The South

Wild and authentic, the South reveals its hidden gems and treasures.

LA CAMBUSE BEACH

Nestled in a small unspoilt cove adjacent to Mon Trésor, La Cambuse offers a large white sandy beach and a pristine lagoon. It is ideal for kids to swim and play or for a relaxing stroll amidst gorgeous and tranquil scenery.

LE CHALAND

The locality used to be occupied by a British air navigation base during the Second World War. Bordering a secluded public beach, the site will later host a world-class resort village that will preserve the natural beauty of the seaside.

BLUE BAY MARINE PARK

The Park is a sustainable marine ecosystem of rare beauty, boasting a unique coral garden, fauna and flora. Enjoy the beauty of the place while snorkelling and diving, and onboard glass-bottom boats.

ILE AUX AIGRETTES

This 26-hectare coral island is a natural reserve and welcomes nature lovers upon reservation. Dedicated to the conservation of the island’s original fauna and flora, it showcases perfectly what the costal ecosystem was like four centuries back, before man landed.

ROCHESTER FALLS

The pillar-shaped volcanic rocks interrupt the course of the Savanne River, taking it through a spectacular 10-metre plunge into the natural pool below. Sometimes, daring youngsters will show off their skills and jump from the top of the waterfall.

GRIS GRIS

A contrast to the usual calm lagoons surrounding the island, Gris Gris has wild rollers constantly gushing in from the ocean. It offers spectacular views on a black lava cliff coastline. One can also visit “La Nef”, the Telfair Garden and “Le Lavoir” close by.

LE PONT NATUREL

It is a natural black lava bridge crafted by the elements. With the wild sea flowing beneath, walking across the narrow arch is an exhilarating experience. Be careful though: when the sea gets rough, the waves do sweep over the passageway.

LE SOUFFLEUR

“The blower” in English. When heavy swells roll in, they surge up the natural chimneys in the black lava rock. As the water recedes, it creates a vacuum that brings in the wind into the aperture with a loud humming noise.

LA ROCHE QUI PLEURE

“Weeping rock” in English. When the waves roll on long and unbroken, reaching 25 feet high till meeting the headland, they break clear over it and, retreating, leave the whole rocky mass dripping with “salty tears”.

MAHÉBOURG FISHERMEN’S VILLAGE

Mahébourg is a lively coastal village mixing colonial and traditional Creole architecture, with stunning views on both the Grand Port mountain range and the turquoise lagoon. On Mondays, the traditional market day, the village throbs with life and awakens your senses.

MAHÉBOURG NAVAL MUSEUM

This 18th century colonial-house-turned-museum was where both French and English wounded were tended to during the battle of Grand Port. It offers a recollection of the maritime history of Mauritius through a vast artefact collection.

THE TRADITIONAL CASSAVA BISCUIT FACTORY

Founded in 1870, the famous Biscuiterie Rault is the oldest biscuit factory in Mauritius. As per the tradition, baking is made on hotplate stoves fuelled with dried sugar-cane leaves. The demonstration tour ends with a tasting around a cup of Mauritian tea.

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