Gris Gris Beach in the south of the island is well known for its very rough sea and big waves crashing against the cliffs that offer a magnificent view over this part of the island. Because of the absence of coral reefs, the waves are untamed and offer a year-round view of big waves. Surfers would certainly love that spot if there weren’t those cliffs and rocks in the sea and beach area, which would mean serious danger for anyone willing to take a swim or any other sea activity. And to say, most beaches along this south coast line are rough most of the time because of the strong winds (the South East Trade Winds) that prevail in the southern part of the Indian Ocean.
This image most probably dating back to the 1950s offer a scene that many will not remember or come to know when this place had this enclosed horse-track where people could enjoy horse-riding in a cool breeze! Is there any better than this? Unfortunately no further information can be obtained on this little track nor remains any relics that can testify its use and presence. Today greenery and grasses have taken over this spot and doesn’t look like something like that was present.
One thing for sure, it looked to be a recreational area as both adults and children seemed to be admiring the show. Gris Gris beach for sure it something that isn’t expected to know much change and even today the look is still the same, except for some modern landscaping at the top of the cliff. One other side of the story is that Gris Gris at a certain time has been known to be a suicidal spot, but still its not a guaranteed passage to the other side as some have attempts have been in vain due to the Coast Guard frequently keeping an eye over this place.
Still in the surroundings of Gris Gris, the most spectacular part is undoubtedly the “Roche Qui Pleure” (Crying Rocks) where the constant squashing of waves against the flanks of the cliff gives the impression that the cliff is crying. This place is very much visited by tourists. Even sunset over Gris Gris offers a spectacular view.
And speaking of “La Roche Qui Pleure“, a little gallery below of the magnificence of the spot, together with some other recent views of Gris Gris as well.
Gris Gris & La Roche Qui Pleure
It is also worth mentioning that in the same district, further up from Gris Gris, there is also the “Pont Naturel” which is also as interesting. This one is a natural rock bridge formed between two cliffs and where the gap below is frequently visited by crashing waves. A thrilling experience!