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There are many islets around Mauritius, all beautiful and unique in their own particular way. île aux Cerfs, an island extending over an area of 79 hectares, situated on the eastern coast, a few steps from Trou d’Eau Douce, can be reached in 15 minutes by boat from the coast.

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The Sunbathing Paradise

An aerial view reveals the dramatic shapes and colours of the lagoon surrounding îleeaux Cents. It is a sun worshippers’ paradise, perfect for sunbathing. The rays of the morning sun hitting the isle is a dream sight This tiny isle, deli­cately poised on the blue pastel sea, is a pearl in the Mauritian landscape.

How to get there?

A regular boating service ensures visitors safe and secure crossing to the island. However, visitors and picnickers are advised to make an early start to avoid congestion and obtain a suitable place for pitching a small canvas tent or secure a shady place for leaving baggage or resting and protecting from the scorching heat. In the afternoon, an early return too is advisable to avoid last minute rush that may end in disaster.

A hotel Island

The islet has surely been named for stags exis­ting on it. It was inhabited by deer the Dutch brought from Java. Now there are no more. The development of tourism has brought the islet into the limelight. The construction of Touessrok helped a lot in the develop­ment of the island by boosting its charm to attract more customers.  Its care and maintenance fell within the jurisdiction of the hotel that still sees to its smooth administration and controls the flow of visitors and the food that they carry along with them.

A blue Turquoise Lagoon

The popularity of the island is going crescendo as it provides unusual pleasures and fares to its votaries. The island so far has not suffered drastically at the hands of man for it still retains most of its pristine charm and beauty of a mini woodland lost in an emerald and pastel blue sea ruf­fled by the South-East Trades Wind. The ripples that glisten on the water on a calm and placid sea present a wonderful sight that one can go on admiring for hours on end. The thundering of me waves or the soft sound coupled with the rustling of the foliage pro­duce at times a mellifluous music or at times an ear-splitting cacophony.

 

A natural Charm

Ile aux Cerfs like Chamarel has developed into a cynosure due mainly to its natural charm reminiscent of Shakespeare’s description of England in King Richard II. “This precious isle found in a silvery sea….” It is known for its lagoons, its natural swimming pools, superb sandy beaches like everywhere in the island. It7s the most frequented excursion destination in the island. It welcomes around eight hundred visitors every day. The island reckons a lush and green vegetation on the western flank confining the tourists within a radius of four hundred metres around the landing place. It is a very beautiful place that immediately takes the eye captive There are many rovers around that pro­pose cruises or short trips or fishing expeditions. The trips sometimes include travels towards the cascade of G.R.S.E though sometimes access to it is difficult and even risky.

There is a lot for the eyes to see… There is a nice lagoon near the landing station. It is pleasant for swim­ming. It has a soft slope that children take much delight in by gliding down Gift shops stand in a line arraying different items like pareos, straw hats, swimming trunks, sports shoes, umbrellas, bracelets and coral necklaces, the proud products of Mauritian crafts.

What to do on île aux Cerfs

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There are two restaurants, Paul et Virginie and Le Marche that cater for all tastes but at an unaffordable price by locals. The latter bring their own bread and soft drinks or water There is plenty to do. On the right of the landing sta­tion the azure blue sea with pure white sands are per­fect for both basking and swimming. The calm waters of the lagoon are ideal for water sports such as snorkelling, relaxing over a long, lazy lunch is almost compul­sory. It has also a crazy golf course. It is a par-72, 7,056-yard course that extends over 94 acres amongst tropical vegetation. It has 9 lakes and small greens that enhance the beautiful panoramic view suitable for film shots. Hiking, leisurely strolls in a natural setting with filao trees and other shrubs and its endemic fauna and flora, exotic plants that have survived the test of time and man’s defiling hands need be preserved. The rare spe­cies in terms of birds like the mynas, the redbird, the tiny crawlers, the lizards, the chameleons, die mongoose, a few rare plants, creepers and other savage flowers still tantalize the visitors.

A ramble along the sandy beach reveals a different facet of the island that may qualify it as a nudist para­dise. Tourists lie almost naked on the sand and attract curious sex starving people who take advantage of washing their eyes. The more intrepid ones do enjoy some sex with their partners as the atmosphere is conge­nial to such a ritual. There is the feeling of having spent a nice time at the end of the day.

Garden of Eden

The visit might be fun­nier had staying overnight under canvas been allowed. Unfortunately, the isle has to be vacated at 5 p.m. The visitor may borrow the road from Bel Air and proceed to Trou D’eau Douce and then turn right along a road with a splendid view it’s bordered by trees bea­ring red or yellow or pink flowers at intervals. They are very aesthetically planted along both sides of the road that leads to the landing station with a spacious par­king lot for safe and secure parking. Ile aux Certs is in fact a garden of Eden as many tourists declare otter visi­ting it.

 

 

 

This small island paradise is full of treasures of all kinds and has everything to please: its lagoons, sandy beaches, culture, colors … Well, fortunately, this is not bound to stay a dream, for you vacationer. Instead of lazing all day on the beach, we have concocted a list of activities to enjoy! Visit those magical places to discover all the beauty Mauritius has to offer. You will absolutely no longer want to leave this little paradise!

1. Valley of the Colors

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One of the most incredible places on the island is the Valley of Colours! You will be able to admire this place where the earth is of 7 different colors, due to the presence of volcanic ash containing mineral oxides of different colors. This place is located in the Chamarel area, right next to the national park. Often visited on foot, this site becomes grandiose when you go higher up! This is why we recommend that you give a try to the zip line circuit in the nature park, in the middle of the cliffs, waterfalls, vegetation and park of animals. You will embark with the team in a 4 × 4 to go up a part of the park while getting the opportunity to say hello to the harmless beasts of the forest. Arriving on site, you will get your equipment and a safety brief will be given to you. Then it’s all up to you to let yourself slide along the line, over the pristine landscapes.

2. Via Ferrata on the West Coast

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To stay in a sensational activity, the Via Ferrata is a climbing route, that is to say a cable is hung all the way to the rock, and so you can climb safely. At the heart of the Yemen Nature Reserve, this park is home to the two longest rivers of Mauritius (Rivère du Rempart and Tamarin River) and extends over 4,500 hectares. The first part of the route consists of climbing the mountain “Mamzel Zabeth” to the summit. At the top, the panorama is breathtaking since you will have a full view over the entire west coast. The route then continues with a trek of thirty minutes to the suspension bridge, for a little adrenaline-push. Cherry on the cake,  the circuit ends with zip lines ending directly in the pond, allowing you to end the journey with a little swim!

3. Belle Mare

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Everywhere on the beaches of Mauritius, you have the possibility to indulge in parasailing. But for a more spectacular view and fewer tourists for the same, it is advisable to go on the beach of Belle Mare. Parasailing involves a parachute flight pulled by a boat along the coast. At over 60 meters high, like a bird, you will discover an incredible view of this beautiful island. All your senses will be alert and you will feel light and free. A good alternative to parachute jumping, as you get off the boat and climb as the boat moves slowly. But for those who want more sensations, it is possible to unhook the parachute for a gentle free fall in the water.

4. Casela Adventure Park

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Casela is the main adventure park of Mauritius hosting various species of animals living in quasi-freedom in the heart of 14 hectares of vegetation. By taking a shuttle, you can safely roam among wildlife and get in touch with it. For an hour, walk in the heart of the forest, surrounded by these kings of animals, the lions. A walk that looks like a canine ride, with the exception that the animal weighs 200 pounds and could kill you in a stroke. Despite some fears that some may have, the animals are not drugged or beaten, nor tied. An experience, which is yet again incredible to do.

5. Grand Bassin

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Mauritius is strong in its Hindu culture and Grand Bassin remains a sacred place for their pilgrimage for Maha Shivaratree. Located in an ancient volcanic crater in the Savane region this lake is surrounded by a temple dedicated to Shiva, Hanuman and Lakshmi. Once a year, around February / March on the occasion of the Maha Shivaratree (Great night of Shiva), thousands of pilgrims walk from their home for a grand ceremony in Grand Bassin which lasts all night. Ten days before this night, believers refrain from drinking alcohol or eating meat. A place that exudes a true mystical and relaxing atmosphere, a haven of peace and well-being. Also, one will certainly not miss one of the tallest statue of the Indian Ocean at the entrance of the sacred place – Mangal Mahadev.

6. Port Louis Market

market p louisIt is impossible to go to Mauritius without visiting its capital and its incredible market. It is also called the bazaar and contains the wealth of Mauritian culture. Located on Queen Street and being one of the oldest markets, Port Louis Market offers a large selection of fresh and typical products, grouped by category. On one side the color palette of fruits and vegetables: pineapples, mangoes, turmeric, calabashes, passion fruit … but also plants to make herbal teas. On the other hand, the meats and seafood. And finally an exclusive part where you can find souvenirs with artisanal products: Embroidery, tablecloths, teas, jams, clothes … A walk to do late in the morning, to awaken your taste buds and taste, quietly on the go local produce!

7. Meet the dolphins

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An excursion generally made early in the morning (around 7 am), where you start by having breakfast on the beach. Then embark on boats on the beach of Black River for a gentle awakening with the dolphins in their natural habitat. Fins and snorkels are provided to see these magnificent creatures. Be careful not to get too close, do not forget that these are wild animals moving in schools and can have impulsive and violent behavior. The day is followed by a barbecue, followed by another dive called the Natural Aquarium, we let you guess how much it will make you dream!

8. Gabriel Island

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From Grand Baie, embark in the early morning on a Catamaran destined for the Ilot Gabriel located at 17 kilometers from the Mauritian coast. During this excursion, you will pass by the Coin de Mire, a whale-shaped island that houses the famous Paille-en-queues at the top of its cliffs. It will not be surprising during the journey to cross groups of Dolphins playing in the water. Once you arrive at Ilot Gabriel, you can walk around and bathe for an hour or two before enjoying a good barbecue on the Catamaran. Then in the beginning of the afternoon, you will make the opposite way to get back to Grand Baie around 16/17.

9. Blue Bay Marine park

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The dreamed place of the divers, Gunners coin has the paradise of the seabed. The question is why diving in the South East rather than elsewhere? Simply because this area is subject to wind, which means that diving is not ideal every day, and therefore no boats in the water, but when the weather is fine, the marine fauna is more important, a veritable garden of Eden (turtles, clown fish, barracudas, morays, rays …)

10. Tea Route

tea route mauritiusThis time a trip of three stages, of another nature since it is based on the Mauritian gastronomy. You will start by the Domaine des Aubineaux, a typical colonial residence of the 19th century located on the high plateaux. On the program, the visit of the gardens, the old stables transformed into distillery and in the shop of essential oils but also a break in its tea room. Then, direction Bois Cherie, an area known for its tea. You can visit the manufacturing plant by following the various stages of manufacture. The visit is continuous in the tea museum of the estate and ends with a tasting. Finally, stop at Saint-Aubin, north of Souillac to discover an old colonial estate specialized in sugar. This place, today has been transformed into a table d’hôte and will offer you typical dishes based on local products. But also visit the distillery of agricultural rum from which you can follow its manufacture, as well as a small sugar factory that has been recreated for visitors to follow the manufacturing steps.

Enjoy your trip in Mauritius!

romance mauritius

Haven of beauty in the heart of the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is the perfect place to enjoy love more intensely than elsewhere… From north to south and from east to west, Mauritius offers an extraordinary diversity of environments and landscapes. Beaches with idyllic sights, “nature” tours and peaceful corners – this Eden is the setting for an adventure to share together with your lover!

Enchanting Romantic walks in Mauritius

The Pamplemousses Garden in the north, is the pride of the island, and is perfect for an enchanting and romantic walk with your lover. A feeling of well-being and serenity grabs you from the moment you enter this magnificent garden. Unique plants inhabit this little paradise. Stroll hand in hand, between giant nénuphars(Water Lilly) pool and lotus flowers. This is enough to make you fall under the spell of the island’s charm … In the far north, Cap Malheureux is a must visit for your romantic stroll. This charming fishing village lends itself to its escape. It hides a poetic marine cemetery and a Tamil temple in pastel colors. Further, the star attraction: Notre Dame Chapel. Its famous red roof is a classic postcard picture scenery. Facing the lagoon a few moments with your loved one. The sea and the sky merge on the horizon in a mosaic of colors while a fairytale atmosphere pervades the place…

Your romantic getaway…

If you are wondering where to go for your romantic getaway, why not head to Ile Aux Aigrettes? The excursion on the spot begins with a short cruise on a turquoise-blue water. The island offers groomed trails through dense forest. You will discover some of the treasures that abound this nature reserve: the pink pigeon, the Aldabra giant tortoise and a multitude of endemic plants – while enjoying the company of your lover in an idyllic setting.

Pleasure in Duet

Isn’t it the dream romantic holiday, a beach paradise, perfecting your tan under a blazing sun? Yet, Mauritius still reserve some surprises … Riambel Beach is the perfect place to live a moment out of the ordinary. Several equestrian centers allow vacationers to indulge in horse riding by the sea. You who dreamed of magic moments with your beloved, difficult to imagine a more romantic! You begin to doubt that all this is real? Your suspicions are likely to persist even more after having indulge in one of the most famous activities of the island: swimming with dolphins in Tamarin Bay. In the distance, the mountains of Trois Mamelles and the Rempart crown this wild array. The sea air invigorates you! Enjoy the lagoon of Mauritius on a double kayak. Sail in the heart of the crystalline lagoon without missing a beat of this natural spectacle. A stroll through the mangrove is for you the opportunity to admire unique plant species in the world!

Nature, an invitation to romanticism

Finish off this romantic stroll by visiting the higher plains of Curepipe. After a walking tour you will find yourself at Trou aux Cerfs. In the hollow of this impressive volcanic crater lake nestled at the heart of Curepipe, you will find its surroundings populated by a rich fauna. There you can contemplate the ocean surrounding the island – it is even said that when the weather is clear, you can even see the island of Reunion … Further south you can visit the village of Souillac, near which the Rochester Falls are located. In this place still preserved from mass tourism, a waterfall of 10 m high pours its waters. Why not take advantage of this intimate setting for a swim with your significant other? The land in Chamarel mark the final step of your trip with your lover in Mauritius. This vast bare clearing reveals its floor painted in 7 colors, from ocher to purple through red. This place looks like the moon in brighter colours. One of the most beautiful places on earth for a passionate!

Relax in Grand Bassin

If you still want to relax, how about a zen and exotic ride with your partner? Grand Bassin, southeast of the island and near Bois Chéri, offers a relaxed environment. This natural water reservoir in the heart of an ancient volcano is also a sacred place for Hindus. An imposing statue of the goddess Shiva overlooks the lake, around which monkeys often come to steal the offerings brought by the followers near the temples that line this mystical place.

Your Romantic holidays in a nutshell…

When to go? If you want to spend an unforgettable moment while having a perfect tan, visit Mauritius at the beginning of the year. But fear not: the climate is very pleasant on the island regardless of the season. How to get there? Book your airline tickets online and take advantage of the best deals on flights to Mauritius! To save even more, book your flight and hotel in Mauritius well in advance. How to move around the island? The ideal is to opt for the car rental to be completely free to move. Warning: here, we drive on the left. Enjoy the best rates by hiring your car in Mauritius with Avis. Where to stay ? In a romantic hotel in Mauritius! The north and west of Mauritius offer many boutique hotels for you and your loved one (s). Why not opt ​​for a hotel in Flic-en-Flac, where the beaches are more beautiful than others? What combine comfort and relaxation! Where to eat ? At Linda’s Place: Royal Road, Calodyne (north), world cuisine, from € 5 Saffron Grill: Grand Bay, River du Rempart (north), Indian cuisine, count 5 € to 10 € * Chamarel Restaurant: La Crête, Chamarel (southwest), Indian and Creole cuisine, dishes from 15 € to 35 €* Have a wonderful romantic holiday in Mauritius!

Beach Mauritius

Mauritius is one of the favourite destinations for holidays! This summer, if you are wondering what to do during you holidays, well rest assured, we got some advice for you. For a complete holiday full of adventure and discoveries, we have made a top 10 of the must-dos on this wonderful island of the Indian-Ocean. We hope you have fun!

1. Ile aux Cerfs

Ile aux Cerfs is an outer island you should not miss visiting while being in Mauritius. It is an uninhabited island located east of Mauritius. Being both a tourist spot and also a place where Mauritians love to go for a day on weekends for a picnic with family, you will surely enjoy a nice moment there.

To get there, you just need take a boat near Trou d’Eau Douce. There are several formulas “excursion inclusive” but for more authenticity and for complete freedom, we recommend you take the water taxi from Trou d’Eau Douce which leaves every 20 minutes and takes you there in about ten minutes. Be careful not to lose your ticket back.

Once there, you can enjoy the beautiful beach and turquoise waters that lie ahead. You can also relax in the shade of casuarinas if it’s too hot or walk along the beach on the other side of the island where the sea is rough. If you are observant, you will probably encounter large starfish back by the waves. Also, if you are fan of extreme activities like parasailing, you can try them with some operators present on the island.

2. The Garden of Pamplemousses

The Garden of Pamplemousses is one of the most visited sites of the island. It has also changed its name and is now called the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden (named after the former Prime Minister of the island). This 37-hectare garden is a nice tour to do. You can visit it with a guide that will be available at the entrance of the garden. This will help you to know more about the history of the park and learn more about the specimens that can be observed. Be careful in summer – mosquito – keep your anti-insects sprays near!

Garden Admission: Rs 200 (5 €)

3. Blue Bay

The South of the island is an exceptional site for snorkelling. The marine park of Blue Bay is known for its beautiful fauna and flora. After taking a glass bottom boat that will enable you to learn a little more about the different corals, why not give a try to diving with your masks and snorkels. We promise it to be a pure moment of pleasure among the fish and corals of all colors. There are a lot of providers along the beach, do not hesitate to negotiate rates!

Average price for a visit in glass bottom boat and snorkeling 300 rupees (€ 7)

4. Port Louis and its market

Port Louis, capital of Mauritius! Not visiting this small capital would be a shame because it is a city that deserves to be visited at least for its large market and various historical spots. Mingle with the population, and taste the street food (chilies cakes, samosas, Dholl puree, boulettes) and observe the daily life of Mauritians. Visit the market to discover the beautiful and succulent tropical fruits and vegetables but also the bazaar part where you will find clothing, souvenirs, etc. Know that as a tourist, you will have been “spotted”, and everyone will want to sell stuffs to you. This can be disturbing but a simple “no thank you” will end any sequence. For the price, it’s the same, know that there the price for the “tourist” and the “local” price. Negotiate! Do not hesitate a second. One last thing you should not miss is the “Alouda”, its pure bliss!

5. Beach of Mont Choisy

One of the best beaches is located northwest of the island, the beach of Mont Choisy. The beach is splendid with its fine golden sand. It is ideal for sunbathing or simply relaxing under the casuarina trees that line the beach. Do enjoy a swim in its azure lagoon and if you are hungry you will find there some “food trucks”- Fried noodles in trays is a treat you should not miss!

6. Cap Malheureux

If you’ve already seen photos of Mauritius, you necessarily saw the famous Cap Malheureux red chapel. Cap Malheureux is located north of the island. In the distance we can see the Coin de Mire, it’s really a beautiful place to see. This is a must stop point in my opinion – mostly for those who love romantic corners.

7. Grand Baie

Grand Bay is a bit like Mauritius’ Saint-Tropez. The most touristic place of the island with its many restaurants, bars, nightclubs. This is the place to be if you love nightlife and want to enjoy your holidays to the maximum.

8. Le Morne

Le Morne is a mountain in the southwest of Mauritius, world heritage of UNESCO since 2008 under the name of “Le Morne Cultural Landscape”. This site was a sanctuary for runaway slaves and today is a memorial of the colonial period of the island. Le Morne rises to 555 meters, the ascent is accompanied by a guide. The view at the top is breathtaking. Not far away, you can enjoy the beaches that are perfect for kitesurfing.

9. Visit the Aquarium Mauritius

On the northwest coast at Pointe aux Biches where you can visit the Aquarium of Mauritius. It is worth a look if you will not have the opportunity to explore the Mauritian seabed. Tip for your visit: Go in the morning at 11 am or in the afternoon just before 15h and be present at the large pool of sharks. You will have the chance to witness the feeding of the fish and sharks, it’s a very nice experience to see. It is a visit to do with the kids or if you do not have the opportunity to snorkel or dive.

10. The Tea Route in Mauritius

The tea route is a gastronomic, historic and cultural excursion well known by tourists visiting Mauritius. The course is done in 3 steps and to discover the farms of tea, sugar cane and vanilla. The 3 areas are the domain of Aubineaux, Bois Cheri and Saint Aubin. This route will dive you into a colonial past still present in Mauritius and that deserves attention if we want to understand the history of the island.

To discover the tea route, you have several options. You can go to each step on your own by renting a car or book a taxi for the day. You can also enjoy the services of a local agency that will take you on each domain.

Have a wonderful trip around Mauritius!

Mauritius from the sky

Mauritius is perfect for sharing a moment of serenity, the sun rises and warms you, feet on the sand, gaze attracted to this endless ocean, giving way for a beautiful day. The reputation of Mauritius as a perfect destination for a tropical vacation or a honeymoon is unparalleled. Sandy beaches, sunshine, crystal clear waters, rich culture and lush nature: all these elements aspire to magical vacation. When choosing your tropical destination, you will certainly come across Mauritius as a classic. If you want a trip without concern, sunny days and exotic lifestyle, Mauritius is made for you.

This year, if you are planning your holidays, why not go and discover this beautiful island of the Indian Ocean and its many facets. Experience unforgettable moments on one of the most beautiful Indian Ocean islands. To make the preparation of your stay and your trip to the island pleasant, we have compiled all the information you might need to spend great and complete holidays! From top places to visit, to food and accommodation, we have it all here!

Top places to visit in Mauritius

Before coming over to Mauritius, you surely want to know its attributes.  Here are a few things that will surely conquer you to visit the island of Mauritius. If this is your first time to Mauritius, you will not know where to go on the island. We have made a selection of the best places to visit during your holidays on the island.

Deer Island

Deer island is a beautiful small island located east of Mauritius. It is only accessible by boat. Various formulas will be presented to you when it comes to a trip to Deer Island, however, for more freedom and authenticity know that you can go on a water taxi from Trou d’Eau Douce. It is a 10 minute trips.

Then you will be able to just enjoy the beautiful beach and turquoise sea around the islet. You can also relax in the shade of casuarinas or stroll on the beach on the other side of the island. If you want premium services, you can opt for one of the formulas providing for boat, lunch, visit of the GRSE Waterfalls along with some activities like parasailing.

Port Louis and its market

Port Louis Market

The capital of Mauritius deserves a visit and not only for its market. A walk in town will not only allow you to experience the street food but also to mingle with people and discover their daily lives. A visit to the large market of Port Louis will reveal its most beautiful fruits and vegetables but you will also find clothing and even crafts products to bring back home as souvenirs of your trip to Mauritius. Then why not head to China Town where you can taste wonderful Chinese food and Dim Sum! You can also head to Plaine Verte where you will find the best Dholl Purees and Alouda without forgetting the alluring perfume of the Briani at every street corner.

Le Morne

Le Morne, a mountain located in the southwest of Mauritius, is one of the UNESCO heritage of the island of Mauritius. If Le Morne once served as a sanctuary for slaves, today it is an important place that recalls the colonial era of Mauritius. If you are courageous enough to hike the mountain until the top you will be rewarded with an incredible view of the surroundings. If you prefer water activities, you can reach the nearby beaches that are popular with kite surfers and surfers.

Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens

These gardens were renamed in 1988 in memory of the Prime Minister of Mauritius which led the country to independence twenty years ago. SSR Botanical Gardens are one of the most visited tourist attractions on the island of Mauritius.

The gardens are famous for its giant water lilies – Victoria Amazonica – whose gigantic leaves can measure up to three meters in diameter. There you will also come across the amazing Talipot palm which blooms only once in 30 to 80 years. The garden boast various other rare species that a guide will happily show to you during the visit of the garden.

Trou aux Cerfs, Curepipe

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At the center of the island, one main attraction remains Trou aux Cerfs, an extinct volcano in the middle of the central plateau, dominating the small town of Curepipe. The crater ises on a natural lake. The panoramic view from this point is outstanding, overlooking the main towns, but also the Moka Mountains and the northwestern coast. Note that access by car is prohibited there, you’ll have to walk around the crater- which is indeed a rewarding walk.

Grand Bassin, Ganga Talao

If you are one of those adventurers, we advise you to visit the south of the island after leaving Curepipe.  Follow the trail from Mare aux Vacoas which meets with Petrin then followed by Ganga Talao (Mostly known as Grand Bassin), a natural lake that nestles in the crater of an ancient volcano. This lake is an important place of pilgrimage where many Hindus of Mauritius converge to pray Lord Shiva during the festival of Maha Shivratree. It is believed that water from the sacred lake of Ganges in India are linked to those in Mauritius. There you will also have the opportunity to contemplate one of the highest statues in the Indian Ocean – Mangal Mahadev – at the entrance of Ganga Talao.

Chamarel and the land of the seven colors

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Further south, after crossing Bassin Blanc and Vallee des couleurs, you will come across, yet, another wonder of the island of Mauritius. The Land Of Seven Colours- Chamarel. The south of the island is pretty wild, unspoilt and mountainous. The views you will come across while descending the road of Chamarel are stunning.

The Land of Seven Colours is a mystic place, a geological curiosity: small dune lands of different colors! It is very surprising and amazing. Not far away, one can see a beautiful waterfall of about 100m high: the most beautiful you will come across in Mauritius. On the road there, if you are visiting the island during the months of February to April, do not miss to stop along the roads and pick up guavas that grows on each side of the sentiers across this descent towards the south of the island.

The Gorges National Park Black River

The National Black River Gorges Park is without any doubt the green jewel of Mauritius – the lungs of Mauritius. Since June 1994, the splendid forest of nearly 6600 hectares, located in Plaine Champagne in the hills of the south west of Mauritius, is classified National Park and is managed by the National Park Conservation Service. The park offers a unique opportunity for hiking and discovering the natural heritage of the island. It boasts breathtaking landscapes and about 300 species of trees, shrubs, plants and animals. You will also have the opportunity to discover yet another waterfall of the island there.

Ile aux Aigrettes, Nature Reserve

Just roll back to 400 years ago and imagine how the land of Mauritius was. Endless forests unfolding before you, pigeons, parrots and bats flying in groups. Giant tortoises and dodos approaching you and wondering what you are doing here. That’s indeed a dream. Although it remains a tiny part of the original fauna and flora of the island, there is a place where you can see some of these rare species in all their glory: Ile Aux Aigrettes.

Those visiting Ile Aux Aigrettes will see the last remnants of dry ebony forest that once grew in abundance across the main island. They will also see some of the work done by the ‘Mauritius Wildlife Foundation’ to replant and reintroduce endangered vegetation such as rare orchids, reptiles and birds such as the famous Pink Pigeon. Guided tours are organised everyday – this is a must visit you will surely be conquered by.

Blue Bay Marine Park

Blue Bay Marine park remains one of the only conserved Marine park of the island of Mauritius. A unique trip awaits you there. Your eyes will be marveled by the various colourful and striking reefs home to various species of fish. The luminous hues of the limpid waters of this marine park is blessed with an exceptionally diverse seabed. Get your snorkel and diving equipment out, you won’t be able to resist to dip into those clear and attracting waters.

The Northern islands

This small group of islands has become a favorite stopover for boats and divers. Various catamaran cruises can be booked to visit those beautiful and secluded island in the north of Mauritius. Participating in these cruises allow visitors to enjoy snorkeling in the crystal waters of Coin de Mire, home to seabird niches in the cliffs. This tour is also an opportunity to organize picnics and swimming around Flat Island and Ilot Gabriel.

You will also have the chance to admire the remarkable silhouette of the Round Island, a nature reserve which cannot be visited in order to protect native species of plants and reptiles that have been reintroduced n this piece of land.  Round island and its neighbor, Snake Island, are part of a large conservation operation by the government and the ‘Mauritius Wildlife Foundation.

Top things to do in Mauritius

Between beaches, hotels, villas and sun, you might think you know the pearl of the Indian Ocean … Well, let me tell you something, Mauritius is as secretive as it is exotic. With its palette of cultures and kaleidoscope colours, this little piece of paradise has a lot to offer in terms of things to do during your holidays there. You’ll find activities for everyone – old and young alike will find something to do on this island of wonders.

Water Activities in Mauritius

If you are a diving lover, you will discover submarine spots of exceptional beauty on the island of Mauritius. Whether you are only a beginner or have your PADI level, you can make diving trips on the various sites of the island.

For the more curious, you won’t have the will to resist the call to take a look at the marine life of the lagoon of Mauritius … Equipped with fins, masks, snorkels … venture yourself in the waters of Blue Bay, Ile Aux Cerfs or Ile Aux Aigrettes.

If you prefer skiing, the island is full of kite surfing spots known worldwide. Mauritius, having as feature protected lagoons and its trade winds providing a steady wind almost all year, generates the waves by via Barrier and has become popular for windsurfing.

It does not stop here. Other activities proposed in Mauritius extends to windsurfing, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, boating pedals, glass bottom boat. These are activities that you must try during your stay in Mauritius.

Catamaran Cruise in Mauritius

Mauritius is the perfect destination to discover, learn or improve on your fishing skills. Depending on the season, if you wander into deep sea fishing, you can catch marlin, swordfish, sharks, tuna, bonito or barracuda. A catamaran cruise along the coast of Mauritius remains a must try. It is an unparalleled way to discover the island in a completely different light.

Nature sports in Mauritius

Nature enthusiasts can enjoy a wide array of land activities in Mauritius. From hikes in the many parks and fields, old sugarcane properties or reconverted sentiers such as the Black River Gorges National Park or the Domain de l’Etoile. If you love nature then you’ll love walking through the lush forests of Mauritius to discover its mountainous landscape, exotic vegetation and rich fauna.

Golf in Mauritius

The island of Mauritius is a golf destination hosting various international competition. Enthusiasts from around the world compete on the mown greens between mountains and sea in the paradisiacal sites near the lagoon or on the famous Ile aux Cerfs. No less than eight 18-hole courses and four 9-hole courses can be found on the island. Something for all golfers, whatever their level of play, they can pleasantly occupy their stay in Mauritius!

Aquarium of Mauritius

Without getting wet, you can admire many species of fish in the aquarium of Mauritius located in Pointe aux Piments. Always dry, you will walk around the various bassins boasting more than a 100 species of fish and algae. You will even have the chance to enjoy the view of sharks and sea tortoises.

Discover the Casela Adventure Park

Casela Adventure Park is open all year and invites you to discover its animals, the children’s farm and the many activities proposed around the park. Casela is located in the southwest of Mauritius between Tamarin and Flic-en-Flac and offers a splendid view of the Rempart River Valley. Open since 1979, it now houses some 1,500 animals, including species of rare and colorful birds, giant tortoises, lions and many others. Recently upgraded, the park now offers an unparalleled experience to visitors with its heart pumping activities – ziplines, canyoning and quad biking.

To visit the park and discover the animals, you have the choice to follow a guide on board quads or buggies with all the equipment necessary to conduct this kind of gear. And to be as close to the animals, you can visit animals in their natural habitat on the Segway after a few minutes of initiation! The children will certainly be conquered by the mini-farm which allows them to approach the animals and their babies, and even feed them!

Bet at the Champs de Mars Race course

Horse racing is a national sport in Mauritius! Every weekend, the Champs de Mars racecourse is full. In the stands you will quickly feel the excitement rise; bettors flock to the announcement of the jockeys, riders climb onto the stool, ready to go, take to the starting line and “bang”, the race is on! Spectators observe, comment, shout, exclaim, grumble and laugh. A nice cocktail of emotions to explore when you are in the vicinity of Port Louis during the weekend. This will be a unique opportunity you’ll want to enjoy. At the same time, you’ll have the opportunity to contemplate the beauty of one of the oldest Horse race track of the southern hemisphere.

Swimming with dolphins in Mauritius

Mauritius indeed allows you to spend magical moments with dolphins during your holidays. The only constraint might be that you will need get up early! Yet, you will not regret your early morning ride, the show is exceptional and the light is beautiful! The departure is between 7:00 and 8:30 from South West beaches. From Tamarin you will go in the Bay of Black River and Tamarin Bay. After a briefing with the skipper on the types of dolphins and their habits, the precautions to respect the welfare of dolphins and security measures on the boat and in the water, you can put on your flippers, mask and snorkel, and enjoy an unforgettable encounter with dolphins! And then you can take the opportunity to discover ile Aux Benitiers, a charming little island where you can chill and relax before returning back to the main island.

Top 5 Beaches in Mauritius

When you are in Mauritius, you are surely there to enjoy its exquisite beaches. The island being surrounded by sea, offers quite a wide choice when it comes to beaches. Yet to easy your choice, here are the top 5 beaches you should not miss while visiting the island of Mauritius.

Mont Choisy

In the north, this public beach is the best and the most known. It is distinctly rounded in an arc. Protected by a thick forest of casuarina trees, it is the favorite beach of Mauritian families on weekends. And you should not miss the local entertainment par excellence: Inflatable “banana” ride.

Flic en Flac

Of all public beaches in Mauritius, Flic en Flac, located in the west, is one of the longest: it covers nearly 3 km. Deserted on weekdays, it is barely accessible for the weekend! You just need cross the road to find restaurants, bars and nightclubs. You will also notice quite a lot of food trucks around there.

Blue Bay

To the south-west, you will find Blue Bay! One extremely beautiful beach where the sand is fine and the blue of the sea dazzles you. There you will also have the opportunity to visit one protected marine park, boasting unique specimens found only in the Indian Ocean.

Belle Mare

This is probably the coolest and most tranquil beach of the island. If you are looking for peaceful relaxation in a Robinson Crusoe setting, this is where you should head. Located in the east of Mauritius, Belle Mare does not attract much but remains one great beach of fine sand and clear waters.

Souillac

The cliffs of Gris Gris, just steps from the town center of Souillac, in the south, will amaze you – With its raging waves and its wild beach, accessible by a staircase. Swimming is dangerous, but the scenery is pleasant and the location idea for a picnic.

Top Mauritian Dishes

The Mauritian cuisine is as mixed as its people and its culture with influences anchored in its history. Here are a few specialties you should not miss while visiting the island of Mauritius!

Rougail

The Rougail is a mix of tomato, onion and garlic which altogether forms a hot sauce in which is incorporated chicken,meat or fish. Served over rice, chapatis or faratas, the rougail is a very tasty dish that you will find easily in typical Mauritian restaurants.

The Briani

The Briani or Biryani is made of rice but maybe declined with chicken, fish, beef or vegetables all with a pinch of saffron punctuated by various spices. The best Brianis you will eat on the island are those from Plaine Verte in Port Louis.

See our recipe Briani chicken here

Magic bowl

The Magic Bowl is usually an inversed bowl of rice topped with chop-suoy. The Sino-Mauritian cuisine is very fragrant and very popular on the island. This dish is a must taste when it comes to the cuisine of Mauritius. It would be unthinkable to visit Mauritius without trying this culinary wonder. The main ingredients of this délice are: basmati rice, carrots, chicken breast, garlic cloves, corn starch, eggs, chives sprigs, oyster sauce, onions, Chinese brède, Chinese mushrooms, etc.

Dholl Puri

Dholl Puri is also one of the most representative dishes of the island of Mauritius. On every street corner you can find a dholl puree seller and do not hesitate a second to taste it. It is a kind of savory pancake topped with chutney and curry. On the island, Mauritians consume it at any time of day. It is a feast for the eyes and taste buds! Note that the Dholl Puri is always served in pairs. A good dholl puri is topped with curry, chutney and rougaille.

Fried Noodles

Fried noodles is unquestionably one of the best dishes you will find in Mauritius. You will find it on the menu card of almost all the restaurants and snack bars of the island. Fried noodles consists mainly of chicken, noodles, vegetables and shrimp.

Taro Cakes

The Taro cake is a donut made from a root-based plant that grows in Mauritius. Soft inside and crunchy on the outside, these cakes are a real delight that is usually eaten with Cotomili chutney (coriander).

Top Restaurants in Mauritius

Food has an important place in the everyday life of Mauritian. Tasting Mauritian cuisine helps you to fully enjoy the ethnic diversity of Mauritius. The hungry travelers will marvel at the quality and variety of local and gourmet cuisine proposed. We have shortlisted the best restaurants on the island for you. There you will taste exotic flavors of diverse influences that you will never forget.

The Château de Bel Ombre

Enjoy a romantic dinner while admiring the stars on the terrace of the Château de Bel Ombre. From the 1800s and located in the French garden of the area of ​​Bel Ombre, the colonial house converted into a restaurant, offers cuisine that reflects the Mauritian traditions.

Phone: +230 605 5000

La Clef des Champs

The restaurant of Jacqueline Dalais, famous Mauritian cuisine lady, remains one of the best restaurants on the island. Through its innovative and family recipes, La Clef des Champs combines the richness of Mauritian produce excellence to French gastronomy. You will love their unique creations.

Phone: +230 686 3458

Chez Tante Athalie

Situated in a garden with used cars and a colonial house, Chez Tante Athalie transports you to a picturesque atmosphere. As its name suggests, the restaurant pays homage to Madame Athaliah from the field of Mon Repos. Its simple, fresh cuisine and typical Creole will marvel you.

Phone: +230 243 9266

Chez Rosy

Typical Mauritian restaurant Chez Rosy welcomes you in a rustic setting with colorful décor. The restaurant invites you to discover the culinary tradition of Mauritius through a simple cuisine and dishes rich in colors and flavors such as lobster in parsley garlic butter or vindaye of octopus (octopus). All in a wild setting near La Roche Qui Pleure.

Phone: +230 625 4179

Happy Rajah

With its central location and its decor with Rajasthani furnishings, Happy Rajah is definitely one the best Indian restaurants on the island. With over 60 different dishes on the menu, it’s hard to choose

Phone: +230 263 2241

Mauritius: Everything you need to know

Official country Name: Mauritius

Capital: Port Louis

Area: 1865 km2

Population: 1.3 million inhabitants

Peoples and ethnic groups: Indian, Creole, French, Anglo-Saxon and Chinese.

Languages: English, French, Bhojpuri, Hindi, Tamil, Urdu, Creole

Religions: Hinduism, Catholicism, Islam and Tamil minorities.

Festivals: New Year’s Day (1 January), Chinese New Year (January-February), “Cavadee” (January-February), commemorating the abolition of slavery (1 February), “Maha Shivaratri” and “Holi” (February-March), the anniversary of Independence and the Republic (March 12), Labour Day (1 May), “Ganesh Chaturthi” (August-September), “Divali” (October-November) “Teemeedee” (December) and all religious holidays.

Time difference: + 3 hours in summer; + 4h in winter compared to France.

Weights and measures: Metric

Currency: Mauritian Rupee (Rs)

Electricity: 220 V / 50 Hz.

Telephone Code : + 230 + correspondent’s number

Flight time: Approximately 12 hours from Paris

Transport network

Getting there: Regular flights from various airlines – British Airways, Air France, Emirates, Air Asia, South African Airways, Air Seychelles, etc

Moving around:

By plane: Air Mauritius connects Mauritius to Reunion and Rodrigues daily.

By boat: the boat “Mauritius Trochetia” performs Mauritius-Reunion and Mauritius-Rodrigues bonds.

By bus: buses, often crowded (they depart once filled) enable the visit of different areas of the island … The rhythm of Mauritius is fascinating – frequent stops, sporty driving, cheap trip, and fun guaranteed!

By car: car rental is possible at the airport and at the various car rental services around the island. Driving is on the left and be sure of the authenticity of where you are renting a car and the condition of the car.

Health

The main dangers come from the sun (high protection sunscreen, headgear and sunglasses are a must). Please note also that “chikungunya” is transmitted by mosquitoes (repellent and protective clothing required in the evening). Observe the basic rules of hygiene (washing hands before eating, wash fruits and vegetables, eat well-cooked food …) … and remember to drink enough!In general, consult your doctor before starting to update your vaccines and build up a preventive kit pharmacy.

Security

Mauritius is a relatively safe destination. You should nevertheless be careful to avoid ostentatious signs of wealth and pay attention to your valuables ​​(especially on the beach). Warning: drug use (of whatever nature) is punishable by a lengthy sentence.

Climate: when to go?

Mauritius has two seasons: austral winter (May to October, when it is cooler) and the austral summer (November to April, hot temperatures), which is the most appropriate time to come enjoy the attractions of the island, particularly since it corresponds to winter in France. so pay attention to the influx of tourists during this season, especially in December and February-March: remember to make your reservations in advance.

Did you know ?

The ” dodo, bird now extinct, was from Mauritius. Several theories attempt to explain his disappearance but none have been confirmed yet!

Have wonderful holidays in Mauritius!

Not many have had the luxury of travelling the world, its many countries and numerous wonders but some would, rightfully in my opinion, believe that the most impressive beauties of the Earth lies in those tiny floating pieces of lands which we call islands. On a planet made up of 70% water, it is no surprise to be astounded by how much of it is simply ocean and sea. Some of these oceans are home to little places of sunshine and happiness for the avid traveler. One of the most remarkable of them all is the Indian Ocean.

So close to each other, we find the Seychelles, the Maldives, Mauritius, Reunion Island and so much more. They are blessed each with unique landscapes, flora and fauna. A diverse culture spread apart on a vast azure body of water, ever warmed by the tropical sun- seems like a holiday in paradise!

Sunset Mauritius

If you are confused about where to go for your next holidays, we’d suggest all of the Indian Ocean as a wonderful idea! But time and means hardly permit such indulgences! If you are looking for an inexpensive holiday in Mauritius, look no further than on this very blog. There is a plethora of articles waiting to be discovered about countless little paradisiacal destinations. The tropical islands of the Indian Ocean offer the adventure of a lifetime. The feeling of being at home, a great sense of belonging combined with new discoveries everyday- nothing can beat that.

Are you a fan of mountains and beautiful landscapes to accompany your beach holiday?

Then Reunion Island is the way to go for you!

Reunion Island

A more rustic side of the picturesque collection of islands- it is well known for its volcano which tends to erupt majestically after a few years of inactivity. The world watches with baited breath when that finally happens, a fiery beauty to behold indeed. Not only does Reunion Island have a more than impressive volcano but it is also home to three arresting calderas. These huge natural wonders help the survival of many species which are at risk due to pollution and industrialization among other side effects of the modern world. They figure among the World Heritage of UNESCO and should definitely figure on your itinerary of your vacation in Reunion Island.

reunion-island-beach

While you are visiting the Calderas and indulging in hiking as well as sightseeing, it’ll be convenient to book a hotel in Saint Gilles Reunion. If you are on a budget, a 3 star hotel in Reunion Island can do the trick.

Reunion Island is definitely a must-visit, something to always cherish in your memories- the perfect contrast of rocky mountains with the beauty of a glimmering blue sea. While going on a hike into the majestic mountains, fog and cold winds make the experience more thrilling. Given these conditions, it is highly suggested to take precautions though! This cold climate differs from winter in countries of the Northern Hemisphere as it does not snow except at specific times of the year and just a few places on the island, but it is a very unique climate for a tropical island.

If you want to know more about Reunion Island, then be sure to give this a read: Reunion Island of Ice and Fire.

Now, if you would rather tan on the beach and get into extreme activities, exciting little Mauritius should be on your bucket list.

Mauritius

 Mauritius is a mine of treasures, located in the south-west of the Indian Ocean and surrounded by amazing beaches, extraordinary landscape, the wonders of nature, the mouthwatering Mauritian cuisine, and the astonishing multicultural society of this descript island. It is difficult to find a place blessed with so many rare jewels. You will find that the weather majorly influences trips. Renting a car in Mauritius is a good idea. If you desire a summer holiday, Mauritius during the winter is a better idea if you are unused to sweltering hot temperatures. In November and December, the temperature can easily reach 34 degrees Celsius. And it ironically rains a lot more as well! So be careful when you are planning that hiking trip, you do not want to be walking around in drenched shoes! But remember that even if you end up soaking wet in the rain, enjoy the moment- that feeling of being so close to nature! Leaves never seem greener than when droplets of rain water make a pathway on them, a perfect opportunity for photography as well if you are passionate about keeping mementoes of time well spent. This has the potential to be pure bliss.

Now that you are in Mauritius, don’t just limit yourself to the hotel! Sure, the hotels in Mauritius have great food but you have many options to pick from!

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With so many cultures intermingled together, it is no surprise that Mauritius ends up being a culinary treasure just waiting to be discovered by curious palates. In Mauritius, you will have the pleasure of tasting authentic Indian, Chinese, Creole even Thai and Korean food. There are restaurants who take it one step further and present fusion food. This is the result of our pluricultural society- it all leads to good food! Do not miss the opportunity to taste each and every one of them but do be careful if you want to stay away from too much spices! Convey your requests to your waiter and he will do the needful.

grand bay mauritius

Not only is Mauritius nirvana for foodies but also for our adrenaline junkies! The southern area of Mauritius is a hub for extreme activities to be experienced in nature. Vallée des Couleurs is one of your best choices if you want to try ziplining,  a nature reserve with endemic plants, animals to visit in a semi natural habitat like tortoises and deers among many ohers, as well as a mountainous landscape that just leaves many breathless. Its specializes in quad biking and zip-lines adventures as well as others which are included in different packages. You may feel free to explore which one will best suit your needs. The 4-line zip line package is of 1.3 km, including a rest point at 4 different places. It is designed to allow one to better explore the area from above, being able to see all the wonderful landmarks without having to actually walk through the entire reserve in minimum time. Of course, that’s just a fancy way of saying- adrenaline burst required! You will be dressed with the safety equipments such as-harness, straps, camera, and you will be given several guidelines, following which, time for a marvelous adventure. Gliding such a massive height above the ground and dangling in the air- perfection I would say, don’t you want to try?

Seychelles

Everyone knows of the Seychelles.

At least anyone who has ever thought of visiting an island does!

ile_therese Seychelles

115 islands- that’s a mightily staggering number. They are all blessed with a nice warm sun throughout the year. The beaches are usually stark white against the azure blue sea, dazzling even the most jaded of men. Whether you end up on Mahé, Praslin or any of the little islands, you are guaranteed a great holiday in the Indian Ocean. The beauty of Seychelles is that some islands are so small that you can walk back and forth from one end to the other very easily while in others, you can be misled to think that it is just another big country. Plan a long holiday for Seychelles, there is so much to do that you will regret having to pack up after just a week down on the islands. It is strongly recommended to be prepared to enjoy many days in the different islands of Seychelles before having to head back to boring daily life.

A day at the beach to start with is fantastic, relax- it’s a holiday! This is the time off you had been waiting for after all. If you are a lone wolf kind of person, then stick to the quieter bays, anses and islands. If you are lucky, you might even have the entire beach to yourself or you might have to share it with someone who, like you, just wants some peace and quiet. Listen to the waves and feel the heat of the tropical sun without the disturbance of real life knocking on the door. However, if you are alright with noisiness, then stay in Mahé itself! The laughter of happy children and other holiday goers chatting right and left will just add o the great ambiance. You can treat yourself with ice cream and bask in anticipation of that wonderful tan coming soon!

Petit & Grande Soeur

For couples, life just got more exciting- there are hotels which cater exclusively for couples honeymooning or simply taking a break from the draining daily life. With generous offers from free massages to candlelit dinners happily accommodated by management, you are off to a holiday without reproach. Enjoy a few days of bliss with your loved one in a quasi paradise, being waited on like royalty in Seychelles pool of 5 star hotels. Sumptuous breakfasts in beachfront restaurants, banquet style lunches with others enjoying similar holidays with a wide range of food items to taste and discover on new land with the cherry on top being an intimate dinner of two, classy and to dream of- what more can a romantic soul ask for? The Seychelles Islands are for everyone- you just need to find your niche and it will be the best and most unique time of your life. What are you waiting for? Book that plane!

Anse lazio beach

Seychelles has so much for you to discover though, after your day of rest, get moving! Take a boat to La Digue, there are catamaran rides at affordable prices especially if you will go in groups- that might get you preferential rates. You will have a closer look at the lagoon, it’s honestly nature’s miracle. There is so much colour, such beauty to behold and that’s just the catamaran ride! Imagine a bike ride around the island and a day on Anse Source d’Argent which is renowned for being the most photographed beach worldwide. It’s the celebrity version of beaches- they have competitions, too apparently! Make sure to arm yourself with mosquito repellent, wear your comfyiest clothes (dressing to impress will be of no use!) and take some money with you for your lunch and who knows what might catch your eye. You cannot go back without a souvenir or two after all! You can cycle around the island in group or you can just solo your day out, being the great explorer until time to meet up with the others and take the boat once again. In the evening, you will see the most wonderful sunset of your life, the sky turning a fiery red with streaks of oranges and yellows. Bring a good quality camera if you want to end this holiday with more tangible memories of this trip of a lifetime.

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Northern Islands Mauritius

Mauritius is a 65 km long and 45 km wide island. Renowned for its beautiful beaches and luxury hotels, it is also rich in cultural tours and beach activities. Around Mauritius, there are various small islands to visit especially in the north. The northern islands were approached for the first time in 1801. The two northern islands of Mauritius are not to be missed. The north of Mauritius is a popular area for tourists. From there, you can take a mini cruise and admire two beautiful small islands.

Gabriel and Flat Island in Mauritius

Gabriel island is part of Flat Island. This island with white sand and wild nature has remained intact despite the many tourists who visit it. Going there ensures a moment in paradise. This tour allows you to spend a relaxing day with your family or in couple. On the program: Diving and snorkeling followed by a barbecue on the beach and a nap in the sun or swim in the beautiful lagoon. This lagoon is a real natural aquarium with colorful fish.

Be careful though, the sun is very strong and there is little shade on the island. So remember to protect yourself, especially if you are with children. To make it more memorable, you have the opportunity to spend a night on Flat Island. During the night this is certainly paradise on earth. You will have the feeling of being alone in the world. A perfect time to spend with family.

Gunners coin- Coin de Mire is a very inaccessible island because there are very few points of attachment. Anyway, it is impossible to visit because it is a nature reserve. Indeed, many birds have taken up residence there.

Diving in the northern islands of Mauritius

Mauritius has many beaches where you can snorkel and admire the Mauritian seabed. However, close to the northern islands, there are 3 beautiful diving spots. These sites have the advantage of being less visited because they are quite far from the coast. You will be quiet for exploring marine life and discover some wrecks.

The cave there is a sharks’ nurse spot at 29 meters deepth. However, it is accessible to even less experienced divers. You can observe sharks, as its name suggests, but also lobsters and other fish. Bay confetti is a dive site that is up to 25 meters deep. Here you can admire the clown fish and anemones in the midst of a multitude of corals with amazing colors.

The Jabeda or Djabeda, is the wreck of a Japanese fishing boat. Located in a sandy plain, the wreck is 34 meters deep near the island of Coin de Mire. You will see many fish, giant moray eels and corals on the wreck. It is also sometimes visited by dolphins, rays and barracudas. Be it for underwater sightseeing or relaxing on the beautiful beaches, the northern islands provide you wonderful moments to share.

Trou aux cerfs Mauritius

Trou Aux Cerfs Mauritius

Mauritius has many extraordinary natural sites and various walks surrounded by nature. The Trou aux Cerfs crater is among the places not to miss during your stay in Mauritius. This volcanic crater demonstrates the geological past of Mauritius. While the island of Reunion is known for its most active volcano, Mauritius also has quite a few dormant/extinct ones.

This volcanic crater measuring about 300 meters in diameter and 80 meters deep is located 600 meters above sea level at the very centre of the town of Curepipe. Between an impressive fauna and flora and a small lake, the crater of Trou aux Cerfs attracts tourists and Mauritians alike. Indeed, the walks around the crater are lovely.

A road goes around the crate and it is possible to go down to the lake or admire the surroundings. Along the crater, there are different points of impressive panoramic view. Admire the city or the surrounding regions and other mountains like Peter Both, Trois Mamelles and Rempart range. If the climate is right, you will also see in the distance the silhouette of the island of Reunion.

A few years back, access to the site was possible by car. Now, it is forbidden to drivers so the Trou aux Cerfs is essentially reserved for the pedestrians so as to provide for a more secure area. You will share a great time in nature without any apparent “pollution”.

Trou aux Cerfs testifies, like other mountains, the volcanic past of Mauritius. Indeed, there are nearly 23 other craters on the island. Basically, Mauritius is a volcanic island with barely no active volcanoes.

These natural sites allow you to discover incredible fauna and flora. They also allow various sports activities such as hiking or trekking. The best known are the peak of Trois Mamelles or the Grand Bassin where a large lake has taken the place in the old volcano.

Bois Cheri Mauritius

Bois Cheri Mauritius

Pierre Poivre imported tea in Mauritius. He brought back plants from China. The earliest plants were planted at the famous Pamplemousses Garden near Port Louis. The Bois Cheri tea is named after the village where it is harvested nowadays.

The village of Bois Cheri spans over more than 500 meters, it is located in an ideal temperate zone for growing tea. The first tea plantation in Mauritius occurred in the year 1892. Before being transformed to large area of ​​tea plantations, Bois Chéri was a sugar cane plantation area.

A cyclone destroyed everything, thus part of the land was devoted to tea plantations. The tea plantation was then built in 1892 by the Bour and Breton company and bought by the Aubin family a few years later. In the 1960s, there was a considerable increase of the culture of tea in Mauritius. Since the Bois Cheri tea is a must and rooted in Mauritian tradition.

Bois Cheri Tea MauritiusThe Bois Cherie Factory also has a museum. During your visit, a guide will explain the origin of the Bois Cheri tea from A to Z, from planting to packaging through manufacturing. He will also expose to you any changes in production techniques. You will visit the facilities where tea is produced and tea plantations. This visit could not end otherwise – a tea tasting awaits you in a magical place!

Mauritius also has beautiful beaches with turquoise waters where you will have the opportunity to explore the extraordinary seabed. However, if you want to see the country, know that Mauritius has exceptional treasures to discover off the beaten track.

Mauritius is a destination for everyone. In fact, you learn a lot about the Mauritian culture, but also observe a magnificent flora and fauna. Both a romantic destination for lovers, a family destination and can even be a solo destination. Mauritius has everything to seduce you.

The world’s most renowned place for relaxation is at the beach. However, not all beaches are worth the trip. Many of the beaches in the world would leave you disappointed. Here is a list of the top 10 beaches we think you should visit in the Indian Ocean to make your vacation one of the most memorable experiences of your life. Our choices are based on factors such as the beauty of the places and the level of satisfaction one will get while visiting these shores.  A trip to one of these beaches would make you feel like you are in heaven and you would definitely want to come back for more.

 

 

1. Pereybere Beach, Mauritius.

Pereybere beach mauritius
Pereybere during week days

The beach is located in the north of Mauritius in the village of Pereybere.  It is one of the many seasides in Mauritius with beautiful sands and calm lagoons. Arriving at the beach, you will find a lot of casuarinas trees around the borders of the shore. Photographers will have a nice playground and good photo shoot opportunities.

But the reason this beach is first in our top 10 is because it is very safe for families with small children. In fact, the lagoon is very calm and shallow at the beginning. You will not find any corals that will hurt your foot in the waters. As a result, you can run and walk carefree at the starting point of the shoal.

Furthermore, there are coast guards roaming in the area while there are great numbers of inhabitants bathing in the waters. Therefore one can let their babies play on the beach with no worries. There are many water sports activities that you can get access to, like windsurf, parasailing, water ski and many more.It is also a nice spot to admire the sunsets and sunrise.

 

Are you planning to come to Mauritius for a holiday? Check out the Activities in Mauritius you can try!

2. Trou aux Biches Beach, Mauritius

Trou d'eau douce

Trou aux Biches is situated in the north west of Mauritius. It has one of the most gorgeous beach in the island. Many hotels are available there and plenty of water sports and adrenaline rush activities are also proposed. The quality of the sand is phenomenal, powder-like while the beach gives a beautiful picturesque view, being decorated by coconut trees around the borders.
Being home to many beautiful and multicoloured corals and different types of fishes, the sea offers the most spectacular snorkelling experience.

3. Beau Vallon, Seychelles

Beau Vallon beach sunset in Seychelles

Beau Vallon is situated on the north west of Mahé Island. It is the most renowned and largest beach in Mahé Island. The beach is clean and is home to some white crabs which can be seen early in the morning. At night, you can have a romantic walk over the beach while the small waves crush against your legs just as we see in the movies.

Moreover, the waters are deep enough for swimming although you will have to keep your eyes opened for fishermen’s boats. Coconut trees and takamaka trees can be found along the beach with good picturesque view.

 

4.  Anse Intendance, Seychelles

Anse intendance beach in Seychelles

One of Seychelles’ and among the most beautiful beaches in the Indian ocean, Anse Intendance has the finest of sand and nice picturesque view with palm trees decorating the borders of the beach. Found in the main island of Seychelles, the Mahé island, Anse Intendance offers great surfing opportunities while having the drawbacks of dangerous waters. As a result, we do advice not to go bathing in the sea at Anse Intendance.

And if you are looking for a hotel in mahe , Jardin des palmes will surely meet your expectations, providing value for money.

5. Anse volbert, Seychelles

Anse volbert is situated on the north east coast of Praslin, an island among the other 114 islands of the archipelago of Seychelles. Anse volbert is among the most popular beaches in Praslin. It has fine sands and warm shallow waters. It is safe for children to bath as the sea is protected by coral reefs resulting in calm and peaceful waters.

6. Mont Choisy Beach, Mauritius

Mont Choisy beach in Mauritius

Mont choisy is found in the north of Mauritius. It is usually the beach most local inhabitants go to as it is easily accessible and has plenty of space. If you would like the beach to be a little deserted, you might be granted your wish during week days. The beach also has a football area with sand on the ground instead of grass. It offers facilities such as public toilets and bathrooms.
The sand is of average quality with a shallow lagoon and patrol roaming in the area. There are numerous casuarinas trees on the borders of the beach. In fact, most of the trees one will find there are casuarinas trees. Many water sports are available to the public, like water skiing, tube riding, surfing, parasailing and glass-bottom boat.

7. Anse Lazio beach, Seychelles

Anse Lazio

Anse Lazio is located on the north shore of Praslin Island. This beach is a must go for the photograph lovers. It provides the best quality shoots for even the amateur camera holders. With the beautiful sands being merged with the crystal clear, light blue coloured water and the nice sun shining bright over them, you will feel like the view is from heaven itself. Its lagoon is protected by coral reefs resulting in calm waters. Here you will have good swimming opportunities.

8. Blue Bay Beach, Mauritius

Blue bay beach in Mauritius

The Blue Bay beach is situated south east of Mauritius. A very beautiful beach, with the sand white merging with the light blue lagoon following the dark blue deep sea. Its lagoon is very deep while not being very suitable for small children to go swimming without proper surveillance.
You have a wide parking space to park your vehicle but the parking area is not in so good conditions. One may sunbath on the spacious beach or may rest in the shades of the casuarinas trees while other average swimmers can go for a swim in the attractive turquoise waters of blue bay.
Snorkelling will be quite an experience there. The waters are crystal clear, making the wide variety of fishes, crabs and other sea animals easily spotted.

9. Ile aux Cerfs

ile-aux-cerfs

Around the east coast of Mauritius, you can take a boat for a trip to the Island of Ile aux cerfs, a small island surrounded by good quality sand with nice waters .

However, be careful where you land your foot in the lagoon. You might step on sea urchins which when sting, hurt extremely. The natural habitat there was preserved and so provides a wonderful snorkelling experience. On the other hand, hotels on the ilot offers high quality services and there are numerous activities on offer. You will surely enjoy yourself there.

10. Maafushi, Maldives

Maafushi Maldives top view

If you are looking for a trip to the beach to relax with nothing much of a budget, Maafushi is the right place for you. Among the many islands in the archipelago, Maafushi homes a gorgeous beach with powder-like sands and light blue coloured waters. You may find some water sports there such as snorkelling. However, it is not a place where one can experience adrenaline rush activities. It is mainly designed for relaxation. Moreover, if you like calmness and tranquillity, we suggest you go in September which is in the low season when the prices are also very low. October and November are the peak seasons. There will be a lot of foreigners and prices will definitely be on the rise.

All the islands in the indian ocean are worth a trip, Mauritius and seychelles being the most popular among holidaymakers.  If you are planning a trip to any of these two, we highly recommend you to book a villa in mauritius, or stay at villa caroline which one of the most affordable hotels in mauritius, offering 4-star services.

 

Mauritius is home to places, often hidden, which reveal to be amazing when visited. A real piece of paradise floating in the middle of the Indian Ocean.

Let us not forget the wild often unvisited beaches of Calodyn, Souillac- the southern wonder, and the adventurous Valley of Ferney. These four are tucked away between Valleys and hills and are the handiwork of Mother Nature .They were formed with fascinating and breath taking views that it will be love at first sight for visitors and will induce them to visit them over again.

Souillac

This village located in the south of the island is one of the unforgotten beauties of the island. A drive, especially by car, unfolds enchanting and enticing landscapes. The main road, lined on both sides by big and tall trees, provides a sensation sweet and soothing. The traveler feels inclined to stop and spend long hours by the rivulet that forms a dangerous bend that needs to be skilfully negotiated. A sheer thrilling scenery greets the visitor on leaving Rivière des Anguilles. The river flowing below through high banks terraced at certain places is reminiscent of the scenery unfolding itself while going by train from Belgium to Frankfurt. A bewitching trip that takes us to a different world.

Don’t forget to visit Rochester Falls, also situated in Souillac.

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Rochester Falls

Calodyne

Located north of Mauritius, Calodyne village is a small preserved paradise, a haven of peace in nature. Bordered by a blue sea on one side and lush vegetation on the other, Calodyne is the ideal place for a holiday in Mauritius in an atmosphere that is both tropical and relaxed.

The village of Calodyne, located between Anse la Raie and Grand Gaube, enjoys an ideal location for a dream holiday in Mauritius. On the one hand, the Mauritian lagoon and its beautiful colors, on the other, the vast wilderness paradise-like.

Calodyne - Mauritius
Calodyne – Mauritius

The place is ideal for indulging in various activities. Stand up paddle, catamaran sailing or scuba diving are practiced regularly in the azure lagoon. Hiking enthusiasts, meanwhile will have the opportunity to trek in the forest to the outskirts of the village to observe the richness of Mauritian fauna.

And for a relaxing stay in Mauritius, again the village of Calodyne keeps its promises. The beach is huge, often deserted of tourists, and offers a superb view on the exceptional environment of this part of the island.

The Valley of Ferney

Ferney Valley is a paradise of Mauritius. Located not far from Vieux Grand Port in the southeast of the island, this park covering more than 200 hectares is a nature reserve with a rich fauna and flora. Gathering point for hikers and fans of trekking, Ferney Valley is one of the most exciting places to discover in Mauritius.

The Valley of Ferney
The Valley of Ferney

This nature reserve is primarily a sanctuary of biodiversity where the rarest plants and animals meet. In the heart of the Valley of Ferney walkers can see endemic species of Mauritius as the kestrel Mauritius, bird of prey of the falcon family and a few pink pigeons, endemic to the island. Mauritius is rich with more than 700 native plants including more than 60 different species of orchids that can be seen in the valley.

Cap Malhereux

The small village of Cap Malheureux owes its name to all the shipwrecks that took place on its shores. It is also here that the English, in 1810, landed to take possession of the island permanently. On Sunday, many faithful come to hear mass. Their songs and dances animate this picturesque landscape. Here you can find fruit pickle merchants, local crafts and pareos.

Cap Malheureux
Cap Malheureux

But the symbol of Cap Malheureux is its red roof church bay front. A real postcard scenery that makes it one of the most scenic excursions. It enjoys stunning views of the Coin de Mire, an island a few kilometers north of the main island. The whole front of a small sandy beach or fishermen return their boats. The view of the lagoon is incredible.

Cap Malheureux is 10 minutes from Grand Baie. A must see if you are in the north of Mauritius island.

Chamarel Rum Distillery

In the southwest of Mauritius, 300m above sea level in the heart of the plains of Chamarel, lies the Rum distillery of Chamarel, “Rhumerie de Chamarel”.

Chamarel Rum Distillery
Chamarel Rum Distillery

Overlooking the road to the land of seven colors lined with pineapple fields, sugar cane and tropical fruits, the rum distillery offers agricultural rum, guided tours, a gift shop and an evolutionary restaurant with a refined menu, “L’Alchemiste”.

Ideally situated in a valley protected from the prevailing winds, the planting of the “Rhumerie de

Chamarel” enjoys a microclimate giving it a natural watering at appropriate times for the growth of sugar canes.

Harvested by hand daily at first light of the day, freshly cut canes arrive in less than 4 hours to the mills of the rum distillery.

This proximity and the lack of “burning” of sugar cane fields are the guarantors of the highest quality juice.

For processes of fermentation and distillation, the rum distillery uses the most modern techniques in the greatest respect for the environment. Here, nothing is lost; bagasse, cane fiber collected after sugar extraction, is converted into energy, the fumes are cleaned, the ash used in the fields and the water vapors collected for watering gardens.

Mahébourg

Mahébourg, southeast of Mauritius, belongs to the district of Grand Port. In this coastal town, the remains of the past appear everywhere. Picturesque and tranquil, it promises you a pleasant stay by allowing you to dive into the heart of local customs. Less known than other major tourist cities in the north of the island, Mahébourg combines in one set all the attractions of the island.

Mahebourg-Notre-Dame-Des-Anges-Church
Mahebourg Notre Dame Des Anges Church

The Museum

If the remains of the Dutch occupation, then French and finally the British stand at all street corners, some sites will reveal more accurately entire sections of the history of the city. This is the case of the National Museum of History, former Naval Museum, mostly dedicated to the maritime history of the region, which traces the naval battles between the French and British.

Related article: 10 Must-See Places in Mauritius

Pour un bon nombre de vacanciers, l’île Maurice est une destination de vacances privilégiée. De par son positionnement géographique, ses plages à couper le souffle, son rythme de vie très modeste, l’île jouie de beaucoup de facteurs qui joue en sa faveur.

Vous avez décidé de visiter la plus belle île de l’océan indien ? Que faire à l’île Maurice? Nous vous proposons la liste des 20 choses les plus intéressantes à ne surtout pas manquer pendant votre voyage.

#1 Parachutisme

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Parachutisme ile Maurice

Le parachutisme se classe en tête de liste de nos 20 choses les plus cool à faire à l’île Maurice. Si vous avez voyagé dans l’île tropicale la plus étonnante du sud de l’océan Indien, alors vous ne voulez absolument pas rater cette expérience unique.

Si ça ne vous ne fait pas peur de sauter d’un avion à 3000 mètres d’altitude, le parachutisme est certainement pour vous.

En êtes-vous à votre première expérience ? Alors, vous le ferez probablement en tandem. C’est-à-dire à deux. Vous serez attaché à une autre personne à travers une série de mousquetons et de nœuds. Ne vous inquiétez pas, l’expérience est totalement sure. Une fois que vous êtes jeté hors de l’avion, la conquête de soi, une bonne vue, de l’adrénaline et beaucoup de plaisir est tout ce que vous ressentirez. Votre chute libre ne durera qu’une courte durée – probablement moins d’une minute, en fonction de la hauteur que vous sautez.

N’oubliez surtout pas de profiter de la vue ! 

# 2 Le Ski Nautique

Ski-Nautique
Ski Nautique

Vous l’avez peut être vu a la télé ou dans des blockbusters hollywoodiens. Le ski nautique est le sport nautique qui nous fait tous rêver. Glisser sur l’eau à grande vitesse vous procure de l’extase et une montée d’adrénaline.  Si vous séjournez dans un hôtel, vous pourriez bien profiter de cette activité gratuitement.

# 3 Le Kite Surf

L’Île Maurice est le paradis du kite surf. Entouré d’un lagon turquoise, faire du kite surfe est possible tout au long de l’année. Si vous n’avez jamais essayé auparavant, c’est l’occasion idéale de le faire. Maurice bénéficie du fait qu’il est situé sous les tropiques et la température de l’eau est excellente tout au long de l’année. Essayez donc cette aventure et vous serez surpris.

# 4 Danser le Séga

Pendant votre séjour, vous entendrez inévitablement la Séga dès votre descente d’avion ou pendant votre arrivée a l’hôtel. Une musique typique de l’île. Les chansons sont trépidantes et accompagnés par les sons de tambours en peau de chèvre. Souvent les hôtels ou des particuliers organisent des soirées où un feu est allumé et des danseurs dansent autour. Vous trouverez des robes des danseuses tellement exotique et coloré que vous voudrez certainement en acheter.

 # 5 La Gastronomie

La Gastronomie Mauricienne est probablement la plus variée du monde. La raison est simple. La cuisine mauricienne est un mélange de plusieurs types de cuisines- européenne, asiatique et africaine. Toutefois, la cuisine asiatique a eu une plus grande influence.

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“Ladob Poule”

Si vous séjournez dans un hôtel, nous vous suggérons d’essayer les petits restaurants que vous trouverez ici-et la et demandez-leur les plats locaux. Vous ne le regretterez pas. Mais si toutefois vous etes dans une villa à Maurice, vous pouvez toujour tester les restaurants aux alentours. Les Mauriciens ont tendance à manger très épicé. Méfiez-vous, leur définition d’épicée pourrait très bien être biaisés car ils utilisent des épices dans presque tous les plats. Demandez le «mine frire” plat fait à base de nouilles, le “Duriz frire», le «Bol Renversé”, le “Briani”, “Ladob Poul” ou du “Massala”. Bon Appétit!

# 6 Le Shopping

Au cours des dix dernières années, les centres commerciaux ont poussés comme des champignons à travers l’île. L’avantage de faire du shopping à Maurice est que que trente roupie mauricienne est égal à un dollar et quarante roupies équivalent à un euro. Vous ne trouverez pas vos achats coûteux. Les articles comme les vêtements se vendent à des prix très abordables. Visitez le marché central, vous trouverez une variété d’articles bon marché comme des lunettes de soleil, des vêtements, des chaussures ou de petits autres articles que vous pourrez acheter comme cadeaux.

# 7 Visitez le célèbre « La Vanille Réserve des Mascareignes »

Crocodile à la Vanille Réserve des Mascareignes
Crocodile à la Vanille Réserve des Mascareignes

La Vanille Réserve des Mascareignes” est l’un des rares endroits au monde où vous pouvez réellement admirer des crocodîles et alligator en captivité. Le centre se trouve dans le centre d’une vallée boisée avec des sources naturelles d’eau dans la partie sud de l’île. Les gens qui ont visité le parc disent que c’est un endroit incroyable et unique au monde. Les cours d’eau naturels sont chargés avec plusieurs espèces de poissons très vivement colorées. En vous baladant dans le parc vous vous faufîlerez à travers des bambous géants, des bananiers, des palmiers et une grande densité de verdure offrant de l’ombre pour les reptîles. Le parc abrite plus de 2000 crocodîles du Nil, les célèbres tortues géantes, des geckos, des lézards endémiques et une des plus grandes et rare collection d’environ 23 000 insectes naturalisés au monde.

Vous y trouverez un restaurant où vous pourrez déguster de la viande de crocodîle! Cela Paraît bizarre, mais ceux qui ont essayé disent que le croco a le même gout que le poulet.

 # 8 L’équitation

La majorité des chevaux dans les îles sont des boerperds, importés d’Afrique du Sud. Les experts dans le domaine disent que ces chevaux sont des compagnons idéal pour de calme aventures d’équitation. Combiné avec les paysages majestueux de l’île, l’expérience n’est que fantastique. Ne vous inquiétez pas, des cavaliers expérimentés galoperont à vos côtés et vous aideront tout le long de votre aventure. Profitez simplement de votre balade.

# 9 Le Karting

Si vous êtes un amateur de vitesse, alors vous aurez certainement le plaisir de conduire sur les multiples pistes à travers l’île. Le Karting est tout simplement génial.

# 10 Le Quad

L’île Maurice abrite de nombreuses réserves naturelles et beaucoup d’entre elles offrent des activités comme le quad. Le quad est une activité de loisir idéal pour les gens qui cherchent de l’adrénaline. Vous trouverez différents types de terrain : chemins plat avec de petits fossés, des morceaux boisés, chemins rocailleux ou des espaces ouverts.

Quad-dans-une-jolie-vallée-à-l'ile-Maurice
Quad dans une jolie vallée à l’ile Maurice

Puisque Maurice est tropical, vous devez vous attendre à de la boue à certains endroits. Cela ne fera qu’augmenter le plaisir. Vous devrez également vous attendre à voir certains animaux sauvages comme des sangliers, cerfs et certains oiseaux endémiques en fonction de la voie que vous avez choisie. Toutefois, n’ayez aucune crainte. Aucune attaque d’animaux sauvage n’a jamais été resencé et les animaux sont très craintifs.

# 11 Bronzage

Du Soleil, du soleil  partout. Que ce soit en été ou en hiver, le soleil est présent toute l’année. N’oubliez surtout pas votre écran solaire. Certaines des plus belles plages de bronzage sont Tamarin, Grand-Baie, Péreybère et Blue-Bay. Ne vous en tenez pas qu’à ces plages, car ils peuvent être parfois très fréquentées. Aventurez vous derrière les amas de rochers et pourrez découvrir des criques isolées.

# 12 Tyroliennes

Tyroliennes
Tyroliennes

Parmi les nombreuses activités,  faire de la tyrolienne est probablement le rêve de tous les grands enfants. Cela peut paraitre bizarre d’être à l’envers et de glisser sur une corde qui peut faire jusqu’à 1,5 km, mais une fois que vous avez essayé, vous aurez probablement envie de recommencer. La Tyrolienne est l’attraction idéale pour ceux qui veulent pour une fois se sentir comme un oiseau volant au dessus des arbres.

# 13 Marcher avec des lions

Si vous n’avez pas eu la chance de rencontrer ces majestueux félins auparavant, c’est une excellente occasion de le faire. Contrairement aux zoos classiques, au Safari Adventures le roi des animaux n’est pas en cage. Vous sentirez une poussée d’adrénaline en marchant aux cotes de ces animaux. Marcher avec des lions est une expérience qui mérite d’être vécue au moins une fois dans sa vie. La marche est une exclusivité des iles de l’océan indien. Ne vous inquiétez pas car l’expérience est soutenue par une équipe très bien formée et les lions ne sont qu’adorables.

 # 14 Le Snorkeling

Presque entouré de récifs coralliens, Maurice éclate de vie marine. Son lagon est l’hôte d’environ quatre cents espèces différentes de poissons et deux cents espèces de coraux, d’éponges et d’anémones de mer. Ces caractéristiques font de Maurice un endroit très intéressant pour découvrir le snorkeling(plongée en apnée). Si vous ne l’avez jamais essayé, voilà une bonne raison de sauter à l’eau. Ne vous inquiétez pas, avec le bon équipement et un bon guide, vous en tomberez très vite amoureux. Si vous êtes expérimenté, vous découvrirez de nombreuses falaises, grottes, récifs, pinacles et épaves qui vous submergeront de joie.

# 15 Pêche au gros

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pêche au gros

Avide d’aventures, la pêche au gros est ce que vous avez désespérément besoin. Sous le soleil des tropiques, dans les eaux calmes en dehors de la lagune est demeure pour les poissons comme la Dorade(Le Mahi Mahi), le Marlin, l’Empereur, l’Espadon, et le thon parmi beaucoup d’autres. Les bateaux sont conditionnés pour la haute mer et ont des membres d’équipages très expérimentés qui vont vous guider tout le long de votre aventure. La pêche au gros est mieux pratiquée en été. Profitez d’une baignade en haute mer après avoir pris votre proie.

# 16 Nager avec des dauphins

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Dauphins Dans Les lagons Mauricien

Nager avec les dauphins– probablement l’un des rêves de beaucoup de personnes. Maurice est l’un des rares endroits au monde où vous pouvez vivre cette aventure qui semble venir tout droit d’Hollywood. S’il vous plaît, n’essayez pas de nourrir les mammifères car il ne faut pas oublier qu’ils sont des animaux sauvages. Respecterz une distance règlementaire d’environ vingt-cinq mètres à moins qu’ils ne s’approchent eux même de vous. N’oubliez pas de prendre des photos avec votre appareil photo sous-marin. Et surtout pas de flash s’il vous plaît!

# 17 Parachute ascensionnel

Parachute-ascensionnel
Parachute ascensionnel

Le parachute ascensionnel se pratique en sautant d’un bateau. La personne pratiquant le parachute ascensionnel est remorqué par un bateau en même temps qu’harnaché à un parachute spécialement conçu. L’aventure commence dès le lancement de la plateforme de votre bateau où vous êtes attelé dans un premier temps. Puis un contrôle de routine de sécurité sera effectué. Cela garantit que tout est bien en place. Le parachute ascensionnel vous donnera une vue d’œil d’oiseau de beaux récifs coralliens, des plages et des lagons de l’île Maurice. C’est certainement l’une des choses les plus cool à faire durant votre séjour dans l’île. Il existe différents endroits où vous pouvez réellement en profiter. Grand Baie, Île Aux Cerfs et Belle Mare sont parmi les meilleurs. Une fois de plus ne pas oublier votre appareil photo.

# 18 Scooter sous-marin

Vous n’avez certainement jamais vu ce genre de véhicule auparavant. Son design semble tout droit tiré d’un film de science-fiction. Vous pouvez effectivement conduire ce genre d’engin à l’île Maurice. C’est un scooter sous-marin que vous pouvez piloter jusqu’à trois ou quatre mètres de profondeur en toute sécurité. Soit une ou deux personnes, c’est à vous de décider si vous souhaitez partager votre balade. Il est intéressant de savoir que les scooters sous-marins sont faciles à piloter ayant un volant simple, une pédale d’accélérateur et un seul bouton pour contrôler facilement la profondeur.

Scooter-Sous-Marin
Scooter Sous Marin

# 19 Randonnée

Trail
Trail

Maurice abrite de nombreuses forêts endémiques. Vous allez adorer découvrir les recoins de l’île à travers la randonnée. Des endroits où les gens n’ont jamais été auparavant. De colline, à flanc de montagne, il y a de la verdure partout. Le trail est aussi l’une des meilleures façons de profiter de la nature. Tout au long de l’année, de nombreuses compétitions de trail sont organisés. Ceux-ci comprennent le Dodo Trail, le Ferney Trail et le  Moka trail parmi d’autres.

# 20 Naviguer

Catamarans, speed boat ou bateaux à voile, les eaux mauriciennes sont bourrées de bateaux prêts à vous embarquer pour un voyage. De nombreux circuits vous donnent l’occasion de découvrir les merveilleuses lignes de la côte de l’île en passant par le lagon turquoise.

 

Mauritius is usually depicted as a “Shopping Paradise”.  Shopping in Mauritius is an unparalleled experience one should not miss.  The island offers a range of shopping experiences from shopping centers to duty-free shopping and even on-street shopping (hawkers). One thing is certain, the label “Made in Mauritius” will please family and friends.