BAIE DU CAP is one of the most scenic traditional fishing villages on the south coast. Drive by in the late afternoon to see fishermen hauling in their catch at the landing station, men playing cards or dominoes under the shade of the trees and young boys fishing or playing guitar.

The contemporary Matthew Flinders Memorial just outside the village, originally sculpted out of stone and copper (which has since disappeared), commemorates the British explorer most famous for mapping the coastline of Australia. He stopped here on his way home from his two-year voyage in 1803 only to be detained by the French as a spy. Climb up the steps of the promontory at Macondé, at the end of the village for sweeping views of deserted beaches and lush, forested hillsides with rock overhangs and caves along the Baie du Cap inlet and Le Morne Brabant looming in the distance.

At nearby St Martin, another monument marks the sinking of the Trevessa in 1923, some 3000 kilometres off this coast. Miraculously, 16 men survived 25 days at sea in a lifeboat which landed here.

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