La Cambuse beach, in the south-east of the island, is a beach that I do not know very well. In fact, I don’t remember having been there before and discovered it for the first time on this very visit.
To get to La Cambuse drive towards the airport close to Mahebourg. At the little roundabout leading to the SSR airport, take the road leading to the Shandrani hotel. The turn off to La Cambuse is on the right, just before you get to the Shandrani hotel.
You then enter a charming little dirt road with trees on each sides and there’s probably about a 5 to 10 mins drive to get to the beach.
The first thing I noticed when we got there was the very wide grassy area with lots of space to settle down for a picnic.
Of course, with all this space and the protection of the Casuarina trees, camping is a great idea too.
Closer to the beach, the Casuarina trees seem to be more sparse, leaving the area for the ‘Veloutier’ trees.
The beach is amazing. It is a beautiful wide stretch of white sandy beach. It was also quite empty for a Sunday morning.
The sea is gorgeous and inviting.
You can usually see some waves a little further on the reefs.
On the far right, before the end of the beach, there is a little swimming spot surrounded by rocks that seems very popular.
Not knowing the beach very well, I’m not sure about how safe it is to swim in these waters… but the sea usually being rougher in the south of the island, I would be careful not to be too adventurous. There probably is some mighty strong currents around there.
On a sunny day, the beach is really enjoyable. However, sunny or not, it can also be a very windy beach (as can attest the shape of the trees), especially in Winter, so it’s better to be equipped with some warm clothes just in case.
On the left, the beach stretches on quite a distance, going towards the Shandrani hotel.
On the other side there is a little path, parallel to the beach, that is great for a casual walk.
This will lead you to some really nice and privileged places for quite a long stretch of untouched nature.
We didn’t meet many people while on the path, one or two fishermen at the most, but we did cross some cattle grazing around the path… and I was not too proud passing them!
This might have been my first visit to La Cambuse, but it certainly won’t be the last as I discovered a really beautiful and authentic beach here.