Mauritius connotes crystal clear beaches and unlimited fun while enjoying a host of activities and water sports. Pereybere Beach is one such popular destination abuzz with tourists and locals. Restaurants, nightclubs, shopping arcades and much more await you at Pereybere. Opt for snorkeling and explore the underwater world and exotic marine life; owing to the deep waters, it's an ideal spot to go diving. After a tiring marine excursion, you can simply sit at the promenade lined up with Casuarina and Palm trees or walk-in at the nearby dining outlets and relish local cuisine. Truly, Pereybere Beach is a great vacation destination!
Spread over a massive area of about 6,754 hectares (16,690 acres), the Black River Gorges National Park is a green haven and a testament to the island's biodiversity that constitutes nearly two percent of Mauritius' expanse. The national park is a rippling sweep of verdant foliage, pierced sparingly by rocky outcrops. This park is home to several species of flora and fauna, including trees like the Trochetia Boutoniana, Cassine Orientalis, and Diospyros Tessellaria, as well as birds such as the Pink Pigeon, the Mauritius Cuckoo-shrike, and the Mascarene Paradise Flycatcher. The old-growth ebony forests are the haunt of giant fruit bats, macaque monkeys and wild boar, alongside endemic species of birds and hundreds of flowering plants. As it contains such a wealth of wildlife, it is protected by the Mauritian government and has also been recognized by UNESCO.
Located in the bustling northern part of the island, the Trou aux Biches boasts one of the most gorgeous beaches on the island. Lined by the splendid casuarina trees, this beach is usually crowded by tourists who come to admire the beautiful blue waters and the pristine golden sands. Home to several hotels, it can be difficult for one to find a peaceful and quiet corner where one can relax and enjoy the beauty in private. However, it is not impossible and, anyway, the view and scenery alone are so gorgeous that tourists can tune out of the crowded picture and tune into the harmony of nature. The blue waters of the beach also make it one of the favorite spots for snorkeling and diving.
Dotted with strips of white sandy beaches and tranquil neighborhoods, this coastal town is one of the most charming surprises of Mauritius. Earning its name from the Dutch phrase ‘Fried Landt Flaak’, meaning free flat land, the words are fitting for the picturesque landscape of the town. Blessed with immaculate beauty, the white sand Tamarin Beach is deemed to be one of the most spectacular beaches of Mauritius. The jewel-toned blue waters near the town are abundant with coral reefs. The Casela Bird Park of the town shelters the rare endangered Pink Pigeon. Several upscale hotels and resorts have mushroomed to boost the commercial and tourist value of the place. A beautiful balance of nature as well as quaint town life, Flic en Flac is as interesting as its name.
The Seven Coloured Earth of Chamarel is a surreal geological formation, a stretch of rippling sand in seven colors. Created by the uneven cooling of the lava and the subsequent erosion of the multi-colored rocks, this curious anomaly has come to be one of Mauritius' most popular attractions. Red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple and yellow sands form undulating layers that swoop and swirl around the shallow dunes; a sandy pool of serpentine bands of color surrounded by lush tropical forests. Even when intentionally mixed, the differently colored sand spontaneously settles into distinct layers once more. Interestingly, despite torrential rain, the Seven Coloured Earth does not seem to erode but instead remains oddly undisturbed. The colors are at their brightest in the sunshine right after rain or at sunrise when the golden rays set the sands ablaze.
Mahébourg represents history of the Mauritian island; located on the Southern coast, this was the region where colonialism was first established. The National Historical Naval Museum (Mahebourg Naval Museum) truly reflects Mahébourg in true sense of the word; you can check out the artifacts, historic documents, weapons used during the French battles and gain insight into the French colonial rule. While the museum peeks into the history, the Mahebourg Tourist Village unravels the regional art. At this tourist village, you can pick up handicrafts, trinkets and souvenirs. Owing to the popularity of Mahebourg, may resorts like Le Preskil Beach Resort have come up to accommodate the ever-increasing tourist boom. With a rich history and modern entertainment activities on offer, visit to this Mauritian city is a must.
Though when in Mauritius, the travel itinerary has host of beaches, do make a point to include important waterfalls, and Tamarin Falls is one such waterfall. Located in the southwestern part of the island, it is blessed with a picturesque locale. Though the falls are not easily accessible, the scenic site is worth the efforts. You can also stroll along the nature park or take a dip in the waterfall
The island of Mauritius is blessed with a gorgeous landscape; nature has been preserved and allowed to flourish without much disturbance to her beauty. Le Val Nature Park is one of the places where one can experience this natural bounty. Located at Cluny, to the southwest of the island, this park is spread over a sizable area of about 2800 hectares and is home to a range of species of birds, animals and trees. Now a nature park, this area earlier used to be sprinkled with several sugar factories; but today, the only reminders of this past are a few remaining chimneys scattered here and there. Owned and operated by the government, the park also has greenhouses and ponds where prawns, eels and other fish are bred. Visitors can either choose to discover this park on foot, on bike, or by renting a boat. Call for more information.
Rising up as the highest peak on the island of Mauritius is the Piton de la Petite Rivière Noire. This mountain forms part of the Black River mountain range and stands at 828 meters (2717 feet) above sea level. Adventure travelers can head to the Black Gorges National Park and can try a hike up this slope and from there take it the panoramic views of the lush island below. For more information, contact the local tourist board.