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Bénitiers Island: A Touch of Green to the Turquoise Lagoon of the Southwest

A wooded islet to the southwest of Mauritius, Bénitiers Island stretches over 500 hectares, 500 metres off the villages of Grande Case Noyale and La Gaulette.

It is two kilometres long, along a north – south axis, and has a maximum width of 500 metres.

Bénitiers Island owes its name to the beautiful clam shell transformed into a holy-water stoup by missionaries. It might be private property, but its foreshore, a sand strip alternately covered and uncovered by the ocean, is open to all. The magnificent beaches sink into the crystalline waters that every modern-day Robinson would dream of.

500 metres west of Bénitiers Island stands another attraction adorning the southwestern lagoons: Crystal Rock. It looks like a crystal floating on the ocean. One can easily swim around it or climb on it while immortalising this moment with a camera.

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