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About Region – North, Mauritius

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The north of the island is best known for its white sandy beaches and calm lagoons. As such it has the biggest number of beach resorts and is the most developed part of the Mauritian coastline.

royal_palm_grand_bay_beachGrand Bay – Grand Bay is the centre of life in the north. It has everything of a modern beach resort with its shops, galleries, shopping centres, hotels and bungalows along its emerald green waters bay. Grand Bay is also one of the centres of nightlife in Mauritius with a number of restaurants, bars and nightclubs. A little to the north of Grand Bay is Péreybère, a small resort with one of the best bathing place of the island. It is one of the most appreciated (popular) resorts and has a big number of bungalows and some small hotels and restaurants. There are also most basic amenities like banks, shops and supermarkets. Further north you have Cap Malheureux. It was there that the English landed in 1810 to conquer the island. It is a calm small fishermen village with a small beach and some very beautiful views of the northern islets as backdrop to a very charming little chapel.

w200_choisy_beach_boatChoisy beach – In the northwest you have the Choisy beach, which is one of the longest in Mauritius. Its beautiful lagoon is shaded by casuarinas trees and on the contrary of the other beaches is has no hotels or bungalows. To its south you have Trou Aux Biches, a small village with a very long and beautiful beach. Most of it is bordered by the Trou Aux Biches Hotel, which has a golf course and a casino. The village also has many bungalows, some restaurants and a bank as well.

w200_pamplemousses_gardensPamplemousses Botanical Garden – The Pamplemousses Botanical Garden, found in the village of Pamplemousses, is one of the most visited attractions in Mauritius. It was under French intendant Pierre Poivre that the garden really started off as the botanical garden famous over the world for its variety of rare tropical plants. He wanted to grow spice on the island and imported a variety of plants for experiment. There is a large variety of exotic plants with the most famous being the giant Victoria Amazonica water lilies. There is also the Talipot tree which flowers after fifty to sixty years and strangely dies just after. After walking through the alleys bordered by palm trees you will discover a beautiful example of colonial architecture with the Château Mon Plaisir. It was built by Mahé de Laboudonnais as the official Governor residence during the French period.

La Nicolière – La Nicolière is another interesting place to visit in the north. It is a lake found on higher grounds from the north vast planes. It has some forests and also offers some very beautiful views of the northern region with its mosaic of sugarcane fields. Not far from there you have the region of Congomah, which has some beautiful views of the Moka range of mountain towards Port Louis.

Gabriel Island and Flat Island -The northern part of the island has many islets. Two of them, Gabriel and Flat Island offer virgin white beaches encircled with crystal clear blue waters. You can cruise to these Islets on one of the various sailboats in what can be a memorable moment of your holidays.…

Mauritius Regions – East, Mauritius

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The main attraction in this region of Mauritius is Ile aux Cerfs. A small island, 10 minutes by boat from the small fishing village of Trou d’eau Douce and is managed by the Touessrok Hotel. It has a bar and restaurant and shops selling beachwear, jewellery and craft products. Water sports like skiing and parasailing can be practiced there. But the main attraction of the island is its virgin white beaches and emerald waters where people can do what everyone does there all year round: enjoy the sun. Recently a water park was also opened at Belle Mare situated some 10 minutes away from Trou D’eau Douce.

Centre de Flacq – Centre de Flacq is the biggest village on the Eastern coast. It has everything that can be expected from a small modern town; a police station, district court, fire brigade, hospital, shopping arcades, supermarkets, and schools. This meeting point for inhabitants of the East boasts the country’s largest open air market. The extremely colourful market attracts a large number of people. It is also the place where just about everything can be found, from jewellery to handicraft at the cheapest prices. Centre de Flacq is also only 15 minutes from Belle Mare public beach and some of the best hotels of the island. The Saint Géran, Coco Beach, Belle Mare Plage Hotel, Ambre Hotel, The Residence, Price Maurice and the Touessrok are found only a few minutes away from the village centre.

Moreover, at a quarter of an hour from Centre de Flacq towards the centre of the island, one can visit Fuel Sugar Estate upon request. This is the biggest sugar factory of the island and it also produces energy from bagasse, a by-product of sugarcane.

Ile aux Cerfs – Ile aux Cerfs is a paradise for water sports and has the most beautiful beach in Mauritius. You cannot afford to miss this tiny island, delicately poised on the ocean, a real pearl in the Mauritian landscape.
The Waterpark Leisure Village – Enjoy unforgettable moments sliding on the giant chutes, with family or friends. Relaxation and pleasure guaranteed.…

Mauritius Regions – Central Mauritius

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w200_black_river_georges_parkMaccabées Forest & Black River Gorges – Once covered by a tropical indigenous forest, the Maccabées Forest and the Black River Gorges are the last regions where the original endemic forest exists. With its valleys, rivers, forest and mountainous terrain it offers unique trekking experiences and discovery of the fauna and flora of the island. A protected reserve, it is a sanctuary for nearly extinct birds like the Mauritian Kestrel and the Pink Pigeon and trees like the Tambalocogue, the Ebony and the Bois de Natte. It is also a popular region amongst hikers and nature lovers and not too far from Alexandra Falls. The Valley of Colours is one of the many areas that will delight the nature lovers with its streams, waterfalls, flora and fauna and the different colours of the earth around.



Le Saint Aubin and Bois Chéri – At Le Saint Aubin and Bois Chéri there are greenhouses and gardens where anthurium and vanilla plants are cultivated. And you can conclude your tour by having lunch at the splendid colonial house built in 1819 at Saint Aubin.


w200_eurekaEureka – In the district of Moka you can also visit Eureka. This old colonial house lying at the foot of the Moka mountain range is a superb example of colonial architecture with its superb veranda, fourteen bedrooms, one hundred and nine doors, antique furniture and magnificent gardens.

State House – Not too far from Moka is another example of colonial creole architecture. The Chateau du Réduit, known as the State House today, is the official residence of the Republic of Mauritius and was before the official residence of the governors of the island. More than 250 years old, it is built on an area of 200 acres made up of gardens and waterfalls.
L’Aventure du Sucre – Visit an interactive and ultra modern exhibition situated at the heart of an ancient sugarmill and discover the fascinating history of Mauritius and its sugarcane adventure exposed over 5000 sq meters! Then, let yourself be tempted by our tropical boutik with its unique gifts, souvenirs and tasting of special unrefined sugars as well as local rum. Do not miss the opportunity to relish authentic Mauritian cuisine with refined flavours at the restaurant “Le Fangourin”.



Ganga Talao & Grand Bassin – Beyond La Marie and Mare-aux-Vacoas is found one of the two natural lakes of Mauritius. It rests within the crater of an extinct volcano. Ganga Talao is an important pilgrimage site and many Mauritians of the Hindu faith walk there during the Maha Shivaratri festival or the night fasting dedicated to Shiva.