South Coast attractions

Top Choice Historic Building in South Coast

St Aubin

St Aubin is an elegant plantation house that dates back to 1819; it originally sat alongside the factory but was moved in the 1970s so that its owner could get a quieter night's sleep. The estate no longer produces …
Zoo in South Coast

La Vanille

This busy zoo and reserve makes for a fantastic field trip with kids. The park has the greatest number of giant tortoises in captivity in the world (over 1000). It's worth coming to La Vanille just to check out the …
Landmark in Souillac

Le Souffleur

This half-formed grotto on the side of a cliff spouts a geyser-like fountain (up to 20m high!) when seas are rough. You'll need a bit of gumption (and a 4WD) to tackle this one, but it's well worth the adventure. To…
Museum in South Coast

Bois Chéri Tea Plantation

This 250-hectare tea factory and museum is located about 12km north of Rivière des Anguilles amid a vast expanse of cane. Hour-long tours of the tea-processing facility end with a stop at a small exhibition space de…
Waterfall in Souillac

Rochester Falls

Rochester Falls are by no means the country's most spectacular falls, but they're worth a detour if you're in the area. Follow the makeshift signs from the main road through Souillac – the route is rather circuitous…
Beach in Souillac

Gris Gris Beach

Around 2.5km southeast of central Souillac, a grassy clifftop affords fine views of the black-rock coastline. A path leads down to the wild Gris Gris beach; a sign warns of the dangers of swimming. The term gris gri…
Landmark in Souillac

La Roche Qui Pleure

Right at the end of the headland beyond Gris Gris beach, 600m further on and well signposted, La Roche Qui Pleure resembles a crying man – you'll have to stand there puzzling it out for quite some time, and the wave…
Island in South Coast

Ilot Sancho

Is it an island or is it a part of the mainland? Well, that all depends on the time of day that you visit. Separated from the mainland by a tidal channel, this rocky outcrop is a fun island scramble when the tide is…
Museum in Souillac

Robert Edward Hart Museum

Robert Edward Hart (1891–1954) was a renowned Mauritian poet, apparently appreciated by both the French and the English. His house, La Nef, is an attractive coral-stone cottage that was opened to the public as the R…
Monument in South Coast

Matthew Flinders Monument

Standing on the shore 500m west of Baie du Cap, the Matthew Flinders Monument was erected in 2003 to honour the 200th anniversary of the arrival of the English navigator and cartographer. He was less warmly received…