Holidays to Grand Gaube showcase Mauritius’ free and easy spirit – we’re talking peaceful beaches, a tiny fishing village, and a coastline made for hand-in-hand wandering.
A peaceful patch
The fishing village of Grand Gaube is on the very edge of north Mauritius’ tourist trail, so its laid-back vibe is light years from the hubbub of the west coast. A handful of exclusive hotels stick close to a coastline that’s made up of spiky headlands and sandy bays. And beaches are on the petite side, so each hotel has a few under its belt. Things are pretty peaceful around these parts, so the only things you’ll spy from your sunlounger are dawdling fishing boats and a stray kite surfer or two.
Grand Gaube’s a siren call to the starry-eyed, thanks to its plush hotels, secluded beaches, and just-for-two massage menus. In fact, this place has been a hotspot for romance since an 18th-century ship sank here and inspired Mauritius’s most-loved folk tale, Paul and Virginie. The couple bit the dust within days of each other – Virginie went down with the doomed ship, while Paul died of a broken heart.
Oceans of sea life
Hordes of lagoons and islets make Grand Gaube a diving goldmine. Dolphins, starfish, turtles, and even humpback whales show their faces in these waters. Scoot around Mauritius’ north-west edge to feast your eyes on the skeletal wrecks and day-glo coral gardens that lure in troops of tropical fish.
Out and about
Grand Gaube might have a castaway vibe, but ticking off Mauritius’ must-sees from here is easy. Take Grand Baie – its restaurants and bars are just a 15-minute drive away. And culture vultures will want to swing by the island’s capital, Port Louis, to tour its museums, Jummah Mosque, and hilltop Fort Adelaide. Buses run from Port Gaube every 15 minutes or so – the journey clocks in at around 30 minutes.
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