The eastern region of Mauritius features large stretches of sandy beaches. This part of the island is also the windiest, with a pleasant soft breeze in summer and becomes cooler in winter, beaten by the south-east winds. The beautiful beach of Belle-Mare, the longest of the island, Bras d’Eau forest, golf courses and Ile aux Cerfs, among others, are some of the attractions in this region to discover during your holidays in Mauritius.
Belle Mare, Palmar, Trou d’Eau Douce, Poste Lafayette and Roches Noires are the beaches to see when you visit the region. With their beautiful stretches of fine sand and crystal clear waters, some which are more open to the elements than others, each of the beaches of the East is worth a visit; you will enjoy the peace and nature in all its splendour; relax and let yourself go with your feet in the sand. On weekends, when the weather is sunny, these beaches are packed with Mauritian families enjoying a picnic and spending time together. It is the perfect moment to meet the locals and share their culture.
Île D’ambre is one of the largest islets in Mauritius with over three miles of solitude on trails meandering through forests, lakes, ruins and to the sea. The island has no permanent resident, but gets a few visitors each day. The trails on the island are part of a government-built “Nature Walk’ that is well-maintained and easy to follow. There is a very nice picnic area pavilion on the island as well.
There are ruins of former habitation in the center of the island along the main trail. Scattered about the island are depressions filled with seepage from the sea, although one has quite a bit of depth and is teeming with fish. The trails are not marked, but the island is small, so wander far and wide. You will find some priceless peace and quiet here.
Azuri is a beachfront resort community that combines a hotel with holiday rentals and premium local residences.
If you are a food enthusiast, eating at Ocean One Restaurant is a must. Its original and friendly environment is set in a marine decor which reflects the beach and splendid turquoise lagoon of the island. The restaurant caters to the finest palates through its refined cuisine.
Located close to the market place, The Café serves simple yet refined cuisine for breakfast, lunch or tea. With its selection of traditional pastries and light meals complemented by a local touch, The Café welcomes you in its convivial cocoon.
The café-bar located on Azuri beach offers a relaxed atmosphere, pleasant environment and comfort food. As an ideal place to snack, grab some fast food or even savour a cocktail at dusk.
Bras D’eau National Park
Bras d’Eau National Park is one of only three national parks in Mauritius. It is located in the north-east of the island.The Park covers over 497 hectares at Poste Lafayette, in the North East coast of Mauritius which also includes the Mare Sarcelles Reserves.
Bras D’eau consists mainly of exotic trees like mahogany, eucalyptus, Tecoma, the Monkey Puzzle Tree and araucaria. The park is home to a number of species of birds, such as the cave swiflets (Petite Hirondelle), the Mauritius grey white eye birds (Picpic), and the flycatcher, a critically endangered endemic bird, kestrels, woodpeckers, Major Cateau Vert.
The “cock of the woods” (Coq des Bois) is however the star of the place! You may bump into a few Ornithologist who have come to observe the birds in the park.
There are also five ponds found throughout the reserve which conceal freshwater fish of impressive size.The place also harbours a native orchid, the Onnelia Aphrodite.
An old house that sits in the property has been transformed into a visitor center. It includes photographs of species of plants and animals living in the reserve.
Formerly used by Indian workers, they still harbor an old sugar mill, lime kiln, a well dating back over 200 years and a former railway line. The Well (Puits Francais) is right at the start of the track.
Being a National park, the walking tracks are well bounded with indication arrows and plaques to describe each plant species. The walk is around 4 km long, is safe and on nearly flat ground.
Splash N Fun Leisure Park
Splash N Fun Leisure Park. The Splash N Fun Leisure Park is an exciting and unique water themed park over 30 arpents of land on the east coast of Mauritius near Belle Mare public beach. Re-opened in October 2019, the Splash N Fun Leisure Park is the only one of its kind in the region.
Tastefully themed and designed over 21 arpents of land with its sensational water slides and entertainment rides, heaven like pools, one food court, four food kiosks and one restaurant offering excellent cuisine, it is an answer to those looking for fun, water, action, sensation and relaxation.
The park has been designed along original pirate style architecture, with an old fort like entrance and a distinctive shipwreck structure standing majestically in the middle of the park. The shipwreck, with its decors and waterfall generally appeals to all visitors.
The water-based attractions are the park’s main lure. Indeed the sensational water slides and heaven like pools are a source of delight to all visitors, who enjoy the thrill and excitement of the slides and the peace of the pools.
Belle Mare Beach
The beach at Belle Mare is considered as the most beautiful beach in Mauritius by many holiday makers, but also remains very popular among the inhabitants of the island who visit the beach mainly on weekends and holidays. This part of the island is very authentic and keeps the spirit of the island intact facing the rapid development that know the other cities in the coastal regions in particular Grand Bay, Flic en Flac and Black River.
The Belle Mare beach is ideal for swimming and diving session especially on weekdays, the beach is calm with a peaceful setting. The perfect place for nature lovers, who can enjoy miles of sandy beach for sunbathing and resting in the shade of casuarina trees
Private Seaplane Flight
Your pilot will ensure that you see the famous landmarks and points of interest as you complete one fascinating circuit around the Northern region of the island. The flight is done at a low altitude of up to 1500 feets to guarantee clear and close view of all sights and landmarks and provide many picture perfect moments
The Experience of a Private Seaplane Flight
The seaplane flight trip is done on a private basis where you will be sitting alongside the pilot who is there to answer any question you might have and to show you all the sights. You will also get to experience the excitement of a water take-off and landing – a unique experience for itself!
This is a great experience for everyone and a good solution for those suffering from seasickness and who cannot afford to spend long hours on boats and other vessels.
Ile Aux Cerfs Island
Île aux Cerfs Island , known in English as the deer island is an island near the east coast of Mauritius in the Flacq district. This paradise island of Mauritius constitutes of around 100 hectares of land. Nowadays there are no more deers on the island, but you will find there some of the worlds beautiful beaches and as such it is one of the must place to visit and see in Mauritius.
Every day, tourists visit Ile Aux Cerfs and spend the whole day on the island and benefit from the range of facilities and activities offered on the island. During recent years Ile Aux Cerfs Island became one of the most popular tourist destination in Mauritius
Anahita Golf & Spa Resort
Anahita Golf & Spa Resort sits along a serpentine stretch of the island’s tranquil east coast – facing the Indian Ocean, a short ferry ride from Île aux Cerfs – among 213 beach-fringed hectares by a rolling sea-view golf course.
Experience the authentic Mauritian charm with its unique accommodation, diverse culinary experience and dedicated service.
Enjoy a vast range of the most sought-after activities: two exceptional 18-hole championship golf courses designed by Ernie Els and Bernhard Langer, exclusive beach experience on its two beaches, boutiques, Personal fitness centre, Anahita Spa by Thémaé Paris, tennis courts, Kids & teens club, water sports centre.
Le Domaine de L’Etoile Leisure and Adventure park
As soon as you arrive, you will be seduced by the beauty of the area and the diversity of the activities on offer. Le Domaine de l’Etoile is certainly the largest private estate on the East Coast of Mauritius with its 1200 hectares.
It is also one of the most attractive by the various activities that are offered in the heart of one of the richest wild fauna and flora preserved in Mauritius.
Go on a free hike or accompanied by a guide to discover the estate. You will cross valleys and forests rich in native and lush vegetation, and with a little luck you may see deer, brown pigs and perhaps even monkeys.
For the little ones, it is in the “Jardin de l’Etoile” that they will find their happiness. Under the supervision of a qualified instructor, they are offered many games such as an adventure course, mini quad, mini jet, mini farm, aviary, deer and turtle parks.
Meanwhile, if parents so wish, they can freely take advantage of all the opportunities offered by this exceptional field.
Take off on the longest zip line course in the world. Over 3.5 km, by 7 zip lines from 350 metres to 800 metres you discover like a bird, the domain seen from above. Strong sensations guaranteed.
In quad, buggy or Fat bike make your choice and accompanied by a guide go on an adventure on the paths of the domain.
You can also choose the horses of the Equestrian Club de l’Etoile to go for a ride through the estate.
The day is not over but you are hungry the restaurant welcomes you to enjoy a lunch in this breathtaking landscape.
Lion Mountain (Hiking)
Lion Mountain is a protruding mountain in the Bambou mountain range. It is visible from Mahebourg and is also very famous for is vegetation and amazing views of the south east. It is one of the mountains across the bay, said to be the only witness left of the ‘‘Bataille Of Vieux Grand Port.”
The Lion Mountain hike usually starts in the sugarcane fields and which then follows through the woods and then ends at the peak. Caution should be exercised during the hike, as some of the places are rocky and quite challenging.
Throughout your walk in the forest, you will get to discover different species of plants and other greeneries. The location is abundant with native vegetation, exotic plants, and if you are lucky enough, you might spot the small, endemic falcon-the Mauritian Kestrel. This hike has steep drops and slopes, which may be challenging for novice hikers. Once at the summit, you will be rewarded with some of the most breathtaking views of the Mauritian islets, the crystal-clear blue lagoons, as well as the tropical birds, Paille en queue, soaring above.
Falaise Rouge Restaurant
Falaise Rouge is a table-d’hôte fully dedicated to delicious Mauritian cuisine situated not far from the village of Ferney in the south of the island. The restaurant stands majestically in the bay of Grand Port and offers a magnificent view on the Lion mountain, offering you the privilege to contemplate a vital part of the Mauritian history.
The specialty of this restaurant is that, it has an exceptional location Surrounded by trees, far away from the polluted world, the dishes taste out of world due to its freshness, no pesticides used and the food is not even frozen. Choose your dish our chef will pluck the vegetables accordingly from the kitchen garden and your dish will be concocted.