ISLAND OF MAURITIUS
If you want to experience a memorable trip in a luxurious Garden of Eden setting, Mauritius, in the Indian Ocean, is waiting for you. One of the most beautiful destinations in the world, you will think that you are dreaming of its kilometres of real-life, beautiful beaches lined with palm trees, its houses on stilts, and ideal resorts: the perfect setting for you and your better half to swear eternal love.
Between the island of Reunion to the west and Rodrigues to the east, Mauritius rivals the Bora Boras, Maldives, French Polynesias, and Tahitis of this world. Paradise for nature lovers, its wildlife and flora contain a wealth of unique attractions that you will not forget any time soon.
Chamarel and the Land of Seven Colours
One of its wonders is undoubtedly the Seven Coloured Earths. Nowhere else in the world will you find a landscape as beautiful as the one created by the sand dunes in this clearing in the Chamarel region, in the southwest of the country.
The seven colours are the result of volcanic ash containing inorganic oxides of various colours, which, when mixed, end up separating. This natural spectacle is not to be missed, especially as the road that takes you to Chamarel offers its own breathtaking panoramic scenery. Chamarel Waterfall is another attraction not to be missed if you are planning a trip to Mauritius.
The Trou aux Cerfs
Another fascinating aspect of Mauritius is that, being a volcanic island, the destination is full of extinct craters. One of them is the Trou aux Cerfs, (also called Murr's Volcano), near the town of Curepipe. With a diameter of about 300 metres and a depth of about 80 metres, this volcano, extinct for 700,000 years, is visible for kilometres around.
Cap Malheureux, near a graveyard of ships, is a small fishing village located north of Mauritius. A real must, you will visit it for the sublime view it offers of the surrounding lagoon as well as for its unique historical character.
Once there, you will be treated to a stunning view of the Coin de Mire, a pretty little island located a few kilometres north of the country. There is also the symbol of Cap Malheureux, the Notre-Dame Auxiliatrice Chapel, in which many faithful gather to pray on Sundays.
The most popular tourist destination, Grand Baie, also known as Grand Bay, is a coastal village bursting with luxurious hotels, bars, restaurants, nightclubs, and shops of all kinds.
In the north of the island, a few kilometres west of Cap Malheureux, it is the favourite spot for partying and a meeting place for tourists visiting the island and foreigners who come to settle here permanently.
Other Must Sees
Other attractions not to be missed on a trip to Mauritius include the capital of Port Louis, Pamplemousses Botanical Garden, and swimming with the dolphins in Tamarin Bay, to name only a few.