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The Coin de Mire, Mauritius

The Coin de Mire is one of the most beautiful spots of Mauritius. It is a nature reserve based on a rocky island, which has become a clear icon of the island.

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Coin de Mire Mauritius
By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Discover Coin de Mire

Unmissable because of its triangular form in the shape of a ship sail, Coin de Mire, located off the northern coast, is a heaven for birds. It is actually a nature reserve where you cannot disembark, but that you can come close to by mini-cruise. The island has a very angular outline, as if carved on purpose, and wave-beaten cliffs which form a landscape that contrasts starkly with the long Mauritian sandy beaches.

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Coin de Mire

The Island of Coin de Mire, Mauritius, Coin de Mire, Islands, Mauritius
The Island of Coin de Mire, Mauritius

Inaccessible on foot, the island can only be reached by boat, but docking on the island is not allowed.

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The Rock of Coin de Mire, Mauritius, Coin de Mire, Islands, Mauritius
The Rock of Coin de Mire, Mauritius

The Coin de Mire is one of the most arid places in Mauritius. It has some impressive cliffs.

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The ocean floors, Mauritius, Coin de Mire, Islands, Mauritius
The ocean floors, Mauritius

The Coin de Mire is one of the best diving hotspots on the island.

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The Coin de Mire, Mauritius, Coin de Mire, Islands, Mauritius
The Coin de Mire, Mauritius

The island was named the 'Coin de Mire' after its shape, which resembles the bits of woods used to stabilise canons.

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The North, Mauritius, Coin de Mire, Islands, Mauritius
The North, Mauritius

The Coin de Mire is situated opposite the 'Cap Malheureux', or Cape of the unhappy, in English.

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