Mauritius - A Island Oasis of Tranquility and Cultural Recreation
Mauritius Island, situated in the Indian Ocean just above the tropic of Capricorn, boasts lush tropic forests and inviting white sandy beaches, surrounded by miles of dazzling turquoise blue sea water. Being of volcanic origin, this island features a central plateau of mountainous terrain, cascading waterfalls, and a fascinating transparent lagoon separated from the open sea by a living coral reef, an exotic home to colorful creatures.
Mauritius, 420 meters above sea level, consist of 720 square miles of culture, entertainment and tranquility for families and guest to lavish in, during summer or winter as the climate is delightfully warm, especially if you come from a cooler region in the world.
Mauritius is rich in history and offers a diverse cultural experience to guests who visit. The island has a quaint cosmopolitan society with most villages and towns being home to not only the Catholic Church, but a Hindu temple, a Muslim mosque, and even a Chinese pagoda, on occasion all within strolling distance of each other.
Mauritians, although their official language is English with most citizens able to speak it, the majority of the local islanders still speak Creole, after the French who once inhabited the island, but various ethnic groups also speak Hindi, Chinese, and other languages. The native people to this land are very friendly and out-going, welcoming everyone to their beautiful homeland.
Mauritian Cuisine is amongst the best in the world, taking the best of its ethnic diversity, blending it tastefully with the French, Chinese, and Indian adapted easily using the fresh vegetables and meats grown locally on the island. Unlike the traditional Indian curry, Mauritian curry is a tomato-base that oozes with aroma and flavor. If you are a seafood lover, you will not be able to leave the island without sampling a “Millionaire’s Salad”, loaded with fresh crayfish, crabs, prawns, and oysters served with a natural “red sauce” all resting under a palm tree heart.
Vacation Paradise for the Whole Family
Mauritius Island is divided into five unique geographic regions offering a vinaigrette of cultural and recreation activities. These regions are known as North, East, South East, West, and Inland, all representing good times and lavished memories for guests.
North: Grand Bay
Established first by tourists, Grand Bay is a playground for those who are seeking shopping, leisure beach activities, or a snappy active nightlife that can be shared with the locals, who also come to this destination to party and enjoy good times.
Cap Malheureux, a small fishing village, on the northern tip provides an exceptional lookout of small islands just a few miles off the coast including Ile Plate, which is home to a famous lighthouse, “lle Rhode” but only inhabited by ancient palms, lizards, and harmless boa constrictors. Two other smaller islands can be viewed from this location as well, “Ile aux Serpents”, and “Coin de Mire”, which is really just a large jutting rock with historical significance. It was from here that the English invaded the island on Sept. 2, 1810 to take it from the French.
Off Port Louis-Tamar road, Flic-en-Flac can be approached down a straight 3 mile road nestled between large cane fields. It is one of the busiest tourist villages on the island catering to the middle class with many apartment blocks and some great stretches of beach. A surf and shopping gem tucked carefully beside a rocky sea outcrop. Tamarin, just a short distance from Flic-en-Flac, is a surfer’s paradise for anyone wishing to catch a wave and ride it to shore. Here you will also find a river sanctuary and salt evaporation ponds.
South East: Ile aux Aigrettes
Thanks to the Mauritius Wildlife Fund, Mauritius Island has become famous for its international standard towards the protection and conservation of its natural resources, as well as its endangered species. Some of the world’s “on the distinction list” birds, including the Kestrel the Pink Pigeon, the Phelsuma, and the Green Gecko can be found here. This island is also home for the endangered Aldabra Giant Tortoise.
Mahenbourg, a main fishing village, built on Grand Port Bay is home to the Martello Towers that were created during an era when rival colonial powers clashed and the fight to end slavery began, and the Indian immigration began.
East: Ile Aux Cerfs
This tiny island is renowned for water sports and water recreation. When it comes to deep sea fishing, there is no place like it. It is also home to the most stunning beach, located in Mauritius and a real gem to the Mauritian people.
Flacq Market is the meeting place for the local people and has the island’s largest outdoor markets. This market is extremely colorful and attracts all tourists from miles around. A great place to shop and enjoy native cuisine.
Chamarel is called the landscape of contrasting colors, mainly due to the volcanic ash erosion, and is home to one of the most magnificent waterfalls on the island. This area is filled with natural plant life and possesses an unspoiled beauty.
Casela is a huge bird park, consuming more than 25 hectares of land, and featuring in access of 140 birds from the five continents. There are tigers, tortoises, monkeys, deer, fish ponds, and orchids that all add to the pleasant surroundings. Not far from here is the biggest game reserve on the island, Yemen.
Inland: Black River Gorges
In this mountainous region, you will find a national park with trails for hiking and old Creole residences to explore. The landscapes are fantastic and it is wondrous walking under the giant swaying trees.
Mauritius Island is a haven for those who love fun in the sun featuring golf, water recreation, hiking, nature, shopping, and entertainment. All banks exchange U.S. traveler’s checks into the local currency, and if you hold a U.S. passport you do not require a visa. So, come to Mauritius…and enjoy all this sunny island paradise has to offer.
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