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On board the Harris Wilson catamaran

For your convenience, we have categorised all the places of interest in Mauritius so you can better plan your holidays from home and not waste a minute while in Mauritius ! For more details, please click on the items on the list below and if you require further assistance, feel free to email us.


Black River Gorges Viewpoint
Rochester Falls
Chamarel Seven Coloured Earths
Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens
Gris Gris Cliffs in Souillac
Grand Bassin, the Holy Lake
Extinct volcano crater

Dolphin catamaran cruise
Gabriel Islet catamaran cruise
Sunset catamaran cruise
Ile aux Cerfs by speed boat / glass bottom boat

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Kids' delight at La Vanille Park
Mascarene tortoise at La Vanille Park

Casela Bird Park
La Vanille Crocodile Park
Le Waterpark at Belle Mare
Domaine Les Pailles
L'Aventure du Sucre, Beau Plan

 

 

 

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Typical palmtree lined path to a Creole House

Most often found amidst sugar cane fields and away from prying eyes at the end of an imposing path, the traditional creole houses are today a landmark of the early settlement of the French and English during the 17th and 18th century.

Creole Houses
Blue Penny museum
Naval museum
Fort Adelaide
Dodo museum
Fort Adelaide
Domaine Les Pailles
Flower Distillery
Martello Towers
Tamarin Saltpans

Black River Gorges Nature Reserve

The national park is home to an amazing collection of indigenous plants and birds. The best time to visit Black River Gorges National Park is during the flowering season between September and January.

Along the way, take your time to notice the peculiar and umbrella-shaped Bois de Natte trees, often draped with orchids, ferns and lichens. And keep a watchful eye, for brown fruit bats and our rarest native birds: the Pink Pigeon and Mauritius Kestrel.

It has been an initiative by the National Parks and Conservation Services to make the park accessible for hiking. Trails have been carefully traced for your convenience - you may want to follow the path up the valley or down to splash in the river to refresh yourself! For more information on hiking, please feel free to email us.

Rochester Falls

You can expect very uneven roads in the middle of sugar cane fields leading to Rochester Falls. The continuous flow of the water from the Savanne River from a height of about 10m (33ft) has fashioned the basalt rocks into vertical columns.

Many youngsters go at the top of the waterfalls and wait for tourists to show up (to get some tips !!), before they attempt their spectacular dives! There is no entrance fee but the 'entertainers' expect something in return for their 'show'. Tip: please be careful with your private belongings either with you or those in the car. Parking is far upwards.

Chamarel Seven Coloured Earths

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Seven coloured earths at Chamarel

From Case Noyale village, a winding road leads you to one of our major tourist attractions, Chamarel. The undulating lands are a kaleidescope of colours, ranging from green, purple, blue, red, yellow, ochre and brown, which geologists believe to be the result of weathering of volcanic rocks.

Oddly enough, the soils are not washed away despite torrential rains and cyclones. A plausible explanation to this natural phenomenon reveals that the soils may be rich in volcanic ash. Samples of the seven coloured earths in test tubes are sold almost everywhere over the island.

And on the way, do not miss the 100m-high Chamarel falls! To take great pictures, do not hesitate to climb up to its viewing platform surrounded by cacti, where you will also find the engraved names of other lovers who have visited. Tip: there is a small entrance fee. Road is not tarred but accessible easily.

Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens & L'Aventure du Sucre

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Giant Victoria Amazonica water lilies

Home to a collection of indigenous and exotic plants, it is an invitation to the discovery of the rich diversity of the flora, over an area of 25 hectares.

A walk along the manicured lawns and towering trees, listening to the soft hum of the birds and fresh water running from a nearby stream will energise you for the rest of the day!

During your visit, you will certainly come across the various types of palm trees, the giant Victoria Amazonica Water Lilies and the talipot, which flowers only once when it reaches 100 years old.

And, if you are limited on time, you may opt for a guided tour around the gardens. Tip: no entrance fees. Have a guide take you around. There are official and non-official ones, check the official ones at the entrance office.

After your trip to the Pamplemousses Gardens, it is a good idea to drop by at L'Aventure du Sucre - previously a sugar factory today turned into a museum. Distance from Pamplemousses Gardens : 20 mins walk.

Gris Gris Cliffs in Souillac

Found on the Southern tip of Mauritius, Gris Gris deserves its name for its gloomy and moody atmosphere, all year round. The only break in the otherwise perfect barrier reefs circling Mauritius occurs in the South. Thus explaining the angry waves which come crashing on the cliffs.

Swimming is strictly prohibited. Yet, it is still a favourite place for many locals to have a picnic and to relax with friends, family and relatives. Kiosks, public toilets and safety ramps have been placed to the convenience of the public. Further down the road is 'La Roche qui pleure', ('The Weeping Rock') and 'Le Souffleur', where crashing waves 'whistle' as they rush into the gaps of the cliffs.

Grand Bassin, the Holy Lake

Considered by many devotees to be an extension of the sacred Ganges River in India. This natural lake resting on a volcanic crater is a place of worship for the Hindus in Mauritius. Also known as the Ganga Talao, the lake becomes alive especially during the months of February and March, when the Hindus celebrate the Maha Shivaratree, in great pomp. The calm water beautifully reflects the colourful temples and offerings (flowers, bananas, incense) to the miniature representations of Shiva and Ganesh surrounding the lake.

Tip: there is a no entrance fee. The temple is accessible and worth a visit. Please follow the religious customs.