The Bénitiers Island is found a little off the west coast of Mauritius.
To reach it you will need some kind of boat transportation. It is easily reached from Tamarin/Black River, Case Noyale or Le Morne.
The first things you see when you reach the island is usually the rocky formation coming out of the sea, looking like a clam shell (Bénitier) from where the island takes its name.
There used to be a second similar one, which is no longer there unfortunately.
The most beautiful beach of the island is found facing the ocean.
From that beach, there is a beautiful view of Le Morne on the left side.
The sea is usually shallow and pleasant to sit or lie into for a relaxing time.
The beach on Benitier Island is highly touristic. If you would like to appreciate a nice and quiet time on the island it is best to go very early in the morning or quite late in the afternoon.
If you don’t mind having company, on most days the island is taken over by different boat tours between 9 am and 3 pm.
As a result, you will see these funny structures along the beach and water that are used to serve food and drinks.
Because of the high traffic of the island, it is unfortunately not very clean and has quite a lot of rubbish lying around, especially on the inside of the island, despite many non governmental organizations and other groups coming to clean it from time to time.
When it is quiet you may share the island with only little feathery companions.
I was also quite surprised to see that the island was populated by …dogs! No idea how they got there in the first place and how many they actually are. We saw about three or four dogs, but there may have been more.
The flora on the inside of the island is not very interesting. The trees are not in a good shape and there are a lot of dead branches lying around.
The other side of the island, the one facing the shore, even if not as beautiful offers a very nice stretch of beach for a nice walk with the beautiful scenery of the west coast of Mauritius.
The sea on that side is a little murky and there seem to be many ‘haches d’armes’ in the area, judging by the many empty shells we saw at the very end of the island. Fishermen also like to scout the water surrounding the island at dusk and during the night as it is shallow and easily accessible.
I’m not sure how long it would take to walk round the whole island as we haven’t tried that yet, but we may very well give it a go sometime in the future.
Camping is not allowed on the island as well as campfires.