ILE AUX CERFS
This stunning island off the east coast of Mauritius is one of the most popular day trips in the country for both foreigners and Mauritians alike. The beautiful islet lies in the lagoon of “Trou d’Eau Douce”. At low tide you can also wade across to the smaller and quieter Ile de l’Est, which is joined to Ile aux Cerfs by a picturesque sand bar. In winter, the beaches on the island’s west side provide sheltered sunbathing spots.
The islet sports a few restaurants, shops and a golf course. Much of the Ile aux Cerfs belongs to the plush Le Touessrok hotel. The majority of water sports on offer are reserved for hotel guests, although the magnificent 18-hole golf course is also open to outsiders as long as they book in advance.
Many visitors bring picnics to the island but here are two restaurants on Ile aux Cerfs. Paul et Virginie restaurant on the beach offers not inexpensive seafood while Le Marché serves up Mauritian fare.