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One is not born with a camera in the hand, but one is surely born with talent. Some play football extremely well, some others have golden voices and some others have the perfect eye for taking the perfect shots. It doesn’t simply take a good camera to become a great photographer. Excellent photographers will take excellent shots from bad cameras too. Photography is inborn and god-gifted. Wedding Photographer in Mauritius and the Indian-Ocean, Elie Bernager is one of those god-gifted men.

For the real professionals, photography is less of a profession and more of a passion. They are committed to capture the beautiful moments of your charming life and turn them into life lasting memories serving as a permanent source of happiness for you, forever and are always passionate to capture your memorable moments.

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Finding the perfect Wedding Photographer is important as you should find someone who can understand how important this special day is for you, that is your wedding day and how he can turn this significant event simply by a set of lenses into a cherishing life lasting experience saved on a couple of photos.

Elie’s skills are blend of professionalism and experience. He knows how important this day is for you and how much you are willing to spend happily for this very special day but is not here to exploit you but to enjoy the work he does and makes sure that he delivers quality within your economy.

As an experienced photographer the camera has been his friend for the last 35 years, not as a profession but as an obsession.

Who is Elie?

Simply put, Elie is the best Wedding photographer in the Indian Ocean. The city of Paris is known for its contribution to the world of art. Almost everyone with a taste for culture has heard of the Louvre, even if they have not necessarily visited it. In 1953, a small contribution to the world of art was unveiled in Paris in the form of baby Elie Bernager. Of course, no one could predict that he would become a renowned photographer, working for magazines such as Marie Claire or Cosmopolitan. But since his father was a doctor and his mother a well-known artist, his parents encouraged him to explore his artistic abilities, which is not surprising when you see the level of success he has achieved.

Early Career

At sixteen, Elie earned a place at the prestigious National School of DECORATIVE Arts, a school that receives about sixty students a year, selected from about three thousand applicants. Competition is fierce and only the most promising are allowed. There, Elie developed a love for travel and therefore sought a career that at the same time will fill his passion for travel. Elie began a career at CLUB MED’s resorts for the next ten years while working for various magazines. At the age of 30 Elie decided to embark on fashion photography and stills but continued to work for big names such as Vogue Magazine France.

At the age of fifty-five, Elie has so far visited one country a year and enjoys traveling with his girlfriend Celine and two children Nathan and Claire. In his spare time, he enjoys water activities such as scuba diving, sailing and canoeing. In 2001, Elie and his family settled in Mauritius. They enjoyed the island so much that they decided to live there, in the village of Tamarin more precisely.

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Elie has diversified his career since arriving in Mauritius. He taught photography at the D.C.D.M University of Quatre Bornes. He is also once a month at the University of Mauritius, where he teaches photography to students aged eighteen to seventy. He educates and discusses methods like photographic technique and composition and fundamental questions such as “what is photography? ”

Recently, Elie embarked on the new and popular “Wedding in Mauritius” market. Many couples come to Mauritius to get married and there is a lot of competition between photographers for work. However, the quality of the work varies widely and Elie sadly comments that, “other photographers do not like people they photograph; they just do it for the money. I do it for the money as well but after thirty-five years of experience in the photographic field, all I have done in this business is out of love, for the sake of it. ”

“Work is like holidays” for Elie and he enjoys meeting new people and happily ending his days with them. Its purpose is, “… to give the customer the best service they will receive. I treat them like models, I treat them like stars, I’m ready to do my best as a fashion photographer to help make this day even more memorable ”

Mauritius is also firmly in Elie’s philosophy about his work. “I always think about the island itself, all my photos help to promote holidays in Mauritius, to be a tourist in Mauritius, to be in a charming hotel of four or five stars at the Mauritius and encourage more people to come here. “Promoting the country is not only good for him, but for all the people who live there and he hopes that others in the tourism industry share the same view.

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Wedding Photography

Wedding photography is not just about having performant material for making good pictures, far from it. The photographer must create an atmosphere conducive to relaxation as the photographed couple should be as natural as possible. But he must also pay attention to a number of parameters in his choices, both technical and artistic. His skills will make the difference: the choice of the right focal length, aperture and speed settings, the care taken in framing and the overall composition ensuring photos of an optimal quality.

His experience will offer you the most rewarding poses, while putting you at ease every moment of the shooting. Each image of this session will be a work of art, for which you will be the unique subject.

When reporting, you are sure he will be as discreet as possible; he knows well the course of a marriage, and knows when to intervene and immortalize the most beautiful moments of your life.

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From Mahé to Praslin via La Digue and all the other islands in the region, discover our favorites in terms of visits to museums or monuments, jungle excursions or lazy outings to pretty secret coves. White sand beach, nature or culture, you will be spoiled for choice for your trip to Seychelles!

Composed of 115 islands and islets with their own identity, the archipelago is known for its idyllic bays, nature reserves, abundant tropical vegetation and varied wildlife. Going on an excursion to observe the animals of the islands, you will come across turtles, bats (the Rousette, a bat threatened,) birds and many tropical fish. Each island is worth a visit, although travelers often share their time between Mahé, La Digue and Praslin. But no matter where you go, there is a wealth of things to see in the Seychelles, from the most remote areas to quaint villages to heavenly beaches. The Seychelles, with its diverse and varied landscapes, is famous for its beautiful beaches framed by granite rocks, coconut palms and crystal clear turquoise water. There are pretty Creole houses, numerous artists’ galleries, historical monuments, marine parks and nature reserves.

MAHÉ ISLAND

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Largest island of the archipelago, Mahé is a concentrate of nature and culture. Hiking on the highest point of the archipelago to reach a breathtaking panorama, lazing and swimming on one of the 70 beaches of the island, cultural tour of the Baie Lazare … By lodging the shores of Mahé, you can enjoy its most beautiful beaches like the white sand beach of Beau Vallon or that of Anse Royale. Its coastline idyllic landscape lends itself to relaxation or snorkeling (snorkeling) or scuba diving and also makes for beautiful catamaran rides. A day tour should allow you to explore the south of the island or discover the marine park of St. Anne which includes the islands of St. Anne, Long, Medium, Round and Deer Island.

The opportunities to go out are not lacking. Follow us to the beach of Petite Anse, enjoy a breath of fresh air at Morne Seychellois then go stroll on the Sir Selwyn Selwyn Clarke market in Victoria … Guaranteed immersion on the main island of Seychelles.

PRASLIN ISLAND

The second biggest island of the archipelago has nothing to envy to its neighbors with regard to its possibilities of visits and excursions. The island of Praslin, known for its dream beaches, is a paradise of idleness. Discover its most beautiful beaches and its most famous diving spots. On the nature side, you can go to the nature reserve of the Valley of May and meet a lot of wild animals. Between the Cove of Lazio, Kerlan and Georgette, the visit of Curieuse Island, scuba diving to explore the seabed, there is much to discover in Praslin.

Among the things to see in Praslin, do not forget the countless cultural visits that we share with you and that will allow you to learn more about the history of the archipelago. The Praslin Museum and Rita’s Art Studio & Gallery are just a few examples.

THE ISLAND OF LA DIGUE

With its beautiful sandy beaches, hiking and biking trails and its tranquil and authentic atmosphere, La Digue is one of our favorites. Walks in oxcart to discover the translucent waters of Anse Source d’Argent passing of course by meeting with the giant tortoises and the visit of the estate of the Union and its pretty colonial house, the possibilities of excursions and visits are not lacking. Take inspiration from our good ideas to build your future stay in La Digue!

OTHER ISLANDS OF SEYCHELLES

You know us, we love discovering off the beaten track. So follow us and go together to discover the unknown islands of Seychelles.

The pristine and intact natural settings of Denis, the luxuriant vegetation of Silhouette, the turquoise blue lagoon of Fregate … The small islands of the archipelago make it possible to leave the hordes of tourists to discover a more intimate and hidden facet of the Seychelles.

Take a trip on Robinson Denis, discover the fauna and flora of the jungle Silhouette with a naturalist guide, visit the Sainte-Anne Marine National Park on Cerf Island … A maximum of inspiration to discover the Seychelles otherwise!

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From Ile aux Cerfs to Cap Malheureux, from Rivière Noire to Chamarel, discover all these emblematic sites of an island that is both oriented towards nature and culture. Let’s start with the north of the island and its garden Pamplemousses, then head west with its small villages and national park Black River Gorges, before reaching the south and its natural environment intact. To finish this visit of Mauritius, we invite you to discover the east of Mauritius, its charming villages and its coast … All possibilities of excursions that will allow you to pierce all the mysteries of one of the most beautiful islands of the Indian Ocean.

To prepare your departure on one of the most beautiful islands in the world, we have concocted for you ideas of complete stays (accommodation + car rental) to allow you to go around Mauritius.

THE NORTH OF MAURITIUS

The north coast of Mauritius is undoubtedly the most touristic region, with a host of seaside resorts and some of the most beautiful beaches in the Indian Ocean. Attention, which says tourist does not necessarily say that there is nothing else to do than spend his days on the beaches. We have specially grouped a list of points of interest. In addition to the beaches of Mont Choisy, Grand Bay, Flic en Flac and Trou aux Biches, we invite you to excursions north of Mauritius, off the beaten track. Discover the islet Gabriel, the church of Cap Malheureux or the castle Labourdonnais or the Museum of the Adventure of Sugar during your stay. Take a tour of the garden of Pamplemousses which contains priceless botanical treasures: spice tree, ebony, teak, mahogany, balsa, sugar cane …

Located in the North West, Port Louis is a must. Located between mountains and a calm bay, the capital is the only port of the island. A day in Port Louis is an opportunity to discover the historic and colonial past of the city with fortifications such as Fort Adelaide or the place of arms. This is where the government hotel is located. The city is marked by a strong cultural mix. There is the village of Chinatown as well as an Indian and Muslim neighborhood.

SOUTH OF MAURITIUS

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Much wilder, the southern coast of Mauritius still seems forgotten by tour operators and reserves beautiful surprises for nature lovers. We discover a desolate coastline and a host of authentic fishing villages. Follow us and go relax on the beautiful beach of Pointe d’Esny, discover the famous Tea Route or visit the reserve of Ile aux Aigrettes. In the south-west of Mauritius, is the Chamarel rum which produces the best rum of the island. A beautiful mix of scenery both in terms of landscapes and culture at the time of a visit to the south of Mauritius!

EAST OF MAURITIUS

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Of all the regions of the island, it is probably the east coast of Mauritius that offers the most beautiful and impressive beaches. It is also here that we find some of the most luxurious hotels in Mauritius. Miles of golden sand from Belle Mare beach to water activities (diving, catamaran, snorkeling, water skiing, exploration of the seabed) of Ile aux Cerfs through the island of Amber and the Cavernes de Roches Noires , let us show you the most unknown and wildest aspects of Mauritius during a day east of Mauritius.

WEST OF MAURITIUS

The west coast of Mauritius is the sunniest of all, so much so that it can be discovered all year long! Travelers and locals live there to the rhythm of the sea and the sun, in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Set on the turquoise lagoon, Morne Brabant is the biggest attraction in this part of the island. A true paradise, Le Morne Brabant is ideal for mountain walks and breathtaking landscapes. Its beach is one of the most beautiful beaches of Mauritius. It has everything to please lovers of relaxation and swimming and sportsmen who wish to practice snorkeling (with mask and snorkel), diving, walking underwater, water skiing, catamaran or any other water sports in the area. clear waters.

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In a wild setting, we will also take you to discover the beaches of Flic en Flac and try surfing on the Tamarin side. During your stay, do not miss the opportunity to live a unique experience in the lagoon of Mauritius. During a walk-in boat near Black River, you can realize a childhood dream, swim with dolphins. Several companies offer you to the travelers to swim with the dolphins in Mauritius. Swimming with dolphins in Mauritius allows you to go on board a boat to meet the two species encountered in the region: the long-beaked dolphin and the bottlenose dolphin. “And for a romantic excursion, follow us on the island of Benitiers for a lunch that will remain etched in your memories all your life, on your return! What to make a truly idyllic vacation! THE CENTER OF ISLAND MAURICE was forgotten by visitors, the Center of the island Mauritius, however, offers a wide range of sightseeing opportunities during holidays in Mauritius, although the reliefs of Mauritius are not comparable to those of Reunion Island, but they allow you to leave the beaten path and clichés to dive into a region. From city to city, go out and meet Mauritians while discovering real treasures of Creole architecture – in short, a region abandoned by tourists to discover during a hike. in the central plateau.

Have a great excursion in Mauritius!

So there was a misunderstanding. A territory that we thought we knew, and of which we knew nothing. Mauritius, former Dutch colony, French, then British, east of Reunion and Madagascar, is one of the most famous islands of the Indian Ocean. Last year, it attracted nearly 1.3 million tourists, including 270,000 French. Its hundreds of hotels, mostly luxury resorts located on the seafront, are renowned for the beauty of their beaches and the quality of their service. It is so good, with straw umbrella, piña colada and cranial massage at 17 hours, that we do not leave the living room. Or once, for the guilt-free “excursion”. From this country, which we say when we return, by a vain abuse of language, that we “did”, as we did “Costa Rica” or Australia, we will have seen nothing, or if little. As such, Mauritius is perhaps the most unknown known land.

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The exploration begins where the sand stops. No need to go far – anyway, by car, the island goes through in just over an hour. From Morne’s super-authored beach, it takes fifteen minutes to reach the “high”. In the village of Chamarel, small Creole houses topped with corrugated iron rivals of poetry, tinkered with the means of the edge: colored walls, lambrequins hanging at the end of the roof, flower beds tangled. Dogs roam the main street, between the cane and pineapple fields. Painted on the facade of a restaurant, a naïve dodo welcomes customers. “When we opened our boutique hotel, we were told it would not work. That the hotel business in Mauritius was on the sea, “remember Virginie and Jean-Marc Lagesse, owners of Lakaz Chamarel.

“The resorts are rather on the west coast, sheltered from the wind, ideal for sunsets. The south is wilder. Laurent Marrier, engineer converted into tourism

Fifteen years later, tourists and tour operators never cease to praise the comfort of the twenty rooms scattered over the 12 hectares of gardens. At the top of the estate, from the terrace of the most luxurious suites (100 m2, private pool), the view of the Morne lagoon and the Black River mountains is so clear and plunging that one would think oneself in command of a plane. “Tourists are becoming less sedentary and more and more independent, wants to believe Jean-Marc Lagesse. No need to dance in front of them to amuse them. At Lakaz, the specialty is that there is no animation. Visitors are encouraged to walk up the palm alley, open the wrought iron gate and see the country. In the surroundings, the activities are not lacking. The ascent of the Piton du Canot (526 m, two hours round trip) is from a hiking trail from the restaurant Le Chamarel.

Explosive encounter

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Two kilometers from the village, the river Saint-Denis feed a waterfall worthy of the Lost World: the water flows from a natural diving platform a hundred meters high in a crater surrounded by the jungle. The vegetation stops on the nearby site of the Land of Seven Colors, a geological quirk made of bare earth dunes in different shades of brown, ocher, pink and blue. The phenomenon, of volcanic origin, is explained by the high concentration of iron and aluminum. Despite the torrential rains that regularly fall on the island, the colors never mix or tarnish.

Curiosity of the island, the Land of 7 Colors, a phenomenon of volcanic origin due to the presence of iron and aluminum.

Of the three flanks offered to the ocean, there is one that the hotel has forgotten: the south coast. Too rugged. Realize, there is almost no lagoon. Breaches in the coral reef allow the sea to reach the land. The meeting of cliffs and waves is explosive.

Creoles, Indians, Chinese

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They were wrong. In a short day of stroll between Bel Ombre and Souillac, we discover the Bay of Jacotet, a real nest of pirates in the eighteenth century, a former sugar factory, a beach where Hindu women make daily offerings to the sea. The story of La Buse, a professional boarding (“better than Pirates of the Caribbean”), the golden age of sugar cane, the peaceful coexistence between Creoles, descendants of slaves, Indians and Chinese, who came to lend a hand in cane fields and shops after the abolition of the black slave trade, and the Franco-Mauritians, this white minority of which it is a part.

On the east coast, another pioneer, Julien Gufflet, founded Otentic Eco Tent Experience, a safari tents village on the banks of the Great Southeast River, which flows into the ocean. at the village level of Deux Frères. Kayaks are self-service. Half an hour is enough to go up the stream to the waterfall. An hour, if we take breaks to observe the macaques of Java that populate the trees of the mangrove. Imported in the 17th century by the Dutch, who used it as pets, these monkeys, in excess, wreak havoc wherever they go: they break the branches of trees, destroy sugar cane plantations, wriggle seeds, fruits, pink pigeon eggs and spectacled birds. It is better to keep one’s distance: for a long time poached, the “zako” are sometimes aggressive.

Of course, the good rowers can continue and descend the river to the mouth. On days of sustained rain, the earth rushes downhill with so much ardor that the water turns red. The game then consists of locating and crossing the chromatic border separating the river, ocher, from the ocean.

Madagascar

Venture in the “Red Island”

Far and mysterious, the island of Madagascar evokes African traditions, baobabs and lemurs but also a mosaic of peoples making the cultural wealth of Malagasy society. Still little developed tourist, the island is among the poorest countries on the planet and really gains to be known, both for its exceptional natural wealth and for the kindness of its inhabitants of which about 20% still speak French.

The essentials

Find an overview of the whole year’s climate and weather data for your next holiday destination Madagascar USA.

The local currency is the Malagasy ariary

Time zone: Jet lag with Paris, Is + 1 hour in the summer and also in winter

Documents

– Passeport + Visa short stay non transformable (31 €)

When to go?

Best time to leave: From April to November

Mean temperature: Between 15ºC and 27ºC

Average water temperature : Between 26ºC and 30ºC

The unavoidable events

Here is a small selection of events not to be missed during your stay in Madagascar:

  • Alahamady Be (Malagasy New Year) 3-5 February 2017
  • Independence Day on the Island June 26, 2017
  • The Whale Festival on Sainte-Marie Island July 2 to 10, 2017
  • The Famadihana (funeral rite) October 1- 2016

What to do in Madagascar?

Madagascar is known for its diverse fauna and flora that will delight all types of travelers! For this we have compiled a list of activities not to be missed if you decide to choose this destination for your next vacation:

Sunset at the alley of the Baobabs:

An hour’s drive from Morondava, there is a place you must not miss during your stay in Madagascar: an alley of baobabs which, at sunset, will offer you a breathtaking show!

Do not miss to visit the capital of Madagascar: Antanararivo will surprise you with its architecture, its palaces, its craft markets and its colonial past …

Have you ever seen a forest filled with stones? In Madagascar, there are! Indeed, the Tsingy of Bemaraha are worth the detour although they are a little difficult to access. They are a unique attraction that you must add to your activities to do on the island.

During the whale season, from June to September, go out to sea in Sainte-Marie and meet the whales “Malagasy”: it is during this period that you will be able to contemplate their parade and listen to their songs.

If you like scuba diving, Madagascar will surprise you: the island is rich in fauna and flora unique in the world that it is on the North coasts, in the East but also in the South of the island.

Transport and Tips

Getting around Madagascar is an adventure in itself.

The taxi-bush is probably the most popular and economical means of transport (the tariffs are fixed by the government and take into account the distance, travel time and road conditions) in Madagascar even if Comfort is not always guaranteed.

Vehicles wait to be full to leave and stop frequently to refuel or drop passengers.

Avoid in any case take a taxi-bush at night as drivers tend to be tired and roads are lit or unlit, making traffic very dangerous.

If you want to go to Mahajanga, Tamatave or Soanierana-Ivongo, know that it is also possible to travel aboard fast connections, more expensive but also more comfortable and especially, punctual.

In town you will have the choice between city taxis, taxis-be and special taxis, individual or collective. They generally do not have meters and you will have to set the tariff by boarding.

Maldives

A threatened Eden

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Seen from the sky, the coral atolls forming the Maldives resemble small confetti floating on the Indian Ocean. Formerly difficult to access except for luxurious resorts, the archipelago is now open to tourism, allowing travelers from all over the world to visit this paradise threatened by rising waters. You can also discover the beautiful colored houses of Male and dive into one of the most beautiful seabed in the world.

The essentials

All the information you need to plan your trip to Maldives

The local currency is the Maldivian rupee

Documents: ID card or passport + Tourist visa 30 days on arrival (free of charge)

When to go?

Best time to leave: From December to April

Mean temperature: Between 26ºC and 32ºC

Average water temperature: Between 28ºC and 30ºC

The unavoidable events

Here is a small selection of events not to be missed during your stay in Martinique.

  • The Day of the Republic November 11
  • The Day of Fishing December 10, 2016
  • Achoura (Muslim Feast) January-February 2017
  • Huravee Day (Independence Day) July 26, 2017

What to do in Maldives?

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Follow the advice of Benjamin of the blog Benjamin of the blog “Ben cheap travel” and discover the atoll under his other face!

Adaaran club Rhannalhi:

The perfect resort to enjoy the luxury of the Maldives for a reasonable price. The lagoon that surrounds the resort offers incredible aquatic life.

Jupiter Sunrise Lodge Reviews,

A perfect B & B to discover real Maldivian life. As the island of Keyodhoo is not an island reserved for tourists but a real Maldivian village, here, covered arms and legs are preferable. No alcohol available but a glass of Raa, a juice extracted from palm, and the smile of the locals will make you spend unforgettable evenings.

Discover the uninhabited islands and deserted beaches aboard a Dhoni:

For a day, explore the Indian Ocean and the wonders of a traditional boat and admire what will remain the most beautiful sunset of your life.

Citron by Lemongrass:

THE place to be in Male to enjoy a fantastic grilled fish while admiring the ballet of the planes on the island opposite.

Going to sea to discover the seabed:

Whether it’s snorkeling or diving, the Indian Ocean is full of fish, corals and other marine life. Stripes, turtles, multicolored fish, dolphins and if you’re lucky whale sharks that have chosen Maldives home!

Transport and Tips

The boat and plane are the best means of transportation to travel to the Maldives.

To get from one island to another, you can easily book a plane ticket from the capital, Male. The Maldives archipelago has 6 airports served by the Maldivian. Two companies also operate seaplanes from a jetty near Malé International Airport. If you are interested in this option, take a closer look at the Maldivian Air Taxi or Trans Maldivian Airways.

If you are not a fan of the plane, you can also travel between the islands by boat. Three options are available to you: the speedboat crossings between the islands-hotels of the North and South Male Atolls, as well as some of Ari Atoll, quite expensive but practical; The ferry, slow and not always reliable; Dhonis, typical boats whose price depends on the destination and duration of the trip.

In Malé, we advise you to use taxis, whose price of the race is fixed at 15 Mrf. Some hotels also offer a bike rental service if you want to explore the island with a little more freedom.

Which island are you most likely to visit? Leave us your comments below!

By dint of battles and collisions, some of the filibusters who once foamed the waters of the Indian Ocean have amassed extraordinary fortunes, sometimes hiding them at the bottom of caves or holes dug in the sand. Drops that have turned heads to many treasure hunters. Some still desperately seek the magot …

Hidden treasure in the Indian Ocean

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July 7, 1730, St-Paul, Bourbon Island (Reunion). Olivier Levasseur, known as “La Buse”, a notorious filibuster, a sea-skiff, the terror of the Indian Ocean, climbs the scaffold. In a few seconds, he will be hung high and short at the end of a rope of hemp. Faithful to his reputation, the terrible forban cast a suspicious glance at the crowd who came to witness his torture, which is besides composed of many repentant pirates. The latter accepted the pardon offered by the King of France by signing a charter of clemency, and settled in Bourbon to live there as honest settlers.

The Buse would no doubt have also preferred to take advantage of this good fortune as his former companions in arms. Piracy was now heavily compromised in the Indian Ocean because of the harshness with which the authorities were tracking the buccaneers. But for that, he would have had to give up his fabulous treasure, the biggest loot ever collected in the history of piracy: gold, silver, diamonds and jewels carried by The Virgin of the Cape, The Portuguese flagship that he seized in 1721 with the help of his partner John Taylor. It is now estimated that the treasure would be worth more than 4.5 billion euros (177 billion rupees).

Certainly, when he was hiding on the island of Sainte-Marie off Madagascar, Levasseur had shown good faith in making the cross of Goa an enormous seven-foot gold relic set with precious stones, but he refused to separate himself from the rest of the booty. Arrested while he was flying the Medusa (a ship which was wrecked a few years later in the Mediterranean and which inspired Theodore Géricault his famous painting) in the port of Sainte-Marie, La Buse was now condemned.

“My treasure to whom will understand! “

Legend has it that, from the top of his scaffold, the rope around his neck, the pirate threw a paper in the crowd exclaiming “my treasure to whom will understand! A phrase that has aroused many passionates and years of desperate, feverish research throughout the Indian Ocean. The pirate’s paper contains a strange cryptogram …

It was not until the 1920s that the document reappeared in the Seychelles. Madame Rose Savy, a resident of Bel-Ombre, on the north coast of Mahé, discovers strange signs engraved in the rock before her property, at low tide. Animals, human shapes and drawings of various objects: a horse, a dog, a snake, an urn, a woman, a “monstrously opened eye” … Some of the signs are mentioned in the famous cryptogram (once decrypted).

Cryptogram of L Buse

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From there, the story takes a rather blurry turn. According to Charles Bourel de La Roncière, author of the book “Le flibustier mysterieux, histoire de un hidden treasure” (1934), in which is reproduced the cryptogram of La Buse, the Seychelloise would have discovered the document at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. Robert Charroux, in his work “Treasures of the world, buried, walled up, engulfed” (1962), states that the document was passed on to Madame Savy by inheritance. She would indeed be the descendant of a mysterious corsair, Bernardin Nageon of L’Estang, who seems to have recovered the treasure of La Buse.

In his book, Robert Charroux reproduces the testament of Nageon de L’Estang, which makes mention of several treasures hidden in islands of the region, including Maurice and Rodrigues. One of them, allegedly buried in Rivière-La-Chaux, near Grand-Port, was allegedly discovered.

The gold fever

Some historians have expressed serious doubts about the authenticity of the cryptogram of La Buse and the testament of Nageon de L’Estang. Nevertheless, these documents triggered a treasure hunt of gigantic proportions in the Indian Ocean. For nearly a hundred years, many people, whether in Mauritius, Rodrigues, Reunion Island or Seychelles, have been looking for fabulous booty. Some have spent considerable fortunes there, sometimes even to ruin.

A former British soldier, Reginald Cruise-Wilkins, spent more than £ 30,000 between 1949 and 1977 to find the gold of Levasseur not far from the engraved stones of Madame Savy, at Mahe. He was persuaded that the booty was hidden in a cave, bought the ground, and dug the rock for a long time with dynamite and various machines. His son, John Cruise-Wilkins, continues untiringly since his father’s unfinished business. “We’ve used all kinds of machines and equipment, but I think we have to go back to the good old methods. We must enter this man’s head, “said the treasure hunter in an interview with AFP in 2010.

Flibustier Edward England, a Taylor and Levasseur acolyte, was abandoned in Mauritius in 1720 with a few companions following a Mutiny. As much obsessed with the gold of La Buse, Joseph “Bibique” Tipveau was persuaded that the booty was hidden in Reunion. He spent 30 years excavating in the Ravine-à-Malheurs, where engraved rocks were also found, before committing suicide in 1995.

Many Mauritians also sought Treasure of Levasseur and those of other filibusters. The main character of Jean-Marie Leclezio’s novel “Le chercheur d’or” is inspired by the author’s grandfather, who was a treasure hunter. In his forthcoming book “Histoires Mauriciennes”, the author Jean-Marie Chelin lists more than fifteen treasures hidden in the island by pirates. Several sites have been extensively excavated over the years, including Klondike, near Flic-en-Flac, the Souillac marine cemetery, Tamarin, Belmont, not far from Poudre d’Or. Gold has never been released despite the combined efforts of generations of researchers.

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Introducing the Maldives

 

The Maldives is an archipelago comprising of 26 magnificent atolls settled in the Arabian Sea of the Indian Ocean. The atolls spread out on a 298 kilometer square area placing the Maldives among the world’s most geographically scattered countries. The Maldives is the smallest Asian country. Its population is made up of about 393,500 inhabitants. The capital of the archipelago is Malé which is also known as King’s Island.

The most important and largest Economic Industry of the Maldives is the Tourism Industry. The latter attracts a significant amount of visitors from the United Kingdom, Italy, China, Indian, France, Japan, South Korea, Germany, Russia and Switzerland. In 2015, a total of 1,234,248 people visited the Maldives from those countries.

Brief overview

The Maldives are reputed for their gorgeous beaches and its blue ocean. The Maldives is blessed with a rich marine life which attracts visitors from all over the world! It has a wide variety of water sports that it offers to the tourism such as Scuba diving, Snorkeling, Windsurfing, big sea fishing, Kite boarding and water-skiing.

The Maldives is one of the top honeymoon destinations where couples get to experience the most romantic underwater scenery and have an amazing honeymoon in the Maldives. The latter is in fact believed to be one of the most superb recreational diving destinations of the entire world! A global survey conducted by Agoda.com suggested that the Maldives is the most desired destination for honeymooners.

Best season to go to the Maldives

Weather & Climate

 The MaldivesBefore you set out for any foreign countries, the weather and climate are something you should definitely do your research on!

In the Maldives, you are most likely to be blessed with the ideal weather conditions for your holiday. For the majority of the year, the weather in the archipelago is bright and shiny. As a tropical destination, the Maldives offers the perfect weather conditions for your holidays.

The average temperature in the Maldives varies at 30 degrees Celsius. The temperature is pretty much stable and does not fluctuate much in the archipelago where the lowest point ever registered was 25 degrees Celsius while the highest temperature recorded in the past was 33 degrees Celsius.

The Maldives has two distinct seasons like every tropical island in the Indian Ocean which are the Wet season and the Dry season.

The Dry Season

The Dry season occurs from December to the end of March. This is the time during which you should plan your holiday trip to the Maldives. During this season, the climate is hot and humid while the islands are blessed with sunshine followed with cooling sea breezes. Periodic rain might occur here and there.

The Wet Season

The Wet season appears from May to October. You might want to avoid coming to the Maldives during this season where rainfalls occurs frequently! The temperature rises to over 30 degrees and humidity level also increases.

The Capital of the Maldives-Malé

 The capital of the Maldives- Malé

The capital of the Maldives is densely populated as you can observe in the picture above. It has a population of more than 130 000 living in a mere area of 5.8 kilometer square which ranks it among the most densely populated cities in the world. Malé is geographically situated in the Kaafu Atoll. The latter is heavily urbanized and is a unique city which is definitely worth your time.

Male-city-Maldives

Stroll around the city and have a blast discovering its history, culture and religion as you get to know this unique city full of wonderful surprises. Be sure to climb up the city’s tallest buildings to get to contemplate the gorgeous bird eye view of Malé.

The main attractions in Malé are the National Museum, the Fish Market, Old Friday mosque and Sultan Park.

 

The National Musuem

 National Museum maldives

The National Museum encloses a compilation of historical artifacts relating to the absorbing past of the islands. Don’t be deceived by the ugly building of the Museum. It contains a lot of interesting artifacts which is definitely worth a visit! However, in 2012 many ancient Buddhist coral stone which dates back to the Maldives pre-Islamic period were destroyed by mobs during protests against the then President of the Maldives.

 

The Old Friday Mosque

 Old Friday Mosque

The Old Friday Mosque is the oldest mosque in the Maldives which dates back to 1656, making it a ancient building of 361 years old! It includes a wonderful structure of Quranic script fabricated from coral stone. You need to be well-dressed and respectful to be granted access to the mosque. Note that the majority of the staffs of the mosque are officials of the ministry!

Water Sports in the Maldives

Scuba diving

Scuba diving in Maldives

Prepare yourself for the most amazing adventure of your life in the underwater world of the Maldives. Dive in the open ocean and explore the picturesque scenery that opens up to you, a digital underwater camera will be needed to capture those extra ordinary moments!

Meet up with a variety of sharks, tuna, manta rays, sea turtles, eagle rays and many more. Explore the giant colorful corals and have an amazing diving experience in the Maldives.

Submarine tour

Submarine tour in the MaldivesSet up for a 45 minute tour 100 feet under the ocean of the Maldives and enjoy the sceneries that follow. Being under a certified crew, they will make sure that you have a wonderful experience. You will be exposed to interesting information on the creatures and wonders that you encounter in the underwater world of Maldives.

 

The underwater world of the MaldivesSnorkeling

Discover how beautiful and exotic the marine life of the Maldives is with snorkeling. The lagoon is filled with innocent reef sharks, sting rays, eagle rays and sea turtles and many more. Be among the lucky ones to spot these beautiful creatures while having a relaxed snorkeling experience under the blue sky and bright sun of the Maldives. Contemplate the wide variety of colorful corals and marine creatures. You will access the deep lagoon by speedboat which you will embark on from Malé. Surrounded by Certified snorkeling guides, they will ensure that you have a wonderful experience!

Mauritius summer

Winter is coming… Or winter has come…. On these Game of Thrones cliché, you are probably considering where to spend your holidays in a sunny climate. No clouds above your head, no rain, a beautiful sun, a gentle breeze on your skin, wouldn’t that be a dream? What if I tell you such place exists?

Ever heard of Mauritius? A small island in the Indian Ocean often described as heaven-on-earth by people and reviewers such as Mark Twain. Indeed, Mauritius is encircled by a beautiful azure sea and being ideally located in the tropical region, the temperature is mostly warm with a climate close to perfection. Mauritius is also home to various cultures, so don’t be surprised if ever you find your favourite food and favourite celebrations. Besides, if you have something new to offer, Mauritius is more than welcome to allow you to express your different traditions which we will surely fond fascinating.

Celebrations and Events during this Summer

Diwali

Diwali has always been a favourite for youngsters and adults; despite of tiredness due to cooking. However, it is a fun and family-gathering moment. Also known as the victory of light over darkness, expect to find houses lit almost at every corner of the street. Moreover, one of the most beautiful aspect of Mauritius is that due to its cultural diversity and harmony, other ethnic groups often participate.

What can be a celebration without treats? Divali also inspires the act of sharing. Whether you are staying at the hotel or in a house, the Indian neighbours will be surely glad to offer you some treats ranging from the “Barfi,” the “Rasgulla” to “Gato Patate” and “Ladoo”. They are so delicious that you will be asking for more!

Porlwi by Light

New to Mauritius, Porlwi by Light created a mind-blowing success last year, whether financially, economically and socially. It remains one of the event which inspired collectivism and harmony – people of multi-ethnic groups gathered together in one place; Port-Louis. Being the capital of the island, Port-Louis had lost its dynamism over the years. The initiative was to make Mauritians as well as tourists rediscover a new facet of Port-Louis. Stay tuned for future information.

Christmas & New Year

Who does not love Christmas? It is the most popular celebration among the world. The main difference would be that Christmas would be hot instead of cold. You may spend your days by the beach. Warm sandy beaches, a mesmerising azure sea, a blue sky – what can you ask more?

When mentioning Christmas, we automatically think of the remaining days till the new year. Did you ever dream of lighting up firecrackers at midnight? Well, in Mauritius you can do it. Worry not, there will be hawkers posted at almost every cities selling different varieties each at a different price.

Beaches of Mauritius

Mauritius summer

Often when referring to Mauritius, we associate it to white sandy beaches. Did you know that Mauritius is home to more than 100 public beaches? Here’s a small of the top three magnificent beaches:

Flic en Flac

Located on the west, Flic en Flac stretches over more than 4 kms. Being one among the longest beaches of the Mauritius, Flic en Flac is offered some shade by the casuarina trees up. This will be perfect during noon, when the sun is at its culminating point.

Why not book your hotel at Flic en Flac itself? In doing so, you will be able to wake up with a beautiful scenery and the salty smell of seawater. It is also to be noted that the temperature of the turquoise water at Flic en Flac, is normally at around 26oC making it ideal for swimming.

Grand Bay

Even wondered what living inside a postcard feels like? Yes? Prepare to be amazed by Grand Bay. Possessing of numerous services such as hotels, sports activities, and shopping malls – Grand Bay Coeur De Ville. In other words, Grand Bay combines the modern American culture to the traditional Mauritian culture.  In short, Grand Bay is well known for its milky white sand and azure lagoon offering undersea walk and water ski.

Le Morne

Claimed as a National Heritage according to the UNESCO, Le Morne which is situated in the southwest is ideal for relaxation purposes due to its seclusion from man-made creations – roads and cars.

Having an adequate clarity, Le Morne’s sea offers the reflection Le Morne Brabant, while having the possibility to be encircled by fish.

Mauritius Summer Dishes

So Summer is already here, and obviously everyone thinks of cold beverages, ice-creams. A loud tune playing on the street… Yes, it is the ice-cream seller, children as well as elders regrouping outside of their house, waiting patiently in order to buy a refreshment.

Normally at around Rs 35, the usual combination is vanilla/chocolate ice-cream, coconut syrup and chocolate topping and a waffle cone. One of the advantage of these ice-creams is that they are homemade and thus do not have a commercial taste

What would be Summer in Mauritius without it’s delicious fruits? Indeed, Summer in Mauritius is greeted by mangoes, litchis and longan. Just like ice-cream sellers, you will also find pickle fruit hawkers at the famous cities – Port Louis, Rose-Hill and Curepipe. At approximately Rs 15, you may enjoy the sweet taste of mangoes or pineapples mixed with a piquant chilli powder – It’s a pure bliss!

Summer remains the best period to visit the island of Mauritius. With the array of tropical fruits, the ideal temperatures and the beautiful weather, you will surely enjoy wonderful holidays. Yet, remain cautious, summer also means a lot of mosquitoes and if you are unlucky or lucky – depends on you – you might be on the island during the island – so remained informed.

Have fun in Mauritius!

Here is a little surpise for you!

longane mauritius
We would like to propose the longan sangria recipe which is a cocktail made with longans..

Ingredients:

4 longans without seeds

1 ounce of white wine.

½ ounce of white rum

Sprite as a top-up

Instructions

Take the longans and add some ice in a rock glass. Pour the white wine and the rum. Finally, add some sprite and then stir.

 

reunion island beach

Right in the heart of the Indian Ocean, 800 km east of Madagascar, Reunion Island, together with Mauritius and Rodrigues, forms the Archipelago of Mascarenes. Reunion is like a mountain resting on the surface of the Indian Ocean, just like the Piton des Neiges, rising to 3,069 meters.

With an active volcano, the famous Piton de la Fournaise which wakes up periodically, gives you the opportunity to admire the magnificence of the lava flow in total safety. Obviously the most striking is that you are on a tropical island in the Indian Ocean, where it’s 30 degrees during the month of December, and this place so strangely distant is still a part of France.

The language, the currency, the highway code (and gendarmes who monitor): everything is authentic and 100% French, and if you took a direct flight from the city of Paris, you won’t even need your passport (identity card is sufficient). This is same for most European countries.

Landing in Reunion Island

Due to the thermal shock, the first step is to remove all the layers of unneeded clothes and get into your shirt. What a pleasure to walk and enjoy the warmth of the sun! Do not forget that hiring a car is what you should do as to be able to explore the island and enjoy everything it has to offer for a wonderful and complete holiday.

Finding accommodation close to the sea is no big deal. When you’ve found your hotel in Reunion, sit back on your terrace and relax to the sound of the waves. When you feel like you want to do something, head for the beach! And if you are wondering what you would do on Reunion Island, we have some advice for you.

The magnificence of circuses

The day after our arrival, we decided to offer us a little tour of the island by helicopter, just to identify well locations. And that is truly magical: the Reunion Island is a volcanic island, and is very mountainous in the center: it climbs very quickly and in a short drive, you can switch from sea level to over 800 meters altitude. There are 3 circuses that have their peculiarities and yet have in common to be sublime.

Summer in winter

Obviously, given the summer temperatures and bright sunshine (at least on the West Coast), the island of Reunion is the perfect place to practice sports or just fun activities: hiking, diving, paragliding, boating, surfing, island tour, visiting distilleries (with tasting), beach and relaxation, the list is long and you should take full advantage of this wonderful destination!

The volcano and its lava flows

Obviously, visiting the volcano is a must in Reunion, as this is one of the few still active volcanoes in the world and it is not dangerous at all: if on eruption, its lava flows slowly towards the coast, leaving ample time to evacuate all persons on its way. The Piton de la Fournaise has had well-publicized eruptions in recent years that have left huge lava flows in the southeastern part of the island. This has surely contributed to a small extension of the island’s area.

Reunion: A Unique place to be

Reunion is a beautiful island, which combines both the beauty and fun of a tropical sea and volcanic mountains. The island also enjoys a warm and sunny climate all year round. The fact that it is an overseas department of France allow locals to benefit both from a tropical environment while speaking their native language and benefiting from similar currency, institutions and level of equipment that you are used to in your country (including medical care). Furthermore, regional culture is still strong and different from those that may be in Europe, but of course, lovers of radical changes of scenery should rather go to Africa or Asia. Reunion is near Madagascar, Mauritius and South Africa, it may nevertheless constitute a good base for exploring the country.

In any case if you are looking for an island paradise combining sublime scenery and wildlife with whatever you are used to in France and for many sports activities, while having a time difference that does not tear your head, Reunion should seduce you and make you want to return with its unparalleled charm.

Hidden gems of Reunion Island

An island of true contrasts, the French department of Reunion is yet unknown to many world travelers. This unique island in the Indian Ocean is yet one of the most fascinating places on the planet.

Less famous than its neighbor Mauritius or the British islands of the Seychelles, the tiny island of Réunion seems drowned in the Indian Ocean, overshadowed by Madagascar. The French know the island well, but there are in fact few of them who have visited the island of the Indian Ocean. Here are ten activities to be that you should not miss while being on the island of Reunion:

–          Enjoy the splendor of the Three circuses;

–          Take some altitude to enjoy panoramic views of the island;

–          Be active, Reunion island just waiting to be explored on foot, by bicycle or by car. The thrill seekers will be served by the many canyons.

–          Taste the creole specialties based curry and try the local rum.

–          In St. Paul, enjoy the amazing displays of goods along the beach;

–          Discover an active volcano: a visit to the Piton de la Fournaise is needed as well as a visit of the Grand-Brûlé route to admire the lava flows.

–          Do not miss the various markets on the island.

–          Relax on the most popular beaches of the island: Saint-Gilles and Boucan Canot.

–          Soak up the local life in Creole villages such as Hell-Bourg, Entre-Deux or Les Makes.

–          Put on your scuba gear to go to the discovery of colorful fish and beautiful coral carpet.

–          Take a boat to accompany the local dolphins or whales.

–          Finally, do not forget to enjoy!

Have fun in Reunion island!

reunion in a nutshell

The description of Reunion island, in a nutshell, would surely be a French island in the Indian Ocean, a volcanic rock, a subtropical land, a riot of blue and green, of sea and mountain. However, these words and figures will never suffice to describe the complete nature of such an intense island. The intense landscape in which strong, ubiquitous green contrasts with delicate blue. The intense life with its harmonious mix of races and cultures…Let yourself be guided “intensely” while discovering the magnificent Reunion Island.

Visiting Reunion Island

We have shortlisted the many sites present on the island and we are bringing you on a trip around this island full off hidden gems! You can use public transport on the island, the yellow cars, or simply hire a car with or without chauffeur to get to the many corners of the island.

There are indispensable places to visit and you certainly have already heard about them but you should not miss seeing them during your holidays on the island! There are also so much things to do in this island. If you’re the kind of person who likes to soak up the sun with a book in your hand from sunrise to sunset all holiday, you’ll be more than happy relaxing on the white sands along the lagoon. If you travel to experience new cultures and flavours, you’ll love the interesting mix of European French and vibrant Creol that give the island it’s melting pot vibe. If you’re an active traveller, you’ll be spoilt for choice, between hiking one of the hundreds of trails that criss-cross the island, running along the beach, kite- or wind surfing, jumping down waterfalls and canyoning along one of the many rivers, or even cycling the epic road up to the peak of the volcano. There literally is something for everyone.

A journey to the heart of an exceptional nature

The island of Reunion covers 2500 square kilometers and 40% of its land is classified as World Heritage of UNESCO. The real beauty of the island is hidden in its interior. Still wild, often difficult to access, the mountainous surroundings are full of big surprises: volcano peaks, waterfalls, dense forests, isolated villages, plains and spectacular circuses.

Cilaos

Perched at 1,200 meters above sea level, Cilaos is surrounded by peaks oscillating between 2000 and 3070 m of height (Le Piton des Neiges, the highest point of Reunion Island). This single point remains one of the best spot for passing hikers and lovers of breathtaking views.

Salazie

Salazie is the largest and greenest of the three circuses and is accessible by car from Saint-André. Not far away, you will also discover the most beautiful waterfalls of the island: Cascade blanche, Grand Etang and Takamaka.

Mafate

Mafate is the wildest of the three circuses and the less visited. It can be reached only on foot or by helicopter. Mafate is accessible from Salazie, St. Paul (Maïdo) or Cilaos.

High Plains

Wedged between the circuses (Cilaos and Salazie) on one side, the Piton de la Fournaise on the other, the high plains are a natural corridor between the southern and northern coasts. Accessible through St. Benedict or St. Peter.

The Volcano

Get in touch with the Piton de la Fournaise, one of the most active volcanoes in the world. An immersion in the heart of intense Reunion island. While being there, you will have the feeling of walking on the moon

From Plaines des Kaffres, joins Plaines des Sables, where a stunning lunar landscape created by the hardened lava awaits you … The road to the Piton de la Fournaise offer you a strange landscape and you will be amazed by the beauty of the wild and natural surroundings …

You will be stunned while being here in the heart of Plaine des Sables and the Pas de Bellecombe where you can admire the view of the vast enclosure around the volcano. Be prepared to engage on a descent to the heart of the enclosure and join the small crater, this part is indescribable – you will have to see for yourself.

For the more energetic, a 6 hour hike (round trip)will take you to the foot of the Piton des Neiges crater. Those images will remain etched forever in your memory. Others attractions also lie in its rugged coastline and its forests.

Shortly after St. Joseph and towards St. Rose, cliffs replace the beaches and villages are fewer. The lava becomes ubiquitous. We enter the territory of the volcano. The sea is bubbling beneath the cliffs. St. Philip is the main town of the Southern Wild Island. You will discover the sublime wild black sand beaches, the most famous being that of Etang Salé.

And the Indian Ocean!

Reunion island also has a very protected lagoon on the west coast of the island. You’ll enjoy the warm sandy beaches and enjoy real relaxing moments. The reef stretches over 30 km and protects a beautiful lagoon with turquoise waters. Thus, you will have the opportunity to discover the coastal village of Saint-Gilles and the beautiful beach of the Hermitage. There you will find the best accommodation of the island.

In the evening, enjoy the gorgeous sunset that follows the lagoon. The turquoise waters of the lagoon are home to schools of colorful fish to discover with mask and snorkel. Do not miss enjoying the marine nature reserve, created in 2007, which will provide divers with stunning discoveries during their deep water exploration.

From June to September, you will have the chance to admire the whales off the coast. You can even watch them from the seaside. And finally for the brave and sportier, fishing boats take you out to meet the blue marlin, barracuda or even swordfish. Going to Reunion also means staying in the heart of the ocean …

Have a great time in Reunion!

Indian Ocean 

The Indian Ocean covers approximately one-fifth of the total ocean area of the world. It is the smallest, geologically youngest, and physically most complex of the world’s three major oceans. It stretches for more than 10,000 km between the southern tips of Africa and Australia and, without its marginal seas, has an area of about 73,440,000 square km. The Indian Ocean’s average depth is 12,990 feet (3,960 metres).

The Indian Ocean is full of treasures bathed in exotic and sun. It is also home to various exotic islands that are worth a visit. These include Reunion, Seychelles, Maldives, Mauritius and Rodrigues. They are all essential destinations for a holiday in the Indian Ocean.

The Lush nature

Fancy a trip to the Indian Ocean? Incredibly diverse, Indian Ocean islands are distinguished by their different characters and breathtaking scenery. Renowned for its beautiful beaches and seabed and its rich fauna and underwater flora, the Indian Ocean is home to beautiful islands: Mauritius, Madagascar, Rodrigues, Mayotte, Seychelles, Reunion and more. Popular destinations for tourists. But that’s not all: the Indian Ocean is also a dive in the heart of cultures and peoples with renowned hospitality.

Ideal temperatures

During summer and winter, the temperatures are mild, sometimes very hot: it actually averages to 25 ° C all year. Some areas are sometimes affected by tropical cyclones. However, these weather events are very rare and hotels are built to withstand these climatic variations and allow you to spend a holiday in peace.

A stay in the Indian Ocean, for the pleasure of your taste buds

An amalgam of French Indian, African and Chinese culinary arts, local cuisine will delight gourmets in search of spicy and tangy flavors. A quintessential dish of Creole cuisine normally consists of cooked meat, fish or vegetables, all seasoned with saffron, coriander, ginger and chilli. While visiting the Seychelles, do not leave without trying the chatimus, fruit purees and vegetables with spices and vinegar. Indian and Chinese food enthusiasts, you’ll find it with a stay in Mauritius and Reunion. The holidays in the Indian Ocean is also the opportunity to taste tropical fruits: mango, papaya, pineapple, guava, passion fruit and coconut are also on the menu of your stay.

Island of the Indian Ocean

Maldives

A trip to the Maldives is the guarantee to discover a true paradise! Warm turquoise waters, white sand and lush tropical vegetation, The Maldives is an ideal destination to fully recharge yourself. Spending your holidays in the Maldives will leave an ever-lasting memory. Explore the underwater beauty of a breathtaking lagoon, go to Kayak on the clear waters surrounding the islands and take part in a multitude of sports activities for children and adults.

The Mascarene Islands

From Reunion to Mauritius

Combine you trip to the Mascarene Islands to make it even more unique and memorable. Mauritius and Reunion are two Indian Ocean jewels which combine perfectly. Meander along the roadways of Reunion island and then relax on the beautiful white sandy beaches of Mauritius.

Reunion volcanoes oppose Mauritius lagoons to form a truly charming duo. Add in a mixed population of extreme kindness and vistas of breathtaking diversity, and you get the trip you’ve always dreamed of. Combining discovery, comfort and well-being, is the ideal trip for couples on honeymoon, lovers of nature or simply tireless active.

Reunion is a vibrant and enchanting destination that leaves no one indifferent. That’s why after a few days of active holiday in this land of contrasts, a stay in Mauritius will be welcome. Less than 45 minutes by plane from one another, these two neighboring islands guarantee a change of scenery.

The circuit Freedom in Reunion (with rental car) which allows you to travel around the island at your own pace and visit the best sights of the Reunion island! Hikers, meanwhile, will be amazed by Small Island Crossing, an exceptional hiking tour through the Salazie, Mafate and Cilaos circuses.

A trip to Mauritius is an experience to do at least once in his life! Mauritius is full of natural treasures that you can explore by boat, during a session of diving or simply by visiting the lush vegetations and natural features of the island. Spending holidays in Mauritius will leave an indelible memory.

From Mauritius to Rodrigues

You are looking for an exotic destination? Direction Rodrigues. Neighboring Mauritius, Rodrigues offers totally different sensations. Real island out of time, the heart of Rodrigues remained intact. Variety of landscapes, nonchalance and daily tranquility are what make the island unique. Its inhabitants will share their lifestyle and you will love their kindness.

At about one and a half hour from Mauritius in small plane, you land in a land where one feels good: a warm welcome by the inhabitants of the island, glad you made the trip up to them and proud to have some visitors…

When leaving Mauritius for Rodrigues, you will have the feeling of having gone from one world to another…It is an authentic island with unique scenery: hidden coves and turquoise lagoons.

The Seychelles: Island Hopping

The Seychelles is yet another jewel of the Indian Ocean. Let each island tell you his story. They all have something special to offer to the traveler.

Active or relaxing, inhabited or isolated, rocky or lush, the many Seychelles islands contain treasures that remain to be discovered by you. For a complete holiday, combine the main tropical islands, Mahé, Praslin and La Digue, to discover the most beautiful sites in the archipelago!

Experience a perfect little getaway on these Robinson island unspoiled natural … A non-ostentatious luxury that thrills. Come and meet the famous Seychelles sea turtle! Snorkeling sites are almost everywhere … Around La Digue, Anse Severe and Anse Patate you will discover many surprises. If you venture a little further, discover Cocos Island: a unique spot where you can see turtles, rays and colorful fish …

Whether for a discovery of the Seychelles, a quiet stay, a homecoming or a dive trip, whatever your desires, a trip to Seychelles is the perfect way to spend holidays.

Have fun in the Indian Ocean!

You can read more about the Indian ocean here. (French)

Stretching over miles and miles over the southern hemisphere, lies the vastly huge continent of Antarctica. Popular as the ice desert, the continent is the driest, coldest and windiest of all which makes it virtually an inhabitable place. Yet, there are a surprising number of people who made it their homeland. If there is one set of life that is utterly comfortable with the teeth clattering weather are the penguins. Walking head high with a relatively big body, these aquatic and flightless birds are usually one of the most adorable creatures on earth.

penguins antartica

Forming part of the fascinating wildlife of the Antarctic, the penguins are divided into eight species, the majority of them being migratory ones.

The Emperor Penguin is the biggest of all species. The male and female ones do not much differ much from each other. They both have the head and dorsal side of black, a white belly, pale yellow breasts and bright yellow ear patches. They are architectured in such a way that their bodies can adapt to the varying dry and cold temperatures. This explains their comfort with the extreme cold conditions both above and under water. Their meal mostly consists of fish, squid, and krill. Being the only specie of penguins who breeds during the Antarctic winter and being social animals, penguins migrate during different times of the year to breeding colonies where they are joined by an even greater number of individuals.

These cute looking animals have predators too. Many penguins end up being the next dinner of a gluttonous leopard seal, orcas, a southern giant petrel or a south polar skua. It is almost disheartening to know that these penguins can live up to a maximum of twenty years. Their lifespan can be shortened by global warming. Wordless creatures are nowadays bearing the consequences of the actions of us human beings. Among the many animals that inhabit the continent, penguins generally share a very friendly relationship with human beings and do not consider them as their next seasoned dish.

penguins antartica

Excerpts from a traveler’s diary

Being a travel enthusiast, I have visited many places and I had had the privilege of discovering many unseen facets of life and society. While setting on this journey, I had made myself a mental note to see the most adorable creatures on the planet; the penguins. I find them funny little creatures trotting around everywhere. Despite their heavy weight, they can carry themselves everywhere and are proven to be efficient swimmer with amazing dives and many famous Michael Phelps’s moves. In my opinion these are the cutest flightless birds that one could find.

However, I could not allow myself to travel to the great Antarctic continent just to see penguins. That’s a little bit insane and I couldn’t have bore the extremely freezing weather conditions. Instead, I focused on seeing them in a zoo in a country with a humanely adaptable temperature: The SeaWorld San Diego Zoo in San Francisco.

With the fiery bright sun warming us all above my head, I book my ticket for to meet the love of my life. That particular section of the zoo is transfigured so as to make it look like a replica of the natural habitat of the penguins. The chilly atmosphere somewhat drowns the warmth of the weather and invites visitors to admire the beautiful representation of nature; penguins.

The icy flooring and snowy background and the pool make us feel like this is the Antarctic. While some of the penguins are marching here and there just trying to shed off the extra calories which do get burnt by just walking and swimming, the others play in the water with their fellow mates and offsprings. The baby penguins are just a delight to watch. They make this trickling noise while playing that generates loads of awes from the spectators. The majority of them are emperor penguins shipped from the Antarctic. Their preservation and breeding have been remarkable. The penguins have been known to adapt to this new habitat with very few unsuccessful cases.

I had the honor of participating in the step to step guide into looking after a baby penguin. This actually is an amazing experience. Caring for such an animal is undoubtedly a rare opportunity and offers a whole new level of happiness. These animals are being influenced by the harmful effects of global warming and this is so an issue of concern. We cannot keep migrating penguins out of Antarctica just because glaciers are melting. That place is their natural habitat and it is our duty to save their place. So as responsible human beings, we should pitch in and start the good work. That would be the ultimate gift for them; their perfect shelter.

You don’t need to spend extravagant money to see penguins. You could just visit a zoo. It is more welcoming and affordable and is considered as a lesser threat to the animals. And after you are done visiting the cute birds from the cold Antartica, it’s time to book a flight to warmer shores of the Indian Ocean! Holidays in Mauritius is a wonderful idea especially with its exclusive villas.