Rodrigues

This island is probably one of my favourite hide-away!

Be ready for a 75 minutes flight before stepping in at Plaine Corail Airport. After clearing the immigration, time then stops. The unique picturesque sceneries will completely blow off your mind, the promise of lifetime memories. Just a pure bliss!

This eco-friendly island will steal your heart, and the locals are just genuinely caring. This time I took an apartment in Port-Mathurin via Airbnb and I was pleasantly surprised with the facilities offered. Forget about the high-speed internet or Netflix; this is the time for you to reconnect with yourself.

To move around, rent a car, but the best deal remains a 4×4, which costs about 1K per day. Off-road tracks will often lead you to beautiful beaches or viewpoints. A lot of non-residents wander around on scoots…I guess this is an idea that I need to dig in for next time.

Enjoy the slow life and take time to contemplate. Now and then immortalise the moments and get some excellent footage of the island. Try to avoid all the touristic places and be your sole memory-maker.

 

The 43,000 inhabitants mainly depend on fishing and agriculture. Seafood is available in abundance. The foodie within me will highly recommend the ‘Konokono’ salad. Other classics remain the octopus in any sauce, the local sausage, bio honey, various exotic pickles and the Rodriguan pie.

Must Do: A visit to the weekly Saturday market at Port Mathurin.

Staying here forever would be so easy, but i guess Mauritius will miss me so much that a return back to reality is inevitable. I am already looking forward to my next visit there and count on me to come up with some more tales about Rodrigues!

Ile aux Fouquets

A piece of History!

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to visit this historical island situated in the south-east of Mauritius. A wonderful trip which started at Pointe d’Esny,  where a speed boat picked us up for a slow, yet enjoyable ride of 45 minutes through the shallow and turquoise water of the bay of Mahébourg. At one point, the trip became bumpy and exhilarating for we had to cross a big channel which once opened the passage for vessels to access the island. Finally arriving on the island, we landed on a beautiful sandy bank. Mind you, on the other side of the island, the sea is very rough, and it is not advisable for any swim!

Also known as Ile aux Fouquets, Ile au Phare was amongst the first small islands around Mauritius to be discovered in late 1500 by the Dutch settlers. L’Ile au Phare got its name from a lighthouse built in 1864, which was still operational until the beginning of the 20th century. Historically, Ile au Phare, situated within the bay of Mahébourg has fulfilled a strategic purpose during the naval battles at Grand Port.

This lighthouse guided the ships to the harbour of Mahébourg which was the original French settlement and remained an important port until the early 20th century. When the British decided to move all port operations to Port Louis on the opposite side of the island, the light station was abandoned and fell into ruin. The metal parts of its once gleaming orb are scattered all over it. The ruins provide shade from the sun or shelter from the wind though, and Ile au Phare is thus a favourite picnic spot of local people and fishermen. A colony of tropical birds is nesting right behind the lighthouse, in the steep part of the drop.

From outside the lighthouse, the view of phenomenal waves hitting hard the cliffs and other coral structures is just breathtaking!

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From the reverse angle, you can see Ile de la Passe. Between 20 and 25 August 1810, during the British campaign to capture the island (then called Isle de France) from the French, it was the scene of the Battle of Grand Port. The battle was a long and very hard-fought action between roughly equal forces of French and British frigates and, on balance, a defeat for the British, who lost four frigates, and one subsequently recaptured. The French squadron did not survive the British invasion of Mauritius.

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If you are visiting the south-east coast, make it a point to visit these islands. The ride from land to there is spectacular. From shallow waters to the real deep sea, you will enjoy every single minute of it. 

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Ile Des Deux Cocos

The apple of my eye!

The island is an absolute gem. If you haven’t visited that place so far, I strongly recommend you to do so. It is situated not far from my little village, in the south-east coast of Mauritius, close to the famous Blue Bay Public Beach.

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Ile Des Deux Cocos

This beautiful island was once called ‘Ile aux Bigorneaux‘, located ideally in the Blue Bay marine park. This untouched paradise showcases one villa which has been in the 1920s the theatre of lavish parties organised by Sir Hesketh Bell, the Governor of Mauritius.

Sandy beaches, volcanic rocks, endemic species and a magnificent view of the Blue Bay Cove will ultimately make you experience the beach life of Mauritius. The Blue Bay Marine Park is one of the exceptional places to snorkel in Mauritius, and you will discover a variety of corals and fish, and if you are lucky enough, you may encounter some giant tortoises and even manta rays!