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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.

 

 

 

Mauritius is the holiday dream come true for most who dream of a tropical paradisiacal adventure down the southern hemisphere for a few weeks. Depending on your own availability of holidays and other factors, you will end up planning your holidays during one particular period of time. If money is of no matter, then go ahead and book the best hotel or villa during peak season. It is bound to be exciting ith people all around enjoying the sun, sand and beach of this little tropical paradise.beautiful-mauritius-island1

There are many websites as well as the usual go to which is trip advisor to help you decide which is your best choice depending on reviews of other people. You will be able to determine the quality of service among other relevant points through this method though a little time consuming. However, if you are looking for a more economical holiday all while maintaining the magic of a tropical vacation, you will want to consider other factors such as periods when it is less expensive to book villas as such. This will make the total cost of the holidays lighter on your wallet. This article has as main objective to guide you through the mystical puzzle of Mauritius and its usual syndrome leading to potential visitors wanting to try just about everything!

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Renting a villa or booking a hotel is the first step to any holiday if you do not want any unfortunate mishap. Given the popularity of Mauritius, it would be wise to book way in advance especially if you plan to visit during December or November. Not only do people from up north come over to escape a snowy winter but it is also the summer holidays in Mauritius. So, a lot of people will be taking many a days off to enjoy with their children as family time. Hotels and villas are known to be overbooked during this period, so if you really want to come over during these months, get on with it and book wherever you want to stay because whomever had said better safe than sorry was very right! The beachside hotels will provide a more glamorous touch to your holidays. Waking up to the sun rising over the horizon is one wonderful memory.

Of course, you cannot just wake up early everyday during your holidays in Mauritius- that would be rather too similar to the daily routine of life. Sleep in sometimes, if you opt for a nice hotel, you will have the option to ring up service and be served a scrumptious breakfast in bed overlooking the ocean with its gentle waves crashing against the white powdery beaches. Many people go running in the morning on the sand. The morning breeze especially in Summer is warm and refreshing. Sometimes you would run miles without even realising it if you are a frequent runner. If you are not, this would be a great opportunity to take up a good habit. Set that alarm on the eve and wake up with a deep determination to try the next day. Drag your family or friends or significant other along with you, it would be a shame to let them miss this opportunity.

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In winter, which is mid-year in Mauritius, it is rather cold in the morning but still, nothing to fret over. The sun shines bright after dawn and the birds chirp loudly. It is not for nothing that Mauritius is called a paradise island. The weather in our version of winter is perfect for a walk all wrapped up in a light jacket and a scarf if you really need it. Otherwise, the temperature remains at a comfortable level throughout the day. You may expect a drop in temperature at night but that is nothing that a thick quilt cannot cure. We do not even have heaters in most houses in Mauritius even if some hotels in the plateau central may accommodate that for those who aren’t used to these milder temperatures. Basically, it is a normal holiday period just with jeans and pull overs instead of the casual tshirt and mini short! The prices of hotels are usually lower as well. If you want a great holiday on a budget, winter is when you should plan to come over, with the off peak season you stand a better chance at enjoying promotional deals and other packages especially designed for solo holidayers, couples or families.

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If you like less crowded places and would enjoy a much less frenetic pace of life during your holidays, then winter is the perfect time for you. It is the off peak season so there is way less visitors, hotels have less customers and villas are not as booked as in summer. You might as well find yourself in a silent neighbourhood, sipping a hot coffee with just the singing of the birds and crashing of waves to keep you company. There are places in Mauritius where the hotels are always booked and the beaches filled with people enjoying their afternoon irrespective of which season it is but that is hardly going to be a bother. Children running around are unlikely to disturb you and their laughter adds a certain charm to an otherwise peaceful day. The presence of  more people attracts ice cream vendors who usually operate in vans. Feel free to buy a cone of ice cream for yourself, as the kids say over here- a day at the beach is very incomplete without ice cream or other beach treats like confit of fruits such a pineapple and mango or even shaved ice with rose syrup.

Irrespective of when you choose to come to Mauritius, know that your holidays are bound to be something to remember for a long time! And do remember to invest in a nice enough camera before you land in Mauritius, you will want more tangible memories of your time here and sometimes, simple postcards hardly suffice! Taking the picture of the beach may seem rather mainstream but when it is you taking the picture and not only of that but of endemic flora and fauna as well as of you and your fellow vacationers goofing off, this will go a long way in making your time less forgettable!

Mauritius Tips

Mauritius, a tropical island paradise and one of the world’s top luxury tourism destinations, is a place everyone should visit at least once in their life. It possesses a wide range of natural and man-made attractions. The island benefits from a tropical climate with clear warm sea waters, attractive beaches, tropical fauna and flora complemented by a multi-ethnic and cultural population that is friendly and welcoming. We have compiled a list of tips for you, so that you can spend wonderful holidays on the paradisiacal island of the Indian ocean!

#Tip 1

Well if you are not good at reading maps: Take taxis! Booking a taxi for the day for sightseeing and excursions in Mauritius is a good solution: it’s practical but remains a little more expensive than renting a car … in return, the driver often serves as a guide!

Budget: € 55/65 day approx. (2300/2700 Rs).

We advise you to negotiate before and see it on the spot. Avoid taking taxis offered by your hotel which is often more expensive than the other ones.

#Tip 2

Rent a car: Do not forget your Map of Mauritius! This is a very practical solution to wander around the island … But you must remember to book well in advance during peak season (indeed most major international rental companies make specials if you book in advance). There are quite a few local brands that have set up shop and offer rates which are often lower (be careful when it comes to the condition of vehicles and the conditions for assistance, insurance, the deductibles …). With those you can provide for a Budget of about 25 € per day. Most will deliver the vehicle at the airport with or without charge.

The big international rental companies like Avis are all available from the airport with a budget that starts rather around € 35/40  per day. Feel free to go through a broker who may offer negotiated prices in the largest rental companies (international or local) and you get a level of rates that might surprise you.

When you got your car, let the adventure begin! Remember that driving is on the left but priority is given to vehicles coming from the right, beware of dangerous overtaking and avoid driving at night. Please note also the lack of visibility: the sugar cane fields can completely obstruct the view in some crosses.

#Tip 3

Change you money in town! Exchange offices of the city center are preferable to those hotels and banks where commissions are often much more important. It is best to withdraw some money at the airport for the transfer (if not included) and wait to be there to make changes in a separate offices. Do not hesitate to compare and to bargain! Note that many retailers allow you to withdraw money in cities and you can also pay by credit card at major hotels, shops in most cities of the island… Check before leaving on fees charged by your bank.

#Tip 4

Do not book your excursions and activities in advance! Even if you are visiting Mauritius during the peak season and you’re afraid of not finding trip to your foot, do not worry: you’ll probably be overwhelmed with proposals on the spot! You will come across a vast number of local agencies and you can even get better rates on site since you can negotiate consistently while promoting competition. It is not worth taking trips offered by your tour operator, they are almost always expensive.

#Tip 5

Take masks and snorkels! Do not forget to put those in your suitcase, otherwise you will be obliged to rent all the time and this quickly become expensive because you will always be wanting more! Snorkeling (also called PMT: Palmes-Masque-Tuba) allows you to penetrate a stunning underwater spectacle: colorful fish, aquatic plants, turtles, stingrays and even dolphins or (friendly) sharks … No need for special skills: this activity is accessible to everyone, even to the children pertaining they know how to swim! Take some precautions though: wear bathing shoes, put 1 shirt or 1 combi …

Best spots you should not miss: Blue Bay Marine Park, West Coast (Flic en Flac, Le Morne …), near Flat Island (passes between Flat Island and Ilot Gabriel) Pereybere, Balaclava, La Cambuse and Belle Mare…

#Tip 6

Eat Local Specialties. If you want to eat the same products that you eat at home they will return you 20 to 30% more expensive (yoghurt, meats, imported industrial products …) than the local prducts.

With small local restaurants, it is easy to eat cheap in Mauritius. It normally costs around Rs 500/600 (- € 15) for 2 and at noon, one can lunch on the go in small huts or beach carts (samosas, donuts, dholl puris, fresh fruit) for Rs 100 for 2 (€ 3). Another option is to opt for the “world food”, eating Chinese in Mauritius costs almost nothing! Make finding in the markets and look for fruits while making lots of bargains: you can also eat lots of little typical local snacks for some Rupees.

Speaking of cost of living, make sure you take your cosmetics! Sunscreen, mosquito repellent products but also health and beauty in general (as baby diapers) are quite expensive on site (as they are imported), plan your stock before you go!

#Tip 7

Buy your spices at the supermarket! In fact, supermarkets are the best plan to do you tropical shopping – Curry powder, vanilla beans, rum, cinnamon, peppers … Their “spices” stall are well supplied and it’s not expensive at all, though – at the market they, oddly, are!

#Supplementary Tip

You should also know: the importation of any weapon is prohibited in Mauritius (even knives, even under artificial form) and severely punished, it is also illegal to possess a defensive weapon like tear gas, do not forget to take your shoes off in every temple you visit (pay attention to your outfit) and observe some decency rules (nudism forbidden, topless to avoid …)

Have a great time in Mauritius!

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For thirty years now, Mauritius has built itself a dream destination image. Ignored by all until then, this little piece of land in the south of the Indian Ocean, a former British colony, became a luxury exotic holiday destination. It is the dream destination for all retired stars, lottery players and newlyweds seeking the ideal Honeymoon destination.

Mauritius in a Nutshell

Whatever you hear about Mauritius is real. The exquisite  beaches of Mauritius keep their promises: sun, palm trees, white sand and turquoise lagoon! Yet the country has much more to offer, and the tourist who leaves the hotel for one or two organized excursions will not perceive what makes the charm of Mauritius and distinguishes it from other Indian Ocean destinations.

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The curious traveler will realize, in the early days, that the greatest wealth of the island lies in its people. Mauritians always smile: They are naturally serene and welcoming. Is it the ability to share and live together in spite of the extreme diversity of their origins (African, Indian, Chinese and European) which allowed them to acquire such wisdom? Wherever you are on the island and whenever you cross the gaze of a passerby, you will never read animosity or disdain on their face. It is not uncommon to be invited to a meal or a big Sunday picnic on the beach…

In Mauritius, one learns to open up to each other, but also to nature, lights, scents and sounds: unmissable scent of frangipani flowers, light rippling cane leaves in the breeze and rustling dry coconut palms. Mauritius is the ideal destination for the pleasure of the senses: The Tropical island is nor too wild nor too civilized.

Visit every corner of the Island!

The first thing to do when you are in Mauritius is find time to visit every corner of the island. Each part of the island is unique and will deliver unparalleled experience to each visitor. Here is what you should not miss when visiting:

South Coast of Mauritius
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This corner of the south of the island offers a breathtaking and wild beauty; the view over the ocean is incredible and the land is lapped with sugar cane fields. Authentic fishing villages follow each other. They are sparsely populated but all travel guides recommend a visit to those beautiful spots where the best villas of the island are nestled.

Souillac

Souillac is a typical village whose population consists of fishermen and cane workers. This modest fishing villages with colorful flower boxes is nestled between mountains and sea.Along the coast, you reach the cliffs of Gris-Gris, where the raging waves come crashing to jump on steep rocks. The road from Souillac to Morne Brabant winds along the coast.

Le Morne Brabant

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This imposing mass of basalt, rising to 558 m, jutting into the ocean at the extreme southwest of the island  is surrounded by several kilometers of beaches lapped by a turquoise lagoon. The seabed teeming with a rich aquatic fauna will convince those passionate of diving. Le Morne has recently been enlisted as UNESCO World Heritage. After the abolition of slavery in Mauritius, on 1 February 1835 a police expedition traveled there to inform the slaves that they had been freed. However, the purpose of the expedition was misunderstood and the slaves leapt to their deaths from the rock. Since then the date is celebrated by Mauritian creoles as the Annual Commemoration of the Abolition of Slavery.

West Coast of Mauritius

The west of Mauritius is wild and beautiful since this area has not been overly developped. Beautiful white sand beach bordering a shallow calm and protected lagoon await you there. You can also find many hotels and villas in this corner or the island at very good prices.

Tamarin

This small preserved village of Tamarin becomes the surfing capital in July and August with its world famous waves. If you are passionate of surfing, this is the place to be.

Flic en Flac

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Flic en Flac is bordered by a beautiful golden sandy beach that stretches to infinity. Planted casuarina trees provide shade for picnickers. The village itself still has an authentic atmosphere. The coastal plain that dates back from the shore to the central plateau is an agricultural land. Large tracts of canes are lined with small roads with blazing bloom from November to January.

North Coast of Mauritius

Enjoying a particularly mild climate and a calm, warm and welcoming sea, this coastal area has become over the years the tourist mecca of the island. Beautiful beaches dotted with black rocks follow one another to offer all the pleasures and joys of beach holidays.

Trou-aux-Biches

Once a small fishing village with colorful boats, Trou-aux-Biches now extends over several kilometers between lagoon and casuarinas. Along the long beach of coral sand, you will contemplate beautiful villas and big hotels. It is now one of the main coastal village of the island.

Mont- Choisy

When you go further north of Trou-aux-Biches you will come across Mont- Choisy, one of the most beautiful beaches of the island. The beach here opens like an arc and offers nearly 3 km of white sand to enjoy sunbathing and swimming.

Grand Bay

This once small quiet town has now become the tourist mecca. Many shops and trendy restaurants now occupy almost the entire city center. The quiet and bright waters of the bay are home to a marina of popular browsers. At night, Grand Bay never sleeps, it is also the mecca for those party lovers- nightclubs and bars are the only thing you come across all along the main road.

Peyrebere

The village of Pereybere has preserved a bit of authenticity, although it is currently under development. The public beach is a popular and lively place where you can enjoy the atmosphere of good-weekends barbecues.

Cap Malheureux

Cap Malheureux is recognizable by its red roof church bay front. A real postcard landscape! It enjoys stunning views of the Coin de Mire, an island a few kilometers north of the main island. The view over the lagoon is incredible: a small sandy beach with fishermen docking their boats.

East Coast of Mauritius

Huge bougainvillea with multiple shades of pink, yellow and orange punctuate this coastal area stretching from Poste de Flacq to Trou d’Eau Douce. Quieter than the villages of the north, the coast is a tourist center of the highest order. Sumptuous luxury hotels line the beaches shaded with casuarina trees and lapped by crystal clear lagoon waters. The Village of Trou d’Eau Douce is also the meetup point for a visit of the famous Ile Aux Cerfs.

Domaine du Chasseur

This private estate is home to one of the last primary forests of the island. Out of nearly 1,000 hectares, you can stroll amid ebony, eucalyptus, cinnamon, or trees of the traveler. This lush forest is inhabited by an important fauna: deer, wild boar, monkeys and especially some rare endemic birds like the kestrel.

Must visit places

When you are spending holidays in Mauritius, renting a car can prove very useful. This will allow you to visit those must visit sites anytime you want at your own pace. Here is a list of must-visits you should do while visiting the island of Mauritius.

Pamplemousses Garden

The Pamplemousses garden is famous around the world for the large collection of indigenous and exotic plants that grow there, including giant water lilies, Victoria Amazonica and many species of palmiers. Letalipot or coryphe umbrella is of particular interest : legend has it flourish once every sixty years before dying.

Chamarel- The land of seven colors

A winding road brings you to the land of the seven colors of Chamarel. This volcanic curiosity that bequeathed a hill in color contrast of blue, green, red and yellow will surely amaze both the young and the old. The neighboring waterfall of Chamarel emerging from the moor and natural vegetation is surprisingly beautiful. Also do not miss a visit of the village of Chamarel to discover the products of artisans and local restaurants.

Chinatown

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Chinatown in Port Louis, is quaint, folkloric and surprising. It surprises with its teeming neighborhood merchants of “boiled noodles” and “fish balls”and its shops selling everything you can buy. Strolling in this neighborhood is a pleasure because the surprise is on every street corner. Do not miss the printer who always made his newspaper using the ancient method. Do visit the various Chinese pharmacies that heal … everything!

Grand Bassin

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Grand Bassin, also called Ganga Talao, is a lake nestled in an old volcanic crater. It is in the heart of Mauritius, in the district of Savanne. It represents the most sacred Hindu place and best known in the country. There you will find a temple dedicated to Shiva and other gods like Hanuman and Lakshmi. During Maha Shivaratri (the big night dedicated to Lord Shiva), many Mauritian pilgrims walk barefoot from their home to the lake. This procession is truly impressive.

The place is beautiful with its lush greenery and small monkeys swinging from tree to tree. On site, one can feel a certain spiritual energy that emanates from this place of worship. You will also have the chance to contemplate one of the tallest statue in the world there- this will surely impress you!

The journey that leads to Grand Bassin is remarkable: it allows to travel the heart of Mauritius, beyond the beautiful beaches and resorts.

Naval Museum of Mahebourg

A must to discover! Visiting the naval museum will allow you to discover the rich naval history of the island of Mauritius. Relics of the largest naval battle won by the French against the English and the Saint Geran, made famous by the novel by Bernardin de St Pierre.

Visit the Neighbouring islands and Swim with the Dolphins.

Ile Aux Benitiers

What slender as flat Morne facing it, the island Benitiers is one of the best-kept secrets of the south coast. With the pace characteristic of a font, elongated shell, this small piece of land is hemmed by splendid beaches that sink in translucent waters. Largely preserved, the island does not allow water sports, but it offers however idyllic conditions to relax in Robinson. On the Mauritian coast, from the village of Tamarin, fishermen will be happy to make sure the crossing to the island. There you will also have the opportunity to swim with the dolphins and at times you can even spot whales during the trip!

Ile Aux Cerfs

Located inside the lagoon of Trou d’Eau Douce, Ile-aux-Cerfs is a beautiful island where Mauritians flock in large numbers every weekend. The island has an extraordinary panorama with its large palm trees and clear waters. There’s really no reason to leave this little paradise because you can find everything there, from restaurants to water sports.

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In order to reach the island and enjoy its paradisiacal setting in peace, just get there early in the morning and walk a little, because the further away from the pier, the more chance there is to find deserted beaches. Boarding is at Pointe Maurice, in a small boat. The island is covered with dense vegetation that gives it an air of Eden. No development of tourism infrastructure here, apart from Touessrok, one of the most famous five star hotels on the island.

There you will have the opportunity to taste fresh fish there, exciting and delicious lobsters that contribute to wonderful experience you spend on the legendary Ile-aux-Cerfs. This is the ideal place to enjoy the holidays.

Ile aux Aigrettes

Ile aux Aigrettes is a small coral island (25 hectares) located offshore from the town of Mahebourg. The island was declared a natural site and is preserved today by the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation. The tour of Ile aux Aigrettes takes about 15 minutes. As part of this tour you will discover the island and enjoy an original nature with an experienced guide at your side.

Discover endemic plants and animals- some of which are close to extinction such as the Pink Pigeon, a bird that was in danger of extinction for many years. Visit also the native plant nursery. Then, go in search of rare pigeon, the kestrel, the endangered skinks and of course giant turtles.

Amber Island

The island is a small jewel of biodiversity and history, placed a stone’s throw from the northeast shore of Mauritius. This is one of the last wild lands of the country with its dense mangrove belt. Sea kayaking is the perfect way to enter and understand the role of mangroves in a fragile marine ecosystem it takes more than ever to protect.

Flat Island

Flat island is located near the ilot Gabriel, separated by a lagoon of approximately 200m. Most catamaran trips head to the islands surrounding but the island is also a nice site. It is quieter since it is less visited. Laze, picnic lunch or barbecue, dive and snorkel- enjoy the island! Also enjoy the new restaurant “The Governor’s House” installed on Flat Island, for a gourmet meal!

Ilot Gabriel

Ilot Gabriel is located near Round Island and Flat Island, at the extreme north of Mauritius, about 10 kilometers north of Cap Malheureux. The distance between Gabriel Island and Flat Island is just 750 meters. The Gabriel Island is a protected nature reserve. The island is famous for its beautiful beaches and crystal clear water that surrounds it.

Round Island

It is an uninhabited islet, 22.5 km north of Mauritius. It has an area of 1.69 square kilometers and a maximum altitude of 280 meters. The island is a nature reserve under the jurisdiction of the Mauritian Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources. The rare reptiles, endemic to the Island include the gecko and Round Island boa.

Visit The Local Markets

Colourful and convivial, the markets are to be visited in the morning, when the animation is in full swing. There you will come across Mauritians who come to do their daily vegetable shopping. The market of Port-Louis is close to the seafront of Caudan.  The market is divided in various parts, it includes a section devoted to food, another to clothing and a third to souvenirs. If you have a sensitive stomachs avoid visiting the opposing market where meat and fish is sold: the smell is a bit strong. However, displays of fruits and vegetables are a treat for the eyes. There is even a market for traditional herbal corner which offers all kinds of teas to cure various ailments.

Taste the Mauritian Cuisine

Mauritian Cuisine

Mauritian cuisine has undergone the influences of all the populations that make up the island. Nevertheless, it is essentially based on curry that comes with most meat dishes, fish and even vegetables. The rougaille can also serve as accompaniment for all dishes. This is a sauce prepared from tomatoes- Love tomatoes (variety of local tomato), onions, garlic and other condiments. The specialties also come from other horizons such as the Indo-Muslim kitchen with briyani (prepared with rice) and Chinese cuisine with fried noodle. As side dessert, you must taste the Napolitaine, with two jam filled biscuits. The whole is topped with a pink icing! Last but not least do not miss the famous dholl puri- it a must taste on the island!

Try the Various beverages of the Island!

Mauritius has long been known for its sugar cane industry and when there is sugar cane there is Rhum. Do not miss the opportunity to taste the local rhum while visiting Rhumerie de chamarel or Rhumerie de St Aubin or the Rhumerie at Chateau Labourdonnais. You will find rhums with various flavours- Vanilla, melon, coconut… You should also taste the local beer which have been winning various prizes since its existence on the island.

Try Fishing – Big Games Fishing

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Fishing is an art practiced mostly by the people of Mauritius. The activity is not well developed in tourism. One can observe fishermen boats on all coasts of the island. This resource allows the tourists to enjoy delicious fish like Marlin, Dorado or the Emperor. However, big game fishing is much more prevalent in the tourism sector. Many companies and hotels offer this sport activities around the island.

Does trekking tempt you?

The mountains on the island of Mauritius cannot compete with those of Reunion island. Yet, they nevertheless allow beautiful walks accessible to all. Near Port Louis, Peter-Both, Le Pouce and the Signal Mountain form a protective circus around the capital. Lost among the hill you will come across many waterfalls where it is safe to swim. Rochester falls, near Souillac, will marvel you with its rocks carved by water stairs. In the south, the road of Black River Gorges offers unique views of the south of the island. If you love nature then you’ll love walking through Mauritius to discover its mountain scenery of the center, its exotic vegetation and rich fauna.

Practice Water sports in Mauritius

As for sports, Mauritius obviously attracts water sports lovers: diving, windsurfing, kite surfing … gliding enthusiasts are found on this island in the Indian Ocean to enjoy the trade winds blowing all throughout the year and particularly favorable in winter.

Diving in Mauritius

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The passionate of diving can discover the underwater spots of Mauritius of exceptional beauty. Whether you are a beginner or already have your PADI level, you can make diving trips on the various sites of the island. For the more cautious, you would not be able resist to snorkel the Mauritian lagoon … Equipped with fins, masks, snorkels … One spot you should not miss if you love snorkeling is the Blue Bay Marine Park! You will be subjugated by the breathtaking scene that will extend in front of your eyes under water.

Winter sports in Mauritius

If you prefer skiing, the island is full of kite surfing spots known worldwide … among others the famous waves of One Eye spot …

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With its protected lagoons, the trade wind regime provide a steady wind almost all year and its waves generated by the island’s Barrier Reef is now a sports stage appreciated for windsurfing, accessible even to beginners.

Water skiing is also a very popular activity in Mauritius and offered in all hotels and on all the beaches. Besides skiing, the range of activities proposed in Mauritius extends to sports such as windsurfing, sailing (hobby cat, lazer, dinghy, catamaran) but also canoeing, kayaking, pedal boating, glass bottom boat … activities to discover during your stay in Mauritius.

Cruising around Mauritius

To complete your holidays on this paradisiacal island, a catamaran cruise along the coast of Mauritius is a must. There is nothing better to discover this island in a completely different light and visit the various islets surrounding this floating gem of the Indian Ocean.

Swim with the Dolphins!

Explore the spectacular lives of these magnificent marine mammals in their natural aquatic habitat. Immerse yourself in the adventure of a lifetime and swim with dolphins in crystal clear waters. Swimming with dolphins is an incredibly moving experience which will bring you into contact with strikingly beautiful scenery, unspoiled landscapes and wonderful animals

You’ll plunge into the remarkable world of these powerful marine mammals and come face to face with the dolphins. Unlike many other dolphin facilities that limit a swim with dolphins program to pools or shallow water encounters, we provide the unique opportunity to enter the dolphins’ natural environment and enjoy an encounter with the dolphins in open sea.

Once you get on board the speed boat, the skipper will brief you on the experience you are about to have.

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Golf in Mauritius

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An activity holding the upper hand in Mauritius remains golf. Enthusiasts from around the world compete on the greens mowed between mountains and sea, in paradisiacal sites near the lagoon or the famous Ile aux Cerfs. No less than eight 18-hole courses (the ninth is underway) and four 9-holes can be found on the island. Something for all golfers, who canpleasantly occupy their stay in Mauritius!

Discover the Flora and Fauna of Mauritius

Many “adventure” Parks settled on the most beautiful endemic ecosystems of Mauritius. Activities proposed in the various parks are very well secured and supervised by competent and attentive staff. They welcome young and old, athletic or not.

For lovers of nature and its wildlife, it is possible to visit beautiful wildlife parks in Mauritius such as Casela Adventure Park or Vanilla Crocodile park. Besides the spectacle of thousands of birds, you can approach crocodiles, monkeys and giant tortoises. Go as a family to feed Bengal tigers and walk with lions during your stay in Mauritius.

Without getting wet, you can admire many species of fish in a submarine at Pointe aux Biches. Always dry, you will walk on the seabed aboard a small submarine comfortably in a transparent cabin, heated and at atmospheric pressure. You will enjoy ideal conditions to discover and admire the extraordinary underwater landscapes of Mauritius outside the lagoon.

In calm and shallow water, a unique and exciting experience is offered to all: walking underwater. Ideal for children and those who cannot swim to observe aquatic life.

Enjoy Wellness in one of the Mauritian Spa

Whether you opt for Givenchy spa or the Six Senses Spa, Mauritian hotels abound of wellness center. All as beautiful as the other. Mostly using Clarins products, those temples of wellness offer a range of impressive care and ayurvedic reflexology. Well-being is no longer restricted to five-star hotels. Even the lower categories hotels have such infrastructure today. However, the often so called “spa” is often only a massage room – beware!

Enjoy your holidays to the max!

We hope you loved our ideas for excursions, sports and walks around Mauritius. There’s something for everyone. Do not miss our article giving you tips about how to spend perfect holidays in Mauritius.

Enjoy wonderful holidays in Mauritius!

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.

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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.

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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.

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