The landscape on the South Coast of Mauritius is slightly different to the other coasts, known for its dramatic cliffs plunging into the perfect waters lapping against the coastline. This is ideal for adventurist guests wanting to explore and get active, and tickles the fancy of any nature enthusiast.
The waves of the beautifully warm Indian Ocean splash against the cliffs creating a swell sought after by every surfer. The South Coast is where the wave-lovers go to catch the best surf, however this region is not only known for its cliff landscape. The beautiful beaches and top-rated resorts and hotels, including the area Bel Ombre, make this a destination built for all holiday-makers.
Scenic mountain topography, sandy beaches and lush vegetation are only the beginning of the South's appeal. This coast is where the Dutch explorers landed at the island of Mauritius at Vieux Grand Port in 1638. Remnants of the island's colonial past lie here in the form of the first Dutch forts, taking guests right back to the early years.
The South Coast is most popularly visited for its adventure activities, and less for its beach-lazing. It's luscious, mountainous landscape offers superb walking and hiking conditions for guests that want to get moving.
The beaches in the South are not as sheltered as they are in the North and the West. This makes the South largely less popular during peak season, offering a quieter destination.
Ile aux Aigrettes is a tiny island located just off the south-eastern coast of Mauritius and it is dedicated to the protection and conservation of nature and endangered species. It is home to some rare bird species, the Green Gecko Phelsuma and the Aldabra giant tortoise.
Mahebourg, also located on the far western side of the South Coast, is one of the main fishing villages of the island. Today it hosts vibrant and energetic markets well worth a visit.
The South Coast of Mauritius holds much interest from an historical point of view as well as its natural beauty. Beach-goers will find endless options for lounging and sun-tanning; surfer's will and do flock to the waters at the feet of the cliffs where the best waves on the island can be discovered.
The National History Museum and the Naval Museum, which is home to the bell retrieve from the shipwreck of St Géran, are open for visitation and offer a depth of history sure to interest any visitor. The Vieux Grand Port, known as the oldest settlement in Mauritius, invited guests to go and observe the ruins of the Dutch fortifications.
Spend the day at one of many beaches, including the Blue Bay, which has astounding turquoise waters and is located a ferry ride away from the mainland. Rochester Falls is a waterfall on the Savanne River located approximately 2.5 km from Souillac. It is famous among youngsters who often perform dives into the water below.
Mauritius is the ultimate year-round destination. It’s warm, subtropical climate never sees temperatures much lower than 18 degrees Celsius, and the sun shines for most of the year.
There is no real rainy season, but the most rain arrives in summer during the months of December through to March. At this time of the year, the weather is warm to hot with temperatures reaching into the 30s and only dipping as low as about 24 degrees. Sea water temperature during summer is at about 25-27 degrees Celsius making it a perfect beach island destination.
To avoid the holiday crowds, visit Mauritius during the winter months. There is very little seasonal variation except that temperatures a slightly lower, averaging around 25 degrees Celsius. The sea temperature during ‘winter’, which lasts from May until October, is at 24 degrees Celsius.
There is no rain forecasted for the mid-year period, although light showers should not be ruled out. Hiking and sightseeing is best during low season too, due to the lower temperatures and smaller crowds.
Paradis Hotel & Golf Club offers luxurious accommodation and an 18-hole golf course, plus the opportunity to play on two other championship golf courses close by.
Dinarobin Hotel Golf and Spa is located on the foot of Le Morne Mountain and is renowned for the quality of cuisine served at a total of 8 restaurants.
Shandrani Resort and Spa is a 5 Star graded property, offering guests on holiday a sport and nature experience. Located in the heart of beautiful tropical gardens, the focus at Shandrani is on offering guests a sport and nature experience.
Preskil Beach is a 4 Star resort offering an exotic location overlooking the ocean, ideal for a romantic honeymoon or a peaceful holiday. All rooms offer sea views and guests can enjoy a private and secluded beach holiday.
There is one main International Airport in Mauritius, Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport, which is located about 48km from the capital, Port Louis. This is a terminal for all incoming and outgoing air traffic and is the gateway to all Mauritius destinations.
Sun Safaris will book guests on Air Mauritius or South African Airways flights from Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International. There are flights from Cape Town to Mauritius, but they are irregular and most will not suit guests’ itineraries.
Upon arrival at Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International, guests will connect with a road transfer to their booked hotel on the island. The country is only 2040 sq km in size and all destinations can be reached by road.
Once on the main island, guests can take boat cruises or ferries to a number of the surrounding islands, like Reunion, Rodrigues and the archipelago of Agelega.