A beautiful island off the coast of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean has a wonderful fusion of different flavours and cultures. The official languages are French and English, but everyone speaks Creole. In the streets, there are mosques, churches and pagodas and the faces on the people you will meet have Indian, European, African and Chinese characteristics. The sea, you can expect that to be a tropical postcard.
This place deserves to be discovered by everyone; because everyone will be able to find something special with its nature and the mixture of Indian, African and European influences. Which are then transferred to the dishes around the island. It isn’t expensive, but like anywhere, it can be if you want or if you aren’t careful. For those sport-loving Aussies heading across the Indian Ocean, you can continue trying AU PayPal betting sites for live streaming of your favourite sports, as Wi-Fi and internet coverage is accessible but slightly slower.
You’re about to find out what lies beyond the next Mauritian. Ready to be surprised with some quaint and uniquely Mauritian experiences?
Let’s Start with Grand Bay
We’ll start from the north. Which means that we’re obligated to start at Grand Bay. The place is pretty, the sea is splendid, and there are clubs, restaurants and hotels. The atmosphere, fortunately, is Mauritian, and you will never be overwhelmed by chaos. There is a good choice of accommodation, and from here it is easy to leave for a discovery of the island that almost always starts from Cap Malheureux, the furthermost northern point of Mauritius. This is where the commander John Abercromby landed with his troops when the British attacked the island for the second time in 1810, but today it’s famous for the church of Notre Dame Auxiliatrice, which can be seen in every catalogue of the island. If on the other hand, you are mad about nature, stop off at Labourdonnais for a walk through the anthuriums, bougainvillaea and hibiscus. Here, the fruit is also cultivated and freshly squeezed in front of you. That’s when you can say: zero kilometres!
Relaxing at UNESCO Protected Beaches
Our choice goes to the area of Le Morne Brabant, with its beautiful hotels, splendid sea, golf courses and everything you can dream of on a peninsula that became a UNESCO heritage site for its beauty, and of course, history. This is where the escaped slaves took refuge in the forest. One of the areas symbolising the beauty of Mauritius, the Chamarel region, hosts magnificent landscapes in nature among the hills. These famous lands have several colours, you also mustn’t miss a stop nearby to admire the centenarian Giant Tortoises that live right next door.
One of the most beautiful locations in Africa, Our definitive destination for a swim is Ile aux Cerf, a leisure island just five minutes from the coast. Arriving by boat, you will have a choice of snorkelling, playing golf, sunbathing or visiting restaurants.
Exploring Tropical Gardens
The Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam botanical garden, or more simply known as Pamplemousses, is a famous place among botanists around the world for the large collection of exotic plants that grow there. These include giant Victoria Amazonica water lilies and numerous species of palm trees.
Turn your back to the sea and head towards the plateau, which is between 400 and 600 meters above sea level. Here you’ll discover numerous treasures, such as Trou of Cerfs, an extinct volcano that offers a splendid view over the countryside. In this volcano’s cone, there is a sacred Hindu lake named Ganga Talao. Every February, during the celebrations of Maha Shivaratri, thousands of faithful Hindus travel several miles on foot, to offer gifts to the Hindu god Shiva.
If you want to discover the colonial past of the island, stop at the Creole Maison Eureka. It is proven that settlers were doing really well while the Tea Road was here. The point of arrival is at the Bois Cherì plantation, where you can watch the process of harvesting tea in the fields through to the tea bag, as well as taste all the types of tea. There are many things to see in Mauritius’ long of what to taste, such as vanilla, sugar and rum. The Rhumerie de Chamarel is one of the rare distilleries still operating in this part of the world that cultivates its own sugar cane to produce liqueurs.