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Mauritius: scattered islands and islets

You will never regret choosing Mauritius as your holiday destination. Mauritius is not only a haven of peace where the beaches, hotels and villas are simply breathtaking but also an island surrounded by wonderful islets that you should never miss the opportunity to visit.

Each island has its own specificity. You will experience incomparable experiences while making amazing discoveries. A range of itineraries and various activities are offered to make you better enjoy your trip.

The Coin de Mire

When you look at the Coin de Mire from the beach at Cap Malheureux, you will have the impression a giant whale is floating on the water.

There is no doubt that this island causes wonder and admiration.

This ancient volcanic cone of basaltic rocks is located 8 kilometers from the northern tip of Mauritius and covers an area of ​​approximately seventy-six 76 hectares.

Being a nature reserve, access is alas restricted.

The night dive around the islet is a lot of envious; the surroundings of the island are teeming with underwater life. Older fishermen will tell you that the best time is at midnight during the full moon.

Round Island

Located twenty-two kilometers north-east of Mauritius, this island is an ecological treasure that is unfortunately inaccessible to the public.

Many endemic plant species, some of which no longer exist on the continent and the presence of endemic reptiles, make this island unique.

It covers about 150 hectares and rises like a cone out of the water to reach a maximum height of three hundred meters above sea level.

The geological base composition is an agglomeration of tuff, compacted volcanic ash which then dries to become cement.

Amber Island

Located inside the lagoon on the northeastern coast of Mauritius. Much of the coast of Amber Island is surrounded by mangrove trees or rocks, which makes it very difficult to access.

On the island, you will find a small old stone building probably built by the French, a salt lake inland and a marshy salt pond.

Flat Island

Among the largest islets on the island, there is also the Plate Island, also located in the north of Mauritius. This islet has an area of ​​two hundred and fifty-three hectares.

It has a rich flora of endemic plants.

You will discover an old lighthouse in the southwest of the island.

Îlot Gabriel

îlot Gabriel is smaller compared to its neighbor Flat Island.

The seascape surrounding Islet Gabriel offers an interesting place for snorkeling and diving. You will be able to spend a day on the island and have lunch on a catamaran.

With its turquoise waters, you will certainly not miss a swim. Scuba diving takes place around Pigeon Rock House, where the main attraction is the proliferation of sharks, especially during the period November to April.

Ile aux Cerfs

Ile aux Cerfs is a large island covering an area of ​​nearly 100 hectares. Deer Island is located a few meters from Île Aux Mangénie.

The island is located off the east coast of Mauritius near the coastal village of Trou D’Eau Douce in the district of Flacq.

It is a place of leisure privileged by the Mauritians and the tourists, with its superb calm turquoise waters. The island is accessible by various operators who offer a range of services such as paddle boating, kayaking, water skiing and many other sports and water activities.

A typical day on the island often begins with a visit to the Grande Rivière South East River and its waterfall. Then follows the trip to Deer Island aboard fast boats or catamarans. The day often ends with a small dinner on Île Aux Mangénie.

Ile aux Deux Cocos

Ile aux Deux Cocos is a famous islet especially amongst couple who find it as an exotic wedding destination. With a lush environment and its more than perfect location near Blue Bay, this islet will surely surprise you.

This is the perfect place for those planning to celebrate their wedding in a tropical environment.

Ile aux Aigrettes

Ile aux aigrettes is an islet classified as a nature reserve by the MWF (Mauritius Wildlife Foundation) located just one kilometer off the Pointe D’Esny near Mahébourg.

The islet covers an area of ​​twenty-five hectares. During the Second World War, the island was used as a military base by the British.

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Ile aux Aigrettes Nature Reserve

Efforts are being made to save the endemic flora and fauna of Egrets Island. A visitor’s centre has just opened on the island.

We also note the presence of guides for visitors wishing to go to the depths of the islet. A nursery of rare plants was set up to repopulate the island of these endemic plants in an attempt to recreate the ecosystem that reigned on the coast before the arrival of humans.

The elimination of rats from the island has allowed the natural regeneration of several endemic plants such as ebony and Rat wood. You will be able to spot one of the island’s endemic birds, the pink pigeon. You will also have the opportunity to cross some unusual specimens endemic to the island.

Benitiers Island

Located off the coast of La Gaulette in the south-west of Mauritius, Île aux Bénitiers is a large island of sand and coral covering an area of ​​about sixty-five hectares. On the northern tip of the island, a small colony of migratory birds fascinates all visitors.

The lagoon is vast and shallow with large, colorful coral fields and an abundance of marine life. The area surrounding the island is a fishing spot for people who for years have used the islet for recreational purposes and a stopover for fishing in the lagoon.

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