choisy beach, the longest the island has to offer. With sand stretching out for over two kilometres, it lines up plenty of space to lay your towel down. Thanks to the food trucks which set up shop there, it’s also a great place to sample some traditional Mauritian delicacies – like Dholl Puri, a fried pancake-like bread stuffed with yellow split peas. There’s a jogging track that runs along the edge of the beach, too, if you fancy a bit of exercise.
Beaches and bars in Grand Baie
Grand Baie – 20 minutes down the road – is a little livelier than Calodyne. Here you can try out watersports, like sailing and windsurfing, on one of its white-sand beaches. Or, take a trip in a two-person submarine for an up-close experience with some Mauritian marine life – you might see angelfish, clownfish or octopi. On dry land, there are lots of restaurants and bars to choose from, and a good range of craft shops where you can buy souvenirs.
A taste of history
Calodyne is a 20-minute drive from L’Aventure du Sucre, a sugarcane mill museum. There, you can get a real flavour of the history and culture of Mauritius. If you pre-book, you can watch live sugarcane cutting. Or, just turn up on the day and you can try different types of rum, raw sugarcane and sugar. If that gets your appetite going, there’s a restaurant with an outdoor dining area.
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