Feature: Baie du Cap

Baie du Cap marks the eastern end of one of the island's most stunning coastlines (running west to Le Morne Peninsula). It's more a place to admire as you drive along the coast than somewhere to visit as a destination in its own right, but there is a low-key sight here – the Matthew Flinders Monument.

The monument stands on the shore 500m west of Baie du Cap and was erected in 2003 to honour the 200th anniversary of the arrival of English navigator and cartographer Matthew Flinders. He was less warmly received at the time; the poor bloke didn't know that England and France were at war and he was swiftly imprisoned for six years. For an interesting read on the subject, take a look at Huguette Ly-Tio-Fane Pineo's book In the Grips of the Eagle: Matthew Flinders at the Île de France, 1803–1810.

Bus services along here are limited. Baie du Cap is the terminus for buses from Souillac and Quatre Bornes (via Tamarin). Buses run approximately every 20 minutes.

Feature: Ilot Sancho

Geographical questions such as whether something is an island or not are generally set in stone and easy to answer. Not with Ilot Sancho. Rising from the water (or extending from the mainland) just off the coast road between Rivière des Gallets and Bel Ombre, Ilot Sancho is a tidal island, cut off from the mainland by a water-filled channel when the tide is in, connected by a land bridge when it's out. In thousands of years, perhaps less, Ilot Sancho will officially be an island, but for now, there's considerable novelty in walking across and exploring the little land mass, although we don't recommend doing so when the tide is high or incoming.