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Statue of St Maurice

Statue of St Maurice

At Baie de St Maurice, this statue commemorates the arrival of the first missionaries on the island and is also a war memorial. There's a solemn line of wooden totem poles just above the beach.

Cafe in Vao

Snack Kohu

This is a pleasant place for lunch, just out of Vao on the road north towards the airport. There are tables under thatched shelters and everyone is very friendly. Meals include chicken or steak and chips,...

Bay in Vao

Baie de St Joseph

Two kilometres east of Vao and also referred to as Baie des Pirogues, this is where the Pirogue Excursion leaves from daily. Locals build their traditional canoes here.

Church in Vao

Catholic Church

The attractive 19th-century Catholic church dominates Vao. It was established by the Marist priest Father Goujon, who managed to convert most of the island’s population in just over 30 years following his arrival...