East of Mauritius

East of Mauritius

The East Coast is the region that has witnessed the fastest tourist development in the last 10 years. 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.

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. ŕnd 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 closest the east comes to a resort is Trou d'Eau Douce,which has retained the feel of a sleepy fishing village despite rubbing shoulders with the grand hotels next door. It's the jumping-off point for the wildly popular Île aux Cerfs.

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.

Eureka House is a unique Creole house built in 1830 located by the river of Moka. It is an elegant Créole residence originally owned by British and French aristocrats in the 19th century, the Eureka Mansion and its grounds provide an intriguing glimpse into colonial life. The house is filled with antiques and photos of the period. The house also has a magnificent garden surrounded by waterfalls of the Moka River. Eureka House is reputed to be one of the largest houses on the island, with 109 doors and windows. The Eureka house was restored and opened to the public as a museum in 1986.

Pointe du Diable is located in the south east of Mauritius - 8km north of Vieux Grand Port was once the site of a French coastal battery. 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 stone walls are still there and traces of the great "Vieux-Grand-Port" (1810) battle can still be observed. Today “Pointe du Diable" is one of the historical viewpoint and also the ideal place to stop for a rest as it is a viewpoint on the "Vieux-Grand-Port.

Blue Bay beach with its crystal clear turquoise blue water is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Mauritius. Situated on the southeast coast, not far from Mahébourg, Blue Bay offers a fine stretch of white sandy beach, and deep, clear, light-blue water. Blue bay is the perfect place for relaxation, swimming and snorkeling, as it is considered the best place for snorkeling in Mauritius.

Mahebourg is a traditional Mauritian village situated on the southeastern coast of Mauritius. Mahebourg is named after Bertrand François Mahé de La Bourdonnais, one of the most successful governors of the French period. The well-planned wide streets in the old section of Mahébourg still bear testimony to the Dutch and French colonial past. Today Mahébourg is a bustling center of local trade. The new waterfront complex offers you to enjoy nice refreshing walks along the sea side. You will get to explore Mahebourg center and visit the Historical Naval Museum which recounts the epic naval battles of the past between the Royal Navy and the French Navy.Every Monday there is a big market / bazaar in the center of Mahebourg. The market is definitely worth a visit also for the non shoppers.

Ile Aux Cerfs

The island of Ile aux Cerfs lies off Trou d’Eau Douce in the largest lagoon of Mauritius and offers 87 hectares of luxuriant vegetation and preserved, white, sandy beaches. Besides the Ile Aux Cerfs Golf Club, one can also experience three beach restaurants and engage in a wide variety of activities on Ile aux Cerfs. Every day Mauritians and tourists visit the island; they depart in boats from the village of Trou d'Eau Douce and spend the whole day on the Island.

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