Grand Port District

Grand Port (Mauritian Creole pronunciation: [ɡʁɑ̃ poː]) is a district of Mauritius, situated in the east of the island. The name means "large port" in French. The district has an area of 260.3 km2 and the population estimate was at 112,997 as of 31 December 2015.[2]

Grand Port District
Sugar cane plantations near Rose Belle
Sugar cane plantations near Rose Belle
Map of Mauritius island with Grand Port District highlighted
Map of Mauritius island with Grand Port District highlighted
CountryMauritius Mauritius
 • TypeDistrict Council
 • ChairmanMr. Ruggoo Yashveer
 • Vice ChairmanMr. Seegobin Megduth
 • Total260.3 km2 (100.5 sq mi)
 • Total112,997
 • Rank5th in Mauritius
 • Density430/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+4 (MUT)
ISO 3166 codeMU-GP (Grand Port)


Grand Port is named after the village of 'Old Grand Port' which saw the first Dutch landing and the first port of the island. It is centered on the town of Mahébourg on the coast, inside the Grand Port Bay. Built by the Dutch and later taken over by the French, the town is a reminder of the colonial past of the island.

In 1810, a French squadron of frigates achieved an ultimately futile naval victory over a comparable British squadron at the Battle of Grand Port, near the Île de la Passe.

Places of interest

The district's most well known and popular beaches is Blue Bay, one of the finest bathing spots on the island surrounded by a semicircle of filao trees. Situated on the southeast coast, not far from Mahébourg, Blue Bay offers a fine stretch of white sandy beach, and a deep, clear, light-blue bathing pool. There is also scope for yachting and windsurfing. Many structures in the district reflect the colonial past of the district.

Just north of Mahebourg, Vallée de Ferney contains indigenous forests and a range of endangered plants and animals. Off the coast, Ile aux Aigrettes is a small island where the original ecosystems of Mauritius have been to some degree rehabilitated. The bay of Grand-bay also known as Mahebourg bay itself offers a relatively well preserved underwater flora and fauna which makes it an ideal snorkeling site.


The Grand Port District include different regions; however, some regions are further divided into different suburbs.[2][3] Midlands and Seizième Mille village council areas are geographically in Plaines Wilhems district and have thus not been included in the places found in Grand Port. However, the residents do vote in local elections for the Grand Port District council. Note that the statistics do not take into account that Camp Carol was created out of Trois Boutiques and that Trois Boutiques was renamed Trois Boutiques (Union Vale) in 2011 following the new Local Government Act.[4]

Places by population


Grand Port (6293569295)

Grand Port seen from high ground.

Stamp Mauritius 1950 2c

Grand Port on a 1950 stamp of Mauritius.

See also


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  2. ^ a b c Ministry of Finance & Economic Development (2016). "ANNUAL DIGEST OF STATISTICS 2015" (PDF). August. Government of Mauritius: 19. Retrieved 23 December 2016.
  3. ^ Statistic office of Mauritius (2011). "Housing and population Census 2011" (PDF). Government of Mauritius. Retrieved 6 September 2012.
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  5. ^ "Table D2 - Resident population by geographical location, age and sex" (PDF). 2011 housing and population census. Statistics Mauritius. p. 51. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 October 2013..
  6. ^ a b "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 19 September 2016.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

Coordinates: 20°25′S 57°38′E / 20.417°S 57.633°E

Amode Ibrahim Atchia

Amode Ibrahim Atchia (1868 – 17 September 1947), otherwise known as Major Atchia, was an entrepreneur and technologist in the Indian Ocean Islands who pioneered the use of scientific concepts and invented structural and mechanical advances in technology for the nationbuilding of Mauritius.

Beau-Vallon, Mauritius

Beau-Vallon is a village in Mauritius located in Grand Port District. The village is administered by the Beau-Vallon Village Council under the aegis of the Grand Port District Council. According to the census made by Statistics Mauritius in 2011, the population was at 6,904.

Dayendranath Burrenchobay

Sir Dayendranath Burrenchobay, KBE, CMG, CVO, GCSK, (born as सर डयेन्द्रनथ बुर्रेन्चोबय 24 March 1919 – 29 March 1999) was born in Plaine Magnien, Mauritius and served as Governor-General of Mauritius.

He was appointed by the Queen to hold the office of Governor General and was the first Mauritian to hold the office. He was marked by both governments, the one of Seewoosagur Ramgoolam and Sir Anerood Jugnauth. He was Governor from 1978 to 1983 and was succeeded by Seewoosagur Ramgoolam himself.


Mahébourg is a small city (population 15,457 as of 2015) on the south-eastern coast of the island of Mauritius. It is considered the main village of the Grand Port District.

Ned Charles

Ned Charles (born May 28, 1957 in Mahébourg) is a Mauritian former football striker. He has represented his country 9 times, scoring once.

Charles spent most of his career in Belgium, after Cercle Brugge had discovered him. Even though he would only stay for one season and play twice for the green and black side, he settled in the Bruges area. At the end of his active playing career, Charles became youth coach for local team SV Oostkamp and in a later stage Cercle Brugge and VV-Emelgem-Kachtem.

After a spell in France with USF Le Puy, Charles returned to Belgium, ending his career with two Walloon teams: UR Namur and Wallonia Walhain.

Petit Bel Air

Petit Bel Air is a small village about 2 km north of Mahebourg in south-eastern Mauritius. The population of the village is approximately 1000.

Plaine Magnien

Plaine Magnien is a village in southeast Mauritius located in the Grand Port District. Saint Esprit Prestige Store, one of the most popular retail store of the village, is found on the main road near the Mauritius Commercial bank. Plaine Magnien has an all girls State Secondary School, France Boyer de la Giroday SSS. In addition, it is the birthplace of the former Governor-General of Mauritius, Dayendranath Burrenchobay. According to the Statistics Mauritius census in 2011, the population was at 10,443. The village is the location of the only airport on the island, Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport.

Rivière Du Poste

Rivière Du Poste is a village in the south part of Mauritius located in both Savanne and Grand Port district. The village is administered by the Rivière du Poste Village Council under the aegis of the Savanne District Council. According to the census made by Statistics Mauritius in 2011, the population was at 2,170. The neighboring villages are La Flora (North West), Mare Tabac and Rose Belle (North East) and Camp Diable and Riviere Dragon in the south of the village.


Rose-Belle is a village of southeastern Mauritius. It is located in Grand Port district, ten kilometers west of the district's well known Village, Mahébourg.

Savanne SC

Savanne SC is a Mauritian football club based in Souillac, Savanne. They play in the Barclays League, the top division in Mauritian football.

They have never won the league, but have won the Mauritian Cup two times, in 2003 and 2004. They have also won the Mauritian Republic Cup once, in 2009.

Stade Harry Latour

Stade Harry Latour is a multi-use stadium in Mahébourg, Grand Port District, Mauritius. It is currently used mostly for football matches and is the home stadium of Savanne SC. The stadium holds 2,000 people.

The Amazing Race 2 (China)

The Amazing Race 2 (Chinese: 极速前进第二季) is the second installment of the Chinese reality television series The Amazing Race (Chinese: 极速前进; pinyin: Jísù Qiánjìn). Loosely based on the American reality TV series The Amazing Race, it initially features six teams of two in a race around the world.

Infiniti was still the main sponsor for this event after sponsoring season 1.

The season premiere was aired on July 10, 2015. Friends Han Geng & Wu Xin were the winners of the season of the Race.

Vallée de Ferney

Ferney La Vallée is a forest and wildlife reserve situated in the Bambou mountains north of Mahébourg in Grand Port District, Mauritius. It is managed by the La Vallée de Ferney Conservation Trust.

Places by population, area and density
Place Population[5] Area in km²[6] Population density per km²[6]
Bambous Virieux 1,496 7.7 194.5
Bananes 660 10.08 65.5
Beau-Vallon, Mauritius 6,904 10.13 681.5
Bois des Amourettes 1,880 6.52 220.7
Cluny 1,549 11.18 138.6
Grand Bel Air 1,538 2.8 549.3
Grand Sable 2,182 5.02 434.7
L'Escalier (West in Savanne district) 7,770 12.18 637.9
Mahébourg 15,176 2.24 6,775
Mare Chicose 325 15.63 20.8
Mare d'Albert 4,666 4.62 1,010
Mare Tabac 2,731 11.09 246.3
New Grove 10,518 5.55 1,895.1
Nouvelle France 7,165 15.92 450.1
Old Grand Port 2,969 31.72 93.6
Petit Bel Air 1,186 1.47 806.8
Plaine Magnien 10,443 13.99 746.5
Rivière des Créoles 3,066 6.2 494.5
Rivière Du Poste (West in Savanne district) 1,281 3.32 385.4
Rose Belle 12,035 9.13 1,318.2
Saint Hubert 3,153 35.47 88.9
Trois Boutiques (Union Vale) 7,322 36.87 198.6
Union Park 4,907 6.55 749.2
Places adjacent to Grand Port District
Districts of Mauritius

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