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“A bay with charm”
Review of Tamarin Bay

Ranked #34 of 203 things to do in Mauritius
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Owner description: This beach is well-known for its excellent surfing conditions.
United Kingdom
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“A bay with charm”
Reviewed 8 April 2013

Tamarin Bay is a nice lagoon offering fins sandy beaches although coral is still around. The waves are such making surfing possible and if you take a boat out you can catch schools of dolphin swimming about. Deep sea fishing is also possible and in the evening you might catch a beautiful sunset.

Its definitely worth a visit when going around the southern part of the island.

Visited March 2013
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“Swimming with dolphins”
Reviewed 1 April 2013

Amazing experience - swimming with dolphins just outside the reef of Tamarin Bay. Highly recommendable.

Visited March 2013
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Vienna, Austria
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“Nice bay”
Reviewed 30 March 2013

It isn't had to find nice coastlines at mauritius. Driving around the island is jsut breathtaking. Tamarin Bay is large and used by many near by hotels to to waterskiing etc.
I recommend to visit either in the evening to see the sunset or very in the moring as this is the time when all the local smal fishing boats get ready to leave - the moring scenery is especially wonderfull!

Visited March 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Pretty beach and dolphins”
Reviewed 25 March 2013

Tamarin is a beautiful beach, very scenic with the pointy green mountains and the lagoon, great photo opps.

You can do dolphin spotting trips from Tamarin too but come early as they are usually in the bay for the morning only.

Visited March 2013
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“Great beach, nice village, friendly people”
Reviewed 18 February 2013

The beach is mostly sand, but some small coral rocks in places. The view of the hills from the beach is splendid. Also there’s a lagoon behind the beach, making it one of the prettiest beaches on Mauritius. But the lagoon sometimes overflows, cutting the beach in half.
The beach is not protected by a reef, so can get rough at times. Adults should be able to enjoy the surf except in extreme conditions. The beach shelves steeply at high tide, so do supervise children, the waves really retreat with force, and could give small children problems.
Free clean toilets and showers, and adequate free parking. Meals at normal seafront prices are available at Hotel Tamarin, right by the public beach with all the facilities.
Take time to walk around the village. It’s a pleasant place, with various interesting details, including salt pans. We found the local people are very friendly, and nearly always get stopped for a chat.
Note if there is heavy rain (in our case about 50mm in a day) the lagoon overflows onto the beach, carving a channel. Be very careful if you attempt to cross the channel, the water is fast flowing. If you do cross and conditions worsen before your return, do remember there are hotels both sides of the beach, so you can take a taxi back – wiser than risking an accident.
The river water brings a lot of wood and plant debris onto the beach, so it’s rather messy for a day or so. Also there’s silt in the water which makes the sea much murkier than it’s normal crystal clarity until the river stops flowing across the beach. I think the side by the Public Beach is more seriously affected.
After a breakthrough it can take over a week for the bar across the lagoon to rebuild itself. It’s most likely to happen during summer, the wet season.
That’s its one drawback (if it didn't have this problem I'd have given it 5 stars, however it's made the beach less fun for part of our holiday), but overall we really like this pretty beach.

Visited February 2013
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