Pointe d’Esny: the best kept secret of the southeast coast
One of the most beautiful beaches of Mauritius, one of the best-preserved lagoons, and a promise of tranquility… Discover the best-kept secret of the southeast coast: Pointe d’Esny.
This coastal village is located in the southeast of the island, between Blue Bay and Mahébourg. It is a 15-minute drive from the SSR International Airport, 30 minutes from the town of Curepipe and about 45 minutes from Port Louis, the capital city.
Pointe d’Esny was named after Claude d’Esny, a geographer and engineer, and an officer who served in Isle de France (as was then named Mauritius). He assisted the abbot de la Caille in his triangulation works in 1753.
Now back to our beautiful beach.
Pointe d’Esny’s coastline is mainly residential with many secondary houses. And, the region typically comes to life during holidays and weekends. It is the ideal place to recharge your batteries, away from the hustle and bustle of tourist areas and major towns.
Pointe d’Esny is a true tropical paradise, with a beautiful white sand beach, a transparent lagoon and a light sea breeze that helps lift spirits in the summer heat. There’s nothing quite like a dip in the warm water, before peacefully devouring a book on a beach towel.
Although discreet, the area is a well-known kitesurfing and windsurfing spot. Every year, high-level international competitions take place in Pointe d’Esny. These include the Indian Ocean Windsurfing Championship and the Hydrofoil Pro Tour.
Pointe d’Esny is also the starting point for those who wish to visit île aux Aigrettes. The islet is a nature reserve, home to a protected forest and to rare species such as the pink pigeon, the kestrel, the giant tortoise of Aldabra or the ornate day gecko. Guided two-hour eco tours are on offer there for those wishing to discover the islet and some of Mauritius’ endemic fauna and flora.
Slightly further to the south, Blue Bay Beach which is known for its marine park, will unravel beautiful coral formations and rich wildlife to those who enjoy a bit of snorkeling. Those heading north will stumble upon Mahébourg, a historic village with a bustling market and regular regattas. A chance there to discover the secrets of this discreet region bursting with authenticity.
Did this article make you want to have a taste of paradise? Discover Pointe d’Esny, in the southeast of Mauritius!