Mauritius, a paradise off the coast of Madagascar
Mauritius is an island located in the heart of the Mascareignes archipelago, with Reunion to the west and Rodrigues island to the east, and is surrounded by a coral reef and lagoons. It is 65 km long and 45 km wide and covers a surface area of 1,865km². Originally volcanic, Mauritius no longer has any active volcanoes but some of the craters are still visible.
Sailing in the Indian Ocean from Port-Louis
With your boat hire in Mauritius, start your itinerary with Port Saint-Louis, then set out to discover Flat island, Gabriel island, Amber island and Stag island. The best time for sailing in Mauritius is between May and September. In general, the climate is tropical with a water temperature between 23° and 28° all year.
Places to visit in Mauritius
In northern Mauritius, visit the Pamplemousses botanical garden. Covering an area of 37 hectares, you will find many plant species there that are representative of the island's biodiversity. Further south, discover the Blue Bay marine park, an exceptional site for snorkelling thanks to the magnificent seabed filled with coral and fish in a multitude of colours. Be sure not to miss the market in Port-Louis, where you will be able to fill up on good quality fruit and vegetables or exotic spicy dishes, as well as clothes and souvenirs to bring home to your loved ones. As at all markets, it is not unusual to see the inhabitants haggling over the prices, so why not do the same?
To the northwest of the island, pay a visit to one of the most beautiful beaches in the region with a luxuriant plant life that appears to be straight out of a postcard. Mont Choisy beach Perfect for swimming, it is lined with Filaos, an evergreen tree that allows you to shelter from the sun.
To the north of the island, visit the village of Cap Malheureux, named after the many ships that have sunk there. The interesting feature of this village is its red-roofed church that faces the bay: Notre Dame Auxiliatrice. Not far from the village, you will find Grand Baie, a fishing village not be missed, with a well-sheltered marina and famous for its hotels, restaurants and shops. It is also a place for relaxing or enjoying some water sports, such as waterskiing or wakeboarding.
To the southwest of Mauritius, make your way to the Morne, a mountain that rises to an altitude of 550 m, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2008 which is a testimonial to the colonial period. At the foot of the mountain, you will find a beach divided into two separate parts: The northernmost part, designed for swimmers and sunbathers, and the southern part devoted to water sports, in particular kitesurfing and windsurfing.
Finally, do not miss the region of Chamarelle, a typical curiosity of Mauritius, with the Seven Coloured Earths, the result of a geological phenomenon caused by the presence of a great quantity of volcanic ash. You will also find a huge waterfall, where it is possible to swim, as well as a holy lake, a major pilgrimage site for Hindus who believe it to be a resurgence of the Ganges.
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