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Cap Malheureux is a small fishing village located between Grand Baie and Anse la Raie. This picture-perfect village is surely one of the most beautiful on the island of Mauritius.

With its flawless tropical beaches and expansive turquoise sea stretching towards the dramatic Mauritian islands dotting the horizon, Cap Malheureux embodies sheer beauty.

History - Where did the name “Cap Malheureux” originate from?

  • The name Cap Malheureux, translating to "Unlucky Cape", was given by the French who held control of the island from 1715 to 1810.
  • In 1810 the British decided to seize control of the island to stop the raids on British fleets by the corsairs.
  • Following an unsuccessful attempt to invade via Grand Port in the south in August 1810, British navy and army forces from Bombay, Madras and the Cape of Good Hope took the French by surprise by landing in the North of the island, where the French defences were weakest.
  • As a result, the French were defeated inland and over the years the area became known as Cap Malheureux - a reminder of the 1810 invasion.

Places to Visit In & Around Cap Malheureux

  • The Famous Red Roof Church of Mauritius Any visit to Mauritius would not be complete without a detour to Cap Malheureux to admire the splendour of the Notre-Dame Auxiliatrice Church also known as the Red Roof Church. Throughout the year, the church attracts many visitors; some even attend masses during the weekends. It gives a majestic view of the Coin de Mire and the ocean and boats far away. Book this tour

    Good to know: It is ideal for wedding ceremonies and serves as a beautiful background for photos.

  • Cap Malheureux Beach With a picturesque pier and boats bobbing in the distance, Cap Malheureux's beach promises a captivating escape for those seeking relaxation and rejuvenation. Grass-covered areas provide perfect spots for picnics or lazy sunbathing sessions. Book this tour
  • Bain Boeuf Public Beach A short distance from the Cap Malheureux beach, there is another beautiful beach worth visiting which is the Bain Boeuf Public Beach. A super quiet beach, ideal for those who want to get away from busy touristy Pereybere beach.
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Hotels in Cap Malheureux

There are many places to stay in and around Cap Malheureux, including hotels, guest houses, and villas that range from luxury resorts to cosy bed and breakfasts, ensuring accommodation options to suit every traveller's preference and budget.

Here are some accommodations near Cap Malheureux:

  • Coin de Mire Attitude Hotel - A 3* hotel which offers accommodation in a large tropical garden with 2 swimming pools. The hotel faces the Coin de Mire and guests can explore the ocean with the free glass-bottomed boat trips.

    Good to know: The hotel also offers wedding services!

  • Hacienda Villa - Perfect for group vacations surrounded by your loved ones, this villa is found in an elegant stone-walled establishment that boasts an airy interior and comfortable furnishings.
  • Cape Point Seafront Suites & Penthouse - Offering views of Coin de Mire Island and the Indian Ocean, Cape Point Seafront Suites & Penthouse offers modern and luxury accommodations in Cap Malheureux.
  • Paradise Cove Boutique Hotel - An adult-only boutique resort offering exceptional serenity. The resort’s 67 rooms and suites are beautifully appointed with colonial-inspired decor and furnished balconies or patios all with views of the hotel's private cove.

Activities in Cap Malheureux

The village also boasts a plethora of must-do activities, including seaside strolls, deep-sea fishing adventures and day trips to nearby uninhabited islands like Flat Island, Ilot Gabriel, and Gunner’s Quoin. These experiences are truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunities not to be missed.

Book the Private Catamaran Day Cruise to 3 Northern Islands of Mauritius here.

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Recommended Restaurants in Cap Malheureux

  • Amigo Restaurant: A great seafood restaurant
  • Kanaco Restaurant: Good and affordable seafood
  • Le Capre: a delightful small, typically Mauritian restaurant
  • La Maison du Pêcheur: Family-run restaurant
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