La Balise Marina


La Balise Marina is already revolutionising the tourism industry in Mauritius before it's completed, by creating the island's first port welcoming luxury yachts. Construction of the marina and its adjoining complex of shops and apartments is largely done, but once sales are completed, Black River can expect some seriously upmarket tourist traffic.

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1. Martello Tower

1.18 MILES

In the 1830s the British built five 'Martello' towers – copies of the tower at Mortella Point in Corsica (vowel order was apparently not a priority for…

2. Les Salines de Yémen

2.25 MILES

On the site of the old salt flats of Black River, this place runs 15-minute tours that take in old and new salt production techniques and this striking…

3. Tamarin Beach

2.63 MILES

Locals like to wax nostalgic about Tamarin Beach and its surfing heyday, and in many ways this sandy cove still feels like a throwback to earlier times,…

4. Black River Gorges National Park

4.33 MILES

A network of hiking trails crisscrosses the wild and empty Black River Gorges National Park. Unfortunately, they're not always well marked, so check the…

5. Macchabée Viewpoint

4.34 MILES

The stunning Macchabée Viewpoint is in the heart of the Black River Gorges National Park, where some of the best trails meet.

6. Rhumerie de Chamarel

4.48 MILES

Set among the vast hillside plantations of Chamarel, the rhumerie is a working distillery that doubles as a museum showcasing the rum-making process. The…

7. Ebony Forest of Chamarel

5.07 MILES

One of the most exciting conservation initiatives in Mauritius in the last few years, the Ebony Forest seeks to recreate a small pocket of indigenous…

8. Curious Corner of Chamarel

5.17 MILES

This eclectic place is utterly unlike anywhere else on the island. Essentially an interactive gallery of illusions and art, it has an upside-down room, a…