By bus we travel along the eastcoast from Blue Bay to Trou d’Eau Douce. A little tedious, but doable. After approx. 2.5 hours we reach Trou d’ Eau Douce and luckily the bus stop is in front of our accommodation Chez Tino.
We are greeted with Pina Coladas and delicious Samoussas. That’s a good way to start at our new destination!
Our room is not a very luxurious one, but it is comfy and clean and has a small kitchen as a bonus. Here we will stay four nights.
The location is very good, because there is a supermarket, the bus stop and some snacks nearby. The accommodation also includes a restaurant, which is highly praised by locals and tourists alike. We’ll check on that for sure.
So why Trou d’ Eau Douce? It is said that this side of the island offers the most beautiful beaches of Mauritius, accessible by bus or taxi. But the main reason to come here is of course the much praised island Ile aux Cerfs, which can be reached by boat in just a few minutes.
The next morning we will enjoy the included breakfast in the restaurant on the rooftop terrace. Very tasty! The view is not to be scoffed at either!
We then inform ourselves about Ile aux Cerfs in the corresponding tour office. Pssst, for guests of the accommodation there is a discount on all tours! But more about this in the next article.
After that we take a short bus ride to the nearby Palmar Public Beach.
There are several small bays where you can have one for yourself during the week. Not too bad!
However, snorkeling is not worthwhile here. Just stones and seaweed…
You can spend the day at Palmar Beach relaxing, which is what we do. In the evening we return by bus.
The next day we visit the little town of Trou d’ Eau Douce. There is not much to do in this place, but strolling through the streets offers a small diversion.
We also pass a church. Besides Hindus and Buddhists, there are also some Muslims and Christians in Mauritius. They all live peacefully side by side.
We continue our stroll to the freshwater spring, which gave its name to Trou d’Eau Douce. If the water supply collapses during the cyclone season, this spring is the only access to fresh water for the locals.
The spring is located right next to the harbour. This is where the many boats and catamarans depart for Ile aux Cerfs.
Finally, we visit the beach close to our accommodation. Meanwhile it is so hot that even the dogs relax under a palm tree on the beach 😀
In the evening we will try out the restaurant which is part of our accommodation. There is a lot of fish and seafood on the menu. This is unfortunately not for Markus palate, but you can’t complain about a delicious grilled steak. The food is excellent!
On the rooftop terrace we relax with cocktails to end the evening.
Summary and Recommendations
Our AccommodationChez Tino
Room with breakfast for less than 50€ per night
- rating at booking.com: 9,0 (Superb)
- very good breakfast on the rooftop terrace
- very good location (restaurants, supermarket, bus stop)
- perfect basis for a visit to Ile aux Cerfs
- very good discounts for tours (for hotel guests only)
Taxi: Blue Bay – Trou d’Eau Douce (1200 – 1500 MUR)
Bus: Blue Bay – Mahébourg (24 MUR)
 Mahébourg – Flacq (34 MUR)
 Flacq – Trou d’ Eau Douce (30 MUR)
You have to change buses several times and the journey takes about 2.5 hours. By taxi you will be 30-40 minutes faster.
Timetables are available at mauritius-buses. com