The East Coast is the region
that has witnessed the fastest tourist development in the last
10 years. Apart from the private bungalows that were built there
since the 1920's or so, the East coast was left wild for many
The first two modern hotels were built there in the 70's; they
remained on their own for approx 10 years until the promoters,
local and international understood the great potential of the
longest and nicest beach of "Belle Mare." Contrarily to
other coasts of Mauritius, the important villages of the East
are relatively far from the shore. When residing on the East coast
it is essential to rent a car to discover the island.
Like the south coast, the East
coast faces the southeast trade winds, which prevails almost all
year round. The region often gets too windy especially in winter
where high-pressure cells pass by.
During winter, (June to August) it can get cool as early as 5
p.m. and warm clothes are necessary after sunset.
The longest and largest lagoon
of Mauritius starts at the very South-East point of Pointe
D'Esny and stretches on twenty-two Kilometres along the East coast,
up to Trou-d'Eau-Douce. ànd from the North of Trou-d'Eau-Douce,
stretches the lagoon of Palmar / Belle mare. In most places, these
lagoons are shallow with deep canals, generating hundreds of different
greens and blues on sunny days.
The lagoons of the East are not the sole attraction of
this region. In the south-eastern part, especially around the
"Vieux Grand Port" the mountains come down steeply into the sea.
The view of the lagoons on one side and the vegetation-rich mountains
on the other makes this region without any doubt, the richest
coastal scenery of Mauritius. It is also one of the few coastal
roads having few walls and buildings obstructing the view.
The East coast of Mauritius is in fact the place for real "sea,
sand and sun" holidays, especially outside the winter months of
June through August. In order to fully enjoy the beach, we recommend
residing in a beach
villa or a hotel on the beach. The wonderful public beaches
and of course the famous "ile aux Cerfs" are good solutions
for those having found an off-beach accommodation as they are
and rather quiet on week days.
Ile aux Cerfs is an islet
in the lagoon of "Trou d'eau Douce" which is exploited by a group
of hotels; which recently set a magnificent golf course on the
islet. However, the resort can be visited and enjoyed by everyone.
There are regular shuttles from the shore that take people to
Ile-aux-Cerfs and back.
The disappointing aspect of Ile aux Cerfs is that it is
highly visited by Mauritians and Tourists and the boat traffic
is intense. It has a few restaurants and now a 5 star golf course.
According to our clients and visitors, Ile aux Cerfs remains a
place of rare beauty with its sand bank and the colours of the
lagoon around it. Furthermore, it was still easy to find a sweet
spot to spend a wonderful day. They are absolutely right!
Grande Riviere Sud Est is the longest
river of Mauritius and it is possible to charter
from Trou d'eau Douce to go up its mouth and bathe under
the short cascade that makes the last step before it meets the
sea. The vegetation is wild and rich, making it possible to spend
most of the day in the shade while staying on the boat. Several
speedboats and catamarans
visit the place every
day; it is therefore not the undiscovered sweet spot; however
the trip offers magnificent sceneries and occurs within the lagoon.
Good reasons to spend a fantastic day at sea.
Pointe du Diable is just a point along the
coastal road where the French had erected a fort and a cannon
battery to defend the "Vieux-Grand-Port" from
(English) invaders. The stonewalls are still there and traces
of the great "Vieux-Grand-Port" (1810) battle can still be observed.
"Pointe du Diable" is also the ideal spot to stop for a rest
as it is a viewpoint on the "Vieux-Grand-Port."
For those who like trekking, the Lion mountain
which in the vicinity is easy to climb and offers a magnificent
view on almost a quarter of the country and on the lagoon.
| Roches Noires
a residential area along the East coast of Mauritius Island
where most bungalows
are secondary residences; making it an ideal
hideaway for those seeking peace & tranquility, away from
This part of the East coast of Mauritius
is peculiar as
it consists of several secluded tiny coves of white beach ensuring
privacy and intimacy. The lagoon is several kilometers long and
magnificent with myriads of greens and blues.
Roches Noires pleases the sportsmen also as within a 20 minute
drive towards the East, one can kitesurf
(school and rental
centre nearby,) play Golf
on superb 18-hole courses of
in “Belle Mare” or the “Ile
” championship course. In “Trou-d’eau-Douce”
it is also possible to join a sailing boat trip or rent a power
In terms of restaurants
and greengrocers the region is now better geared. A good restaurant
& pizzeria is now open along the coastal road. "L'admirable" the grocery shop nearby has just than the basic stuff. For a wider choice, two supermarkets are found within 15-minute drives, one in Flacq, the other one in the village of Riviere du Rempart.
Trou d'eau Douce is to our opinion the most typical and worth passing by village of the East coast. Trou d'eau Douce is like most coastal regions, a weekend and summer resort for those who own beach cottages, but it is also a fishermen's village.
Among the inhabitants of Trou d'Eau Douce, there seems to exist a wide gap between the "older" and "younger" generation. The former was not fooled by the development in the tourism activities, despite the presence of the numerous hotels in the region. The latter has jumped into the promise of the gold chest. Some successfully managed their way up, others discovered the world of unfair competition and debt. The houses are modest but well-kept and are generally hidden behind as much trees and plants as it is possible to grow in the tiny surfaces of their gardens.
At first sight, the people of Trou d'Eau Douce seem unfriendly but it may be their way of respecting others by not interfering with foreigners unless solicited to do so.
Trou d'eau douce being the starting point of numerous sea excursions,
the village has since a few years lived a fantastic upspring,
fortunately quite muted in terms of buildings and infrastructure.
The people of the surrounding regions have moved in and now the village is quite animated at some times of the day. One can see Mauritians and tourists of all kinds all happy with the smile that strongly contributes to the good reputation of Mauritian hospitality.
biking within the largest natural reserve of Mauritius.
Rent a speedboat to Ile aux Cerfs
or preferably to some
of the islands outside Mahebourg. Please carefully choose whom
you deal with and although several operators own a skipper's
licence, many of them drive like crazy.
Kite Surfing Conditions are excellent along the East coast.
Kite2Fly kite school & rental operates every day at La Colombiere
Kite surfing residence, Poste Lafayette (25 minutes drive from
Trou d'Eau Douce.) The Links and Ile aux Cerfs Golf courses
are accessible against a green fee.
Diving is possible by contacting the numerous dive centres
operating from hotel premises.
Phone: +230 5421 1070
Royal Road, Haute Rive
Rivière du Rempart, Mauritius
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