A highlight of any visit to Mauritius will be taking in the relatively undeveloped south of the island, which includes some of the country’s most wonderful scenery and wildest landscapes. While the area around Blue Bay has been a long-established favourite with tourists for its great beaches and crystal-clear waters, the majority of the south coast has no beach, thankfully limiting hotel construction for the most part. One big recent development was the building of three huge luxury hotels on the former sugar estate of Bel Ombre. This was followed in 2006 by the opening of another big luxury hotel in the nearby hamlet of St Felix, all of which will of course contribute to the area’s economy, but, many fear, will also mean Mauritius’ most unspoiled corner will gradually become more and more like the rest of the island. For now though, the area is the most ‘Mauritian’ in the country and the drive along the coastal road from Souillac to Le Morne really shouldn’t be missed. Other highlights include the typically sleepy town of Mahébourg, the wonderful nature reserve Île aux Aigrettes and imposing Lion Mountain, which dominates the region.
The Blue Bay marine park is framed on one side by Le Shandrani Hotel, Blue Lagoon Hotel and the runway of our international airport Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Airport. On top of the marine park is 'Ile des Deux Cocos', an islet within the lagoon, of 4.22 hectares. An important and unique network of coral reefs protect this part of the island from the ocean's waves.
Blue Bay Marine ParkA must see! There you will find rare corals and fish species in a depth of 5.5 metres. There is more than 50 different species of corals that have been identified, and more than 80% are alive. The Blue Bay Marine Park is now protected by the government, due to constant degradation of the marine environment left by urbanisation and the tourism industry.
In addition,there exist a wide spectrum of sailing activities and you can organize trips to the outlying islets by catamarans and speedboats cruise. For example, visit to Ile Aigrettes, a 5 hectare islet which consists of an old calcareous coral reef partially overlain by sand and soil deposits. It is an internationally important site as it was declared a nature reserve in 1965. Many of the plants found there grow nowhere else in the world.
phone: +230 5631 9614address: Coastal Road, Pointe dEsnyA thatched house on the beach at Pointe d’Esny in the southeastern part of the island, near the Blue Bay Lagoon. With 15 rooms, studios and apartments.
phone: +230 5637 3051address: 94A, Rue des DauradesServiced apartments and studios in a small tropical garden full of flowers under the shade of coconut trees and encircled by cool verandahs bordered by balustrades.
phone: +230 603 4100All inclusive resort.