The magnificent sunsets of the West Coast are not its only claim to fame. The area is the warmest on the island, with a relatively dry and stable climate. Bordered by some of the most iconic mountains of Mauritius, including the UNESCO heritage site of Le Morne mountain, it also offers breath taking scenery over a quiet lagoon, bordered with multiple islets of sandy beach or volcanic rock.
Black River stands as a melting pot of all the West Coast has to offer: this is where the local fishermen dock their wooden pirogues, as the still bay always provides natural shelter. Alongside their modest households, stunning luxury villas have found their place on the coastline. Tamarin and Black River have seen much development, including hip restaurants and bars that are abuzz on the week ends. Still, vestiges of the island’s rich history keep an important place with the century-old salt pans bordering the main road of Tamarin and La Preneuse’s Martello Tower as iconic elements of the West Coast landscape. Further down the road, the Black River Gorges Nature Park offers hikes through the forest with impressive waterfalls and natural cliffs.
Like its climate, Black River inspires a sense of calmness and warmth, which impregnates the cruises on board our West Coast fleet.