Gris-gris et la Roche qui Pleure, Souillac.
In the south of the island far from the tumult of Port-Louis and even of Mahebourg, lies a small town called Souillac, named after one of the French governors of the island. Main attraction here are the volcanic cliffs that drop down from 10 metres into the sea. Opposite you, Antactica, there's nothing else between you. The waves that come crashing in here come all that way with no obstruction. Gris-gris is a promontory overlooking a public beach, but you won't see any swimmers here, the sea is far too dangerous, although you might see a fisherman out checking his lobster pots. About a kilometre further along the coast, a point that can be seen from Gris-gris is the "Roche qui Pleut, the Crying Rock". So-named for the ravine where the sea throws itself through and jumps up a narrow gap between two rocks and then spills back down the sides creating an illusion of tears. An easy walk down from the parking area takes you onto a volcanic plateau just above the sea. Be careful, it can be very slippery.
Hike the Tamarind Falls.
Fabulous hike in the nature without a house in sight. Quite technical as it follows 7 different falls down the Black River Gorge and goes down and down and....There is no waymarking at all, just follow the trail as closely as possible. Becomes more difficult after passing under the first fall, but some great views to be had. It is quite difficult to find the start of the trail. Quite possible to swim in a couple of the pools, but beware of the cold undercurrents. Due to rain we only made it down 3 of the falls. Already that was some 3 hours trek including the swim.
Do not attempt this hike if you have respiratory or heart problems, content yourself with the view from the viewpoint in Tamarind close to the bus turnround.
A Secret Lagoon – Exploring by Kayak
We hired a kayak from our hotel, The Constance Prince Maurice, and kayaked past the mangroves along the line of the bay, passing some fisherman, and into the next bay inlet. It was hard work out of the mangroves and on the sea as it was quite windy and the current kept pushing us the other way but we wanted to see what was round the bay.
We paddled into the mangroves and found small channel leading to a “secret” lagoon hidden from view, enclosed by mangroves. To get to it we had to get out of the kayak, as the tide was pushing the shallow water over the slippery rocks, and clamber over the rocks dragging the kayak. Once we had got in there we had the place to ourselves with nobody else in sight. It was late afternoon, still and quiet except for the birds. The water was lovely and warm and calm and a typical mangrove green colour. We just couldn’t resist tying up the kayak and having a swim!Related to:
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For the Tamarin Falls our taxi driver took us to Henrietta where we were to meet a guide who was supposed to be able to take the two of us down to them, when we got to Henrietta we did meet the guide but he was blind drunk! Needless to say we did not go down to the falls with him and we took in the view from the viewpoint close to the bus stop. I would imagine most taxi drivers will know where the viewpoint is.
To see this impressive waterfall you have to go through cane fields down a dirt trak to get to them, located near Souillac, the black basalt rock falls are not big but pleasing to the eye. My taxi driver knew where they were and I imagine most do. Warning though, watch out for the people around here, they are renound for pick pocketing and robbing you. My taxi driver was offered money to get us to pay them to watch people jump off the falls. We had a good driver though that had our safety as his priority and only took us to the falls as I insisted, as he warned of the problems that could arise.
Taxi driver from Taxi Mauritius, http://www.taxismauritius.com/
Quatre Bornes is a rather nondescript town in Central Mauritius. There isn't anything special to see, but it's an excellent place for shopping. The "big" market days are Thursday and Sunday. Besides,there are also a couple of not-so-expensive day-spas if you're looking for relaxation.Related to:
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Tamarin is supposed to be the surfing capital of Mauritius, but when I was there the waves weren't really impressive. The beach there isn't too nice aswell, it's rather greyish than white and doesn't invite sunbathers.
Tamarin is still the salt production centre of the island and there and you can see quite a few ponds where saltwater is left to evaporate.
Buses from Port Louis and Quatre Bornes pass through Tamarin on the way to Baie du Cap.Related to:
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Vieux Grand Port
Vieux Grand Port was the site of the first European settlement on Mauritius. The Dutch errected a fort there, close to the place of their first landing on the island in 1598.
There's a museum now where you can see some artefact of the Dutch period at the site of that first fort. The ruins you can see are left-overs from the French who took over Mauritius after the Dutch left.
The waters there were also the site of a famous naval battle which the French won against the British in 1810. This didn't help them much though, Mauritius became a British colony a few months later.
Vieux Grand Port is located a few kilometres from Mahébourg. The bus fare from Mahébourg is 10Rs.Related to:
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Discover by chance---BBQ in the smaller islands
The boat will take you to the small islands surrounding Mauritius. You can comb the silky beaches after a hefty seafood lunch. It is about USD 20 to 40, depending on your choices of dishes. You can choose from fish and chicken or lobster, fish and chicken. I cant remember the actual location, but if you ask around, you should be able to locate as there are a few operators. It is along the east coast.
Rent a motorbike--travel using a map
From Case Noyale village, you can visit the coloured earths of Chamarel. It is an unique landscape of contrasting shades of colours and seeing them under bright sunlight will bring out the best of the landscape. The different shades of blue, green, red and yellow are the result of the erosion of the volcanic ash. You can also see giant tortoises roaming in the area. This place is found when the government is clearing land for development.
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Whilst all the coastal hotels have lovely beaches...its great to drive off and find your own! There are 'public' beaches dotted all over the island, no sun loungers or facilities...these are au natural. So bring whatever you need...and enjoy the freedom of a beach to yourself...or at weekends...share the beach with locals...and mingle!
A few km out of Grand Baie
Point Cannoinaire ( not sure of this spelling).
is a few km out of Grand Baie but very easy to get to by bus and taxi. It is quiet and has beautiful views. Accomodation (private) is cheaper. There are a few hotels in the area like Club med.Related to:
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Gorges, monkeys, cats and pringles!
Having recently visited Mauritius for the fifth time and this time to get Married, my wife and I spent the following days travelling the island visiting some of our favourite spots.
We stopped along the mountain road to have delicious lunch at the Verangue sur Morne restaurant which still amazes me how it hangs off the side of the mountain.
Then we carried on towards the Black River Gorges. We parked the car and took a stroll to the cliff edge, where we looked at the waterfall and watched a Monkey fall in a bin after an old banana skin.
On returning to the car, we saw some stray cats ovbiously hungy, and one without an eye. The Missus obviously took pity and tried as descretly as possible to shared the remainder of her paprika pringles with the mountain moggies.
Suddenly out from a bush sprang a monkey, which proceeded to snatch the remaining pringles from the cats and dissapear back into the bush.
If you ever decide to go up there...don't forget to take some paprika pringles. It can amount to some very entertaining viewing.Related to:
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ILE AUX CERFS
Anyway, if you visit, you will have a nice day.
There are a few nice hikingtrails and it is always good to relax on the beaches and enjoy the sunshine and the quite surrounding.(that means, if you make sure to get away from the hotels and other overcommercialised infrastructure).
So, to my opinion there are better ways to explore the many small islands.
Have a look at my Ile D'Ambre tips.Related to:
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ILE AUX CERFS
Avoid to visit during the weekends. It gets very crowdy.
Once arrived, take your stuff and walk to the other beaches away from the arrival point.
The other beaches are quite, not overpopulated and you wil find THE spot to get a tan.Related to:
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