Mahebourg is a village on the southeastern coast of the island of Mauritius. It is named after Bertrand-François Mahé de Labourdonnais, one of the most successful governors of the French colonial period. It was originally built by the Netherlands during their brief period of colonisation of the island. It was close to their landing port, had ample water supply from many rivers and streams and had a scenic view of the large bay area. Mahébourg knew major development around 1806 during the French colonisation era.
The well-planned wide streets in the old section of Mahébourg still bear testimony to this Dutch and French colonial past. After the French chose Port Louis as the main port Mahébourg declined into a sleepy coastal city. The past is still preserved today in the Historical Naval Museum which also recounts the epic naval battles of the past between the French Navy and the Royal Navy. The Dutch historical museum in Grand Port recounts the early Dutch settlement of the island.
Nowadays, Mahébourg is a bustling centre of local trade. The new waterfront complex promises some memorable walks along the sea-side. It even has a casino, mark of a developing tourism industry. There is a growing number of small inns in the city itself and the surrounding districts which cater for local and foreign visitors.
The village is well known for its lagoon and its fishing industry. Some must-go places around Mahebourg and the South are: Baie du Cap, Bel Ombre, Blue Bay, Île aux Aigrettes, Île aux Fouquets (or Île au Phare), La Vanille, Le Bouchon, Pointe d'Esny, Riambel, Rochester Falls, Souillac and Le Vieux Grand Port. There are also some big and famous hotels such as Shandrani Resort & Spa 5* and Le Preskil 4* amongst others.