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Pictures from Ile aux Cerfs, East of Mauritius: the lagoon, the Touessrok golf course and the beaches on the island.

Ile aux Cerfs, Mauritius
The Ile aux Cerfs lagoon.  Ile aux Cerfs is an offshore island along the east coast of Mauritius.

With its beautiful shallow lagoonsandy tropical beaches and water sports, the Ile aux Cerfs (literally, "Deer Island") is a major tourist attraction of  Mauritius. Rightly it is presented as one of  the most emblematic tourist place of the country. The 87 ha island is located off the east coast of Mauritius, just south of the Trou d'Eau Douce bay. 

The flora and fauna in Ile aux Cerfs are similar to those of the main island. The Dutch settlers introduced casuarinas on the island since they provide excellent timber and firewood. Subsequently, the island belonged to the Beau Rivage sugar group that established stables on the island. These farming activities ceased in the late19th century. There is no deer in the island.

Today, Ile aux Cerfs belongs to the 5 star Le Touessrok hotel which is set in Trou d'Eau Douce. The hotel is part of the Sun Resorts hotel group.

Ile aux Cerfs is open to visitors. Every day, tourists come and visit the island. They embark at the jetties of the Touessrok hotel or at the Trou d'Eau Douce public beach (the boat trip takes only a few minutes) or they come from any other place in Mauritius, many of them with a day-cruise. Most Mauritian yacht clubs and hotels can arrange the cruise or excursion. Mauritian families come for relaxation mainly on weekends. A few restaurants and tourist shops are available in the island.

Last years, the lagoon and the small channel between Ile aux Cerfs and the nearby island, Mangénie Island, became gradually silted with sand. Silting-up does not change the attraction of beaches, but may harm the overall charm of the place. Late 2011, local people called for remedy.  

Touessrok golf course
The 18-hole, par 72 Touessrok golf course, length7056 yds/6452 m., in Ile aux Cerfs, off the east coast of Mauritius.

Another major change in Ile aux Cerfs was the opening of a 35 ha golf course in 2003. The golf course covers nearly half of the island. This magnificent 18-hole par 72, 6452 m. long golf course, which is probably one of the 10 most beautiful in the earth, attracts golfers from all parts of the world. It was designed by Bernhard Langer. The many ponds and inlets are an essential part of the course.

More recently, in 2008, another 18-hole, par 72 golf course was designed on the east coast of Mauritius for the Four Seasons at Anahita Beau Champ. It faces Ile aux Cerfs. This brings to 5 the amount of golf courses available in the region since three other courses are set at Belle Mare, just about 12 km. away from Trou d'Eau Douce.  

Ile aux Cerfs beach
Ile aux Cerfs beach, south of the Trou d'Eau Douce Bay, East of Mauritius.

In Ile aux Cerfs, most tourists simply relax on the nearest beaches and enjoy the beautiful scenery in quiet conditions or practice snorkeling in crystal clear waters. A few visit the island (half of it is reserved to golfers) and/or the nearby Mangénie island. Some excursions may include additional services such as barbeque and a tour to Grande Rivière Sud-Est waterfall.


 

Links

Le Touessrok Golf course
official site of the le touessrok hotel that owns and manages the golf course located in ile aux cerfs.

See also

Mauritius > Pictures and travelogues > Trou d'Eau Douce pictures
Mauritius > Pictures and travelogues > Belle Mare and golf

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