Grand Baie could be the best example of the cultural and racial integration in Mauritius. We had the opportunity to visit several times. From the bay we had a tour to Isla Gabriel. I say "had" because on the day it had to be cancelled due to high winds at sea, it was too dangerous for the catamarans to take us there. So we went back the next day, and it was worth it as its a lovely place. The bay should be a dream, but the town is a little bit too touristy, even though it retains some Mauritian flavour. One thing we loved is that on the main street there's a beautiful Christian church, a Muslim mosque and a picture that seems to emerge from the sea for the Hindus to pray at. No wonder that the town gets the most tourists in the North, it's not too overwhelmed with hotels or apartments, but there are cafes, restaurants and nightclubs. We went out one night and we integrated perfectly into a nightclub where we were made to feel Mauritian. Definitely a must visit point in the North.
The beaches of Baie du Tombeau are among the most beautiful on the island. Far less known and therefore less visited, they are just west of the island, so offer the most spectacular sunsets imaginable. Do not be scared by the name, which actually translates to the Bahia Tombs, due to the large number of shipwrecks such as the East India Company in 1615. Closer to the shore enjoy water that is a little warmer than further out. Keep in mind that, as in the rest of Mauritius, the 5 star resorts have taken many of the best beaches, but between them there is always a "Public Beach" (different length stretches of beach where you can park under the trees and enjoy). As I said before this area has a warm shallows, it seems that there is also more life. And that is clear looking at the shore, which is not as gritty as other coasts but more stony or more like "coralinosa" since the bottom is basically coral. For us it is a bit problematic as coral can cut, so I advise wearing sandals for swimming, as for for wildlife it is a paradise, as you can see in the photos. A little walk shows small eels, little sea stars, and a kind of worm or sea snake in several of the photos. The seabed was filled with these little creatures who simply remained static and at first I mistook them for ropes, but approaching a little, and as you can see, they are not. There was a wedding at a nearby hotel, so I attended the photo shoot a wedding with a Scottish kilt in Mauritius. Sea snakes - would Nessie's relatives be attending the wedding? We'll never know. After sitting in the sand we enjoyed a beautiful sunset.