Trou d'Eau Douce
The largest resort town on the east coast, Trou d'Eau Douce gained its name from early Dutch settlers after the discovery of a freshwater spring here. Protected by a natural harbour, the town centre retains the atmosphere of a traditional fishing village that is an interesting place to wander around to explore the small streets, local seafood restaurants, art gallery and its imposing Gothic church. The coastline around the bay is lined with some picturesque beaches which offer great snorkelling in seawater that is a deep azure blue.
A big draw of Trou d'Eau Douce is the offshore island of Île aux Cerfs, which is located just 100m from the mainland at the shortest point, making it a convenient day trip. This 280-hectare island is the Indian Ocean of picture postcards, with and expanse of powdery white sands and calm translucent waters to explore. Do not expect this paradise island all to yourself as Île aux Cerfs is one of the most popular day excursions from resorts across Mauritius – so best visit on a weekday rather than the weekend to avoid the crowds. Its popularity means there are excellent facilities to enjoy whilst on the island including two restaurants, an 18-hole championship golf course and an activity centre with treetop adventures for children and adults.