Full-day island-hopping trips by catamaran from Blue Bay typically cruise through the southern lagoon up the east coast, stopping at Île de la Passe, which played a pivotal role in the Battle of Grand Port and is the best example of French island fortification in the world; Île aux Fouquets, also known as Île Phare, where visitors can clamber up an old lighthouse built by the British, and picnic on a pretty cove; and the tiniest of the islands, Îlot Vacoas, which is inhabited by the lizard-like relatives of the rare, endemic Telfair skink, a type of snake with legs. Snorkelling, a side-trip to Grande Rivière Sud Est waterfall and Île aux Cerfs, and a barbecue lunch on board are often included.

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