If you wish to explore the island of Mauritius and visit its white sandy beaches, tropical gardens and markets, then take a short trip around the island. At 300km, this can take up to a week or two depending on how much time you want to spend in each area.
Start at the picturesque beach of Pointe d’Esny which isn’t too far from the airport and snorkel through the Blue Bay. Try some eco-exploring of nature reserve Íle aux Aigrettes which hosts rare endemic species of the Mauritian flora and fauna. Then have a walk up to the small city of Mahébourg to see the bustling local trade and Monday markets.
You could drive along the coast and head to Trou d’Eau Douce where fishermen unravel their nets after a morning at sea and housewives walk around with baskets of vegies. On the way you will pass an island off the east coast called Íle aux Cerfs. You can partake in water sports activities on the island if you like. Once passing through the rich agricultural lands head to the north coast and take in the views from the quaint village Cap Malheureux.
Another village that is a catamaran away is the Grand Baie, which gives you every excuse to enjoy the blue sea and scenic surroundings.
Hit the cultural centre and trade capital of Mauritius in Port Louis. There are museums, unique architecture and Mauritius’ own China Town where you can stop off for a nice meal. Then take the route down south to Central Plateua which has one of the best attractions related to colonial Creole history called Eureka.
If you enjoy diving then go to one of the best beaches in Mauritius, Flic en Flac. Then you could head round to the enchanting Black River which is known for its peaceful atmosphere and beautiful waterfalls and nature trails.
From here you have the option of heading to the Black River Gorges for some canyoning or climbing up Mourn Brabant – a eponymous basaltic monolith with a summit of 556 metres (1,824 ft) above sea level, or swimming with dolphins in the Tamarin Bay, but be cautious as the water is very deep.
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