Mauritius Off The Beaten Path
Off The Beaten Path
Off The Beaten Path
Off The Beaten Path
Off The Beaten Path
View from the viewpoint. of Tamarind...
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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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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
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 giant tortoises roaming in the area. This place is found when the government is clearing land for development.West of Mauritius
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