Flic en Flac is a lively resort on the west coast of Mauritius, which overlooks a stunning, sheltered beach that stretches for more than 5 miles. It’s the second biggest resort on the island after Grand Baie, although it still has all the tranquil island charm for which Mauritius is famous. There are plenty of shops, restaurants and cafés, plus an adventure park with a zoo to keep kids happy. Flic en Flac is also a great base for a host of day trips, whether you want to visit the vibrant island capital of Port Louis, the stunning wilderness of the Black River Gorges National Park, or the moving monument to the slave trade in the Le Morne Brabant Mountain, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Flic en Flac also has a range of all inclusive hotels for those who just want to relax.
The spectacular, 5-mile long beach, azure waters and fabulous opportunities for snorkelling and other water sports are the main attractions of this former fishing village. Flic en Flac has grown into a sizeable resort, with plenty of places to eat, drink and shop plus an adventure park for the kids, but it still exudes plenty of laid-back island appeal. It’s got lots to keep holiday-makers happy, but if you want to make some day trips, there’s are lots of great sights within easy reach. The lively capital of Port Louis is about 45 minutes away by car, or you could head 30 minutes south to the gorgeous forests and hills of the Black River Gorges National Park and the Le Morne Brabant Mountain, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
There are plenty of places to eat and drink in Flic en Flac, and you’ll also find lots of street vendors selling the many different types of street food which Mauritius does so well. The cuisine of Mauritius is a fantastic fusion of flavours from across Asia, Africa and Europe, and you’ll be able to enjoy a fabulous variety of tasty dishes. There are lots of spicy curries, including the famous octopus curry, or you could go for the piquant rougaille (a Creole stew with tomatoes and meat or seafood) or a daude (a succulent stew, usually made with chicken). The seafood is outstandingly good, and is served fresh off the grill or in one of the tasty curries and stews. Don’t miss the street food, which includes everything from fresh tropical fruit to the perfect lunchtime snack, dholl puris (flatbread filled with curry or other savoury fillings).
Flic en Flac is a fantastic destination for a relaxed family holiday with plenty of sun, sea and sand. The gorgeous 5-mile-long beach faces a lagoon formed by the coral reef, and the turquoise waters are calm and shallow. (You do need to watch out for sea urchins, though – best bring beach shoes and check the signs on the beach for the marked swimming areas.) Older kids will love the fantastic opportunities for snorkelling and scuba diving, and there are lots of wonderful, family-friendly places to eat and drink. There’s also an adventure park, which has a zoo (including a petting area for the smallest kids) as well as ziplines and climbing areas.
Action & Adventure
The main aquatic activities in Flic en Flac are snorkelling and scuba diving – which are fantastic. The beach is protected by a coral reef that forms a lagoon, ideal for snorkelling, and there are lots of local suppliers that run excursions to the best dive sites in the area. The nearby beaches of Tamarin and Le Morne are both popular with surfers, and you’ll find places to rent equipment or take courses on the beach. You could also head to the stunning hills and waterfalls of the Black River Gorges National Park, a huge expanse of protected forest that has more than 35 miles of fantastic walking trails.
The beach in Flic en Flac is truly stunning: an endless expanse of white sand shaded with casurina trees and overlooking an impossibly blue sea. The coral reefs protect the shore, creating a lagoon that is ideal for swimming and snorkelling. Bring swimming shoes and watch out for the sea urchins! Mauritius is a superb diving destination, and several local diving centres offer excursions to the best diving sites in the area. Other nearby beaches include Tamarin beach, another gorgeous curve of golden sand; unlike other beaches on the island, it isn’t protected by the coral reefs which ring much of Mauritius, and consequently sees bigger waves than elsewhere. This has made Tamarin, as well as the beach nearby at Le Morne, very popular with surfers.
Mauritius is not known as a party island, and most people come to soak up its relaxed island vibe. But Flic en Flac offers more night time entertainment than anywhere else on the island except for the larger resort of Grand Baie, so you’ll find plenty here to keep things lively on balmy evenings! Take your pick from buzzing bars with live music or DJ sessions to beachfront taverns where you can kick back and watch the sun set, perhaps with a glass of local rum in your hand. At sunset, you might also catch one of the séga performances, with gorgeously costumed dancers. There are more nightlife options in Tamarin, a 15-minute drive away, which has a clutch of surfer bars.
Flic en Flac enjoys a spectacular setting on a blissful beach, with views of the Le Morne mountain and the Indian Ocean. It’s a perfect backdrop for a romantic holiday on Mauritius! The 5-mile-long beach is a picture-postcard swathe of white sand shaded by trees, and overlooks a vivid blue lagoon formed by the coral reef just offshore. You can simply relax on the beach, or go snorkelling or scuba diving, and then sit down at a charming beachfront bar to watch the spectacular sunsets. There is a great choice of places to enjoy a romantic dinner or a cocktail or two in the evenings, and you could also indulge in a couples’ massage or beauty treatment at one of the fancy hotel spas.
The delightful island capital, Port Louis, is a charming and historic harbour town that is located about a 45-minute drive from Flic en Flac. Established in the 18th-century, it’s got lots of colonial architecture, a vibrant waterfront district, and several fascinating museums. You can climb up to the huge 19th-century fortress, to enjoy panoramic views over the whole city, or head down to the waterfront, to visit the Blue Penny Museum. This exhibits the famous Red and Blue Penny stamps, along with interesting displays on local history. Don’t miss the Aapravasi Ghat, one of two UNESCO World Heritage Sites on the island of Mauritius: this site was the landing point for indentured labourers, brought here after slavery was abolished. The other UNESCO World Heritage Site is Le Morne Brabant Mountain, about a 40-minute drive south of Flic en Flac, a beautiful and wild peninsula which was once a refuge for runaway slaves.