Famous Lighthouse in Fouquets Island

Visiting the smaller islands from the island nation of Mauritius were some of the exciting activities we dedicated ourselves to during our Mauritius Tour. After our Tour, we visited the island of Fouquets. It is famous for the lighthouse, built in 1864 to lead ships to the port of Mahebourg.

Speedboat trip to the auxiliary Fouquets

This was a trip where the trip was more interesting than the destination itself! This trip was memorable, especially because of the speedboat ride. The captain of the small motorboat, a young man in his twenties, took it upon himself to excite us. He accelerated the boat with the highest safety speed limit, cutting through the rough waters and yet safely maneuvering the boat towards the two islands of auxiliary snipers and auxiliary flakes from the port of Mahebourg.

At first he had admonished us to capture hats, cameras and bags. We didn’t know what would happen next! A few minutes into the ride, he picked up speed. We clung to the railing of the boat, clutching our mobile phones and clicking on the scenic ride, laughing and screaming at the same time. Our team leader asked him to slow down from time to time, which he ignored royally.

Since there was high tide, the captain could not dock on the shore, instead we had to go down a little away from the shore and wade through the knee-deep water.

History Of The Island

During the action of Grand Port between the French and British in 1810, the island of Fouquets played an important role in the defense of Mauritius. The action lasted 6 days, from 23 to 28 August 1810, during which the British suffered great losses. This prestigious victory in action is located in the monument of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris in memory of the only naval victory of the Napoleonic era.

After the war, the lighthouse was built in 1864 to lead ships to the port of Mahebourg. It is projected into the sea for 26 km. At that time, Mahebourg was the main port of the island; it remained so until the beginning of the 20th century. Every evening The Lighthouse was illuminated manually by a lighthouse keeper.

The lighthouse was not illuminated during the first World War to avoid the attention of the warring countries. During World War II, it was occasionally used as an army observation post.

Discovering the island of Fouquets

After wading through the water, there was a short excursion to the Lighthouse. At the top of the hill, I was struck by the intoxicating Panorama of the cobalt blue waters of the Indian Ocean as far as the eye could see. Here and there the beaches were set with eroded, sharp-edged rocks, on which the waves fell incessantly, as if to break them into pieces. The island is not inhabited by people for a long time, in its absence birds and reptiles took possession of it.

Believe it or not, the whole island has only one tree! There is not a single place to sit and have a picnic.

Another interesting thing to observe from here is the color of the sea on both sides of the island. On one side you will find the turquoise and quiet lagoon, on the other you will see the deep blue color and the big waves of the Indian Ocean crashing against the beach.

Some other unique plants here are: Tournefortia-commonly known as the soldier’s Bush, with velvety leaves and small white flowers, and Vacoas – endemic to Mauritius, a plant with spirally arranged leaves.

A shield mentioned the presence of reptiles such as: executioner-skink-endemic to the Mauritius Islands, golden brown, 11-14 cm high, with 3 dark stripes on the back and Bouton-skink – native to Mauritius, silver gray-green, 8 cm high, able to climb rocky areas.

I wanted to look around to find at least one, but we had to hurry. We were on the island for less than an hour. As I went, I really wished we could spend more time; maybe another day, hopefully, another time!!!

Explore the Lighthouse

After the war, the lighthouse was built to lead ships to the port of Mahebourg. At that time Mahebourg was the main port of the island; it remained so until the beginning of the 20th century.
But soon, with other developments taking place, the Lighthouse was unused and leaved. It has go-down into a ruinous state. The roofs have disappeared, the steps of the stairs to the top have fallen, the doors and windows have long since disappeared, only the frames remain.

The view of the sea through the window frames looked charming, a real photo frame of Mother Nature. The basalt stone spiral staircase seemed to me the cross-section of the Nautilus Camerata shell. See the picture, do you feel the same way?

Due to its remote location, Lighthouse Island is very popular with locals, photographers and tourists. At night, this place will definitely look ghostly, I imagined.

This island is one of the National Parks of the country, and this historical monument is on the endangered list. A sign mentions: it is strictly forbidden to attempt to climb the monument.

Location of auxiliary Fouquets

Touquets Island, formerly known as Ile au Phare, is located in the Bay of Grand Port, southeast of the main island of the Republic of Mauritius, in the immediate vicinity of Vacoas Island.

You can book boat trips to the island. There are packages that organize the pickup from your Hotel, the boat trip to the island and the trip back to your Hotel. You can pair it with a glass bottom boat tour in the Blue Bay to see active and colorful underwater life.

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