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Pictures from Blue Bay, on the southeast coast of Mauritius: the Bue Bay beach, the ile des deux Cocos (islet) and the Blue Bay Marine Park.

Blue Bay, Mauritius
Blue Bay beach, on the southeast coast of Mauritius.

Blue Bay is a lovely bay on the southeast coast of Mauritius, just a few kilometers away from the city of Mahebourg. It is the nearest tourist destination from the Mauritius international airport, the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport in Plaisance. The nice sandy beach, the turquoise blue lagoon, and the Marine Park of Blue Bay attract both domestic and foreign tourists. The nearby ile aux Aigrettes, a nature reserve, is also an additional attraction of the area.

Blue bay offers a wide range of accommodation from bed and breakfasts, budget guest houses, and a few self-catering accommodations to hotels such as Blue Lagoon Beach Hotel and the 5* Shandrani Hotel. The Blue lagoon beach Hotel is located near the beach featured in the above picture while the Shrandani Hotel is situated just in front of it. 

Islet des Deux Cocos, Mauritius
Islet des Deux Cocos at Blue Bay, Mauritius.

Ile des Deux Cocos is a private islet located in the Blue Bay Marine Park, just off the southeast coast of Mauritius. 

The islet belongs to a Mauritian hotel group, Lux Island Resorts (formerly Naïade), and may be booked for private or business events. The villa in the property was built by the British governor Sir Hesketh Bell for its own leisure more than a century ago. It has been renovated and may now be rented by a couple or a small group for a holiday in wonderful natural scenery.

Day trips to ile des deux Cocos, with lunch on the islet, can also be arranged with the owner that has also hotels in other places in Mauritius: Morne Brabant, Grand Gaube and Belle Mare.


Blue Bay Marine Park
Corals from Blue Bay Marine Park, Mauritius - a view from a glass bottom boat

Coral reefs surround and protect almost the entire coastline of Mauritius (20 km of the southern coast excepted). They have been severely damaged by various factors, including blast fishing, pollution, and other human activity.

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n 1997, the Mauritius authorities designated two marine parks in Blue-Bay (320 ha) and at Balaclava (480 ha) as national parks in order to preserve the ecosystem of these areas. Both marine parks are rich in terms of flora and fauna. While Blue Bay is located on the southeast coast, Balaclava is situated on the northwest side of the country. In 2000, both parks were proclaimed Marine Protected Areas. Fishing vessels and excavation operations are prohibited in the marine parks. Leisure activities such as swimming, diving, snorkeling, and glass bottom boating are allowed. Boats may not drop anchor in a place other than a mooring zone.

The Blue Bay Marine Park is an ideal spot for snorkeling and scuba diving. The waters are clear and only 5 to 6 m deep. Many tourists discover the park on board a glass bottom boat from the hotel or from a local operator.
About 40 coral species and 70 fish species have been found in the marine park. You may see various corals, marine invertebrates, macro algae, and fishes including damselfish, surgeonfish, butterfly fish, sailfin tangs, and trumpet fish.

The Blue Bay marine park is also one of the three wetlands of international importance which are protected in Mauritius under the international Ramsar Convention. The Pointe d'Esny (just 3 km away from Blue Bay) and the Rivulet Terre Rouge Estuary Bird Sanctuary (near the capital of the country, Port-Louis) are the other Ramsar sites in Mauritius. The Rivulet Terre Rouge Estuary provides an important wintering ground and refuge for migratory birds.


 

Links

Mauritius Marine Conservation Society
official site of the non governmental organization that takes care of conservation of the marine environment in mauritius.
Ramsar Convention on Wetlands
official site of the international convention on wetlands of iInternational importance.
Ile des Deux Cocos
web site of the ile des deux cocos (islet) stating the services it offers.
Shandrani Resort
shandrani hotel website, all inclusive hotel 5 * in blue bay: it belongs to the beachcomber hotel group.

See also

Mauritius > Pictures and travelogues > Iles aux Aigrettes pictures
Mauritius > Pictures and travelogues > Mahebourg pictures

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