Mauritius, an Indian Ocean island nation, is known for its beaches, lagoons and reefs. The mountainous interior includes Black River Gorges National Park, with rainforests, waterfalls, hiking trails and wildlife like the flying fox. Capital Port Louis has sites such as the Champs de Mars horse track, Eureka plantation house and 18th-century Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens.
Mark Twain once wrote that ‘Mauritius was made first and then heaven, heaven being copied after Mauritius’. For the most part, it’s true: Mauritius is rightly famed for its sapphire waters, powder-white beaches and luxury resorts. But there’s so much more attraction to Mauritius than the beach, and it’s the kind of place that rewards even the smallest attempts at exploration.
There’s hiking in the forested and mountainous interior and world-class diving and snorkelling offshore. There are boat trips to near-perfect islets and excursions to botanical gardens and colonial plantation houses. Mauritius is a fabulous culinary destination with great wildlife watching thrown in. And the real Mauritius away from the beach resorts – a hot curry of different cultures and quiet fishing villages – is never far away.
The Botanical Garden of Mauritius
Also known as the Royal Botanic Gardens of Pamplemousses and later Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden, it was opened by the French governor Francois Mahe de Le Labbourdonnais, as a private garden nearly 300 years ago.
The Botanical Garden of Mauritius is a wonderland of botanical splendor. The lush green house stretches over vast acres of land and homes over 650 species of plants including giant water lilies, medicinal plants, baobabs and an exceptional amount of palm trees. It is a haven and a must visit.
Île aux Cerfs
Île aux Cerfs(French for deer island) is an island near the east coast of the island of Mauritius. Nowadays there are no more deer on this island, but the island does have a luxury golf course.The only method of access is by ferry from Trou d’Eau Douce or by specific speed boats or catamarans. The part of the ocean surrounding the islet is rather shallow, so you can walk for more than 100 meters in the ocean and the water won’t cover you. A great number of tourists visit the island every day, especially on weekends. Near the beach there are lots of merchants selling all kinds of Mauritian souvenirs, clothing and handmade accessories.
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