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    Snorkeling in Blue Bay

    by saleemg Written Apr 15, 2016

    A fusion of emerald blue and turquoise green, this protected marine park near to the airport is a visual delight. Swimming with school of colourful fishes amidst diverse corals is a breathtaking experience.

    This Blue Bay which is popular amngst the locals but not so well lnown to the tourists is a nature's gem not to be missed.

    Address: Mahebourg town.

    Directions: Neat to Mauritius International Airport - 15 min. drive.

    The Blue Bay...a visual delight Swimming with the fishes at Blue Bay
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    The Theatre of Port Louis

    by globetrott Written Nov 27, 2015

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    On Place Nelson Mandela you will find this great theatre dateing back to the year 1822 and at that time it used to be the very first theatre in the southern hemisphere. Unfortunately the theatre was closed but I was lucky to be able to take a look through the windows to see at least a bit of its interior.
    "Place Nelson Mandela": streetnames are obviously also in french, while english is the language of the population.

    Directions: Place Nelson Mandela is the adress of that square, ca. 5 min. walkingtime from the presidents palace.

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    Amazon Lillies in Pamlemousses

    by globetrott Updated Nov 27, 2015

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    Have you ever seen such big waterlillies ? These wonderfull Amazon Lillies are one of the main attractions in the Botanical Garden of Pamplemousses. In my 3rd photo you can see the strong structure of the backside of the giant leaves of this interesting plant. Some of the leaves even have the shape of a heart - see my last photo ! I even saw some postcards with a baby sitting on such a waterlilly and that leave is strong and big enough they both swim in the water...
    Of course it is forbidden to take away any of these plants, but the local guide found a leave that was broken already and so he took it out of the water in order to show it to us.

    Directions: The Botanical Garden of Pamplemousses is about 8km north of Port Louis.

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    The Seven Coloured Earths

    by globetrott Written Nov 27, 2015

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    Close to Chamarel you will find quite an unique natural phenomenon: The Seven Coloured Earths ! It is a private property, so you will have to pay some seperate entrancefee there again (or as you can read in my restaurant-tip: when you eat a special menu in the "Restaurant terre aux 7 Couleurs" the entrancefee will be refunded !)
    The ground material in that area is washed out by wind, water and the humid climate that leads into the decomposition of the basalt into clay.
    You will be able to see all of the different colors best when there is bright sunshine !
    You walk around in a path in a circle and will need about 10min to walk that distance !

    Directions: From the carparking it is just a few steps to get to these colored earths.

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    The Chamarel Waterfall

    by globetrott Updated Nov 27, 2015

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    The Chamarel Waterfall

    Close to Chamarel there is a small river named Rivière de Cap and it is falling down about 100 meters over a rock and that is the Chamarel Waterfall, one of the main attractions of the area. Ordinary tourists will be able to see it just from quite a distance, from the other side of a gorge, just as you can see it in my pictures. Most of the tourbuses will make a stop at this place. b.t.w.: The village of Chamarel was named after a french Officer living in that area: Charles Antoine de Chazal de Chamarel
    When you have some more time it might be possible to hike to another place closeby the waterfalls maybe.

    Directions: Chamarel is at the South-west-end of the island of Mauritius, maybe 45 km south of Port Louis.

    Website: http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/1ffe4/2019b6/

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    A taste of Gustave Eiffel

    by globetrott Written Nov 27, 2015

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    And here we are at old market-halls, dating back to the end of the 19th century, obviously a construction by Gustave Eiffel and it is now used by boutiques, souvenir-shops and cafes with a good view of the port-area and it is certainly a great place to relax in a cafe or do some souvenir-shopping.
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    Shops are normally open in Mauritius:
    Monday to Friday: 09.30am to 05.30pm
    Saturday: 09.00am to 12.00 noon
    closedon Sundays & Holidays

    Directions: You will find this great iron construction in the modern townside-port-area, about 200 meters from the windmill and from the old postoffice, where the Blue Penny was issued in 1847.

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    The Cannon of Fort Adelaide

    by globetrott Updated Nov 27, 2015

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    You will still find some cannons in and around of Fort Adelaid, but this one of the cannons of Fort Adelaide is conveniently placed on the car-parking in front of the citadel and so you can take a closer look at it, even when you will have only a few minutes up there. Mauritius became a british Colony in 1810 and Fort Adelaide was built in 1834, so that cannon is about that time as well I guess.

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    Directions: This cannon is next to the fort and the place where the tourbuses will stop to unload their passangers

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    Fort Adelaide, the Citadel of Port Louis

    by globetrott Written Nov 27, 2015

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    This is Fort Adelaide, named after the Queen Adelaide, the fort was built between 1834 and 1840 by the British troops. You will find it as a bastion high above the city of Port Louis. Fort Adelaide was one of the highlights of our tour through the city, organized by our cruise-ship for quite a reasonable price.
    Fort Adelaide is one of the sights that you cannot reach by public transport, just by a tour or by taking an exhausting walk uphill in the hot weather for maybe 30 minutes or so.
    We did not go inside the fort-museum, but it looks fine anyway when you see these impressive walls and have a great view of the city and the sea from up there.
    I am sure the interior is only interesting for people who are very much interested in these kind of old buildings, but I prefered to walk around the castlewalls and enjoy the panorama-view from up there instead, as we just had a total of 20 minutes up there on our own.
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    Fort Adelaide opens the interior for visitors:
    daily except Sundays and Holidays
    from 09.00am till 05.00pm
    entrancefee is Rs.50
    guided tours are available upon request
    binoculars can be rented free of charge there as well !

    Directions: Fort Adelaide is high above the city of Port Louis, in a hight of 80m above sea-level.

    Website: http://www.mauritius-rodrigues.com/mauritius/thingstosee_attractions_fort_adelaide.cfm

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    The Blue Penny Museum in Port Louis

    by globetrott Updated Nov 27, 2015

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    In the Blue-Penny-museum you will be able so see various exhibits of the history of Mauritius and of course as the main attraction it shows also a Blue penny and a Red Penny stamp (Blaue & Rote Mauritius) , the most famous stamps on earth ! Unfortunately the original stamps are shown under light for a few minutes only each day because they are afraid that the colors would fade away or what-ever. They let you in all day long and also take your money, BUT only those visitors that come within some 30 minutes at lunchtime will get to see the most famous stamp on earth. Some other sources state that the stamps are shown only for 10 min. each hour.
    Photography is forbidden inside there as well, and this is why I also posted this museum as a a kind of tourist-trap. What else is there to see ? Not really much, a few documents about the history of Mauritius, mostly faksimile-prints etc.

    Directions: This museum is inside one of the modern buildings in the sea-port of Port Louis.

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    Talipot Palmtrees in Pamlemousses

    by globetrott Updated Nov 27, 2015

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    These rare palmtrees are one of the many attractions of the Botanical Garden in Pamplemousses: Talipot Palmtrees are the highest palmtrees and they have a total hight of up to 24 meters and they will bloom only once in their entire life, after 30-40 years of just growing. There will be millions of small blossoms then on top, the branches of the blossoms up to 6 meters high. After about 1 year the fruits will be ripe, they will fall down and the tree will die.
    Corypha (Gebang Palm, Buri Palm and Talipot Palm) are originally growing in Sri Lanka and on the indian Malabar-coast, the leaves will have a diameter of up to 5 meters.
    In my first picture you see the blossoms of this tree, so I was lucky to be there in the perfect time.
    Below you can read more about it in my link, given by my VT-friend davidjo !

    Directions: The Botanical Garden of Pamplemousses is about 8km north of Port Louis.

    Website: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corypha

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    The old post-office of the Blue Penny

    by globetrott Updated Nov 26, 2015

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    As a stamp-collector I really HAD to see this post-office ! This is the old postoffice of Mauritius and you will find it in the area of the port and the Caudan Waterfront, about 200 meters from the windmill and you will also pass by it, when walking from your cruiseship to the city. At this postoffice some of the most famous stamps of history were issued in 1847:
    "The Blue Penny / Blaue Mauritius" is certainly the most famous stamp on earth, but by far not the most valuable or rarest stamp on earth.
    worldwide there are still 8 used and 4 unused stamps of the Blue Mauritius.
    "The Red Penny / Rote Mauritius" : there are still 12 used ones and 2 unused ones worldwide.

    Directions: The Postoffice of Port Louis is on the waterfront in the city of Port Louis.

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    The Governor`s House in Port Louis

    by globetrott Updated Nov 26, 2015

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    This is the Governor`s House in Port Louis and a part of this building is dating back to
    early times of the settlement as a french Colony. You will find this large and impressive building at the end of the palmtree-boulevard that starts at the Caudan Village. The building is surrounded by a high fence and in front of the building you will see a monument of Queen Viktoria. From the Governor`s House it is just a short distance to Place Nelson Mandela with some interesting, old buildings and the great theatre.

    Directions: You will find the Governor`s House in the very centre of Port Louis.

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    The Caudan Waterfront in Port Louis

    by globetrott Written Nov 26, 2015

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    This is the most scenic part of the port in Port Louis: The "Caudan Waterfront"
    is the name of this great and scenic boulevard directely at the townside of the port. The large cruiseships will dock opposite of it and the only 2 ways to get to Caudan Waterfront from your cruiseship is the tiny ferryboat (read more about it in my Danger-tips!) or you walk all around the bay, that will take more then 30-40 minutes.
    At Caudan Waterfront you will find the windmill, some cannons, a wide boulevard, hundreds of shops and cafes, restaurants and also the Blue Penny Museum.

    Directions: The Caudan Waterfront is opposite of the place where the big cruiseships are docking in the port of Port Louis.

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    Pamplemousses

    by globetrott Updated Nov 26, 2015

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    Pamplemousse is a halfday-excursion from Port Louis, a wonderfull tropical garden with the biggest waterlillies on earth and some other plants that you will hardly see somewhere else. Talipot Palmtrees are another attraction there and they will bloom only once, after 30-40 years of just growing. There will be millions of small blossoms then on top, the branches of the blossoms up to 6 meters high. After about 1 year the fruits will be ripe, they will fall down and the tree will die.Talipot Palms are originally growing in Sri Lanka and on the indian Malabar-coast, the leaves will have a diameter of up to 5 meters.
    Read more about this place in my Pamplemousse-page !

    Directions: Pamplemoousses is about 8km north of Port Louis.

    Website: http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/1ffe4/20190e/

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    Port Louis: the old windmill

    by globetrott Written Nov 26, 2015

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    What a great surprise to find such a scenic, old windmill in the port of Port Louis. This windmill is a museum nowadays and it is interesting to take a look inside. It will take just a few minutes to take a walk through that museum and maybe you do that while waiting for the ferryboat to take you back to the ship. The entrancefee was about 2 $
    This museum-windmill is just about 30 meters from the place where the port-ferry-ship will land, or whatever they call "landing" (see my danger-tip!)

    Directions: This windmill is part of the Caudan Village, the modern shoppingcentre close to the citycentre, in the port of Port Louis.

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