Mauritius Off The Beaten Path

  • Off The Beaten Path
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  • Off The Beaten Path
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  • The rock and sea below Gris-gris.
    The rock and sea below Gris-gris.
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Mauritius Off The Beaten Path

  • Gris-gris et la Roche qui Pleure,...

    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...

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  • 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...

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  • Africa shape in a tree

    I found this Africa shaped pecked out by birds in the garden of our complex. I wonder if they knew the spape of our continent and did this art piece to show and teach their children. lol

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  • 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...

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  • Rodrigues

    Mauritius' other island is hardly known and travelled to. Discovered in 1528 by Diego Rodriguez. If you want to get away from all the hustle and bustle of Mauritius this is the place to come.

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  • Tamarin Falls

    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...

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  • Rochester Falls

    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...

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  • Quatre Bornes

    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.

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  • Tamarin

    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...

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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...

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  • Discover by chance---BBQ in the smaller...

    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...

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  • Rent a motorbike--travel using a map

    Chamarel VillageFrom 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...

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  • Local beaches...

    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!

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  • 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.

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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...

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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...

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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.

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  • ILE AUX CERFS

    Take your own food. Once on the island, you will have to buy it in the few little shops and it is bl...expensive.The island was rented from the government by the Sun International group. Restaurants are very expensive.

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  • ILE AUX CERFS

    Ile aux cerfs, is a very popular island.It is situated at the east coast and was first discovered by the Dutch.It is a great place to snorkel and dive.

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  • Temple tamoul de Sainte-Croix

    Vous pouvez apprendre à reconnaitre les temples tamouls, car ils sont beaucoup moins colorés que les temples hindous.

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  • Temple hindou

    À Maurice, il est possible de retrouver dans le même quartier une mosquée, un temple hindou et une église. L'hindouisme est la principale religion de l'île avec 52 % des habitants qui la pratiquent. Les pèlerins de toutes confessions viennent prier dans les 150 temples qui sont répartis sur l'île.To Maurice, it is possible to recover in the same...

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  • Thai Poosam Cavadee

    One of the most distinctive Hindu holidays is the Tamil celebration Thai Poosam Cavadee, which takes place in January or February. This festival honours Muruga or Subramanya, the son of Shiva. The cavadee is a polished piece of wood shaped like an arch and decorated with palm leaves, flowers and green lemons. At the base of the cavadee are...

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  • Funerary Platform

    The father of Mauritius, Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam, was cremated here. Even though he was a very important person in Mauritius he was also a very important Hindu so his ashes were scattered along the Ganges in India. This is located in the northeastren part of the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens.

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  • Rochester Falls

    I see a lot of pictures of these falls but when I went there it didn't seem like to many people actually went there. It is not very developed which is nice and the road to it is a bit rough but still a nice drive throught sugarcane fields. They are not very high (there was some guy jumping off for photo oppurtunities, looked like a fun job) but are...

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  • Trou Aux Cerfs

    Trou aux Cerfs is a crater in an extinct volcano in the city of Curepipe. At the top of the volcano you will get a good panoramic view of the island seeing as far as the west coast. At the bottom of the crater is a lake which you can choose to walk down to. Trou aux Cerfs is easy to get to from the bus station in Curepipe. Just walk down Victoria...

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  • Pamplemousses Town

    When most people come to Pamplemoussess they usually just go to the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens. Take some time and walk around the town. There is a nice church and cementery. I'm sure you will also discover something else.

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  • Hindu Temple

    Along the northeastren coast there is a hindu temple that was privatly made. It was built on an island and a road was made to go to it. It is not the most elaborate temple when it comes to design but it is still very nice. I just walked around and had my taxi driver explain to me about the hindu religion.

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  • Cap Malheureux

    At northernmost point of the island is Cap Malheureux. The main reason to come here is for the picturesque red roofed church. If you are into photography you will have to come here for that. According to local legend this is where Virginie (Paul et Virginie) washed ashore after the St. Geran sunk. It is also here that the British landed in 1810 to...

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  • St. Geran Monument

    In the town of Poudre d'Or is a monument for the St. Geran which sunk in 1744. This tragedy gave birth to Mauritius most famous story, Paul et Virginie. It is a love story that you are going to have to check out to get a more of a background knowledge of Mauritius.

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  • Reunion Island

    Before leaving Mauritius, perhaps you could try to visit another island which is pretty near to Mauritius, the Reunion Island.Reunion Island belongs to France. It is famous with the volcanical points. It has beautiful moutaineous landscape, which has little different from Mauritius's.

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  • Perhaps the Rodrigues Island

    Rodrigues island is a small island which belong to Mauritius. I do think that Rodrigues is more peaceful and relaxing place if compare to Mauritius itself.You don't have much thing to do in Rodrigues, most of the shops are close at 4pm.But it does offer some special points of visiting which you could might not find in Mauritius. I am not really...

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  • Laundry day in Mahebourg

    After the bridge, exiting Mahebourg, the stones in the river are used and eroded after centuries of women doing the laundry, always at the same place.

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  • Trou aux Cerfs

    This extinct volcano crater is a 30 minute walk from the center of Mauritius' second city Curepipe. It's nothing spectacular but the 360? view from the top of the crater is quite impressive. The climate up here is also more pleasant than on the coast.

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  • Mahébourg

    Mahébourg is a quiet backwater in the south-east of the island near the airport. It's an ideal base from which to explore the Black River Canyon and the East coast and to experience authentic Mauritian town life.It's located on a picturesque bay and the nice little beach of Blue Bay is only a short bus ride away.

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  • Sugar cane harvesting

    Sugar cane harvesting.no mechanic in Mauritius, everything has the charm of the old fashion.They have a small production of sugar en rhum en Lime.So, you can have nice local Daïquiri !!!

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  • Buddhist temple story

    I was visiting a Buddhist temple. Entering such an area is forbidden to women in their period. Well, if it happens, who really cares? Who will really know?Well, I was at the gate of the area of a temple. A group of South African tourists were entering. The janitor stopped one woman and said she couldn't enter because she had her period. She...

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  • Tamarin Falls

    This is my favorite place on the island. A magnificent series of cascades plunging into gorgeous deep pools. Not too many tourist seem to make it to this place as it is very difficult to reach. It's about 2km from the village of Henrietta close to a reservoir, there are no signs leading to the falls and the path is not obvious and pretty steep...

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  • Black River Canyon

    This is the most mountainous and most beautiful area of Mauritius. If you have your own transport you can take in some great views of the canyon and the Alexandra Falls on the road between Grand Bassin and Chamarel. It's also possible to do some hiking through the canyon.

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  • Gris Gris plage

    If there is one picture-perfect beach on the island, this is it! The problem is that it is not very suitable for swimming, but there is a great grassy picnic area right above the beach.Near Souillac, signposted 'Gris Gris'

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  • Rochester Falls

    By Mauritian standards this romantic little waterfall with a great pool for swimming is as "off the beaten track" as it gets.To get there you have to drive 3km on a bumpy dirt track into the sugar cane fields, the last 500m to the fall are only manageable on foot. Starting point is the town of Souillac whose port laguna is also worth seeing. The...

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  • Chamarel

    Near the village of Chamarel in the South-west of the island are two very interesting sights. The aptly named "colored earths", an unusual natural phenomenon and the Chamarel falls, the highest falls on the island in beautiful surroundings.They are both on private property and an entrance fee of 1.80€ is collected. There is no public transport to...

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  • East Coast

    The nicest spot on the relatively tranquil east coast of Mauritius is Trou d'eau douce, a relaxed resort on a picturesque bay. Further north is another pretty stretch of coast between Palmar and Belle Mar. This would be a great place to pitch up a tent on the beach.The whole trip along the east coast's coastal road from Mahébourg is a very pleasant...

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  • Nouvel an chinois

    The dragon passes in all boutiques to bring abundance and the prosperity there during the year to come. The very day of the new year, the Chinese fast and abstain of meat. In principle, they only serve the vegetables and the curds of beans cooked to oil, but certainly not to the grease of pork. Some pay a visit to their friends and parents to...

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  • Dourga in Grand Bassin

    Dourga, the wife of the Shiva Lord, gone up on his lion, is called of different names as Uma, Parvati, Devî... one considers it as the sister of Vishnu, and she carries to the hand the disk and the conch, emblems of Vishnu. Dourga is a war goddess. She is also the wife of Shiva. Dourga also assumes domestic features and one often identifies it in...

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  • Hanuman in Grand Bassin

    Hanuman is a more and more popular divinity. The students never forget to return him homage before being going to take their exams because he is reputed for his/its ability to come you out of the difficult situations.

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