Introducing Trou d'Eau Douce
'Sweet water hole' sits at a set of major crossroads making it the unwitting tourism hub on this side of the island. It's a lovely little place, if a bit melancholic, where fishermen unravel their nets after a morning at sea and housewives walk around with baskets of vegies balanced on their heads. The sea is a stunning shade of blue here, but Trou d'Eau Douce's claim to fame is its easy access to the massively popular Île aux Cerfs, a favoured destination for day-tripping tourists. As a result, this seaside township makes a great base for exploring the east coast – especially for those on a tighter budget.