Fullday Speedboat Excursion to visit the beautiful island Ile aux Cerfs, in the East of Mauritius.
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Your full day speedboat adventure starts at 09:30am from the Blue Bay Public Beach, in the South-East of Mauritius.
During the excursion you will move along the marvellous seaside from Point d´ Esny, in direction to Mahebourg, the former capital from the island.
Depending on the tide conditions, on the date of your excursion, we will either offer you a first swiming or snorkeling opportunity in the Blue Bay Marine Park; else we will offer you this possibility at another spot on the way to Ile aux Phare.
Afterwards we will bring you to visit the lighthouse Island – Ile aux Phare, where you will have time to visit the ancient lighthouse ruin or time to walk around the island.
Then we will continue in the direction to Ile aux Cerfs, where next we will enter the Grand-River-South-East, to show you a nice waterfall. In addition to the beautiful landscape it is the home of some cheeky monkeys. Be aware!
Now we will bring you to the location where you will have lunch. Normally the BBQ will be prepared with fish and chicken, but if you prefer vegetarian food, please tell us this with your reservation. As an extra option, you can order lobster for your BBQ.
Enjoy your meal and have a break on a beach, located at the entrance to the lagoon from Île aux Cerfs. Afterwards we will move to the main beach of Île aux Cerfs, where you can relax on white sandy beaches, swim in shallow water or just walk around to visit the landscape.
On our return way we will offer you another relaxing opportunity for swiming and snorkeling in the surrounding of Ile aux Aigrettes; before we will bring you back to the Blue Bay Public Beach, where the 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“.
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.
The Grand-River-South-East is the biggest river from Mauritius with a total lenght of 34km. The sources from the river are located in the high-plateau from Central Mauritius. The water from the river, on its way to the ocean, is getting collected in two reservoirs. First in the Midlands-Dam and further downstream in the Diamamouve Reservoir. A beautiful highlightt is the Grand-River-South-East Waterfall, located near the river estuary. After all, at the end of a small sea arm, the water flows into the Indian-Ocean. The village at this place was named after the river: Grand-River-South-East.
Île aux Cerfs is a 87 hectar large island, placed inside the biggest lagoon and within the big outside riff from Mauritius. Regionally, Île aux Cerfs belongs to the district of Flacq, in East Mauritius. The nearest bigger city on the main-island is Trou d´Eau Douce. The island got its name from the Java Deers, which where introduced for hunting on the island, from the Dutch settlers in the early 17th century. Nowadays, there are no more Deers on the island. The vegetation is characterized from horsetail leaves casuarina trees (casuarinaceae), palm trees and large mangrove forests. Île aux Cerfs is famous for its fine white sandy beaches and a popular excursion-destination for local people and tourists. The island is property of to the mauritian government and is uninhabitant. The touristic development from Île aux Cerfs has started in the year 1985. Since then the Sun Resort Hotel Group Ltd is leasing the island from the mauritian government. In the year 1998 they have started to built an 18 hole championship golf course, after a concept from the German profi golfer, Bernhard Langer. The dimension of the golf-course is 40 hectar, and 20 hectar forest had to be cut down. Against many protests from politicians and nature-protectors, the Minister of Tourism has approved the project at the end. In the following years the condition of the flora and fauna has steady deteriorated. Today, the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority has set rules for the preservation of the environment on Île aux Cerfs. For example: Open fire and BBQ´s are just allowed in a special approved area on one side from the island. It is forbidden to construct new buildings and the access to the island is only allowed with licenst tourist-guides.