South Coast Destination Guide
This area, known as Savanne, is situated approximately 45 minutes from the airport. It is considered to be more wild and remote with natural bush and lush vegetation, high basalt sea cliffs and enormous waves. It is somewhat less developed than the rest of the island, with traditional fishing villages, national parks and reserves.
There are fewer beaches here and swimming can be dangerous due to the strong currents and swell. Domaine de Bel Ombre has some exquisite hotels and good beaches, an 18-hole golf course and activities such as quad biking, horse riding and hiking. Blue Bay is a popular spot for divers and La Pointe d’Esny is one of the best for kite and windsurfing. Le Morne Mountain is well worth a visit, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site. It used to be a refuge and hideout for slaves that escaped in the 19th century.
If you are travelling with children, you may wish to take them to La Vanille, a zoo with the largest amount of giant tortoises in captivity. There is also a crocodile farm and an incredible collection of mounted insects. Bois Cheri Tea Plantation also makes for an interesting excursion, with a large tea factory and museum complete with delicious tea sampling. La Vallee des Couleurs has an impressive contrast of no less than 23 ‘coloured earth’. The reserve itself is beautiful, with nature trails, waterfalls, tortoises, monkeys and birds.
Generally, the food culture is incredibly rich and diverse, a melting pot of different influences with elements of French, Creole, Indian and Chinese. Treat yourself to delicious fresh seafood, curries and coconuts and why not try the locally-produced rum?
The local airline, Air Mauritius, is a reliable and comfortable carrier with multiple flights a day operating between Africa, Europe, Asia and Australia. Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport is located 48 km from the capital city, Port Louis and approximately 43 km from Domaine de Bel Ombre.