A coastline comprised of exquisite coves and emerald lagoons, permanently enhanced by a cool sea breeze: life goes by at a slow pace in the east – whether you’re a member of the fishing community or a holidaymaker.Situated between the mountains and the sea, the east is characterised by charming little villages with poetic names like Petite Julie, Mare d’Australia and Queen Victoria. It also plays home to some of the country’s best beaches, including Belle Mare, where you will want to spend hours basking in the sun, glorying in the sight of the long stretch of white sand.
In the south-eastern part, especially around “Vieux Grand Port” the steep mountainside drops spectacularly into the ocean. With the lagoon on one side and the lush mountains on the other, this region offers without any doubt, the most scenic coastal views of Mauritius . This also due to the fact, that the view is largely unobstructed by buildings or high walls.
Many a pleasant moment may be spent during visits to “Ile aux Cerfs”, “Grande Riviere Sud-Est” “Pointe-du-Diable”,”Lion Mountain” and the public nature parks such as “Domaine du Chasseur” or “Domaine Ylang Ylang”, where the famous tropical flower perfume is produced and sold.
ILE AUX CERFS: Ile aux Cerfs is an islet in the lagoon of “Trou d’Eau Douce” which is owned by a group of hotels but grants access to all visitors. Shuttle boats will take you there for a small fee. The disappointing aspect of Ile aux Cerfs is that it is frequently visited by Mauritians and tourists alike and the boat traffic is heavy, especially during holidays and on the weekends. The islet sports a few restaurants, shops and a golf course. The place remains nonetheless magnificent and well preserved, ideal for a day on the beach.
GRANDE RIVIERE SUD EST:Grande Riviere Sud-Est is the islands longest river. It is partly accessible by boats which may be chartered in Trou d’Eau Douce. To go upstream and bath under the cascade that marks the last step before the river meets the sea is a delight. The vegetation is wild and rich, making it possible to spend most of the day in the shade while staying on the boat.
Wind-Powered Sports:A cluster of luxury hotels and resorts overlook the ten kilometre Belle Mare Plage beach, which lies north of Trou d’Eau Douce and Île aux Cerfs. Here, the trade winds that caress Mauritius are much more prevalent than in other areas of the island. This makes the area particularly popular
with visitors who love wind-powered sports, be they interested in
sailing, windsurfing or kite-surfing.
- Take one full day (at least) to visit the East
- Take a look at the countryside and reserve some extra time to visit the parks
- Seize any occasion to watch the scenery from a boat. You may try the well-organised catamaran day-tours, charter a fisherman’s boat for a few hours or participate in a guided tour to the islands off the coast
- Climb Lion Mountain
- Take a full day trip on a Pirate Cruise