Probably one of the most well known photography spots in Mauritius: the little church with the red roof located in Cap Malheureux, on the north of the island, a 10 minutes drive from Grand Bay.
It is said that the name of the village Cap Malheureux (the Cape of Bad Luck) was given because many ships wrecked not far on the coral reefs, including the famous St Géran – the ship mentioned in ‘Paul et Virginie’, by Bernardin de St Pierre. The St Géran actually never reached Cap Malheureux as it hit the coral reefs a little before at Ile d’Ambre.
The chapel, founded in 1938, is very simple inside. It is dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Many tourists come and join mass on sunny Sunday mornings – so it is always full and people end up sitting around and standing in front and on the side of the church where loud speakers are put up.
The views are beautiful – the chapel lays just in front of Gunner’s Quoin – Le Coin de Mire – and other of the Northern Isles are visible as well. It is a great playground for children, with rock pools and lots of things to discover, while adults sit in the shade and enjoy the views.
Many brides often come here to have their pictures taken – locals and tourists alike. Yesterday morning there were none, but in the afternoon it is not rare to see 2 or 3 couples walking around with a photographer in tow.
There are also many locals offering rides out to fish and have a look at the islands. I have never tried and wouldn’t know how safe it is – but these guys are fishermen and locals and have been living there all their life.
If you want to read more about Paul et Virginie – I wrote a post about this Mauritius Romeo and Juliet story – Paul et Virginie, the Mauritian Love Story.