La Cambuse Beach
La Cambuse Beach is located near the village of Mon Desert, in the southeast part of Mauritius. This is one of the many beaches of Mauritius situated in the Grand Port district.
Although located only a few kilometres from SSR International Airport, La Cambuse Beach is probably one of the least visited beaches in Mauritius – considering its size.
Getting there is not particularly difficult, once you know where to go that is, but since it is neither signposted, nor visible on any tourist maps, the majority of visitors to Mauritius never really know that it exists.
Most people that decide to give it a go, end up getting scared off by the “Private Territory” signs scattered around the airport grounds and adjacent sugar fields, threatening potential trespassers with prosecution. These are meant to warn visitors from entering the actual airport grounds from the south, but visitors frequently mistake them for road signs.
Although virtually unknown to most tourists, La Cambuse Beach is actually a public beach, complete with public restrooms, fireplaces, benches and a few roofed beach huts.
To access the beach by car, simply head south east of the airport towards the Shandrani Resort and Spa complex. Just before the Shandrani taxi stand, at the end of the sugar cane field, there is a narrow and very rocky dirt road to your right. This road will take you all the way down to La Cambuse Beach.
In dry weather conditions, it is possible to pass through with an average rental car if driving slowly, but a 4×4 is highly recommended, regardless of the weather conditions. The road is very very rocky and you can expect to crawl at 10 km/h in a normal rental car.
Once at La Cambuse, you can enjoy a very nice, sandy beach with crystal clear waters – and apart from the odd local family playing football on the grass, you will usually have it all to yourself.
A word of advice: La Cambuse is situated on the south coast, not very far from a partly open reef. The beach is beautiful, and great for a cool dip, but the currents in the area are very strong, and this is definitely not a beach for the little ones.
For more remote beaches, and a good beach trekking experience, put your walking boots on and head west of La Cambuse. By the rocky peninsula at the end of La Cambuse beach you will find some 2-3km of unspoilt coastline, with several dead quiet beaches along the way.
Cross the inland side of the foot of Le Bouchon sugar fields, or for more adventure (and fun!) head for the black rock passage near the coast, and you’ll eventually end up at Le Bouchon public beach. An inexperienced beach trekker should expect at least a good 2 hour trek from La Cambuse to Le Bouchon, and longer if you opt for the rocks along the water.
|La Cambuse Beach||Location: Mon Desert|
Accessible by public transport: No
Major town nearby: Mahébourg
Other beach nearby: Le Bouchon Beach
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District: Grand Port
Length of main beach: 1000 m (3281 ft)