What to see on Mauritius East Coast

The east coast of Mauritius is my favourite coast. From the quiet creeks of Roches Noires in the north, past the wind swept beaches of Poste Lafayette to the mangroves and down to Belle Mare’s soft sandy beaches there is a surprise at every turn of the coastal road. The public beach of Palmar offers a wide expanse of rock and sand, a great place to take the kids for a picnic enroute. Down in the south east is the quiet sleepy village of Trou d’aux Douce with its friendly inhabitants and the wonderful off shore island of Ile Aux Cerfs. Here are highlights of spots to visit on the east coast or within driving distance.

 

Flacq marketFlacq Market
Flacq is one of the most important villages in Mauritius. This meeting point for inhabitants of the East boasts the country’s largest open air market. The extremely colourful market attracts a large number of people.

 

waterparkThe Waterpark Leisure Village
Enjoy unforgettable moments sliding on the giant chutes, with family or friends. Relaxation and pleasure guaranteed.

 

ile aux cerfsIle aux Cerfs
Ile aux Cerfs is a paradise for water sports and has the most beautiful beach in Mauritius. You cannot afford to miss this tiny island, delicately poised on the ocean, a real pearl in the Mauritian landscape.

 

eureka  mauritiusEureka
Although not technically in the east but the centre of Mauritius in Moka, I have included the drive from the east through to the heart of old colonial Mauritius which can easily be taken in along with a visit to the markets at Quatre Bornes. An old Creole residence built in 1830, Eureka is an essential place to visit during your stay in Mauritius if you wish to immerse yourself in the past.

Situated at Moka, in the fresh and lush climate of central Mauritius, the famous residence “Eureka” was built during the French colonial period and once belonged to a very well known Mauritian family. The main part of the estate has been turned into a museum, and they offer guided tours through this magnificent colonial house, its lush gardens and down to the cascading river.

It is their aim to have their guests experience an extended glimpse of history and they offer three self catering guesthouses on the premises; situated in the vicinity of the main own residence in a quiet corner of the vast gardens and “off the beaten track”.

 

Hope you’ve enjoyed our guide of what to see on the Mauritius East Coast!

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Exploring Mauritius East Coast

We headed off from Grand Bay across the flat north countryside with views all around of the coast and the remote islands. It was September and we came across some sugar cane fields being burnt before they were harvested.

Then we came across some planters harvesting their potatoes.

We passed the entrance to one of the large sugar estates Mon Loisir just before Riviere de Rempart.

We stopped at Poudre d’Or, the place where Bernardin de Saint Pierre’s fictional heroine Virginie lost her life in the (real) disaster of the vessel Saint Geran that sank during a cyclone. A much visited monument reminds us still of this long bygone tragedy. A group of ladies were having an outing in a bus and were enjoying the simplicity of this quiet corner of the island.

We found the Poudre d’Or hospital built in 1864 as a chest hospital.

The coastal road on the east coast makes a lovely scenic drive.

Roches Noires is a residential area with magnificent villas. There are many little coves with sandy bays and black rocks.

As we turn we come to the closest part of the coast to the reef. The wind blows and the waves crash on the reef; it’s dangerous to bathe here.
Fishermen often stand on the rock here and come to the villas to sell their fresh catch.

In the south of Poste Lafayette the reef is further away. A lovely quiet sandy beach stretches for miles.


You can drive along the coast for miles. We stopped a moment at Palmar to look at the remote quiet beach.

After Trou D’Eau Douce we head towards Bel Ombre and see the mountains of Montagne Blanche.

At Anahita we visit the coast by boat. We see the mangroves growing on part of Ile Aux Cerf.

Finally we land on Ile Aux Cerf and visit the beautiful sandy beach. Every day many visitors come by boat to visit and many golfers come to play golf on this special island.

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