Mauritius has a lot to offer those looking for picture-perfect locations. There are not only dozens of beautiful beaches, but you can also explore the various neighboring islets, which are only a few minutes away by boat from the mainland.
Ile aux Cerfs
Ile aux Cerfs is well-known for its white sand beaches, stunning lagoon, and diverse range of activities and facilities. At Ile aux Cerfs, you will undoubtedly spend a day of relaxation and entertainment on one of Mauritius' best beaches, swimming and snorkeling in the lagoon. Every day, tourists visit Ile aux Cerfs and spend the entire day enjoying the island's many facilities and activities. Ile aux Cerfs has become one of Mauritius' most popular tourist destinations in recent years.
A catamaran can take you an hour and a half to reach it from Coin de Mire in the north. Ile Plate is not actually flat because it has a hill on top of which stands a lovely lighthouse, one of Mauritius' few operational ones. Ile Plate is ideal for those of you who like to move around and discover your surroundings.
Ilot Gabriel, a smaller island of 42 hectares in the north, is about 700 meters away from Ile Plate. It has coastal sand dune vegetation. This nature reserve is well-known for its natural beauty, sandy beaches, and turquoise waters, making it a popular day-trip destination for tourists. You will not be able to resist a swim in its enticing turquoise waters.
The island of Ile d'Ambre is a floating national park. It has something for everyone, whether it's crystal clear waters and the shade of filaos trees for those looking for a lovely secluded place to relax, mangroves and rocks all around for adventurers who want to paddle around the island, or trails, incredible ruins, and forests for those who want to explore the surroundings and immerse themselves in the island's history. There is also a lovely picnic pavilion where you can eat your lunch.
Lot Flamants is a sand bar located less than five kilometers from the east coast, just between the lagoon and the deep blue ocean. It is a mandatory stop for kitesurfers doing the 25-kilometer downwind between Pointe d'Esny and Trou d'Eau Douce. You can also take a boat to Ilot Flamants and have a picnic there.
Ile Des Deux Cocos
A superb private tropical island retreat, ile des Deux Cocos, is located just off the south east coast of Mauritius, close to Blue Bay. There is a picturesque villa with a shaded Moroccan-style courtyard, a fragrant garden, and a swimming pool where you can spend the night for an ultimate romantic moment or host your own exclusive party or special event, such as weddings and anniversaries.
Ile Aux Phare
Ile au Phare, or Lighthouse Island, is Mauritius' most scenic island, despite its small size. It is located in the bay of Mahébourg in the southwest, facing the magnificent range of Grand Port on the mainland and the blue lagoon on one side, the waves crashing on the cliffs on the other side, views of the nearby islands, and an old abandoned lighthouse built in 1864 on top of a small hill. Today, it is a popular picnic spot for Mauritians, and most catamarans cruising the south east coast stop there for lunch.
Ile Aux Aigrettes
This island is a haven for a variety of endemic and endangered wildlife species such as the pink pigeon and Gunther's gecko, as well as very rare remnants of Mauritius' coastal forests. There, you can see what Mauritius was like before man arrived. This eco-tourism site has been hailed as a model of successful nature restoration and conservation around the world. Visits are only possible as part of a guided tour from Pointe Jérome with the Mauritius Wildlife Foundation.
Ile aux Bénitiers
The island is very touristy and is usually quite busy between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. every day, so if you want some quiet time on the island, go early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Despite having little biodiversity value, the island has an incredible blue lagoon with stunning views on the West coast, from La Tourelle to Le Morne. All catamaran cruises in the West stop at Ile aux Bénitiers, usually for lunch, after seeing dolphins and the curious geological formation called Crystal Rock, which is a perfect backdrop for stunning photographs a little further away from Ile aux Bénitiers.