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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Mauritius South West’s Unspoilt Coast

The south west coast of Mauritius is unspoilt and beautiful. I love the simplicity of the natural forms of the coast, its empty beaches and the expanse of the ocean heading south with next stop Antarctica. The different colours of the blue ocean are mesmerizing and the warm breeze is invigorating.


We stopped to take in the view and refresh ourselves on the sweet local pineapples. The happy vendor chatted away as he skillfully prepared a pineapple to eat like a toffee apple. We were also tempted by the delicious papayas and watched a passerby have a coconut opened for a refreshing drink.

At Case Noyale we came across the most magnificent banyan tree and wondered at the various directions the branches had taken over the many years.

Le Morne is a UNESCO world Heritage site and this magnificent rock is the backdrop of Villas Paille en Queue. The mountain was used as a shelter by runaway slaves, maroons, through the 18th and early years of the 19th centuries. Protected by the mountain’s isolated, wooded and almost inaccessible cliffs, the escaped slaves formed small settlements in the caves and on the summit of Le Morne. The oral traditions associated with the maroons, have made Le Morne a symbol of the slaves’ fight for freedom, their suffering, and their sacrifice, all of which have relevance to the countries from which the slaves came – the African mainland, Madagascar, India, and South-east Asia.

Like many of the coasts the sea is rising and on one part of the coast we found these wonderful shapes of tree stumps washed by the sea.

I enjoy the sight of the filoas trees which line most of the coast and the wind sings in their branches.

Along the coast there are plenty of places to pull up and relax in the sun and have a picnic.

We delighted at watching a colourfully-dressed ladies outing arriving by bus and taking their picnic onto the beach. We thought of all the weeks of excitement – choosing the best sari to wear and what to prepare to eat.  We could imagine the afternoon’s warmth, laughter and friendship by the shore.

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