Mauritius is one of the best winter sun destinations in the world: a perfect place to enjoy sun, sea and sand. Apart from its sapphire waters, this island nation has a lot to offer and it is surely thrilling to be confronted with so much possibility. From tours on glass-bottomed boats to exhilarating hikes, epic diving adventures and exploration of lush botanical gardens, Mauritius got a plenty of amazing things for you. So here is our roundup of some of the best places to visit when in Mauritius.
- Ile Aux Cerfs
To start things off, one of the must visit destinations in Mauritius is Ile Aux Cerfs, which lies off Trou d’Eau Douce in the largest lagoon of Mauritius and offers picturesque surroundings in a “chic and wild” setting for a breathtaking experience of natural beauty. It is home to beach restaurants, an adventure park, a wide array of water sport facilities and an 18-hole, pro-designed golf course as well as untouched tranquil cloves.
2. Black River Gorges
One of the most underrated attractions in Maturities, Black River Gorges National Park is nothing short of magical. The park is blessed to have some of the island’s most captivating sceneries. This protected reserve covers 2% of the island’s surface and stretches away with rolling hills and vast swathes of dense forests. It is said to be home to nine endemic bird species, over 300 varieties of flowering plants and a significant population of giant fruit bats. The park offers over 50 km of scenic yet challenging hiking trails. This is the best way to get up close and personal with the green side of Maturities.
3. Charmarel Falls
If chasing waterfalls is your thing, exploring the magnificent Charmarel is a must do when you visit Mauritius. From a distance, it appears as one satin white ribbon that stretches from the skies to the ground. The waterfalls of Chamarel falls from an impressive height of 272 ft. This waterfall has an unmatched beauty that draws the attention of both the locals and foreigners. Surrounded by lush vegetation of Black River Gorges, you can catch a vivid glimpse of the falls from the viewpoints located inside the park. You can either choose to witness the waterfalls from the upper deck situated at the Chamarel Seven Colored Earth reserve, or, can head down the trail to enjoy shallow water swimming at the bottom of the Chamarel falls.
5. Pereybere Beach
Here is a secret clove where the water is just as blue and the sand just as white. Situated not so far from the main beach at Grand Baie, Pereybere is an ideal spot to swim in the plaid waters. Do not forget to grab exotic fruits and a corn of yummy ice cream from roadside stalls as you take a leisurely stroll along the beach. Visit one of the many beach restaurants and sit down to enjoy a delicious spread after a day in the sun.
5. Le Morne Brabant
Steeped in history, there is no wonder that Le Morne Brabant has been named a UNESCO World Heritage site. Le Morne, in the times before slavery was abolished on the island in 1834, was a place difficult to access and therefore, a refuge for slaves. You will come across a massive cross on top of the mountain, which is dedicated to a group of slaves who supposedly have thrown themselves to their death from the mountain in the early 19th century to liberate from recapture. However, the troop of soldiers who were after these salves were there to share the good news of freedom. So the mountain got its name ‘Mournful One’. Standing on the dreamy beaches of Le Morne Peninsula, looking out over the deep-blue waters, Le Morne Brabant definitely is a surreal destination despite its tragic history.
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