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Star and Key of the Indian Ocean

Mauritius is a spectacular island nation situated on the south western side of the Indian Ocean, encompassing other islands like Rodrigues, Agalega,St. Brandon and Diego Gracia. Mauritius is replete with scenic spots, romantic gardens, salubrious beaches, exotic wildlife parks, historic monuments, medieval ruins and few awesome religious sites like Grand Bassin - along with modern infrastructure and transportation facilities – all the ingredients to make it a veritable tourist paradise.

Beautiful Mauritius

Port Louis

Capital and main port of Mauritius, the city was founded by the French Governor, Mahé de Labordonnais, in 1735. The harbor is sheltered by a semicircle of mountains. The city has plenty of character and, in some quarters, signs of its past elegance are still evident. Off the main square, the palm-lined Place d’Armes, there are some particularly fine French colonial buildings, especially Government House (built in 1738) and the Municipal Theater, built around the same time. There are two cathedrals, one Protestant  one Catholic,Chinese pagoda, Jummah Mosque and a fine Supreme Court Building,
some 18th-century barracks and the Natural History Museum (exhibiting Mauritius’s most famous bird, the extinct Dodo).
On the outskirts of the city, at the foot of the mountains, is the Champ de Mars, originally laid out by the French for military parades, and now a racecourse. The splendid Fort Adelaide, a citadel fortified in the time of William IV and Marie Reine de la Paix, offers the best views of the city and harbor. South of Port Louis is Le Réduit, the French colonial residence of the President of Mauritius, set in magnificent gardens. Other places of interest include the Jummah Mosque in Royal Street and the Chinese Pagoda.

  Northern and Western Mauritius
To the north of Port Louis are the Pamplemousses Gardens. These, created at the end of the 18th century,by the french Governer Mahe de Labourdonnais, are known to naturalists throughout the world for their large collection of indigenous and exotic plants, including the giant Victoria regia water lilies and many species of palm trees. Of particular interest is the talipot palm, which is said to flower once, after 60 years, and then die. Houses the exotic chateau of Pierre Poivre,Gazebos of unique architecture the wrought iron gates and white iron grills enhance the majesty of Pamplemousse.There are also tortoises here, some of them over 100 years old.

Le Caudan Waterfront and the Bleu Penny Museum is certainly one of the most happening places, le must du shopping a Port Louis. Here you can partake in all types of fun and excitement - the casinos, cinemas, shopping arcades, pubs, night shows, bars and restaurants.
Facing the calm water of the lagoon between Pointe aux Piments and Trou aux Biches is the Aquarium populated by 200 species of fish, invertebrates, live coral and sponges, all originating from the waters around the island,offers a unique opportunity to admire the colorful treasures of the Indian Ocean.

The historic sites of Mauritius include the ruins of the European settlements and some other monuments belonging to that period. The Balaclava ruins and the Dutch ruins at Vieux Grand Port reflect the medieval history of the island.
Open daily, Casela Bird Park is set in the district of the Rivière Noire, stretches over 20 acres of land and contains more than 140 varieties, amounting to 2500 birds. Specimens from the five continents may be seen there, but the main attraction is the Mauritian Pink Pigeon, which is one of the rarest birds in the world. Other attractions are the fish ponds, tortoises, monkeys, Trees, streams and small cascades all add to the remarkably peaceful atmosphere.
The island’s main residential town in the center of the country, Curepipe, provides good shops and restaurants. Between Curepipe and Floreal lies Trou aux Cerfs, a dramatic, extinct crater 85m (280ft) deep and more than 180m (600ft) wide, which offers extensive views of the island from its rim.

Southern and Eastern Mauritius
Near Souillac, in the wild south, La Vanille Crocodile Park breeds Nile crocodiles imported from Madagascar. The site offers a vast park with a nature walk through luxuriant forest studded with freshwater springs. A small zoo of animals found in the wild in Mauritius is also located here.
Situated nearby, the Rochester Falls can be reached by a road which crosses a sugar plantation that is open to visitors. Water cascades over spectacular rock formations. Spectacular joints have been formed by the contraction of lava due to sudden cooling. Within a short distance of Bois Cheri, Grand Bassin rests in the crater of an extinct volcano, this is one of the island’s two natural lakes. It is a place of pilgrimage for a large number of Mauritians of the Hindu faith.
To the southwest lies Plaine Champagne, the highest part of the central plateau (740m/2430ft), from where there is a superb view of the Rivière Noire Mountains and the sea lining the horizon. The forest-clad slopes contain some fine specimens of indigenous timber and interesting plants peculiar to the island. For the keen birdwatcher, the mountains are the habitat of most of the remaining indigenous species.
A twisting, tarred road leads from Case Noyale village to Chamarel. This is an area of undulating land of seven contrasting layers of colored dunes: blue, green, red and yellow earth, believed to be the result of weathering. The nearby Chamarel Waterfall emerges from the moors and the primeval vegetation and is very beautiful.
Black River George is a national park stretching as area of 6,574 hectares aimed at saveing the natural vegetation of the island and makes it one of the most important Mauritius sightseeing spots.
La Vanille Crocodile Park is situated near Riviere des Anguilles, in the southern region of the island nation. Step inside the La Vanille Reserve and lose yourself with the verdure tropical vegetation. Here is a great opportunity for visitors to explore variety of indigenous plants in the reserve. Seeing La Vanille Crocodile Park, is a thrilling experience where a large number of Nile crocodiles gather in their breeding waterholes. The park is akin to a tropical rain forest with the palms trees, freshwater brooks and a collection of local flowers,plants and a unique collection of butterflies.
La Vanille Crocodile Park also features a variety of other animal species like monkeys, bats, tortoises and countless different species of insects in an insectarium within the reserve.  An impressive number of fruit bats, mangooses, lizards, fish, chameleons and many other species of reptiles and animals can be sighted here.  

Ile Aux Cerfs Island, located in Mauritius, is a beautiful and naturally resplendent island located on the east coast of a beatific Mauritius. The island physically covers 100 hectares and features a plethora of picturesque sandy beaches in the vicinity.
L'Etoile Nature Reserve is one of the dream tourist attractions of Mauritius. It is a magnificent land covered with sparkling green carpet. Stroll around or still preferably, take a thrilling bike ride in the reserve and enjoy the panoramic view of the tropical landscapes, multicolored birds, deer reserves, coffee and vanilla farms and various beautiful sightseeing around the reserve.

The beaches of Mauritius are some of the best in the world with silvery sands contrasting with blue waters that are an optic treat for any traveler. The beaches are well maintained and provide opportunities for a host of water sports including water skiing, boating, swimming, sailing, wind surfing, and fishing.

Grand Baie
The northern coastline beyond Baie du Tombeau has many delightful beaches: Pointe aux Piments, famous for its underwater scenery; Trou aux Biches, with its fringe of filaos (casuarina) and coconut palms and its splendid Hindu temple; further up the coast, Choisy, one of the most popular beaches on the island, offering facilities for safe bathing, sailing, windsurfing and water-skiing; finally, the coastline curves into Grand Baie itself, the main center for yachting, water-skiing, windsurfing and many other sports.

This delightful little cove is midway on the coast road between Grand Baie and Cap Malheureux. The deep, clear water makes it one of the very best bathing places on the whole island.

Cap Malheureux
This is a fishing village and it's famous red roof church in the extreme north, with a magnificent view of Flat Island, Round Island and Gunner’s Quoin, which are islands of volcanic origin, rising from the light-green sea.
Grand Gaube
Further along the coast is another charming fishing village where fishermen have earned a well-deserved reputation for their skill in the making of sailing craft and of deep-sea fishing.

Flic en Flac
is located on the west coast of the island, hottest part of the island. The village is quite popular among tourists and is the second holiday destination after the North and Grand bay. Flic en flac sandy beach is more than one mile long, nice lagoon protected by the reefs for perfect swim.

Lying in the shadow of the Rivière Noire Mountains, Tamarin has a fine lagoon which is split in two by the Rivière Noire estuary. The bathing at this point is a big attraction, and amenities for surfing in the big ocean swells are available.

Roches Noires/Poste Lafayette
These are both favored seaside resorts, especially in the hotter months, because of the fresh prevailing winds that blow almost all the year round from the sea.

Belle Mare
A beautiful white sandy beach with fine bathing is found here. The coast, with its white sweep of sands at Palmar and Trou d’Eau Douce, stretches out lazily to Grand Port, a quaint little village by the sea. There, the beach narrows and the road follows the coastline closely to Mahébourg. Pointe d’Esny, the adjoining white sandy beach with its string of bungalows, leads to Blue Bay.

Blue Bay
In a semicircle of filao trees lies one of the finest bathing spots on the island. Situated on the southeast coast, not far from Mahébourg, Blue Bay offers a fine stretch of white sandy beach, and a deep, clear, light-blue bathing pool. There is also scope for yachting and windsurfing.

Rodrigues Island
Situated 550km (340 miles) northeast of Mauritius, this tiny, rugged, volcanic island is a beautiful and relaxing refuge for travelers. The island is covered in coconut palms, casuarina trees and pink-flowered bushes known as vieilles filles (spinsters). The capital, Port Mathurin is the main port and Plaine Corail is the Air Port.

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