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Welcome to Grand Bay

Grand Bay

The seaside village of Grand Bay (called Grand Baie by locals) is among the most popular tourist destinations in Mauritius for its beaches. In fact, the tourist boom has begun to overrun the small town, and the peak season of December and January can be quite crowded, though the buzzing nightlife in this period is enjoyable for younger travellers. In fact, one of the main reasons to visit Grand Bay is the variety of restaurants and shopping, second only to Port Louis.

The beaches in Grand Bay offer a good setting for watersports like scuba diving, snorkelling, and sailing; and the area around Grand Bay offers a few scenic or attractions. Popular land-based activities include hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and day trips to neighbouring villages. Public transportation in Grand Bay is very good, and accommodation ranges from budget to luxury villas.

Information & Facts

English is the official language of Mauritius, but the most widely used is French and the local dialect, Creole. Hindi, Urdu and Chinese are also spoken.

The currency of Mauritius is the Mauritian Rupee (MUR), which is divided into 100 cents. Travellers cheques and foreign currency can be exchanged at banks, bureaux de change and larger hotels. Travellers cheques usually exchange at a better rate than cash. ATMs are widely available in most towns and hotels, restaurants and large retailers accept major credit cards.

The village of Triolet is the largest in the Pamplemousses district, and is home to the largest Hindu temple in Mauritius, the Triolet Shivala. Constructed in 1819 in honour of the Gods Shiva, Vishnu, Krishna, Brahma, Ganesha, and Muruga, the temple is an impressive site. The village hosts a traditional early-morning market each Sunday, and the Maha Shivarathri festival is celebrated here in February/March each year.

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