Hey there… Since it’s my first time visiting Mauritius, it was my first time visiting Grand Baie on Friday 6th Jan. I couldn’t help but compare the tourist-filled beach to Beau Vallon beach. I’d obviously love to say that Beau Vallon is definitely better but that would be bias. In terms of number of people, the Mauritian beach is definitely more crowded (at least on that day it was). However, despite the number of people there, the place was surprisingly clean. Although I find Beau Vallon quite clean, there’s always room for improvement, especially after an event. I learnt from a Mauritian friend that there are volunteer groups that pick up the rubbish and pile them up at the end of the day just like in Seychelles. Wouldn’t it be even better though if we took it upon ourselves to simply use our bins more effectively?
On a cultural note, Grand Baie is definitely more vibrant! I was amazed to find people swaying away to the beat of drums. It reminded me of my childhood whereby everyone used to dance to Sega on the beach. As a young Seychellois, I feel that if we spent more time enjoying and appreciating our environment like before, we would have a greater drive to protect our beautiful islands. More voices, more power… When I get back, that’s definitely a goal I’m setting for myself. Lastly, I noticed that there were a lot of boats docked really close to the shore. Boats definitely cause water pollution and scare some marine species away. Before Beau Vallon looks like Grand Baie, I do hope that a restriction is enforced on the amount of boats allowed in key places in Seychelles before it gets too crowded.
Written by Laura Montano