The reef, which nearly surrounds Mauritius, has a major break in it on the south-east coast. Instead of beach and calm lagoon, the sea rushes up against lava rocks and cliffs, carving out a variety of stacks and other coastline sculptures, the best known of which is Le Souffleur. If you walk for about 20 minutes along the cliffs east from Le Souffleur, you will come to a spectacular natural bridge formed when the roof of a sea cave collapsed. To get there take the Plaine Mahebourg to Souillac. About 6km from Plaine Magnien, as you enter the village of L Escalier, is the entry to the Savanna sugar mill. Follow the sign for some 4km to Le Souffleur, through the mill ground and the cane fields. The blowhole is at the end of the biggest promontory, joined to the shore and car park by landfill. Cars and bicycles can go all the way down. You can visit Le Souffleur Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm and on Saturday from 7am to noon. Entry is free.
The trailhead for this walk is the Plaine champagne viewpoint on the Curepipe Chamarel road passing en route a succession of wonderful views through some lovely mixed forest and plantations. The
A bit more affected by mass tourism than other regions, the East Coast offers some excellent diving. One of Mauritius' best dives is The Passe where you drift dive through the passes with the current
The East Coast district of Flacq is quieter than Trou aux Biche or areas on the West Coast. Beaches are the major attraction and as usual, big hotels have picked prime stretches but there is still
This walk begins about 3km south of Le Petrin along the road towards Plaine Champagne. Heading south, look for the spot where the road makes a sharp turn to the right and two trails branch off to the
Mahebourg named after the famous french Governor Mahe La Bourdonnais but pronounced may burg, was once a busy port. Now it is a run down commercial centre with a small fishing fleet.
A 5km walk from Souillac, past the Terracine sugar mill and through the cane fields along a well- marked route, brings you to this gushing little number. The falls are not so much high as wide a sort
The Blue Lagoon Beach Hotel is situated on the south east coast of Mauritius, and is only a short ten minutes drive from the airport. The hotel is set amongst beautiful tropical gardens. A white sun