The hour drive from Port Louis to the South Coast of Mauritius is like turning the wheel of time. The bustling city and hubs give way to fishing villages, while manicured gardens turn to rolling sugarcane plantations and busy resorts morph into tangled forests and basalt cliffs. The South Coast has only a handful of hotels and resorts on account of having fewer swimming beaches, resulting in a wide area of untouched, rugged, and exceptionally beautiful shoreline.
Explore the sights and sounds of the attractions along the coast such as the black, rocky cliffs of Gris Gris Beach at Souillac; or the pristine beaches of Pointe d'Esny. Appreciate the spectacular vistas and trickling falls of La Vallée Des Couleurs nature reserve; the shipwreck near Île des Deux Cocos; and Blue Bay’s premier diving and snorkelling spots.
All of the South Coast’s delights can be reached in an hour-long scenic drive from the capital city of Port Louis or a mere 30min drive from the airport. The area is a convenient stopover for visitors on their way to Mauritius’ surrounding islands in the south. Travellers in search of solitude and tranquillity will be enchanted by the South Coast.
- The South Coast has some of the most beautiful scenery in Mauritius
- The South Coast is off the beaten track, ideal for adventure-seeking travellers
- Blue Bay’s coral reef is one of the best in Mauritius for diving and snorkelling
- The grotto of Le Souffleur is well worth the visit if you have the means
- The rum distillery at Saint Aubin showcases incredible 1800’s architecture
- Visit the unbelievable 400-year-old forest in the Vallée de Ferney Reserve
Facts and Information
The island of Mauritius is part of the Republic of Mauritius which also includes Rodrigues in the north-east, and Agalega islands and Cargados Carajos Archipelago in the north. It is surrounded by the Indian Ocean but inland, there are beautiful rocky hills jutting out of endless rainforest.
Best Time To Visit
Mauritius has a relatively mild climate. While temperatures are moderate throughout the year with occasional rainfall, the most pleasant times for you to visit are between April and June and September and December. Being in the southern hemisphere, the island's summer and winter months are opposite to those in Europe.
If you aren't a sun lizard the winter months (May to October) are your best bet, as the temperature is cooler. This is the best season for surfing (June to August) and outdoor activities like hiking. Summer runs from November to April and the weather is hot and humid, peaking in December, January and February. Rainfall is high, especially in February and March. This is the best time for scuba diving (especially December to March) and deep-sea fishing.
Cyclones: While cyclone season is from November to April, cyclones mostly manage to avoid Mauritius because of the island's small size. All the same, the beach resorts have been set up to withstand any fierce winds.
Language: English is the official language, but French and Creole are widely spoken.
Currency: Mauritian rupee (MUR or Rs). Credit cards are widely accepted and you can change foreign currency and travellers cheques at hotels and most towns.
Visas: Most travellers do not need a visa and get an automatic stay of 60 days on entry as a tourist. This includes British, American, Canadian, Australian and most European travellers.
Health: No vaccination certificates are required for entry into Mauritius, unless travelling from a country infected by yellow fever or where yellow fever is classified as endemic.
Travelling to Mauritius
The Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport is the only international airport on the island. It is situated in the south, just 4km from the coastal resort of Mahebourg. There are direct flights from Johannesburg daily and scheduled flights from Durban, Cape Town and Nairobi. As such your beach holiday can be combined with a South or East African Safari holiday. Air Mauritius flies from a range of European cities as well as Hong Kong, India and Singapore, while you can also reach the island from the Seychelles and Reunion.
Below is a list of the different airlines and where they service:
Air Mauritius (Antananarivo, Bombay, Brussels, Durban, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Comoros, Kuala Lumpur, London, Munich, Nairobi, Paris, Perth, Rome, Singapore, Zurich)
Condor (Frankfurt, Munich, Seychelles)
Air France (Paris, La Réunion, Seychelles)
British Airways (London, Seychelles)
South African Airlines (Durban, Johannesburg)
Singapore Airlines (Johannesburg, Singapore)
Air Emirates (Dubai)
Once you arrive at the international airport, you will be met and transferred to the beach destination of your choice. Most resorts are within a 100km radius, meaning you should be sipping a cocktail on the beach in under an hour! The local transport is effective with many buses and private taxis that ply the island. You could rent a car, scooter or bicycle if you want to explore at your own pace
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