The small, low-rise resort of TAMARIN, named for the tamarind trees planted here by Dutch settlers, is the largest and most developed of the coastal fishing villages that form an arc around Tamarin Mountain (La Tourelle de Tamarin). It’s mainly a residential area – and a favourite with South African expats – but with luxury yachts moored at the new Balise Marina, boutique hotels and tasteful guesthouses sprinkled along the uncrowded beaches and a few cool nightspots opening up, it’s fast becoming cosmopolitan.

Most visitors flock to Tamarin Bay to see the dolphins who pass by in the early mornings on their way to Le Morne Peninsula, and although the waves have decreased due to changing currents and reef erosion, it’s still the only place in Mauritius to ride a board from July to September. Nearby there are some 170km of walking trails in Black River Gorges National Park, while world-record-breaking blue marlin put Grande Rivière Noire on the game fishing map.

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