Quick Facts: Southern Mauritius
- The mountains found in Southern Mauritius quickly drop into the sea creating very few sandy beaches as found in the rest of Mauritius
- Southern Mauritius is known as the un-spoilt tip of the island
- Southern Mauritius is popular with hikers, trekkers and rock climbers
- The region experiences high humidity throughout the year
- This area has the richest forests and more diverse vegetation than any where else on the island
Introducing Southern Mauritius
Southern Mauritius is popular for its green plantations, turquoise seas and towering mountain landscapes. Compared to its Northern counterpart, the southern coastline is relatively secluded and quiet. This region houses some of the most exclusive resorts on the island that boast the best rooms, spas and restaurants.
Southern Mauritius is rich in history and it is this region that was first explored by the Dutch. Not your typical postcard picture, Southern Mauritius is home to very few beaches and instead offers sea views from towering cliffs and hilly areas. The area is popular for the more active lifestyle as trekking, rock climbing and hiking trails abound. Southern Mauritius is known as the un-spoilt corner of the island.
Major places of interest
Along the south coast the scattered settlements that form the Soulliac village can be found. This village used to be the place through which sugar was transported via boat to Port-Louis. Today the town houses many historical ruins. The Rochester falls are easily accessible falls that provide a short walk where a picnic can be enjoyed.
The Naval Museum at Mahebourg is well worth a visit to view the marine history of the island. The Blue Bay area boasts some spectacular swimming beaches and luxury hotels. Lion Mountain dominates this region and offers many hiking and trekking trails.
The people that inhabit this area have some of the longest lineages on the island because of the rich history of this area. As with the rest of Mauritius the population here is a mix of ethnicities, cultures and religions.
Topography and climate
The southern coastline faces towards the south-east trade wind which blows throughout the year. The region can get very windy in winter, however in summer these winds provide a cool, refreshing breeze. Although the climate is temperate throughout the year, evenings in the winter months can get a bit chilly.
The region experiences a high humidity throughout the year which results in rich and lush vegetation in the area. Shallow lagoons are found dotted around the coastline and are often framed by hillsides, volcanic rocks and staggering cliff faces. Although there are some sheltered beaches and bays around the southern coastline, certain areas are not recommended for swimming because of the strong currents caused by the waves that smash against the cliff face. In this area the beaches are not rimmed by the coral reefs found elsewhere in Mauritius.