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The Inland


The main summits on the island are: Le Piton de la Riviere Noire(827 m), Le Pic coiffé de Pieter Both, Le Pouce, la Montagne Rempart and Les Trois Mamelles.


Sugar plantations cover a major part of the island but you will be surprised by the enormous piles of stones in the middle of the fields

National forest reserve where the exotic vegetation and species of the Indian Ocean are protected.




Mauritius has inherited the three most prestigious cuisines of the world : French, Chinese and Indian.   But in addition to these international cuisines, there is a uniquely Mauritian cuisine that has evolved as a result of the fusion of Creole: reflecting the ethnic diversity of the people.



The séga (the rhythm of the island) a dance unique to Mauritius.  Derived mostly from African music dating back from slavery days, the traditional séga is accompanied by traditional instruments such as the ravane, the maravane, and the triangle.  The original instruments are fast disappearing, making way for the more contemporary instruments.


Coast and Beaches


150 km of soft sandy beaches make Mauritius ideal holiday spot. Protected by a coral reef, the emerald lagoons are as safe and transparent as a swimming pool.


A paradise for all water sports: wind surfing, water-skiing, snorkeling , deep sea fishing etc.. Belle Mare Plage The Resort is situated along one of the most beautiful beaches of the island, 2km of white sandy beach


What to visit


In the North

PORT LOUIS: The capital and main port of Mauritius, founded by Mahé de Labourdonnais in1735, deserves a full day with its Museum, mosques, the little market and the Chinatown, interesting is the visit to the Museum of Natural History: among the various embalmed animals you can see the only specimen of “Dodo”, an enormous bird, a sort of giant turkey, now extinct, the symbol of the island.  The market is very quaint: you can find there everything from local handy-crafts to the Chinese alchemist who offers you every kind of infusion, medical and aphrodisiac herbs, and more.  One can admire a good view on Port Louis, Climbing up to Fort Adelaide, a fortified Citadel.  For those who love horse racing there is that too: Champs de Mars, a race course ones used for training and military shows, every Saturday, from May to November, becomes animated by Mauritians very keen on horses.  Around the main square, place d’Armes, you will see some French colonial buildings: the Hotel du Government, the Court supreme and the Port Louis Theatre.  In front of the latter is Vieux Conseil road, the cultural heart, where the Photographic Museum and the Museum of the masks are located.  The commercial center “Le Caudan Waterfront” whose vaguely”retro” architecture is reminiscent of the elegant colonial building of Cape Town.


L'AVENTURE DU SUCRE: The Sugar world museum, will lead you through the fascinating world of sugar in the former Beau Plan factory.


PAMPLEMOUSSEES BOTANICAL GARDEN : In 1776 Pierre Poivre, superintendent of the island of France (Mauritius) and of Bourbon (La Reunion), started the realization of the garden and his apprentice and successor, Nicolas Céré, ended the work.  Nowadays it extends over an area of about 26 hectares and it numbers more than 500 species of plants.  It is well known by botanists of all the world thanks to the most important collection of local and exotic plants that grow there, like the giant "Victoria regia" and over 80 species of palms.  The talipot or  coryphe parasol is interesting because of the legend according to which the plant blossoms only after 60 years, just once before dying.

PEREYBERE : A delightful little cove with deep clear blue water is the best bath place in the whole island.


In the East


DOMAINE DE L’ETOILE: The excursions proposed by "Ciel et Nature" within the Domaine de l’Etoile are varied and original. The domain being vast and magnificent, all recreational activities proposed are worth while. It is the second private hunting domain which is opening to the public and to tourism.


In the Center


LA ROUTE DU THE: Mauritius’s oldest factory still in operation and traditional invites you for a guided tour and tasting.


GRAND BASSIN OR “SACRED LAKE”: Located between Curepipe and Plaine Champagne, it is a natural lake that occupies the crater of an extinct volcano.  Holy place for the Mauritian of Hindu faith, a constant goal for the pilgrims that pray and offer presents to the divinities.  It deserves a visit for the beauty of the place and for those who want to know the Indian mysticism.


BLACK RIVER GORGES NATIONAL PARK: Into this sheltered park of about 6500 hectare there what it is left of Mauritius ancient forests and it offers visitors the opportunity to admire landscapes, plants and indigenous species of birds. It is located at Riviere Noir. From the road across Plaine Champagne towards Chamarel there is easy access to viewpoint at Alexandra Falls.


CHAMAREL “COLOURED EARTH”: From the village of Case Noyale one sterts on a twisted and narrow path for about 10 minutes before arriving in front of this wonder hillock with the many colored undulations of the ground from red to blue to green.  Along the way, on your right, you can admire the stupendous Chamarel Falls that burst with strength out of thick vegetation.


In the West / South-West


 CASELA “NATURE & LEISURE PARK”: Located near the Rivieres Noire, this immense garden covers an area of 25 hectares and is inhabited by 2500 birds about 140 different species, a paradise for those keen on ornithology.  Among the different species there is one of the rarest birds in the world, the “Pink Pigeon”.  Moreover there are tortoises, lemurs, many coloured peacocks, leopards and Bengal tigers, a pleasant walk through the fauna and the calm of nature, accompanied by the noise of the creeks and by the constant twittering of the birds. 

In the South

LA VANILLE RESERVE DES MASCAREIGNES: Located at Rivieres des Anguilles in the wild south of the island, it is a well organized bio park, where crocodiles coming from Madagascar are bred.  Going up and down trough its wooded paths you can see iguanas, monkeys, giant turtles and obviously a lot of crocodiles (notice boards offer information about good many species of animals and are very clear and detailed).

MAHEBOURG: Built on the Grand Port bay, it is a characteristic fisherman village, and it was the theatre of Franco-British naval battles in1810.  These events are recalled in the Historic Museum in Mahebourg with documents and illustrations that of that time.  In a wing of the building an ancient, Creole village, where it is possible to buy products of the Mauritian handicraft, is reproduced.



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