Mauritius offers the best of water activities as well as sight seeing.
We opted to hire a travel guide rather than hit it out on our own. Our guide was excellent, experienced and knew all the local spots. He also suggested activities and areas to visit anticipating weather conditions.
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We just didn't want to spend our time on the beach. Our guide helped us with a mixed bag of activities as well as sight seeing - kayaking, under water sea walk, pedal boat, chilling out on the beach, viewing the botanical gardens, glass making, model ship building , zip lining, quad biking, speed boat, island hopping and a personalised lunch on an island.
Small museum on the east coast of Mauritius, I give a web site with some history.
This is the site of the first human settlement in Mauritius. The Dutch discovered Mauritius in 1598. However, they settled here only in 1638, when the Fort Frederik Hendrik was constructed.
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Perybere is my favourite place to go in Mauritius, lots of locals, the best local beach on the island, we even do night swimming here.
There is a tour operater in Perybere that can book tours to the whole island as well as boat tours.
There is a bank and money exchanger. There is a public phone, a supermarket and some clothing chops.
There are plenty of taxi on the main road and its on the bus route... via grand Baie to port Louis. as well as in the other direction where you can take a bus or taxi to the market in goodlands ( very cheap)
You can buy local foods quite cheap on the beach and just in front of the hotel is a local stall that sells most delicious roti.
there are also a few restaurants.
There is a truck that sometimes sells fresh vegtables.
There is a local with name Patrick on the beach that does snorkel and island visits.Ask for him.
Catamarans head north from Grand Bay to Ilot Gabrielle, from Shandrani to Ille aux Cerfs or from Tamarin Bay to Port Louis. Each boat carries snorkelling equipment, and a delicious barbecue is prepared by the crew. Listen to great music as well.
This is a full day trip.
Visit this authentic old sugar producing factory completely restored and discover the fascinating world of sugar. The exhibits take you back in time to let you ubderstand the extent to which the history of Mauritius is so strongly linked to the sugar industry.
La Vanille Crocodile Park in Mauritius is near Riviere des Anguilles, to the southern region of Mauritius. Step inside the La Vanille Reserve and be mesmerized with the tropical vegetation. Explore the indigenous plants in the reserve. On your tour to La Vanille Crocodile Park, prepare yourself to be thrilled with a sight of considerable number of Nile crocodiles in their breeding waterholes. These crocodiles are transferred from Madagascar.
La Vanille Crocodile Park in Mauritius is not only about crocodiles and tropical plants but also about variety of other animal species like monkeys, bats, etc. The reserve also houses shops and restaurant offering lunches and delicious quick snacks. Around 500 tortoises hover around the park. There is around 20, 000 different species of insects in an insectarium inside the reserve. Stroll in the plush forest and admire nature's glory. This spectacular tourist attraction in Mauritius was opened for the general public ten years ago. An impressive number of fruit bats, mangooses, lizards, fish, chameleons and many other species of reptiles and animals can be
In this big park you can see all sorts of interesting plants, especially palm trees. I recommend to hire a guide because it's much more interesting walking through the park, getting a lot of useful information about the plants. You can hire guides at the car park. Many languages are available, such as English, French, German.
However, it's also nice just for a stroll and as a welcome change to the beach...
there is a lot of people on the island who work when they need to
like this guy, he was working for the day taking some tourist to other beaches, other than that he said he goes fishing for a living ;P
what a relaxing life
this is my fave beach, Trou aux biches at the border with Mont Choisy
the water is so clear, so many colored fishes visible even without going snorkelling, corals spread everywhere on the shore, so clean ;-)
This island has to be one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. The beaches are just how you expect a tropical island to be. Warm clear shallow waters, white sand that goes on and on for miles, and forests. This picture doesn't do it justice, you'll just have to experience it for yourself!
Port Louis is the only deep water harbour of Mauritius and is the island capital with a population of about 400,000 people. It is surrounded by mountains and the ocean. Famous things include the beautiful waterfront area, central market, various statues located in the city centre, governor's house and the horse racing course. I will share with you these information on my Port Louis VT page, so you can go there for more information.
The north coast of Mauritius is famous for its scuba diving sites, especially near to the small island of Coin De Mire which can be seen easily when you are in the north coast. There is a famous viewpoint of Coin De Mire at Cap Malheurex where a Roman Catholic church is located.
The beach at the Turtle Bay, Balaclava is very nice and there are 2 hotels here, namely Hotel Maritim and Hotel La Plantation which I stayed. Besides the beach, there is impressive view of the mountains as well as a beautiful freshwater lake and ruins of the European colonial rule.
The Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanic Garden at Pamplemousses is one of the attractions of Mauritius. There are many old and exotic trees and plants in this botanic garden, of which the giant amazon lily pool is the main attraction. More information is at my VT Pamplemousses page.