A spellbinding blend of Chinese, Indian, French, African and British influences, Mauritius happens to be one of the most dazzling islands along the Indian Ocean, and is known to enchant many a visitor. It is widely known for its stunning beaches, lush plains, and some of the most irresistible resorts of the world. This beautiful mountainous island is strategically located off the southeast coast of Africa and is ideal for mountain climbing, hiking, ecotourism, and diving among other things. The top things to do in Mauritius include:-
Mauritius is famous for the Chamarel colored earths which are thought to have been formed by several rock stratas cooling at varying speed levels after volcanic activities that took place over a million years ago. They are without a shadow of a doubt an irresistible sight to behold. Still on point, the Ile aux Aigrettes is another great nature reserve that is located off the coast of the city. It is known to be home to various species only unique to Mauritius, including giant Aldabra tortoises, pink pigeon, and Telfair's Skink.
Indulge in the Mauritius Beaches
Another key attraction in Mauritius is the irresistible Mauritius beaches, world famous for their white sands. Most of these beaches are public and stretch over 300km guaranteeing the best and most memorable time in the region. From stretchy shallow all-encompassing stretches of white sands to tiny coves shaded by swaying casuarinas trees, you can rest assured you will have the time of your life in Mauritius. The beaches offer a great opportunity to enjoy water activities such as windsurfing and kite surfing.
Visit the Black River Gorges National Park
This park covers at least 3.5% of the Mauritius Island's surface area with over 300 species of beautiful flowering plants and over 9 bird species distinctive only to Mauritius. There is the Grand Bassin, the Hindu sacred lake and a splendid view of the dense coast forest. The most interesting city in Mauritius just near the Black River Gorges National Park is the Mahebourg, the old capital city, which is known for eco-adventures like quad biking and trekking which give you a great opportunity to explore the city's pristine beauty. The Valriche Nature reserve offers you a great opportunity to explore the islands located on the northern side and at the same time watch dolphins play at the Tamarin Bay.
Visit the Tamarin Falls
These are a scenic tourist attraction located off the southwest of Mauritius, and are famous for the seven cataracts strategically located on the Rivere Tamarin, slightly 2 kms northwest of the big lake Mare aux Vacoas. Once there, you can be sure the waterfalls will dazzle you and if the sun would be strong enough, you could take a cool deep water bathe.
Visit L'Aventure Du Sucre museum
This is the museum that housed the former Beau Plan sugar factory and is especially a great attraction for families. You get to learn the history of slavery in Mauritius, the rum trade among many other things. The factory dates back to 1797 hence you will be guaranteed you get to sample rich architecture. You have a sweet tooth; satisfy it by tasting up to 15 types of unrefined sugar.
Tim Walker is a contributor for the site Kefalonia where you can get more information on holidays and also Skala hotels .
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