Coin de Mire - Gunners Quoin
featured in many holiday magazines given its interesting wedge-like
shape, visible from the Northern tips of Mauritius.
Situated at 8 kilometres to the north of Mauritius,
this islet of 65 hectares still has remains of the primary vegetation
surviving in spite of the occasional fire and the presence of rats
Ile Plate - Flat Island
North of Mauritius, Flat Island is amongst one of the largest islets,
with an area of 253 hectares and its flora is rich in endemic plants.An
old lighthouse can be seen on the south west of the island.
The sea can be rough and access to the dive site
is about 20 to 45 minutes by boat. Diving needs to be arranged in
advance and divers will need to be experienced.
Ilot Gabriel - Gabriel Island
smaller than its neighbour Flat Island, Gabriel Island is a sheltered
shallow cove which offers an interesting place to snorkel and dive.
Scuba diving takes place around Pigeon House
Rock, where the main attraction is the proliferation of sharks,
particularly during the period November to April.
Ile Ronde - Round Island
22 kilometres to the north east of Mauritius, this island is an
ecological treasure house. Numerous species of endemic plants some
of which no longer exist on the mainland and the presence of endemic
reptiles make this island a unique place. It is some 150 hectares
in extent and raises like a cone out of the water to reach a maximum
height of 300 metres. The geological basic composition is an agglomeration
of tuff, volcanic ash, laid down in compact layers that look like
Ile d'Ambre - Amber Island
inside the lagoon off the north east coast of Mauritius, about 140
hectares in total area. Much of the coastline of l'ile d'Ambre is
surrounded by mangrove trees or rocks.
On the island, there are a few interesting features
like a small and old stone building most probably erected by the
French, an inland salt lake and a marshy salt pond.
Ile aux Cerfs - Deer Island
Aux Cerfs is a large island, of nearly 100 hectares in area, off
the east coast of Mauritius close to the coastal village of Trou
D'Eau Douce in the district of Flacq.
It is a favourite recreational spot for both
Mauritians and tourists alike, with its picture-perfect calm emerald-blue
A paying ferry service operated by various contractors
from the mainland to the island used by tourists and the public
alike. For years the hotel group Sun Resort
Ltd has operated two restaurants, a bar, and a boathouse and provided
other beach amenities on the island.
Ile aux Aigrettes
small island barely a kilometre off Pointe D'Esny near Mahebourg
and 24.7 hectares in area, it is now a nature reserve. During World
War Two, the island was used as a military base by the British who
installed two artillery pieces there, one of which can still be
Efforts are being undertaken by Government and
the Mauritius Wildlife Appeal Fund to save the endemic flora and
fauna there. A visitor centre is to open
on the island and nature trails marked with guides for visitors.
A nursery of rare plants has been set up to propagate
endemic plants in view of re creating the type of forest that prevailed
on the coast prior to the arrival of man. The elimination of rats
from the island has allowed the natural regeneration of several
endemic plants like Ebony and Bois de Rat.
Ile aux Bénitiers - Bénitiers Island
500 metres off the coast at La Gaulette (South West of Mauritius).
It is a large coral sand island approximately 2 km long and 500
metres at its widest point and 65 hectares in area. On
the northern tip of the island there is a small colony of migratory
The lagoon is vast and shallow with large coral
fields in relatively good health. The region around the island is
the fishing ground of locals who for years have used the islet for
leisure purposes and a stop over when fishing in the lagoon.
La Roche Bénitiers - Bénitiers Rock
known as The Diamond, it is found South West of Mauritius, close
to the Bénitiers Island. Naturally carved out to look like a plate
coral, this 'rock' stands supreme, in stark contrast with the calm
blue sea, with sparse young filao trees growing on its rocky structures.