In Part 1, half of our day had already been spent in Souillac. As we left Rochester Falls, for the first time, we were moving West…
& since it was nearly 12:30, we decided to pull over at the beach for lunch.
The beach being Pomponette, just after Riambel.
I was quite surprised to find that this seaside is now bordered with gabions to protect from sand erosion.
On the other side of the road where we stopped, I found this lake. The remains of what used to be a sand mine.
Getting back on the road, we noticed that the beaches in this region were quite crowded.
Apparently, they were celebrating year 5114.
The St-Felix cemetery.
A small shop which reminded me of someone...
Our next stop was at Rivière des Galets.
For ages the river has rolled the stones down to the shore. The sea ebb and flow have sculpted them smooth. Neither the river nor the sea would like them to be removed from here.
[This sign is now broken]
Instead of the pebble beach, what we saw was mostly sand. Some kind of inverse erosion process had occurred, causing sand to be deposited on the pebbles.
The good news is that since then, the sand has now disappeared. :)
Just as we were leaving Rivière des Galets, we saw a very peculiar building. For once, I can’t find out what that is - a radio telescope, radar or satellite base station? (Update: It's a KSAT ground node)
Further ahead, we came across Ilot Sancho.
A prized place for pirates of olden times where they buried their loot.
Ilot Sancho had a queue waiting to go on the island.
Beyond Ilot Sancho was the Baie de Jacotet, where the SAFE undersea cable lands.
The Jacotet Bay is the historical naval site that saw the first English offensive to take Mauritius from the French. In 1810, Captain Willougby, commander of The Nereide, attempted to gain control of the South West of Mauritius but was rapidly discouraged by the French retaliation. At the entrance of the bay is l'Ilot Sanchot, famous for its privateer and pirate legends that have fuelled the creation of many hidden treasures.
It may have trees and small animals, but Ilot Sancho still remains a coral islet.
Some fishermen were hard at work trying to catch fishes caught in the sea currents. But it was something else that caught our eye…
...Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!
Sadly, try as hard as we could, the anchor didn’t reveal any secret loot on the island, so we made our way back to the vehicle.
This is the landing point of the SAFE cable. The building on the left, which I failed to take a photo.
The Belle Rivière Estate - 33 villas & a hotel complete with 18-hole golf course. The whole of Bel Ombre area is now occupied by multiple IRS projects. Built for low-income Mauritians obviously.
An old sugar factory near Heritage Le Telfair Resort (in front of C-Beach Club).
Baie du Cap. Typical…
& then came one of the most popular tourist destinations of Mauritius….
We were pleased to find that while rebuilding the Baie du Cap causeway, the authorities had also made way for a layby.
We were less pleased that it allowed more people to come here. Here’s an advice – never come to Macondé on a Sunday. The tiny place was packed with people.
Imagine having to wait up here…
A GPS marker? Not really… GPS means Grand Port Savanne. & MHL, Ministry of Housing & Land.
Real-life spam. What an idiot! www.baieducap.weebly.com No need to open that link, it’s dead.
A TBS bus!
A district boundary marker.
We jumped over the barriers to take photos without hindrance and to avoid upsetting the Facebook fauxtographers! Yeah, I saw a handful of them with their shiny DSLRs.
A view over Baie du Cap. This whole stretch of sea, from Riambel to Le Morne is used by kite surfing aficionados. & yes, on that day, it was very windy.
La Prairie & Montagne Canon. I’ve got some very good news for you… Take a good look at this panorama. (You can click the link & download a full-sized version on DeviantArt)
Here’s what is being built here. A marina, 20 islet villas, 150 other villas… Imagine it.
The Baie du Cap causeway. To be honest, I prefer the old road.
The hairpin turn and its grotto. Countless people have died here.
As we left, I saw a bus-load of people stopping right after us! We were lucky we visited at Macondé at the right time.
As we moved further west, we saw the gigantic figure of Le Morne getting closer…
It’s not an Audi but still… (Those who watch Top Gear will get the joke).
Damn those cars blocking that picturesque inland beach!
Our next stop was at the village of Le Morne.
From where we could see Le Morne Brabant and Ilot Fourneau. Did you know that you can ride a horse up to Ilot Fourneau!
The beach dog.
The entire Le Morne peninsula being littered with people, we didn’t have a chance to stop and take photos at the beaches.
We travelled further North until we reached a jetty at Case Noyale. The mountain on the left is Piton du Canot.
Tourelle du Tamarin & Ilot Malais.
The mangroves of Petite Rivière Noire.
As I had previously scouted Google Maps, I knew that there were salt pans at L’Harmonie, in Grande Rivíère Noire. So just before we reached the bay where the IRS marinas were being built, we took a left turn.
As if that was going to stop us… :D
Our destination was the Batterie de L’Harmonie, a National Heritage site.
The Black River Range, the mountain on the right being the Black River Peak (aka Piton de la Petite Rivière Noire). It does look less tall, but that’s due to the perspective.
The mangrove fields that are doomed to be uprooted to make place for a superfluous marina. Sustainable development.
Unfortunately, when we saw a guarded post ahead, our curiosity ran out and we turned and fled back on the road.
It’s only afterwards that I found out from this Week-End article that the supposed private area isn’t private at all. Anyone can have access to it.
I so wanted to see this part of the island, before the IRS project is brought to completion – the Domaine de L’Harmonie. It’s an abomination - "Le Bal du dodo" : un dodo pour toujours?
We decided not to go to La Preneuse, but instead took these photos of the salt pans under Tourelle du Tamarin.
An old furnace.
It was nearing 4:30pm and as our journey was coming to an end, we skipped Flic en Flac…. That’s Montagne du Rempart & Corps de Garde.
And instead stopped at Cascavelle.
Which on a Sunday afternoon was amazingly void of crowds.
My first nude photography. Close enough.
Some say that it’s like a mini-Bagatelle. All we know is, it’s not.
We stayed at Cascavelle for 40 mins before we set off for our final destination.
The road bordered by coconut trees leading to Medine Sugar Estates.
An irrigation canal.
& a nearby reservoir. The fishing prohibited notice didn’t do its job.
The alley in Bambous, once again leading to Medine.
& finally… just as the sun was setting, we reached our last stop of the day.
We were luckier this time that we could capture the sunset.
So, this brings to end the road trip along the South-West coasts of Mauritius. Starting from Rivière des Anguilles, St-Aubin, Gris Gris, La Roche qui Pleure, Souillac, Rochester Falls, Rivière des Galets, Ilot Sancho, Macondé, Le Morne, Black River & ending at Albion. A 100 km journey. The only complaint I have is that we visited… too many places! I would have preferred spending more time on certain places instead of speeding through them. A bike road trip would have allowed that.
Obviously, a road trip is something every Mauritian should try one day. Just one advice; don’t do it on week-ends or public holidays – it’s better to avoid the crowds.
- Avinash Susty – Seascapes
- Yashvin – Rivière des Galets I
- Emmanuel Coupé – Plage riviere des Galets, Mauritius
- Flickr – Riambel by Isla Mauricia
- Flickr – Pebble beach by ash matadeen
- Flickr – Rivière des Galets by eleusishax
- Flickr - Riviere des Galets by ramrajmeetun
- YouTube – Mauritius Riviere des Galets
- Maurice Pascale et Moi - De St Martin à Sancho
- Abhay Kolte – Ilot Sancho
- Yashvin - Surfing Ilot Sanchot
- Picasa - Baie du Cap coastal road by Rey
- Flickr – Ilot Sanchot by zetwal
- Flickr – Jacotet Bay by rubared
- Flickr - Mauritius – Ancre by Nicolas de Fontenay
- YouTube – Ilot Sancho by bestofmauritius
- Vimeo - Film subaquatique île Maurice - îlot Sancho
- Macondé Virtual Tour
- 360 Cities - Baie du Cap from Maconde
- Yashvin – Macondé, Bus stop at Macondé, Panorama Macondé
- Maurice, derrière la carte postale - La Baie du Cap remplacée par un méga-hôtel italien et un lotissement IRS français
- Maurice Pascale et Moi - On les aime aussi comme cela..., Joyeux Noël marcheurs et amis.
- Picasa – Le Morne coast Road by Rey
- Picasa – Macondé, Coucher soleil Macondé by xavioslonghorn
- Flickr – Around the bend by Garçon Têtu
- Flickr – Baie du Cap by rubared
- Flickr - Maconde/Baie du Cap – sunset, 2 by Tiberman
- Flickr - The silent boundary post by Tiberman
- Flickr – Macondé by pixelinthebox
- Flickr – Maconde by Grigri234
- Flickr – Maconde by allyi
- Flickr – Macondé Mauritius by samseewoosaha
- Flickr – Macondé by Nitish Ramanjooloo
- Flickr – Maconde by rrikesh
- Flickr – Baie du cap by Vivian Siow
- Flickr – Baie du Cap by A. Samir
- Flickr - Mauritius - baie du cap a la pointe by Nicolas de Fontenay
- Flickr - Mauritius - Baie du Cap - Black River District by stefanino123
- Panoramio - Macondé, Mauritius By Akou
- Panoramio – Baie du Cap by Richter F
- 500px - Maconde bridge – Mauritius by Bryan Janvier
- YouTube – BDCAP by mocozevrai
- YouTube – Baie du cap by bestofmauritius
- Yashvin – Panorama La Prairie
- Flickr – Heritage Reflection by stuckinparadise
- Flickr - Mauritius, Le Morne by memme_02
- Flickr - V II o I by pixelinthebox
- Flickr – Le Morne, Partir Loin… by Knahadeem
- Flickr – Verso Le Morne by Vittorio Redaelli
- Flickr - morne mountain and a beach by mauritius100
- Panoramio - Sunset view of Le Morne Brabant by David Florenza
- Wikipedia – Le Morne Brabant
- UNESCO World Heritage Centre – Le Morne Cultural Landscape
- Le Morne Heritage Trust Fund
- Pixelinthebox – Climbing Le Morne, Mauritius
- Martian Spoken Here - L’îlot du Morne, alias “île aux Bénitiers”
- Maurice Pascale et Moi - Le Morne Brabant et L'Amba Filao, Le Morne Brabant
- Flickr – Ilot Fourneau, Islet by rrikesh
- Flickr – Le Morne 1, Le Morne 2 by Guillaume Laurent
- Flickr – Le Morne, Le Morne 2, Ile aux Bénitiers by Isla Mauricia
- Flickr - Wonderful Mauritius, Ilot Bénitier by pixelinthebox
- Flickr – Le Morne by rubared
- Flickr – Le Morne by A. Samir
- Flickr – Le Morne by Ali Bentley
- Flickr - Le Morne Brabant, 1975 by NettyA
- Flickr – Le Morne by Basile Cornilleau
- Flickr – Le Morne by mauritius100
- Flickr – Le Morne Brabant by sistawar
- Flickr - Le Bénitier & Le Morne by Max
- Flickr – Le Morne by Andy McCarthy UK
- Flickr - Mauritius, Le Morne by GunnarSahlin
- Flickr – Le Morne, 2 by Mukhina Ektarina
- 500px – Le Morne Brabant by Mike Schelhorn
- YouTube – Le Morne (500m), 2, 3, 4 by yanature
- YouTube - Helicopter Tour of Mauritius, Le Morne Peninsula by BlueBayTravel
- Martian Spoken Here – Laffouche, Case Noyale
- Flickr - Le Morne by roorie
- Flickr - Low Tide Couple by stuckinparadise
- Flickr – Ilot Malais, Piton du Canot by rubared
- Flickr – Le Morne by Christopher-Barry
- Flickr – Case Noyale by NickCWC
- Flickr - Case Noyale_Mauritius by Udaye1
- Flickr - Banyan tree, Case Noyale, Mauritius by pmandjnm
- Flickr – Black River by ali wade
- 500px – Le Morne by Emma Grigoryan
- YouTube – Case Noyale by bestofmauritius
- Maurice, Pascal et Moi - Une Saline sans sel., Sortie au Chassé de Petite Rivière Noire, E=M6 Saline de l'ouest, Tamarin., La Tourelle de Tamarin
- Maurice, derrière la carte postale - "Le Bal du dodo" : un dodo pour toujours?, Sable mouvant à Tamarin,
- Martian Spoken Here – Le barachois à Tamarin
- Flickr – Tamarin, La Preneuse, Flic en Flac by Isla Mauricia
- Flickr – Tamarin, La Preneuse by rubared
- Flickr – Salines by Yenbay
- Flickr – La Preneuse by Okehills
- Flickr – Tamarin Salt Pans by Nitish Ramanjooloo
- Flickr – Salt pans by FFV1
- Flickr – Tamarin Salt Pans, Mauritius, 2, 3 by John Wilkinson
- Flickr - Salt pans tamarin Mauritius by tropical_vacances_loisirs
- Flickr – Stock de Sel by indeepdark
- Flickr – Tamarin, Mauritius by Rob Davey
- Flickr – Montagne du Rempart, Tamarin, Mauritius by Anne-Marie bis
- Flickr - Tamarin Bay – Mauritius by Michele F.
- Flickr – At Tamarin Bay by stuckinparadise
- Flickr - Rampart Mtn, Mauritius, 1975 by NettyA
- Flickr – La Tourelle de Tamarin by Remi Bridot
- YouTube - Tamarin – Mauritius by jaleelk999
- YouTube - Mauritius - Salinen bei Tamarin by sternengold73