West & South-West

Tamarin Bay
Tamarin Bay

Off Tamarin Bay or Flic en Flac, heading in the direction of Île aux Benitiers, you can see the dolphins that come to these waters to rest and breed. The Morne Mountain, with its historical links to slavery, can also be found in this region –as well as some fine hotels known for their wide choice of watersports. Slightly inland, in the hills around Chamarel, is the rum distillery that bears the name of the village. Here, you can learn about rum production and taste some of the delightful produce.

Dolphin at Tamarin Bay
Dolphin at Tamarin Bay

TAMARIN BAY:Tamarin Bay is well known for its surfing conditions and was one of the most famous “sweet spots” of the happy surfers in the late 60’s and 70’s.     CHAMAREL ROAD:There are three ways to access Chamarel, but for the view, we recommend to start from the

Chamarel Road - Experience the seven colors of the Earth
Chamarel Road - Experience the seven colors of the Earth

heights (Plaines Champagne road) and drive down towards the coast. The rich and wild vegetation along the roadside changes with every kilometre as you descend. The weather on top, being often cold and rainy, turns into sunny and warm after just a few kilometres. There are several parking places along the road where you may stop for a walk into the woods, to enjoy the view, for a visit to the village or for lunch. This drive is not only a must, but also the most convenient way from the centre of the island to the south or west coast.

Maratello tower
Maratello tower

THE MARTELLO TOWERS: The Martello towers are famous worldwide, as they were built in various places along the English coast, in Canada , Jamaica , Sri Lanka etc. Mauritius alone counts five of them.They were built by the British between 1810 and 1846 for defence purposes against their main enemies, the French navy.

 

OUR RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Give priority to the countryside instead of the coast
  • Plan a full day to visit the West
  • The region in generally recommended to trekkers and hikers
  • However, there is some very nice diving along the coast and don’t forget about the dolphins

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