‘Chic’ and ‘wild’ are two adjectives that do Great Justice to describe the setting of the island deer island,
Translating to ‘Deer Island’ (although you’ll hardly see any now), the privately owned island off the east coast of Mauritius is your gateway to unlimited adventure and beach holidays. The crystal clear waters, stunning lagoon and abundant vegetation of the island make it a must-visit during your holiday in Mauritius.
But, why should you actually visit the island? The answer is simple. While Mauritius is a group of small islands, Ile aux Cerfs is the most famous and easily accessible. Besides, it is also cheap. Even if you are short on time, you can still have many exciting experiences on the island. Just go on a trip and you’ll find out.
Top Things to Do on Île aux Cerfs
If you plan to get a tan by sitting on the beach all day, it will be a huge waste of time as the island has been specifically planned to provide unique experiences to its visitors. From water sports experiences to barbeques on the beach, you can make a lot of memories in such a short time. Whether you are holidaying with family, spouse or alone, your Mauritius holidays are incomplete without a day trip to the island.
While Ile aux Cerfs is known for its white sandy beaches and turquoise waters, those aren’t the only things you can enjoy. Take a fun trip to Treetops Adventure where you can enjoy ziplining above the trees and enjoy breathtaking views of the East Coast Lagoon from the top. Not just your kids, you too will love hanging on the trees like Tarzan. The Tyrolean Circuit has been designed with different levels of challenges and circuits to get a good dose of adrenaline pumping through your veins. The best part is that you don’t need any prior experience.
price: Starting from Rs 1,800
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2. Underwater Sea Walk
What does it feel like to walk underwater on the sea floor? Daring! Walk with schools of fish in their natural habitat and discover beautiful corals and creatures in the depths of the ocean. The lagoons on the island are a treasure trove of exotic marine life. The thing about underwater sea walking is that anyone can do it because you don’t have to learn to swim or dive, unlike other marine activities like snorkeling and scuba diving. After your experience is complete, don’t forget to take a photo of yourself walking in the ocean surrounded by colorful fish.
ile aux cerfs watersports price: Starting from Rs 800
If you’ve had your fun underwater, it’s time to rise above it. The parasailing adventure continues Ile aux Cerfs Island It offers you the opportunity to fly high in the sky and get a bird’s eye view of the majestic island. For those who have always dreamed of flying, here’s a chance. This is one of the most recommended Île aux Cerfs activities to enjoy your vacation.
price:about 1000 rupees
Do you enjoy gentlemen’s games? If yes, then golfing is one of the most sophisticated Ile aux Cerfs activities for you. The 18-hole championship Ile Aux Cerfs Golf Club offers you a unique island golfing experience where you are surrounded by lush greenery and a shimmering lagoon. The state-of-the-art golf club is equipped with all modern facilities and also has a luxurious restaurant ‘Landers Bar & Grill’ where you can celebrate your victory after the game.
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5. Speedboat ride
If you like speed and adventure on the water, you will love the speedboat trip around the island. Sail on the crystal clear waters of the East Coast Lagoon and enjoy the breathtaking natural beauty of the island of Mauritius. You can either hire a private boat tour or join a shared Île aux Cerfs tour as per your preference. The tour experience also includes a snorkeling break in Eau Bleu and relaxing time on the island’s postcard-perfect beaches. Enjoy a free barbecue lunch and live guitar music on the beach
cost of private tour: INR 18,500
Cost of shared tour: INR 4,400
Duration: 6 hours
6. Grand River Southeast Falls
Who doesn’t love waterfalls? They are fascinating and an example of this is the Grand River Southeast Falls. If you are visiting the island, it is highly recommended that you visit the Ile aux Cerfs waterfall which is the epitome of grandeur. It is one of the most popular attractions in Mauritius. The falls are surrounded by lush green forests and on a nice day you can even see rainbows in the fall.
how to reach: You can join any of the boat tours from the island that take people to the waterfalls.
7. Catamaran Cruise
Enjoy a day filled with sun, fun and drinks on a catamaran cruise that departs from Trois d’Eau Douce and sails up the east coast of the island of Île aux Cerfs. Have an unforgettable experience while sailing in crystal clear waters surrounded by breathtaking beauty all around. Interesting stories from the crew members and Mauritian music will lift your spirits. Catamaran cruise is the best Île aux Cerfs tour to enjoy a relaxing and luxurious island vacation.
price: Adults – Rs 5,000, Children – Rs 3,700
8. Sega Dens
Enjoy your booty to some Mauritian music with sega dancers on the beautiful beach of Ile aux Cerfs. The Sega dance artistes are dressed in colorful Mauritian attire and present a spectacular sight for the spectators. If you want, you can join them also. After all, holidays are about experiences and it’s all about losing yourself in the dance.
price: INR 2000 for all-inclusive tour
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9. Filibusters Beach
Those who do not like to play golf can relax at the private golf club Filibusters Beach. Apply some sun lotion, take a sunbed, lie down and relax. It’s a wonderful thing to have a drink on a secluded beach on the island of Île aux Cerfs while overlooking limitless ocean views.
Ile aux Cerfs weather
Ile aux Cerfs is a tropical island in Mauritius wet, hot and humid weather In the summer months of December to April. The temperature during the day is 29 degrees Celsius and drops to 18 degrees at night. Avoid visiting the island in December Since it receives maximum rainfall throughout the year.
middle months May and November are comparatively dry And cooler and therefore more popular season for tourists. The average temperature during the day is 25 degrees Celsius and can drop to 15 degrees at night. Even the rainfall in these months is less compared to other seasons.
Places to Eat on Île aux Cerfs
1. Ile Chaumière Masala
Even before you order and taste the delicious dishes of the restaurant, you will be impressed by the theme and design of the restaurant. This restaurant built on stilts gives you a unique feeling. The chefs of this restaurant are renowned for serving delicious contemporary Indian, Mauritian and Asian cuisine. Enjoy Indian flavors in a tropical island setting overlooking the beach and ocean.
2. Sands Grill & Bar
Relax a bit in the cozy atmosphere of Tropical Bar and Grill where you can order one amazing tiki cocktail after another. Not just the beverages, even the thatched roofs give a cool and cozy ambiance. The place is also famous for its diverse seafood and delicious pizzas that you can order with your drinks.
3. Langer Bar and Grill
Located inside the golf club, the elegant restaurant not only offers delicious food but also spectacular views of the golf range. Order from its huge range of menu which serves Mauritian cuisine. The service is impeccable and the staff friendly.
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Places to stay in Île aux Cerfs
There are no resorts or hotels on the island. But if you want to stay near the island, here are some luxurious resorts you can rely on for a pampered stay:
1. Ambre Resort & Spa
This all-inclusive resort on the east coast offers everything you need in one place. From luxurious accommodations to high-end restaurants and bars, from spa treatments to water sports, enjoy delicious experiences at Ambre Resort Spa. The four-star adults-only resort boasts a private sandy beach with a sheltered bay. This grand resort is no less than a paradise.
Tariff: Starting from Rs 13,500 per night
2. La Pirogue Resort & Spa
Adjacent to the sparkling west coast. La Pirogue Resort is your paradise. While the terraced bungalows reflect the essence of the Mauritian spirit, the boho chic atmosphere sends out cozy and vibrant cool vibes. It is an ideal place for couples to relax and reconnect with each other. Additionally, there are plenty of land and water based activities that you can enjoy on their private beach.
Tariff: Starting from Rs 20,000
How to reach Île aux Cerfs
cheapest The only way to reach the Île aux Cerfs is by taxi-boat, which can be reached from the Trou d’Eau Douce. A 15-minute boat trip costs around Rs 400-500 per person.
Although better and funnier way To reach Ile aux Cerfs one must join the organized Ile aux Cerfs tour by boat. This tour comes with a bouquet of experiences that not only includes transfer to and from the island and also visits to waterfalls, beaches, lagoons where you can snorkel, and a complimentary BBQ lunch with live music. The tour starts at Rs 2,700 per person.
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Ile aux Cerfs is more of an experience than a destination that you should add to your list when planning a trip to Mauritius. Don’t miss the exhilarating experience on the island at any cost.
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