Top things to do in The Southeast

Top Choice Island in Pointe d'Esny & Blue Bay

Île aux Aigrettes

This popular ecotourism destination is a 26-hectare nature reserve on an island roughly 800m off the coast. It preserves very rare remnants of the coastal forests of Mauritius and provides a sanctuary for a range of…
Top Choice Museum in Mahébourg

National History Museum

This terrific museum is one of Mauritius' best. It contains fascinating early maps of the island and Indian Ocean region, paintings from colonial times, model ships from important episodes in Mauritian history, arch…
Top Choice Wildlife Reserve in The Southeast

Vallée de Ferney

Protecting a 400-year-old forest, this reserve is an important habitat for the Mauritius kestrel, one of the world's most endangered raptors, and a visit here is far and away your best chance of seeing one. Guides t…
Top Choice Wildlife Reserve in Pointe d'Esny & Blue Bay

Blue Bay Marine Park

In an effort to protect the area's rich underwater forest of rare corals from encroaching development, the government has given Blue Bay 'marine park' status. Besides a mandate barring high-speed watercraft, though,…
Top Choice Market in Mahébourg

Monday Market

Don't miss the central foire de Mahébourg, near the waterfront. The initial focus was silks and other textiles, but these days you'll find a busy produce section, tacky bric-a-brac and steaming food stalls. It's the…
Top Choice Mauritian in Mahébourg

Pyramid Snack

This hero of the street-food scene is beside the petrol station just across from the market. Delicious biryani (rice cooked in a steel pot with various eastern spices and meat or fish) and 'kebabs' (salad, meat and …
Top Choice Mauritian in Mahébourg

Chez François

For a bowl of noodles served fresh off the boat, this simple family-run place is wildly popular with locals. The mine bouille (boiled noodles) with mangoak (a mussel-type seafood that's rarely seen on menus) is a hi…
Top Choice Mauritian in Pointe d'Esny & Blue Bay

Le Jardin de Beau Vallon

Emerging from an inland thicket of trees and sky-scraping cane leaves, Beau Vallon is an enchanting colonial estate that has been lovingly refurbished over the last few decades. Romantic dark-wood panelling, flavour…
Top Choice Mauritian in The Southeast

La Falaise Rouge

Reached through an attractive honour guard of palm trees, La Falaise Rouge combines good food with stunning views – a surprisingly rare combination in Mauritius outside the resorts. Their speciality is venison, but …
Top Choice International in Mahébourg

Le Bazilic

What a fabulous place this is, with sandwiches both simple and gourmet, rice and noodle dishes such as pad thai, pasta, and a range of vegetarian options. There's nothing remarkable here – just good old-fashioned co…