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.
Inaccessible on foot, the island can only be reached by boat, but docking on the island is not allowed.© iStockphoto.com / Bennymarty
The Coin de Mire is one of the most arid places in Mauritius. It has some impressive cliffs.© OT Ile Maurice / Bamba Sourang
The Coin de Mire is one of the best diving hotspots on the island.© iStockphoto.com / Dsabo
The island was named the 'Coin de Mire' after its shape, which resembles the bits of woods used to stabilise canons.© iStockphoto.com / Fadylr
The Coin de Mire is situated opposite the 'Cap Malheureux', or Cape of the unhappy, in English.© iStockphoto.com / Fadylr