The south of Mauritius harbors unusual places and is only revealed to those who venture there to discover them. The poet Robert Edward Hart described this place through poems by saying that nothing is sweeter to his heart as much as this land where he lived. He even wanted his ashes to be spread in this place so that a rose could bloom there. Between the crashing waves, the Crying Rocks or the falls of Rochester Falls, go at the discovery of this part of the island – privileged by nature.
Gris-Gris, a light wind sweeps your hair and this immaculate view stuns you – you are facing this sea – so blue – which looks like a beautiful fresco. But where did this region get its name from? No need to let your imagination wander. A placard tells more about this place at the entrance of the spot. It is said that between the barrier reef and the cliffs there is a rock that resembles a nun praying. For those who have a fertile imagination, they can also see in gri-gris the silhouette of a witch doing witchery. Gris-Gris was also the name of Abbee de la Caille’s dog, who came to the Isle of France in 1753. The poet Jean Toulet made it an ode by describing Gris-Gris as a “Sweet beach where my soul was born, Savanne in flowers that the ocean soaked in tears and sun of flame.” Visiting the beach in September 1886, the poet Paul Jean Toulet found the place full of “terror and fatalism not without sweetness. ”
Not far from the Gris-Gris beach, you can see Chez Rosy’s restaurant, held by Rosy Gounden. You cannot leave Gris-Gris without visiting its cliff, known as La Roche qui Pleure. It got its name from the permanent runoff of sea water and the rumbling of waves against the rock. Gris-Gris has a lot of anecdotes around it. It is said that La Roche qui Pleure creates this illusion of tears flowing from the cliffs when the waves retreat there and that strangely, the features of the poet Robert Edward Hart appear as sculpted in the rocks by erosion. The absence of a coral barrier, the basaltic rocks and the powerful action of the waves have shaped amazing shapes that you will not find anywhere else.
Gris Gris beach in Mauritius
Gris Gris beach is the one that lies at the extreme south of the island. It offers in contrast with other southern beaches, popular for their calm waters, tumultuous seas. Gris Gris is the only place in Mauritius where swimming is highly discouraged for amateurs and professionals, strong currents and huge waves that break on this part of the island make the sea totally impracticable.
Do not be fooled by this beautiful beach with golden sand and its azure sea, Gris Gris is an extremely dangerous beach! Stay far from the water and enjoy this spectacle by taking a trail located at the back of the parking area that will lead you to the crying rock. There you will have an unobstructed view of a large rock where the waves break with great violence, accompanied by a great thump.
The vast majority of tourists traveling to Mauritius do so for the magnificent beaches and islands that the country has and some devote themselves to diving. It must be said that the seabed, fauna and flora are among the most beautiful in the world – yet, no diving and no swimming near Gris Gris. Gris-Gris beach is mostly visited for its wild beauty rather than for swimming.
A wild landscape
The Gris-Gris beach is surrounded by a barrier, but not the one you might think. Indeed, if the coral reef is non-existent at this point of the island, the beach is truly encircled by cliffs made of volcanic rocks, thus giving this landscape the appearance of Mauritian Brittany. But the most impressive thing about this place remains the famous part of the cliff which appears to be crying. A real natural curiosity, located to the east of the beach at the level of an advanced rock. It is actually a place where the water rushes into the rocks and out forming small streams. All this gives visitors the impression that the rock is crying. If we are far enough away from the postcard landscapes that Mauritius can offer, the waves on the cliffs of the Gris-Gris beach are an absolutely magnificent sight and certainly worth a detour for a romantic stroll.
A windy coastline
Situated not far from the village of Souillac, the Gris-Gris beach is a curiosity of nature on this island. Thus, if the temperature of the water is very important in the four corners of the country, no one is used to worry about the waters of Gris Gris since bathing being prohibited.
The beach being at the southern tip of the island, the winds from the Indian Ocean are much stronger than on the other beaches of the island. Finally, like the rest of Mauritius, the temperatures of the beach remain very mild and even warm all the year.
Gris Gris remains a must visit to complete your discovery of this wonderful island of the Indian-Ocean – Mauritius.
Have fun and remain cautious!