Trou d’Eau Douce and Palmar Beach

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.

Our accommodation in Trou d'Eau Douce
Our accommodation in Trou d’Eau Douce

We are greeted with Pina Coladas and delicious Samoussas. That’s a good way to start at our new destination!

Welcome snack
Welcome snack
And a cocktail should not be missing!
And a cocktail should not be missing!

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.

Our comfy room
Our comfy room

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!

Breakfast on the rooftop terrace
Breakfast on the rooftop terrace

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.

Bus stop
Bus stop
Palmar Public Beach
Palmar Public Beach

There are several small bays where you can have one for yourself during the week. Not too bad!

Relaxing at Palmar Beach
Relaxing at Palmar Beach

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However, snorkeling is not worthwhile here. Just stones and seaweed…

Have fun snorkeling! ;)
Have fun snorkeling! 😉

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.

Supermarket next to our accommodation
Supermarket next to our accommodation
Snack with sweet treats
Snack with sweet treats
Gas station
Gas station

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.

Church in Trou d'Eau Douce
Church in Trou d’Eau Douce

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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.

Freshwater spring
Freshwater spring

The spring is located right next to the harbour. This is where the many boats and catamarans depart for Ile aux Cerfs.

Harbour
Harbour

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 😀

A little break for everyone!
A little break for everyone!

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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!

Dinner at Chez Tino
Dinner at Chez Tino

On the rooftop terrace we relax with cocktails to end the evening.

Have a nice evening!
Have a nice evening!

Summary and Recommendations

Our Accommodation

Chez 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)

Transportation

Taxi: Blue Bay – Trou d’Eau Douce (1200 – 1500 MUR)
Bus:[9] Blue Bay РMah̩bourg (24 MUR)
[18] Mah̩bourg РFlacq (34 MUR)
[55] 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

Advice

  • Guests of Chez Tino will get discounts at Tino Boats and other tours
  • We definitely can recommend the Catamaran Tour by Tino Boats

One thought on “Trou d’Eau Douce and Palmar Beach

  1. I was so happy to find your describtion about your stay in Trouble d’eau Duce . I have been looking for public transportation from Mahebourg and up the east coast. Actually I have been looking at your accommodation also, but thought it might be too noisy with the road just in front. Maybe I’ll pick Holiday Inn instead.
    I’ll fly from Denmark to Mauritius on Nov 22nd.and travel around for 14 days.
    As I read more about the island I get more and more interesting in the east coast, because it doesn’t seem to be as touristy as the west coast.
    I am traveling on budget and traveling alone as my husband doesn’t like that sort og trips.
    I have been traveling to many places around the world after I retired. I have been a teacher all my life and I am now 67 – and busy seeing the world.
    I just noticed you have been writing something about Blue Bay and Mahebourg also. Will read that also. Nice with your photos so I get an idea about what it is like.
    Ingelise Frier

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