Thursday, 4 October 2012 3:19 PM
Mauritius is the ultimate tropical island destination, boasting white sand beaches, aquamarine seas and bright blue skies. Ile aux Cerfs is one place you can visit on a luxury holiday to Mauritius that'll make you feel as though you've gone to paradise.
Ile aux Cerfs is actually a separate island from Mauritius, located off its eastern coast. While Mauritius itself is relatively small, lots of holidaymakers choose to go on boat trips to some of the surrounding isles where they can make the most of isolated beaches and extremely low tides.
The reason why Ile aux Cerfs pulls people away from their beautiful pristine beaches on the main island is that it boasts some of the most breathtaking scenery in the country. As soon as your boat docks here, you'll notice the dramatic shoreline. Due to the extremely shallow water, there is hardly any distinction between where the sea begins and the sand ends, meaning it is the ideal spot to wade in the water hand-in-hand with your loved one.
At low tide, you can stroll across the entire island, slipping off your flip flops when the beach fills with warm water from the Indian Ocean. However, when the tide comes in, the island almost separates into two, due to the low-lying land.
A lagoon surrounds the isle, protecting it from the deeper sea further away. On one side, the water is so shallow that you can travel far out before it reaches your knees. The other side of the isle, however, has slighter deeper waters, and it is here that you can take part in water sports.
Of course, you might simply want to recline on the silky-soft sand and soak up the sunshine, with the hottest time to travel to Mauritius being between November and April, which are the local summer months. Temperatures during this period can reach mid-30s and the weather is generally hot and humid, so you'll definitely appreciate a cool down in the refreshing water!
There is no bad time to visit Mauritius though, as it has a relatively mild climate and low temperatures are still around 20 degrees C. This is also the best time to enjoy surfing, so if you want to have a go at water sports - including waterskiing, sailing and windsurfing - on Ile aux Cerfs, you might consider heading over between May and October.