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Getting There & Away

Guests of Le Touessrok, including those who have reserved a round of golf, get whisked over to the island for free on the hotel launch. Lesser mortals must choose from a variety of dizzying transport options. Despite what the signs say, there is no public ferry to Île aux Cerfs – all services are run by private operators.

Dozens of boats owned by former fishers in Trou d'Eau Douce offer a water-taxi service to the island for Rs 450 return. Ask at your accommodation to be set up with a reliable option or try Bateaux Vicky. The taxi boats run every 20 to 30 minutes between 9am and 4pm, with the last boat back at 4.30pm (the island 'closes' to visitors at 5pm sharp). The trip takes between 15 and 30 minutes depending on your point of departure. It's not necessary to book ahead.

Another, popular way to reach the island is on a catamaran or speedboat day trip with, for example, Johaness Entertainment.