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About Mare aux Vacoas

Nestled amidst the refreshing, misty expanses of the high plateaus, just a short drive south of Curepipe, lies Mare aux Vacoas—a natural reservoir of grand proportions, proudly claiming the title of the largest in Mauritius.

Encompassing an impressive expanse of 2.6 km and perched at an altitude of 600 meters, this picturesque locale holds a rich tapestry of natural wonders waiting to be discovered.

Despite popular belief, Mare aux Vacoas isn't a volcanic crater. It's a massive reservoir built in 1885 to provide water for the central plateau's towns. But its enigmatic appearance might leave you questioning its true origins.

Serving as a vital lifeline to communities such as Vacoas, Floreal, and Moka, with a combined population exceeding 500,000, it boasts an impressive capacity of 25.89 million m³.

While the reservoir itself does not offer water sports, the surrounding area teems with opportunities for adventure and exploration. Moreover, Mare aux Vacoas isn't just a source of water; it's also a haven for fishing enthusiasts.

In essence, Mare aux Vacoas offers a captivating blend of natural beauty, cultural significance, and recreational opportunities—an idyllic retreat for travellers yearning to immerse themselves in the untamed allure of Mauritius' high plateaus.


Mare aux Vacoas derives its name from a native tree species endemic to the Mascarene Islands. Often referred to as the screw palm due to the unique spiral arrangement of its leaves along the trunk, this distinctive flora adds to the allure of the reservoir's surroundings. Towering up to 7 meters in height, it lends an air of mystique to the landscape.

Good To Know

  • Mare aux Vacoas is in an area that often gets a lot of rain and is consistently windy, with occasional chilly temperatures. It's a good idea to bring along a jacket or carry an umbrella, just in case.
  • Swimming is strictly prohibited in the area.
  • For safety, it's recommended to travel in groups. You never know what wildlife you might encounter; monkeys, deer, and wild boars are commonly spotted in this area.

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