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The South East of Mauritius is known for its high cliffs which provide for a picturesque sight as you go round the southern tip of the island. Here the breaks in the reef allow the open sea to come right up to the land, crushing against the rocks creating a craggy and dramatic coastline.

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Some of the resorts in the South East of Mauritius include Preskil, Blue Lagoon and Shandrani Hotel.

The South reveals a different landscape from the rest of the island with its high cliffs battered by waves.

Rochester Falls
In the neighborhood of Souillac, you will find the spectacular Rochester Falls, where the water has cut large stepped shapes through the lava stone.

La Roche qui pleure
A natural cavity found at the cliffs of Gris Gris, named by the poet Robert Edward Hart ‘La roche qui pleure’ meaning the ‘the crying rock’ provides a wonderful scenery as waves splash into it.

Le Souffleur
A geyser of 30 meters high offers a spectacular jet at high tides and rough seas.

La Vanille Reserve des Mascareignes
La Vanille is a place of discovery which extends on 3.5 hectares of tropical vegetation. The park is located in the South of Mauritius, an area with the authentic and wild landscapes where the inhabitants have kept the long-lived tradition of ‘welcoming guests’. The guide will take you on unforgettable walks; through luxuriant greenery where thousands of Nile Crocodiles are bred in captivity.
Visit the largest Aldabra & Radiata tortoise Park in the world with more than 600 tortoises. You can visit the giant tortoises and meet our oldest tortoise, Domino in one hectare of luxuriant greenery.
The park’s insectarium also offers one of the most fascinating private collections in the world with more than 23 000 species.

Valley of Ferney
Ferney, in the south-east of Mauritius, is the region where the Dutch first settled in the early 17th century when they introduced sugarcane and the Java stag. An area of 200 hectares has recently been turned into an eco tourism sanctuary with the main objective of educating both Mauritians and tourists about the biodiversity of the island. At the reception, the fauna and flora of the valley is explained to the visitor. Tailor-made excursions are proposed to visitors, whereby they can spot rare species of birds such as the kestrel, pink pigeon and echo parakeet. A three-kilometer tour unravels to a fantastic viewpoint where lunch can be served in a lodge.

Blue Bay Marine Park
Blue Bay Marine Park is the only marine park in Mauritius and you can snorkel or take a glass bottom boat out to see the fish and coral.

Built on the bay of Grand Port, and named after the French Governor Mahé de Labourdonnais, one can still find there remains of the old colonial buildings and amenities: the Court house and stone-drinking troughs once used by horses.

National History Museum
At the entrance of the village, the National History Museum is a worthwhile stop. This is the building where both British and French Captains were given first aid care during the Vieux Grand Port battle in 1810.

Dutch Ruins
At Vieux Grand Port, the oldest settlements in Mauritius, you can see the ruins of the first Dutch fortifications. One can also visit the Frederic Hendrik Museum, which presents a site plan of the works that have been carried with various objects found during excavation and illustrations about the island during the Dutch period.

La Nef, Robert Edward Hart Museum
This small house all covered with shells and corals displays the last years of the life of the great Mauritian poet Robert Edward Hart.

Mahebourg Naval Museum
The museum houses the bell retrieved from the shipwrecked St Geran, as well as many other interesting nautical memorabilia.

Falaise Rouge
Falaise Rouge, opposite the bay of Grand Port in the south-east of the island, has been chosen to depict the historic battle of Grand Port which saw the sole naval victory of the French over the British. The British invaded l’ Ile de La Passe which can be seen from Falaise Rouge to launch their attack.

In 1810, the island was still under French authority, but was coveted by the British because it was on the strategic route to the Indies. The French navy was under the command of Captain Duperré while the British were led by Captain Willoughby. Some of the names of the ships of both navies are now part of Mauritian history, namely La Bellone and La Minerve for the French, and Sirius, La Magicienne and Nereide for the British. The battle was fierce, and the British lost all but one of their ships. The British lost 105 men and the French deplored 36 losses.

One of the interesting stories of this battle is that both captains Willoughby and Duperre, after being wounded in battle, received medical care side by side at Château Geude, which later became the naval museum of Mahebourg.

Although the French won this battle, the British invaded the island from the north three months later, and the French handed over the island to the British to avoid another battle. The battle of Grand Port is inscribed among Napoleon’s victories on the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

Mauritius Beaches in the South East:
Blue Bay
Blue Bay beach is one of the most popular bathing spots in the Southeast of the island. Part of its very rich lagoon is a marine reserve. An ideal spot for snorkeling, windsurfing and sailing.

Gris -Gris
It is one of the few places around the island, where the waves dash against the cliffs. In these wild surroundings, you may enjoy a rest at the Telfair Garden overlooking the sea. Go further along the coast to see the breath-catching beauty of the cliffs of Gris-Gris, with their tortuous sea-eroded surfaces.

Beachcomber Sports & Nature
The 1st eco-tourism programe of Mauritius established in a protected natural environment. Mountain biking, canoeing, and abseiling, supervised by professionals and experimented guides.

Mauritius Diving - South East:
Roche Zozo (18-40m)
An interesting dive, for the beauty of the site and the diversity of marine life. Turtles or small sharks are often encountered. A series of rocky peaks, canyons, tunnels, caves, covered in pink coral and gorgonians. Very nice dive but beware of the current. You are quickly captivated by the beauty of the site and as such, need to keep an eye on the depth gauge.

Colorado (20-40m)
You will be diving along a drop-off which will turn into a canyon, leading to an amphitheatre with a chimney and a long tunnel full of crayfish. The panorama is magnificent: the arches are covered in gorgonians and pink coral, while the high stone walls are home to parrotfish, surgeonfish and unicornfish. Big predators such as wahoos, tunas, or barracudas, are most likely to appear.

The Crayfish Cave (18-25m)
A rich and colored fauna, big rocks scattered here and there on the seabed, coated with corals, sponges and other soft coral. In the middle of the canyon, a deep cave is inhabited by a colony of crayfish. A long and wide tunnel appears a bit deeper. A relaxing and enjoyable dive par excellence.

It is a pleasure to dive over this beautiful wreck and explore its glorious past. The main part lies 18 meters deep on the seabed and consists of an oak frame, nineteen cannons, rivets and cannonballs, all offering a unique sight. You can almost imagine being 196 years back, smelling the powder and flames coming out of the mouth of the smoking cannons. 40 meters up north, another part of the vessel (the stern) lies 24 meters deep. You will work your way up the high wall colonized by a diversity of corals, with a deco-stop at 3 meters above. Visibility, however, is quite poor as the wreck is located at the mouth of a river.

Kite surfing
You can also take a ride along the waves with your kite surfing gears at Pointe D’Esny and Blue Bay.

The South East islets of Mauritius:
Ile aux Aigrettes
Bathed by the vivid colors of the lagoon the small 26 ha Ile aux Aigrettes welcomes you. Transported out of time, far from the mad noises of the modern world, you discover the last remnants of an ecosystem once abundant in the coastal regions of Mauritius, but lost today. This coastal forest, rich in ebonies and other endemic species of animals and plants threatened with extinction, was once the home of the dodo.

Since 1985 the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation (MWF) has been restoring Ile aux Aigrettes, weeding and replanting this islet with native plants produced on the island, reintroducing endemic birds and reptiles, known to have once lived there, restoring a forest, and recreating a dream, an island of days gone by, the sanctuary of a flora and fauna to be seen here, and no where else.

Visitors will discover a flora and fauna in their natural state. They will come across lively and colorful ornate day geckos basking in the sun; beautiful and rare Pink Pigeons, distant cousin of the dodo, gazing down at you from above; or perhaps the very rare Mauritius fody flying from branch to branch of the native Bois de boeuf, bois chandelle, or Pipe wood. MWF has recently introduced the Telfair Skink on Ile aux Aigrettes. This unique Mauritian Lizard was extinct in Mauritius due to predators and could be found only on Ile Ronde. The Telfair skink can now be seen on the islet.

Two tortoise species once existed in Mauritius. Their use as a source of protein for passing sailors pushed them to extinction. Introduced on Ile aux Aigrettes to fill the role of herbivores, Aldabra giant tortoises, close relative of our lost herbivores, and weighing up to 200kg, meet you on the paths as you walk along. This population is the only one of these free-roaming giants in the Mascarenes.

This little paradise is now open to the public for guided tours. The visits; which last between 1½-2 hours; are animated by trained guides who will rejoice you with facts, stories and colorful local anecdotes.