Magical Mauritius

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Magical Mauritius

Where else in the world do you find such sparkling turquoise waters except from the Indian Ocean around the coast of the white beaches of Mauritius? You will be fascinated by this island which, together with Reunion and Rodrigues, forms part of the Mascarene Islands.

Beaches

The large lagoons with the fine white sand must be the closest thing to paradise to anyone to wants to soak up the sun and sea. The beaches surround the island offering amazing relaxation and beach sports opportunities. Almost all of the public beaches are safe for swimming and perfect for coastal walks and sightseeing.

North

Most famous for its watersports – water-skiing, sailing, windsurfing and deep-sea fishing and parasailing is the north. In the evenings, the stylish bars, restaurants and clubs – with their wonderful view of the sunset – are a hive of activity and fun.

East

More natural and less developed is the east. Its white beaches of Palmar and Belle Mare stretch endlessly along the coast and are fringed on the one side by shady green casuarinas trees and edged by the lagoon on the other.

South-East

A great photo opportunity, as you travel around to the southern top of the island, are the high cliffs in the south-east. The breaks in the reed let the open sea right up to the land and they crush hard against the rocks and create a craggy and most dramatic coastline.

West

Visitors can be hypnotized by the magnificent sunsets and deep-sea fishing on the west coast. The surfers adore this coast and usually head for Tamarin – surf center of Mauritius – popular with both beginners and experts.

Luxury 

One of the most fascinatingly beautiful islands, this charming spot is perfect for a holiday you will remember always. Who wouldn’t jump at the chance of beauty, luxury, refinement and such a mix of cultures and tastes as to make the experience overwhelming?

Languages

Mauritian Creole, French and English are the main languages spoken in Mauritius. However, English is the only official language and newspapers and television programmes are usually in French.  The country comprised of the Asian, African, Chinese and French ethnicities as the first European explorers didn’t find any indigenous people living there.

Dodo

The island of Mauritius is renowned for having been the only known home of the much fabled dodo. This bird fell easy prey to settlers because it was a large and heavy bird without the ability to fly. It became extinct less than eighty years after the initial European colonisation.

Port Louis

This is the capital of Mauritius, and is situated on the north-west coast. At night it displays the famous Caudan Waterfront, and during the day there is the busy Central Market, or Champ de Mars – the oldest racecourse in the Indian Ocean region – to keep you occupied.

Inland

You will discover the island’s four other towns in the ‘highlands’:

Quatre Bornes: Go to the local market to bargain-hunt
Curepipe: It’s the coolest spot on the island – visit the botanical gardens
Rose Hill: In the evening the Plaza gardens – municipal theatre of the town – attract families relaxing with ice-cream
Vacoas: The main draw card is the Gymkhana Golf Club – the oldest in the southern hemisphere.

Family Holiday

This island is the perfect destination for a family holiday. Specifically at the resorts, there is such a good degree of safety that parents can enjoy a quality holiday with all the conveniences they need for their children. In fact the safe beaches and gentle seas probably make this the perfect place for a holiday, because it has something for everyone:

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Children

L’Aventure du Sucre has interesting Interactive exhibits

Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam has Botanical Gardens where there are huge water lillies, deer and tortoises.

La Vanille Reserve des Mascareignes has giant tortoises and crocodiles.

The lovely estate of Domaines Les Pailles offers horse-riding; quad-biking, horse drawn carriages and train rides through the estate: Espace Adventure has 4 x 4 road trips.

Tamarin launch a catamaran and watch the dolphins.

At Casela Bird Park spend a day with the birds, monkeys and lions; there is a variety of marine life at the Aquarium at Pointe aux Biches.

Caudan Waterfront in Port Louis offers a fun day of train rides, children’s park and multiple games; a day at Trou aux Cerfs to look at a dormant colcano crater.

Safari Adventures can arrange for a day with the lions; not to mention endless days on the beach.

Hotels

Usually hotels provide a kid’s club so that the kids can visit throughout the day as they choose; they can offer a babysitting service when arranged in advance; teen clubs for the slightly older kids to band together and learn new skills – water-skiing, team games, etc; children’s pools areas of beach where the children can make sand castles. Complimentary watersports facilities are provided by most beach hotels in Mauritius to their clients. Scuba diving, parasailing and deep-sea fishing are available at extra cost.

Not allowed to exceed five knots in specific zones inside the lagoon – particularly in Flic en Flac and Trou d’Eau Douce are the motor boats. Other regions are expected to follow suit soon.

Remember

Take loads of sunscreen for the day and mosquito spray for the evenings. Also take sufficient of both of these items that are safe enough to give your children all the protection they need.

PS Some of our MartieGreen Group got bitten by mosquitoes and we discovered that after being bitten  just rub a stick of Tabard on the bites (Yes! after the event!); or, take your underarm roll on, and roll it on your bites – either way – the bites will soon stop stinging and within a few hours (or after you’ve slept the night) they will have all disappeared with no marks left behind – We really tested that one!

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