Sightseeing & Shopping
Visit the capital at Port Louis and include a visit to the famous Race Course and the Place D’Armes with its many attractive palm trees. Also include Saint Louis Cathedral, The Supreme Court, Municipal Theatre (1822) and Government House (1835). The historical waterfront at St Louis has been tastefully restored and modernised and is now called Le Caudan, the old buildings have been lovingly restored into shops and cafes set in a very pleasant traffic free environment. Two historical sites are located at Le Caudan, The Observatory and The Blue Penny Museum. Include a ride up to Fort Adelaide (also known as La Citadelle) to gain a breath taking view of the city.
Serious shoppers should head for Curepipe south of Port Luis and include a visit to Floreal at Adamas Diamond and jewellery Duty Free Boutique. Souvenirs and decorative arts gifts can be found at Beautes de Chine and at the Galerie des Illes department store you will find local designer clothing as well as local handicrafts. Also at Le Caudan mentioned above there is a craft market and open bazaar.
At Voiliers de L’ocean you can observe local craftsman working on models of 18th century sailing vessels and purchase miniature replicas on display.
Drive up to Troux-Aux-Cerfs an extinct volcanic crater full of vegetation and enjoy the panoramic view of the island. Travel through the forest reserve of Paine-Champagne and get a photo from the viewpoint over the spectacular Black River Gorges. Visit the magnificent waterfall and the unique seven coloured earths at Chamarel. Pamplemousses Botanic Gardens created in 1767 by Pierre Poivre contains over 500 plant species and forms part of the Chateau De Mon Plaisir Estate built in 1735, both garden and chateau are beautiful.
Boat trips including beautiful scenery and dolphins
Catamaran Day Excursions are very popular with visitors and can include breakfast and cooked lunch plus all drinks. One of the many itineraries on offer includes observing at close quarters the dolphins of Tamarind Bay, visiting the famous Crystal Rock and Benitiers Island. Time is available for some wonderful snorkelling or just swimming if you prefer, while you are at sea. You can enjoy wonderful views of the Rempart Mountain, the Black River Mountain Range and the magnificent Le Morne Mountain.
Take a boat from Pointe Jerome on the south-east coast to the 25-hectare nature reserve of Ile-aux-Aigrettes where you can discover protected fauna and flora unique to Mauritius. Run by the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation, the conservation programme ensures the survival of rare species like the Pink Pigeon, the colourful day gecko and the giant Aldabra Tortoise. You can then proceed to the Ile des Deux Cocos with its beautiful white beaches. Include a visit to 100 year old Follies built by a British Governor which includes a mixture of British and Moorish Architecture.
Activities including Golf
As well as the numerous water sports and other sports available at hotel resorts, for the more adventurous there is trekking, mountain biking, canyonning (abseil under a waterfall), Rock Climbing, Kayaking, Quad Biking, Rando Fun (zip line, trekking, hunting, crossing rivers on Nepalese bridges, swimming under waterfalls & other surprises. Walk with the lions (adults only – children observe!), archery, horse riding. Non divers can inspect corals simply by walking on the seabed using specially designed diving helmets (similar to space masks) receiving compressed air.
For golfers there are 3 courses: 1. Le Touessrok (mentioned in the hotel description on this website) is an 18 hole, par 72 championship course designed by Bernhard Langer. 2.Belle Mare Plage Golf Hotel & Resort , ‘Links’, championship golf course, this par 71 finishes with its signature hole the 18th. 3. Tamarina Golf Estate is the latest 18-hole, par 72 championship golf course, designed by Rodney Wright.
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Photo: Searching for Dolphins near Black River (SG) 45