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Tamarin, a picturesque village on the Western coast of Mauritius, is famed for its salt pans, surfing spots, and vibrant nightlife.

With its authentic charm, renowned waves, sandy beach, and stunning sunsets, Tamarin is a favoured seaside destination for tourists.

A Brief History of Tamarin

From its origins as a fisherman's village, Tamarin has evolved into a popular residential and holiday destination. It now features a new leisure and commercial area, benefiting from ongoing development.

Formerly known as Santosha Bay, this surfer's paradise has seen changes in waves and currents, prompting enthusiasts to relocate to Le Morne down the coast.

The Most Stunning Beaches In & Around Tamarin

  • Tamarin Beach
    Tamarin Bay features a wide sandy beach with consistent rolling waves year-round, making it a global hotspot for surfers, especially in winter. The bay is bordered by a coral reef that encircles the island, offering opportunities for snorkelling.
  • La Preneuse
    The little village is close to Tamarin. It offers a beautiful public beach with a view of le Morne. This beach is quite deserted and if you are lucky, you can enjoy being there on your own.
  • Flic en Flac
    Flic en Flac, located 10 km from Tamarin, boasts a long sandy beach and a stunning blue lagoon ideal for swimming and snorkelling. It's a popular tourist destination with fun weekend activity.
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  • Le Morne
    Le Morne beach, is approximately 15 km or a 25-minute drive from Tamarin. It features some of the island's most beautiful sandy beaches, turquoise lagoons and is renowned globally as a prime windsurfing destination, with views of the World Heritage site "Le Morne Brabant".
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Discover the Top Accommodations Around Tamarin

From boutique hotels and self-catering villas to apart’hotels, B&Bs, holiday rentals and hotels in Tamarin, there is sure to be an establishment that is right for every type of traveller.

Here’s a list of the main accommodations found in Tamarin:

  • Sands Suites Resort & Spa - A 4* superior resort that sympathetically blends into the local architecture, with magnificent views of Tamarin Bay and Le Morne Mountain.
  • Esplanade by Horizon Holidays - Located in the heart of Black River, Esplanade offers proximity to local shops and restaurants, along with the privacy of a beautiful beachfront.
  • Veranda Tamarin Hotel and Spa - Ideally situated facing the legendary surf spot of Tamarin Bay, this hotel is perfect for couples, families with older children, and travellers seeking authentic Mauritian hospitality and charm.
  • The Bay Guest House & Restaurant - The Bay Guest House is renowned for romantic sunsets and year-round sunshine.
  • La Mariposa - This apart’hotel is situated on the nicest beach of La Preneuse where you can enjoy the most beautiful sunset of Mauritius and a true tropical getaway.

Places You Must Visit Around Tamarin

Casela Nature Parks

This park needs no introduction; it’s a must-visit attraction offering unique and thrilling activities for visitors of all ages. We’re talking Walk with Lions, Rhino Interactions, Quad Biking, Ziplining, Big Cats Interactions, and encounters with diverse animal species, to name a few!

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The Martello Tower

Located by La Preneuse beach, this museum is a must-visit for those interested in Mauritius' history. It showcases English-era weapons, wax statues and utensils providing insight into Mauritian life from two centuries ago.

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Salt Pans

Tamarin was the main salt pan in Mauritius. Its hot and dry environment provides ideal conditions for salt fields. The pans cover an area of about 30 hectares.

Good to know: Only a small part is still used today, but you can visit it and purchase salt from the small shop on-site.

Activities in Tamarin

Tamarin Bay is known to lovers of water sports, especially surfing, thanks to the fairly spectacular waves. Surfers have known this place since the 70s.

It is also great for other water sports and activities such as:

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Other Fun Things to Do Near Tamarin

Hiking Adventures

The National Park starts just behind Black River and offers numerous hiking opportunities to waterfalls and beautiful viewpoints.

Discovering Chamarel

A little further down the road to Le Morne,you can discover Chamarel village, home to the famous 7 Coloured Earth & Chamarel Waterfalls.

And we have the Ultimate Discovery Tour of around 10 hrs, that will let you explore the region fully!

Golfing Experience

The Tamarina Golf Course, designed by Rodney Wright, offers an unmatched Par 72 layout on 43 hectares of rugged savannah land.

Framed by mature trees and crossed by the Rempart River, the course features spectacular views of Mount Rempart and the Tamarin Bay.

Shopping 'til You Drop in Tamarin and Nearby

Coeur de Ville Tamarin: Coeur de Ville Tamarin on the West Coast features artworks inspired by local aquatic life, promoting environmental awareness through recycled materials. It offers 28,000 m² of commercial space, 50 outlets, a diverse Food Court, and more.

Cascavelle Shopping Mall: Located in Flic-en-Flac, this mall in ideal for retail therapy with international and local brands offering fashion, accessories, jewellery, books, and specialty stores.

Check out our guide to the 10 Best Places to Go Shopping in Mauritius.

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