South East of Mauritius, the Blue Bay
marine park is framed on one side by Le Shandrani Hotel, Blue Lagoon
Hotel and the runway of our international airport Sir Seewoosagur
And sitting comfortably on top of the marine park is
'Ile des Deux Cocos', an islet within the lagoon, of 4.22 hectares.
An important and very unique network of coral
reefs protect this part of the island from the oceanic waves.
The oldest corals are found
between 'Ile aux Deux Cocos'
(where there is a hotel project at Naiade Resorts !!) and the coastline
at a depth of 5.5 metres. And more than 50 different species of
corals have been identified, out of which more than 80% are alive.
The Blue Bay marine park has been
proclaimed in 1997 to slow down the constant
degradation of the marine environment, a result of urbanisation
and tourism development in the area.
Tip: the Coast Guard at
the Marine Park is unfortunately too relaxed and the number of boats
at the park will sooner or later damage the corals. Entrance
is free, though you have to pay for the snorkeling boat ride.