The South & South-East - What to See?
In and Around Mahébourg
There are many interesting sights to observe in and around Mahébourg, including the fascinating National History Museum – just south of the town – and the Naval Museum, which houses the bell retrieve from the shipwrecked St Géran, as well as other interesting nautical memorabilia.
Dutch Ruins and Frederik Hendrik Museum, Vieux Grand Port
At Vieux Grand Port, the oldest settlement in Mauritius, visitors can observe the ruins of the first Dutch fortifications. Those who are interested in Mauritius’ history will also enjoy the on-site Frederik Hendrik Museum, which retraces the occupation of Mauritius using visuals and excavated objects.
La Nef, Robert Edward Hart Museum
Although the primary reason most people visit La Nef is to learn about the Mauritian-Irish poet Robert Edward Hart, the building the museum is housed in is visually intriguing in its own right on account of it being covered in shells and coral. This, together with Hart’s fine writings and the fact that the museum is free to visit, makes it well worth a diversion.
There are several beautiful beaches in this part of Mauritius, including Blue Bay – popular with families – and Gris Gris: one of the few areas of Mauritian coastline that is not shielded by coral reef and is therefore the best point from which to observe dramatic waves crashing against the rocks.
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