lighthouse

TRAVEL

BUILT

1910

HEIGHT

30m

THROW

29 nautical miles

The Pointe aux Caves lighthouse is one of the two remaining lighthouses in operation on the island . It helps guide ships across the treacherous Mauritius shore towards the harbour of Port Louis.

Standing 30m high it offers an incredible view of stretching as far as Coin de Mire in the North and Le Morne in the South. The nearby town of Albion is also visible, as are the many faceted cliffs of Pointe aux Caves.

The lighthouse is one of the most iconic spots on the island, featured on a stamp and appearing in various movies. We couldn’t wait to get inside.


‘we finally got to the beautiful Fresnel lens, which has helped keep sailors safe for over 100 years’


gaining entrance

However in order to gain entrance, and view, we had to negotiate with a lighthouse keeper of sorts. Living in the small house on the gated property he greeted us upon arrival and granted us access, after negotiating a modest fee.

After handing over the key to the lighthouse he disappeared back into his lodging, leaving us alone with the majestic spire. The inside of the lighthouse was adorned with a few relics of past operation, and some faded placards describing their usage and the history of the building.

Traversing the narrow stairs we were greeted with increasingly impressive views, until we finally got to the beautiful Fresnel lens, which has helped keep sailors safe for over 100 years. Originally it was powered by kerosene via a hydraulic pump system, however the current 1500W lamp is now connected to a grid.


‘ The Lighthouse… embodies the contrast and harmony found on this beautiful island.’


the top

After navigating the final ladder, we climbed out a hatch and were greeted by a stunning view, every bit as incredible as we could have hoped for. The day was clear enough that we could see all the way along the coast. Behind us we saw the dirt road we came on disappear into the small village of Albion and behind that mountains loomed in the distance.

The caves were particularly interesting; we could see fishermen below, plying their trade comfortably as white foam rushed through the jagged rocks around them. A popular spot with climbers, from the lighthouse we could see hints of caves and crevices everywhere, ready to be explored.

The lighthouse provides a glimpse of the inspiring natural beauty found all over the island, and as this imposing structure overlooks the modest town of Albion and the fishermen below, it embodies the contrast and harmony found on this beautiful island.