Interesting places and beaches to visit in the East of Mauritius

Where to go in Mauritius - visit the eastern coast of Mauritius

Speed Boat @ Île aux Cerfs, Mauritius!!! by Natesh Ramasamy, on Flickr

The island of Mauritius, located in the south-west of the Indian Ocean, is a small island that attracts about a million tourists each year from all over the world. It has been awarded several prizes as recognition for the quality of its tourism industry recently.

But more than being just about hotels and integrated resorts, the island of Mauritius is also about the cultures of its inhabitants and their friendliness. Also worth a look are the different places that you can visit while on holiday there. We will now take a look at the interesting places that tourists can visit in the East of the island of Mauritius.

One such place which is well worth a visit during holidays in the eastern part of Mauritius is the national park of Bras-d’Eau, which is located just after Poste-Lafayette, going towards the south. Its surface area is of about 500 hectares and it is home to several endemic species such as the Mauritian Paradise Flycatcher, the Mauritian White-Eye, the Kestrel, and several vegetal species. Other species that can be found there are wild boars and monkeys. An old sugar factory can also be found there as well as a lime kiln which date from the French colonial era. Nearby you can find a beautiful public beach near the Jalsa Beach Hotel and Spa.

Close to that region are the towns of Poste de Flacq and Central Flacq where you will find essential places like a hospital, post offices, banks and restaurants. The coastline is host to a bevy of hotels such as Coco Beach, Saint Geran, Belle Mare Plage and others as well as Mauritius Leisure Village Water Park where tourists will find restaurants as well as attractions such as giant water slides, giant pools, etc.

Further down is the village of Palmar which is home to more Mauritian hotels such as the Crystals Beach Resort and Spa and others. Next, tourists will find the village of Trou d’Eau Douce which was one of the original Dutch settlements of Mauritius. Nowadays it is a touristic and fishing village. One of the Mauritian luxury hotels that can be found nearby is Le Touessrok Hotel. The public beaches of Trou d’Eau Douce, Quatre Cocos and Belle-Mare will be welcome stops along the way. Most of the hotels nearby will offer various water sports such as scuba diving, kite surfing, snorkeling and many others for a fee. People may even take a boat to the nearby Ile aux Cerfs, which is a much-appreciated picnic spot among the locals. The island is also home to a golf course which is owned and maintained by Le Touessrok hotel. Nearby is Grande-Riviere-Sud-Est. It is the mouth of the longest river of the island. The region is also known for the several small waterfalls that can be found there.

Further down are the villages of Quatre Soeurs, Grand Sable, Bambous Virieux and Bois des Amourettes. The next big stop after that will definitely be Vieux Grand Port, which was also one of the original settlements of the Dutch. The bay of Grand Port is also the place where an epic naval battle between French and British fleets took place. It was the only naval battle in history where Napoleon Bonaparte’s fleets were victorious over British fleets.


Holidays in Mauritius : an unmatched experience

Holidays in Mauritius - amazing holidays in Mauritian hotels

Mauritius 2008 by Selene Weijenberg, on Flickr

Until the 16th century, Mauritius was left alone my most countries. Except from a few Arab navigators who first put it on their maps, nobody knew about the island until the Dutch set foot on it.

Upon their arrival on this small island of the south-east of the Indian Ocean, they tried to build a settlement from which they exported precious ebony trees. They also introduced sugar cane, which has since been a pillar of Mauritian economy. However the Dutch left the island, to be later replaced by the French, who brought along African slaves. Later, after the Napoleonic wars, it was the British who took over the island and they abolished slavery and introduced indentured laborers from Asia.

Nowadays the island of Mauritius is quite multicultural and tourists can enjoy a bit of every culture, especially in the varied food that is served at luxury hotels and restaurants all around the island.

Over the years, the island has become a luxury destination for tourists all over the world. The numerous Mauritius hotels and luxury private villa rentals are proof of the success of Mauritian tourism. Tourists can partake in a wide range of activities during their holidays in Mauritius such as big game fishing in the tropical waters around the island, golfing on well-designed golf courses near the hotel resorts, kite-surfing and other water sports.

There are also a lot of activities outside of Mauritian hotel properties as well. There are several nature parks and reserves around the island of Mauritius that tourists can visit. The private-run ones offer activities such as quad bike riding, horse riding, via ferrata, hiking, walking with lions and cheetahs, zip-lining etc… The public ones will allow tourists to get to know the island’s fauna and flora better.

There are also a few museums that  tourists can visit during their holidays in Mauritius. another interesting activity is visiting factories around the island, whether they make tea, rum, recycled glassware, or ship models.

What to do on holidays in Mauritius: try the outdoor activities

What to do in Mauritius; visit the nature parks and reserves

Casela Bird Park, Mauritius by John Mauremootoo, on Flickr

The island of Mauritius can be found in the south-western part of the Indian Ocean. It is a small island where agriculture has always played an important part historically, although the tourism sector is becoming more important every year as well as the services and fishing sectors.

Every year more than a million tourists set foot on this quiet island for their holidays or honeymoons. Most of the tourists that come to the island of Mauritius are from France, followed by Réunion Island, South Africa, United Kingdom, India, Germany, Italy and others. As a result, a lot of hotels and resorts can be found in Mauritius.

Recently, more has been done to promote the island of Mauritius as a green destination. In fact Mauritius has beautiful and varied landscapes as well as a lot of nature parks, public or private, where tourists and locals can enjoy the best of Mauritian nature.

Some of these Mauritian nature parks and reserves are the Black River Gorges, the Casela Nature and Reserve Park, the Frédérica Nature reserve, La Vanille Crocodile Park, la Vallée des Couleurs, Domaine de l’etoile, Domaine de Lagrave, the Terre-Rouge Estuary, etc.

The island of Mauritius is also known for its plentiful ocean that surrounds it. Naturally, big game fishing is a huge touristic attraction with Blue and black marlins being prized catches among anglers. Mauritius is also a good destination for people who wish to go on mini-cruises and just watch whales and dolphins or those who wish to do some SCUBA diving.

There are also a wide variety of water sports that can be practised in the island of Mauritius including surfing, kitesurfing, stand-up paddling, sea kayaks, among others. Most of these activities are available right at the luxury hotels of Mauritius.