Albion Lighthouse in Mauritius is also known as the Pointe aux Caves lighthouse. Built in 1920, it can be found on the west coast of the island and is a major navigation landmark for ships arriving in to Port Louis harbour. It stands on the cliffs and caves of Pointe aux Caves.The climb to the top can be daunting, the stairs are very creaky.
It is the only operational lighthouse in Mauritius. The light flashes twice, every 10 seconds for signal purposes. It is a popular attraction for photographers, with its iconic look fo red and white stripes. The architecture is unique for the island. In the evening the sunsets are stunning and worth waiting around for.
Albion Lighthouse is 30 metres high and has 4 floors, with a steep stairs leading to the dome and the balcony. You do need permission to go inside, from the Mauritius Ports Authority. The views from the balcony are amazing. I would recommend that you avoid visiting on a windy day. It is also not considered to be that safe at night.
The scenery surrounding Albion lighthouse is very dramatic, with wild cliffs and waves crashing on to the rocks below. Making your way down from the cliffs, you will be directed to the secret caves inhabited by birds and bats. Please avoid disturbing them.
To get to the lighthouse, coming from Flic en Flac, you just need to drive through Bambous and turn left at Canot. Albion lighthouse is signposted from the village of Albion. If driving from Port Louis, you need to head towards Albion at Petit Riviere and then drive through the old village of Albion until you reach the church on your left. Head for South Albion and Albion Beach, and the lighthouse is signposted from there.