Serenity's Plymouth Island Location: Where was Serenity filmed?

Serenity actors John Mason Baker Dill and Karen Zariakas
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Serenity is the story of a man, a fishing boat captain, confronted with his past on an unknown island. The cast is headed by Interstellar stars Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway.

Serenity was filmed in the island of Mauritius, doubling as the fictional Plymouth Island, in the movie located in the middle of nowhere. The small Indian Ocean nation in East Africa is trying to promote itself as a shooting destination, with a film tax incentive program to attract international productions.

This dark thriller is an excellent opportunity to have a look and to explore a bit better the wonders of this rare and exotic filming location:

Serenity Island aerial view
A few facts: Port Louis is the capital of a country of more than a million inhabitants, living in an area slightly bigger than Hawaii's Maui island. The picturesque nation is located east of Madagascar, around 200 miles of the overseas French department island of Réunion. Pictured, a spectacular aerial view of the 'underwater waterfall' of Mauritius Island.
(You can open all the locations on Google Maps clicking on the links below in the captions ↴)
Image courtesy of Pietro Lambert - Map


Port and pier in the town
According to local newspaper Le Mauricien, most of the movie was filmed in a small harbour built for the occasion in the northern town of Trou-aux-Biches. The village hosts one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. The houses of the set were painted in bright colours to create a 'contemporary fictional world, not in the Caribbean nor in the Indian Ocean'. Image courtesy of Aviron Pictures - Map


Où a été filmée 'eglise
The colorful church is the Notre-Dame Auxiliatrice located in Cap Malheureux.
Image courtesy of Aviron Pictures and Dave Chapman - Map


lieux tournage phare
The magnificent Albion lighthouse (or Pointe aux Caves lighthouse) stands on the top of a cliff in the North West coast of Mauritius. Image courtesy of Carrotmadman6 - Map


Landscape shooting mountain and beach
Pictured, the iconic shape of Rempart Mountain located near Tamarin in the west coast.
Image courtesy of Aviron Pictures - Map


Crew and cast filming movie on a boat
Filming in a exotic paradise location wasn't as smooth as it may look. The cast commented in an interview for Bustle that working on the sea, they had to repeat some scenes multiple times due to the difficulty of recording the sound in this environment. There could be like 20 people working on board the small cabin of the Serenity boat, and it could get extremely hot. Also most of the filming equipment had to be shipped from South Africa.
Image courtesy of Aviron Pictures


Mauritius Le Morne cape
There are two World Heritage Sites in Mauritius inscribed to the prestigious UNESCO list. Le Morne Cultural Landscape (pictured) is the peninsula near the underwater fall, pictured above in the second image of this report. The other one is the historical site of Aapravasi Ghat, old Immigration Depot.
Image courtesy of Ashtanga 2004 - Map


Serenity drehort colorful park
Mauritius is not only home to blue turquoise waters and world-class sandy beaches. The Seven Coloured Earths is a scenic landscape formed by several colorful layers of volcanic ash. By the way that the Netflix series Sweet Magnolias is set in the fictional town of Serenity, South Carolina.
Image courtesy of Sofitel So Mauritius - Map

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Planning to visit Mauritius? For further information about this gorgeous tropical paradise with a mountainous interior and unspoiled white beaches encircled by a coral reef, here are some updated guides that you may like:

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