Island hopping in Mauritius
March 19 2020
March 19 2020
The list of reasons to visit Mauritius is infinite. From endless beaches to stunning rain forests and vivid, exciting towns, this destination has a smorgasbord phenomenal offerings for discerning, adventurous, sun-seeking travellers. The definition of ‘unique’, Mauritius is a treasure trove of delightful experiences, many of which can’t be enjoyed anywhere else on earth.
Here, your days can be punctuated by exotic and aromatic foods, by sun-kissed experiences and adventure. City-lovers are sure to be delighted by a day exploring the nooks and crannies of Port Louis, hikers will relish in the variety of trails here while sun- and beach-loving tourists can spend their days moving from one golden beach to the next, or indulge in a day of island hopping.
Unlike Seychelles and Maldives, the destination of Mauritius is made up of one main island. Just off its coast, however, there are several phenomenal islets waiting to be explored, and with untouched beaches and unusual scenery, it’s the ultimate way to indulge in a Robinson Crusoe experience while in Mauritius.
Interested to know which islets are perfect for a day of island hopping? Here are some of our favourites:
Ile aux Cerfs
The crown jewel of an island-hopping trip in Mauritius, it’s impossible to list the best islands off the coast of Mauritius without mentioning the fabled Ile aux Cerfs, managed by the Sun Resorts group. This sensational tropical gem, a mere 20-minute boat ride from Mauritius itself, has quite literally, everything you could want for an exceptional day in the sun.
For those wanting to island-hop or spend a day at Ile aux Cerfs, there’s no shortage of enthralling activities available. Bask in the warm Mauritian sun for that island glow, indulge in the huge array of water sports on offer or explore the adventure park. The Ile aux Cerfs Golf Club, designed by the legend Bernhard Langer, is an absolute must for all golfers; with 38 hectares of immaculate greens spread over 18-holes, it’s a dream golf destination. At the golf club, you will also find an exclusive clubhouse, golf academy, pro shop, bar and golfer’s beach.
There’s another special Ile aux Cerfs offering for those who need more than a day on the island; the Ile aux Cerfs Bubble Lodge, which makes for an incredible overnight experience in paradise. If there’s one neighbouring island not to miss while in Mauritius, it’s certainly this one.
While not technically an island, Ilot Flamants makes for a great stop while island hopping. This sand bar, just off the east coast of Mauritius, is a wonderful place to have a picnic (you can get here by boat), or if you are a kite surfer doing the 25kms between Pointe d’Esny and Trou d’Eau Douce, it’s where everyone tends to stop. It’s small but it’s visually quite extraordinary—it’s perfectly located between the cerulean lagoon and the deep blue of the ocean.
Ile des Deux Cocos
Just off the coast of Blue Bay, in the southeast of Mauritius, lies a magical tropical wonderland—Ile des Deux Cocos. This is another truly fantastic place to live out your island dreams, with a sizable villa available to rent for an unusual night away or even a special event.
The island has a swimming pool, exotic garden and excellent staff who will ensure your time here is extraordinary. It’s also a spectacular spot for day-trippers and island-hoppers; along these soft shores, you can relax under the marquee, fruity cocktail in hand, enjoy the delicious offerings at the lunch buffet, or snorkel the turquoise waters as the area is known to have an abundance of marine life, which makes it a top spot for snorkelling.
Ile aux Phare
The unusual Ile aux Phare, or “Lighthouse Island”, is wonderfully unique and takes around 25 minutes to reach from the mainland. The island is tiny in comparison with some of its neighbours—it only spans 5 hectares—but it’s delightfully scenic. Situated in the southwest of Mauritius, in the Mahebourg bay, Ile aux Phare enjoys a view of Mauritius from afar, the Grand Port Range, its neighbouring islands and the glittering lagoon on one side and cliffs on the other.
The lighthouse itself, which sits on a little hill, is abounded, but dates back to 1864 and makes for an unusual sight. It was once used for maritime surveillance in the bay, and thanks to its strategic geographical position, the island and, of course, its lighthouse, was very important. Today, it’s a fabulous place to picnic and is a popular stop for catamarans.
Ile aux Benitiers
Not far off the west coast of Mauritius, you will come across the stunning coral sand island, Ile aux Benitiers. This popular island is half a kilometre wide and two kilometres long and is an absolutely sublime place to be early in the morning or in the late afternoon (once the crowds have dissipated somewhat). It’s a popular lunch spot for catamaran trips (once they have gone in search of dolphins or passed the iconic Crystal Rock), but you can get here on one of the fishing boats from the mainland. While the island itself, naturally, doesn't boast much in the way of flora and fauna, it’s fringed by stunning lagoons.
Interested in booking your spectacular holiday to Mauritius or simply want to embrace the sublime Ile aux Cerfs and everything it has to offer? Then get in touch with us and let us help you to create the island holiday of your dreams.