Timings : 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Time Required : 1-2 hours
Crystal Rock is a natural rock formation which is large, situated off the south-west coast of Mauritius. It is located close to the Le Morne mountain. The rock formation magnificently sits in the middle of the ocean, approximately 200 meters away from the shore and offers a gorgeous sight as the surrounding mountains cast shadows over the area around. The large exposed fossilized coral reef is a must-see, as it is a great example of a biochemical reaction leading to the formation of sedimentary rock. Mauritius is a proud owner of a shallow and wide lagoon behind a barrier reef.
The lagoon is the point where the deposition and formation of carbonate minerals take place to give rise to the layering rock creations that support reef-dwelling organisms. Mauritius is a volcanic island and it is slowly subsiding. Hence, this natural rock formation asks for a mandatory visit before it dips below the sea-level and disappears. If you are fit enough, you can even climb this rocky gem and pose for some incredible photos with the charismatic backdrop of the blue waters. There are a wide array of activities that you can take up in the area.
To see the beautiful marine life in the area, another activity that is worth trying is going on a glass-bottom boat tour. While you feast your eyes with the shimmering white sand on the beaches, check for the availability of glass-bottom boats which depart from the Blue Bay public beach for a tour of 1:15 hours. The trip on the boat hardly takes five minutes to reach the Blue Bay Marine Park; however, once the boat reaches, it is up to you to stay on board the boat or go around exploring the sea life. The glass bottom boats start the tour at 8:30 AM and end at 4:00 PM. The last boat leaves the beach at 3:00 PM. Those who want to go for snorkelling can even avail the gear from the boat itself.
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