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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 or 5pm (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.

Many of these local operators also offer a side trip to the waterfalls at Grande Rivière Sud-Est (Rs 650).

Another, popular way to reach the island is on a catamaran or speedboat day trip, which usually includes snorkelling, sunbathing and an expansive barbecue lunch (Rs 1000 to Rs 1800 per person depending on your choice of food). The day trip usually begins around 9.30am and runs until 3.30pm if you're leaving from Trou d'Eau Douce. Most coastal hotels across the island offer day trips to Île aux Cerfs, or check out www.catamarancruisesmauritius.com for a list of possibilities. In Trou d'Eau Douce, try Johaness Entertainment.