Complete guide to Gris Gris Mauritius including how to find the beach caves, viewpoints, and hidden waterfalls!
Most of the beaches in Mauritius are world-renowned for their calm turquoise water flanked by soft white sand but nestled deep in the south of Mauritius are untamed beaches with rugged landscapes that provide the most scenic views!
Gris Gris Beach is the perfect example of that! Due to the lack of coral reefs, it’s one of the best spots to witness the wild side of Mauritius!
Think strong waves crashing against the jagged cliffs, tide pools with crystal-clear water, secret caves, viewpoints and hidden waterfalls! There’s clearly plenty to see around Gris Gris Beach!
So, keep reading if you want to know all about the secrets of Gris Gris Mauritius, and make sure to read till the end for a map with the exact location of each waterfall!
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Where is Gris Gris Mauritius?
Gris Gris Beach is situated in the village of Souillac, about a one hour drive from Port Louis, 40 minutes from Mahebourg or 45 minutes from Le Morne.
How to get to Gris Gris?
If you’re on a tight budget, you can get to Gris Gris by bus from different parts of Mauritius (you can check out this website for more details). A bus ticket will set you back less than US$ 1 per trip, making it the perfect budget option. The bus stop is found about 1 km from the beach, which is about a 15 minutes’ walk.
Alternatively, you can rent a scooter from Rs 600 (US$ 15) per day or a car from Rs 1,000 (US$ 25) per day and gas costs Rs 44 (US$ 1.10) per liter.
There’s only a small parking lot which usually fills up quickly, so make sure to get there early if you’re arriving by car.
Tip: If you’re traveling by car, you can also visit Pont Naturel which is found about 40 minutes away.
What to expect?
As soon as you take a few steps from the parking lot, you’ll be greeted by the strong and salty ocean breeze!
The beach isn’t protected by coral reefs unlike most of the beaches in Mauritius, so you’re guaranteed to see huge waves crashing against the cliffs at Gris Gris. The waves can sometimes go up to five meters, providing the most spectacular views!
Gris Gris Beach
The main beach area is made up of a large green field overlooking the dramatic cliffs and gigantic waves. There are also a few benches and a pavilion where you can relax while enjoying the view.
On the left side, you’ll find a concrete staircase leading down to the beach. It’s absolutely not recommended to swim here as it’s very dangerous. The waves are very strong and can swipe you up in no time! Instead, take a stroll along the beach until you reach a small cave at the very end.
Secret Caves at Gris Gris
Apart from the cave located on the far left side of the beach, you’ll also find two other beach caves at Gris Gris. They are more difficult to get to since you’ll have to climb down a cliff and walk through the water.
I don’t recommend going all the way down since the water level can change at any time and the current is usually too strong.
That being said, if you want to see the secret caves at Gris Gris, make your way towards the edge of cliffs located directly across the parking lot. Once you get there, only climb down about halfway through and you’ll be able to see the caves on your right.
Again remember that going inside the cave could potentially be dangerous if the water level rises!
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La Roche Qui Pleure
La Roche Qui Pleure or the Weeping Rock is a huge rock formation that has been eroded by the strong waves and thus slightly resembles a man’s face. As the waves crash against the rock, this creates the illusion of tears falling down the man’s face.
The waves here crash with extreme force against the cliffs, spit out of the rocks crevices and create huge water sprays just like a blowhole. It goes without saying that you should be extremely careful here and avoid standing too close to the edge.
About 100 meters before La Roche Qui Pleure, you’ll find a narrow path on your right that leads down to a viewpoint.
To get to La Roche Qui Pleure, take the path opposite the staircase leading down the main beach. The trail will lead you through the pine forest where you’ll come across several viewpoints.
If you don’t want to walk, you can go back to the main road and turn right at the first roundabout until you find another parking lot just a few meters away.
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Hidden Waterfalls and Tide Pools
What most people who visit Gris Gris don’t know is that there are actually three hidden waterfalls there, two of which flow directly into the ocean!
To get to the first waterfall, follow the path from La Roche Qui Pleure that goes along the edge of the cliffs. After about 300 meters, you’ll reach a small wooden ladder further down on your right.
Update: If you don’t see a ladder, you might still be able to go down but you need to be extremely careful and watch out where you step.
Here, you’ll find several small tide pools that are fed by the ocean. During the hot summer days, it’s the perfect spot to cool off.
Take the left and walk along the beach until you get to a river. The river isn’t too wide or deep, so it’s easy to walk across, and in a few minutes, you’ll reach the first waterfall.
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To get to the second waterfall, make your way back up and keep walking through the pine forest until you reach a spot with a bird’s eye view of the river that you previously went across. Continue along the path on your left that leads to a sugarcane field. Turn right and walk for a few minutes until you hear the roaring sound of the waterfall.
To get to the base of the waterfall, walk across the river and then a few meters on your right until you see a steep path leading down to the waterfall. There’s also a smaller waterfall here but it just looks like a trickle most of the time.
It’s now time to make your way to the final waterfall! This is also my favorite part of the hike since the trail boasts some of the most beautiful viewpoints in Gris Gris!
Along the way, you’ll find a large dam covered with water lettuces. Don’t take the path on the left but instead walk to the other side of the dam and continue along the trail until you reach a large green field.
The third waterfall is found along the edge of the cliff and isn’t noticeable unless you get really close to the edge. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a way down, so I ended my hike here. Needless to say, the view from above was breathtaking!
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Additional tips and things to know before visiting
- Visiting Gris Gris Beach is completely free!
- Don’t forget to bring mosquito repellent. You won’t need it if you stick to the beach but if you’re visiting the waterfalls, you better come prepared!
- Wear appropriate hiking shoes if you want to go down to the waterfalls.
Where to stay near Gris Gris Beach?
Located on the cliffs of Souillac, Andrea Lodges offers a total immersion in nature! Each room features a double bed and a private bathroom. Free guided hikes and breakfast are also included in the price. The best part is that you get to enjoy the pool with an incredible view of the cliffs and ocean!
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Let me know in the comment below if you found this guide helpful and don’t forget to check out this map to find the exact location of each attraction mentioned.
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