Fullday Speedboat Excursion to discover the historical islands in the South-East of Mauritius, inclusive Ile aux Phare & Ile de la Passe.
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Your fullday Speedboat adventure will start from Blue Bay, in the South-East of Mauritius.
At the beginning, you will get the opportunity, for swimming and snorkeling in the Blue Bay Marine Park.
Afterwards your journey continues along the marvellous seaside from Point d´ Esny in the direction to Mahebourg, the former capital of the Island.
Next, you will approach close to the fortress island – Ile de la Passe. Because of the rougher sea conditions on site, a visit on the island, is not possible. The Crew will explain the strategic importance of the island, together with the famous Battle of Grand Port, in the year 1810. Afterwards your journey will continue with the visit of the Lighthouse Island – Ile aux Phare.
Normally, the Lunch / BBQ would have been prepared on Ile aux Phare. Unfortunately, this is no longer allowed, therefore you will continue to another island, where you will get served the BBQ with chicken and fish. For an extra charge, you can additionally order lobster for your BBQ. A variety of cold drinks will be served, too. Cheers!
On your return way you will get offered another relaxing opportunity for swimming and snorkeling in the surrounding of Ile aux Aigrettes.
Afterwards, our crew will bring you back to the Blue Bay Public Beach, where your excursion ends at around 16:00pm to 16:30pm.
Please bring, (especially during the winter season), a wind- and/or rain jacket, because it may start to rain, at any time, in a tropical country.
The Blue Bay Marine Park is the largest coral garden and largest marine reserve in Mauritius. The 353 ha large area is located in the southeast of Mauritius near the town of Mahebourg. Through the protected location and the perfect water conditions inside the lagoon more than 38 different types of corals and 72 different fish species have been discovered so far. The most common corals are the table coral, the stag horn coral, the stone wash coral and the fire coral. The most famous coral in Blue Bay is the giant, white brain coral with a diameter of 5m. The coral is more than 1,000 years old and grows only about 5 mm per year and is the largest known brain coral in the entire Indian Ocean. Since 1997 the Blue Bay Marine Park has been under the permanent protection of the Mauritius Fisheries and Port Authority. Through this it has become the most important retreat and breeding area for many fish species. Regularly seen fishes are the butterfly fish, the rainbow fish, the parrot fish or the trumpet fish. But also barracudas with a length of 2m are living in the up to 13m deep environment. Another highlight is that even sea turtles have returned to the Blue Bay Marine Park. Up to know, 7 sea turtles are known and regularly seen.
Île aux Aigrettes is the biggest Coral-Island, in the South-East from Mauritius. The Island is located inside the riff from Blue Bay and is about 26 hectar large. The history from Île aux Aigrettes can be traced back till the first Dutch settlement in the year 1598. The Dutch name from Île aux Aigrettes was „Visschers Eiland“ and during their colonization they have cut down the entire ebony forest for the export to Europe. During the 2nd World War, the British administration has built a military base on the Island. Some remaining buildings and a restored cannon can be still visited today. The originally for the sheep-breeding used forage plant, Giant Acacia (Leucaena leucocephala), has rapidly spreaded over the whole island and repressed the original flora. Since 1965 Île aux Aigrettes has the status of a nature reserve, but first with the takeover and protection through the Mauritius Wildlife Foundation in the year 1985, the reculturing process of the original flora and fauna has started. The result from this protection and the lasting effort through the Wildlife Foundation is, that Île aux Aigrettes is nowadays homeland and rearing station from some endemic birds, animals and plants, which were almost extinct in Mauritius. The most known animal is the pink-pigeon (Streptopelia mayeri), but also important to mention are the Aldabra-Giant-Turtle (Aldabrachelys) as well as the Telfair-Skink (Leiolopisma telfairii). The todays name from the island: Île aux Aigrettes, goes back to the in the 17th century in Mauritius extinct silver egret – „Aigrettes“.
Île de la Passe is a small, rocky Island, in the region of Grand-Port in South-East of Mauritius. Geophracically, there it exists an interruption along the riff around the southern-coast and a passage leads from the outside sea into the lagoon. It is the only one possible corridor, which is deepth enough to enter with bigger boats to reach the mainland. At this place, the first dutch settlers has arrived in the year 1598 and they have given the Island the name: „Prins Maurits van Nassaueiland“, named after the dutch prince „Moritz von Oranien (ndl. Maurits, lat. Mauritius).“ A monument in the Port from Grand-Port, reminds at this early settlement-history. In the year 1715 Mauritius has become a French colony and the French has changed the former dutch name into: „Île de France.“ During the French colonization the strategic position from Ile de la Passe has gained in importance. For this reason the French has built out the Island to a fortress, equipped with heavy gunnery, to protect the passage. Even a prison was built on the island. A highlight in the history from Mauritius and Ile de la Passe is the famous naval battle from Grand-Port in the year 1810 where the British Empire has attacked the French Fleet. After a heavy fight the French Fleet has win the battle. It was the only one French victory over the British fleet and Napoleon has engraved this victorious event in the triumphal arch from Paris. Some months later, the British Empire has striked back over the mainland in the North and the French had to capitulate. With the contract from Paris, in the year 1814, Mauritius was given back to the British administration and thereupon the French name Île de France has been changed into Mauritius again.
Ile aux Fouquets is another small rocky island, located in the district from Grand-Port in the South-East of Mauritius. Together with Ile aux Vacoas and Ile de la Passe, Ile aux Fouquets is the third island inside this island chain. Discovered was Ile aux Fouquets together with the Dutch settlers in the year 1598. For a long time, Ile aux Fouquets hasn´t played a strategic role. The passage at the neighbour island, Ile de la Passe, was the entrance for bigger boats into the lagoon, along their way to Mahébourg. Mahébourg was founded as a small settlement of the first Dutch settlers in the year 1589. The current name comes from the French Admiral & Gouverneur Mahe de Labourdonnaisas during the French colonial time. For a long time, Mahébourg was an important port and the capital from Mauritius. To ensure a secure arrival in the harbour at night and to warn about the dangerous riff around the coast, the British administration has constructed a lighthouse on Ile aux Fouquets in the year 1864. Through this building the island has gained in importance and is since then known, under the todays more common name Lighthouse Island / Ile aux Phare. Since its construcion the lighthouse was continuously groomed and operated up to the early 20th century. With the move from all port operations from Mahébourg to Port Louis, the lighthouse building was given up and is since then falling apart. Today only a ruin is remaining.