Situated on the east coast, off Bellemare, Ile aux Cerfs or 'deer island' is easily accessible by traditional motor boat or by speed boat. Ile au Cerfs is one of the best beach spots on the island without a doubt. Its clear waters recall the depths of a swimming pool, it's tranquility and verdant nature is impressive and here it is possible to really get away from it all for a day! Upon arrival the front part of the island (where speed boats drop off visitors) has a restaurant, a shop and a water sports centre. However, beyond that, it is pure nature. You are free to isolate yourself as you wish along the beach bordering the island with a fine sand ribbon. Filao trees grow as far as where the lagoon is, swaying in the trade wind pleasantly cooling the area. When at the seaside, do not forget a pair of flippers, a mask and snorkel, or else hire them on the spot, because the depths are truly beautiful. Rocks, seaweed and schools of urchins can make for beautiful photographs, but be sure to wear rubber sandals to avoid hurting your feet. There are no hotels on the island, so make sure not to miss the last boat!
Most hotels plan an excursion for their guests, but you can also go it alone. Fishermen wait along the port beach and offer their services.© OT Ile Maurice / Bamba Sourang
In order to avoid the crowds, it is best to go to Ile aux Cerfs early in the morning to make the most of it.© Benny Marty / 123RF
The island is easily accessible by boat. There are organied shuttles to and from the island, or you can seek out a fisherman's services for a small price.© iStockphoto.com / Bennymarty
The island, close to the legendary Touessrok Hotel, now has a small golf course that was developed by the hotel.© OT Ile Maurice / Bamba Sourang