Ile Aux Cerfs, which translates to 'Deer Island' is a small islet in Mauritius that was heavily populated by deer and stags. Over the years, with a massive tourist influx, the deer have disappeared, but the name still stands, and it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Mauritius.
Located off the Trou d’Eau Douce coast, the Ile aux Cerfs island boasts of picturesque landscape with powder-soft white sand and shimmering blue water and is a hotbed for various watersports activities. Being a very popular tourist destination, the place is almost always crowded, but with over four kilometres of unbroken soft white sand, the crowds are neither obtrusive nor intrusive.
How to Get There
Trou d’Eau Douce serves as the main pick-up and drop-off point to Ile aux Cerfs, and the catamaran ride to the island is an enthralling experience in itself.
Experience at Ile Aux Cerfs
More often than not, the ride includes a quick stopover at the nearby Grand River Waterfalls and the lagoon allowing those interested in a quick bout of snorkelling to diving down into the water. With coral reefs surrounding the islet on all sides, Ile aux Cerfs is actually one of the best places in Mauritius to go scuba diving.
Other activities include water-skiing, banana boat rides, and glass-bottom boat rides, which let you closely observe the diverse marine life around the island. Watersports activities such as kayaking and canoeing are also very popular here, because the waters around Ile Aux Cerfs are relatively calm, and remain warm throughout the year.
Golfing in Mauritius
Ile aux Cerfs boasts of being home to Ile Aux Cerfs Golf Club, which boasts of a luxurious 18-hole golf course, earning it the title of being one of the best golf courses all over the world. Lined by stellar stretches of fine sand and bordered on all sides by the azure ocean waters, you couldn’t ask for a better place to try your hand at a round of golf.
Apart from this, there are a few cafes and restaurants on the island for you to enjoy a delectable lunch.
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