The Tamarin Salt Pans
The Tamarin Salt Pans are amongst the oldest salt farms in Mauritius dating back to the 18th century. Set at the foot of the La Tourelle mountain, they are located at the entrance of the village of Tamarin, in the Southwest of the island.
Salt was a vital commodity during the French period, especially for the preservation of meat on-board of ships and has become an important part of the history and culture of Mauritius. Sadly, The Tamarin Salt Pans are the last place in Mauritius where sea salt is harvested in a traditional and artisanal way, and that, in a close cooperation with the families of the surrounding villages.
The pans and storerooms are made from volcanic pavers and all handcrafted. Discover how seawater evaporates into salt crystals and witness a century-old traditional method for harvesting it.
The saltpans operate all year round and harvests are subject to weather conditions.
- The Tamarin Salt Pans are an enchanting stop while touring the island and a must visit for any traveller loving authenticity and history
- Wannabe paparazzi and more advanced photographers will adore the sight for its “photogenicity”
- Your visit may take around 20 minutes but you can stay as long as you like
- The Salt Pans are open Mondays to Fridays 8.30 am to 4 pm and Saturdays 8.30 am to 11.30 am - your visiting time is flexible