Mauritius – The Enchanted Oasis of Calm and Tranquility

The Indian Ocean island of Mauritius, just north of the tropic of Capricorn, is a tropical paradise legendary for its magnificent mix of sugar cane fields, stunning mountains and sandy beaches, surrounded by a coastline protected by one of the most beautiful and largest coral reef in the world.The island’s coastline is dotted with fantastic resorts that reflect the beauty of the coast they lie on, providing a variety of scenery.Friendly people, excellence service and comprehensive facilities along with the geographical position of the island, all go to make Mauritius an ideal holiday destination.

Although beaches are the main attraction, other tourist sighs include the capital, Port Louis; the harbour town of Mahebourg; the amazing Black River Gorges National Park; Trou aux Cerfs, the crater of a dormant volcano; Pamplemousses Garden, among the most beautiful in the world and last but not least Ile aux Cerfs, one of the world’s most beautiful lagoons.

Vacationers who enjoy water sports can sample windsurfing, surfing, pedalos, diving, snorkelling, deep sea fishing, undersea walk and catamaran cruises around the lagoons.The cuisine is a delicious mix of Creole, European, Chinese, Indian and international delicacies, with seafood being a specialty.

Other places of interest that should not be missed at any cost would include:

-Grand Baie: A seaside village which is a vibrant meeting place with its chic shops, excellent variety of restaurants and thriving nightlife.

-Eureka House: This is a majestic colonial home facing the Moka range, with wonderful views across the valley.

-Domaine les Pailles: This is a cultural centre that has a working replica of an ox-powered sugar mill, a rum distillery, a herb garden, a children’s play area and an on-site riding centre with restaurants, a jazz club and casino.

-Domaine du Chasseur: This is a nature reserve, located towards the east coast and home to some 1000 deer, wild boars and rare indigenous birds, where you can ride quad bikes and experienced the true outdoors.There is also a restaurant 500 metres above sea level with stunning views over the islands int the south-east.

-Bois Cherie: Visit the lust green tea plantation and factory for a true taste of the various flavours of the local tea.

-Casela Bird Park: This nature park is found in the district of Black River and boasts some 90 aviaries containing around 1500 birds of all kinds, giant tortoises, long-tailed monkeys, ostriches and other species.

-Le Waterpark: It is inspired by the ruins of an ancient castle, and offer a thrilling experience for the family and water lovers.

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