Ile Aux Cerfs
Ile aux Cerfs, Mauritius © Sandy Marie
The small island of Ile aux Cerfs (Stag Island), off the east coast of Mauritius, is one of the country's most popular tourist destinations, managed by the adjacent Touessrok Hotel, but open to the public. The island, featuring splendid tropical vegetation and encircled by magnificent sandy beaches, can be reached by boat from the small fishing village of Trou d'eau Douce. The boat trip only takes about 15 minutes. The island is equipped with a number of bars, restaurant and shops, as well as watersports facilities including parasailing, waterskiing, windsurfing and glass bottomed boat trips. There is also a coral reef and lagoon which are perfect for snorkelling. The most recent, and somewhat controversial, development on the island is an 18-hole Bernhard Langer designed championship golf course, which affords a sea view from each hole and promises the novelty of hitting a tee-shot over a natural sea inlet onto the fairway. Although there are many activities on offer, it is also possible to just wander along the idyllic beaches and enjoy sunbathing, swimming and picnicking. The beach near the landing jetty is usually quite crowded but a short stroll will reveal more secluded slices of paradise.