Idyllic resorts nestle cozily within a tropical island where lush sugar cane fields sway carefree, protected by sturdy mountain ranges and embraced by the crystal-clear waters of a blue lagoon. The tropical paradise island of Mauritius – where narrow roads wind through coastal villages and time stands still – is perfect for honeymooners.
Port Louis :
The capital and main port of Mauritius , Port Louis , was founded by the French Governor Mahé de Labourdonnais in 1735.The Harbour lies sheltered in a semi-circle of mountains. The town has plenty of character, and shows in certain quarters signs of its past elegance. Off the main square, palm-lined Place D'Armes, there are some particularly fine French colonial buildings, especially the Government House and the Municipal Theatre, both built in the 18th Century. The lively covered market offers an insight into the fascinating cross-section of Mauritian life.
Pamplemousses (The Royal Botanical Gardens):
Away from the coast and almost directly south of Grand Baie is the Pamplemousses Gardens , also known as the Royal Botanical Gardens. The famous gardens ranking among the finest Botanical gardens in the world, was started in 1735 by 'Mahe de Labourdonnais', with ' Mon Plaisir Castle ' in his residence. The 60-acre garden boasts 500 different species of plants, of which 80 are palms. Of particular interest are the giant water Lilies locally known as 'Flan Tins' (Victoria Regia), a spice garden and the Talipot Palms, said to flower once every 60 years after which they die. Pamplemousses also features plants from all over the world - wild bananas, camphor trees, and clover and nutmeg trees from Manila and there is also an art gallery and a cemetery.
This is the main holiday centre for Mauritians and tourists alike. Grand Baie used to be a tiny fishing village. The northern coastline beyond Tombeau Bay has many delightful beaches. The coastline curves into Grand Bassin itself, the main centre for yachting, water skiing, windsurfing, and many other water sports. The town of Grand-Baie is a charming village with white sand beaches, bordered with shops, restaurants and coconuts.
Chamerel Coloured Earth:
In the district of Black River are colored dunes of volcanic ash which are naturally displayed in the orderly pattern of 7 colors - result of weathering - a fascinating phenomenon well worth a visit.
Recommended Time: Late afternoon.
At 20 km from Port-Louis, is a residential city of 75,000 inhabitants. It took its rise at the end of XIXth century, when the inhabitants of Portlouis took refuge there, fleeing the epidemic of malaria.
Ile Aux Cerfs:
It is a large island found on the East Coast of Mauritius close to the coastal village of Trou D'Eau Douce in the district of Flacq. It is nearly 100 hectares in area. There are a number of sandy beaches. It is a very popular recreational spot for both Mauritians and tourists alike for there are close to 800 visitors to the island per day.