On the web you will find detailed details on almost every town and hotel in Mauritius and so it can be very tedious to develop a fundamental concept of what you wish to do and where you want to go. This short article will give you Mauritius “in a nutshell” so that you will be able to successfully decide exactly what type of holiday you would like to have.
When you arrive you will land in the only airport on the island, called Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Flight terminal. Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam, also referred to as “father of the country” was a statesman political leader and philanthropist. He fought for the rights of his people and brought the nation to freedom in 1968. He presented free healthcare and education, and established a nationwide pension scheme.
Your Mauritius Holidays therefore begins in an airport devoted to a terrific man. From there you can take the M2 that crosses the island which will lead you into the more densely occupied areas. You will arrive in Curepipe and a bit further down in Rose Hills, which is the third largest town in Mauritius. It is a good idea to spend a night in this area and appreciate some dynamic night life and shopping.
The first towns you see are found inland and not on the beach. Topographically the island is extremely intriguing as it’s formed from a volcano therefore inland you will see magnificent dark mountains that soar from emerald green lush. The main plateau is densely occupied and the district is called Plaine Wilhelms. Apart from the towns pointed out before, you can also go to Beau Bassin, Vacoas and Phoenix.
Carrying further along the M2, with the airport still at your back, you will eventually show up on the opposite coastline where you will find the capital city Port Louis. If you are visiting the country in between April and November, you mustn’t miss out on going to the Champ de Mars Racecourse that receives over 30 000 visitors daily. The really good thing about the racecourse is that travelers and residents get to mingle and freely speak with each other with the shared interest of winning the following race! Apart from the horse races, you will appreciate the outdoors markets that smells of herbs and spices, the refurbished harbor, the Royal Botanical Garden, the Government House and the Blue Penny Gallery.
Once in Port Louis you can choose whether you would like a nature oriented vacation or something a little more “touristy”. If you go north you will wind up in Grand Baie and Grand Gaube, if you go south you will not come across any large towns and will mainly enjoy private beach chalets.
Heading north, you can stop in Le Pouce Nature Reserve, and then go and check out the charming town of Pamplemousses. Be sure to see some Sega Dance, which is the traditional dance of the natives.
Grande Baie is totally geared up for any kinds of water sports and so you will be able to appreciate windsurfing, water-ski, para-sailing and snorkeling in the coral reefs. The sea is extremely warm and calm here because of the coral reefs.
If you would like something a lot more quiet and private though, you can head south and stop off at the Baie du Tamarin, which is globally acclaimed as a perfect surfing spot. Likewise there is a sensational nature reserve inland, the Black River Gorges National Parkwhere you will be able to catch sight of the Pink Pigeon, the Mauritius Kestrel and the Mauritius Fody.
Mauritius in a nutshell? Land in the airport and take the only freeway that crosses the island up until you reach the opposite coastline, then go north for the resorts and night life or south for a private surf vacation with nature walks.
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