Cap Malheureux: This fishing village is located in the extreme north of the island. From here you can see the volcanic islands of Flat Island, Round Island and Gunner’s Quoin.
Blue Bay: Here is one of the most beautiful beaches with a backdrop of casuarina trees.
Grand Baie: On the north coast above the Baie du Tombeau there are numerous dream beaches such as Pointe aux Piments, Trou aux Biches with filoas (casuarina trees). Further north is Mont Choisy, home to one of the island’s most popular beaches. There are also sports facilities near the beach. North of the headland with the lighthouse is Grand Baie. There is a marina and excellent water skiing and surfing.
Roches Noire and Poste Lafayette are popular seaside resorts.
Péreybère is a beautiful bathing bay located on the coastal road between Grand Baie and Cap Malheureux.
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Water rushes over impressive rock formations formed by rapidly cooled lava at this refreshing waterfall near Souillac. The road to the waterfall leads through a sugar cane plantation, which you can also visit.
La Vanilla Crocodile Park
Near Rivière des Anguilles is the Crocodile Farm, where Nile crocodiles imported from Madagascar are bred. The large nature park offers beautiful walks through a forest with fresh water springs. There is a small zoo with native wildlife.
Belle Mare has a white sandy beach that stretches for several kilometers to the picturesque fishing village of Trou d’Eau Douce. Here the beach narrows and the road leads along the coast to Mahébourg. The adjoining sandy beach stretches from the beach bungalows in Pointe d’Esny to Blue Bay.
Curepipe is the largest inland town with good shops and restaurants. Above the town, between Curepipe and Vacoas, rises Trou aux Cerfs, an extinct crater 85m deep and over 180m wide, with a magnificent panoramic view of the island from the rim.
Pamplemousses, a botanical garden in the north of the island, is known for its extensive grounds and variety of exotic plants. Turtles that are more than 100 years old are also at home here.
In an extinct crater not far from Mare aux Vacoas lies one of the island’s two natural lakes, a place of pilgrimage for the Hindu population.
The highest point of the central plateau (740 m) offers an excellent view of the Rivière-Noire mountains and the sea. Bird lovers can observe native bird species here.
A winding road leads from the village of Case Noyale to Chamarel (‘Colorful Earth’), a hill covered with differently colored layers of earth. A river emerges from the swamps of the jungle, which turns into a breathtaking waterfall. The Casela Bird Park covers an area of around 50 hectares and is located in the Rivière Noire area. At least 140 different bird species from all five continents live here. In the lagoon between Pointe aux Piments and Trou aux Biches is the sea aquarium with 200 species of fish and other marine life, all of which come from the surrounding sea.
Domaine des Grands Bois
This 800-hectare park is located in the hilly area of Anse Jonchée, not far from Mahébourg in the south-east of the island. Deer, monkeys and wild boar live in the forest area.
Tamarin is a popular bathing beach at the foot of the Rivière mountains on the west coast with a beautiful lagoon into which the Rivière Noire flows. You can surf on the high ocean waves; Equipment can be rented.
Grand Gaube is a charming village on the north east coast. The local fishermen are considered excellent sailboat builders and deep-sea fishermen.
Handicrafts, jewelry made of shell, gold and Chinese and Indian jade, teak work, textiles and ceramics. Shop opening hours: Port Louis: Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-12pm. Curepipe, Quatre Bornes and Rose Hill: Mon-Wed, Fri & Sat 10am-6pm, Thu & Sun 10am-12pm.
Discotheques and nightclubs are mainly in Port Louis and Grand Baie. Rivière Noire is a Creole fishing area where Sega dances can often be seen on Saturday nights. Sega dance groups also perform at the hotels. Hotel casinos are becoming increasingly popular.
Many restaurants offer French as well as Creole, Indian and Chinese dishes. However, restaurants often rely on imported food, so shortages occur and the entire menu is not always available. Specialties include venison (seasonal), camarons (freshwater crayfish) with spicy sauce, squid, fresh pineapple with chili sauce and curried rice. Spicy curry dishes are called daube; Less spicy curries, mostly prepared with more tomatoes, are called rougaille. Drinks: Rum and beer are readily available, but good imported wines, mineral water and fresh coconut milk are also recommended.
48% Hindu, 23.6% Christian, 16.6% Muslim; Buddhist minority.
Social Rules of Conduct
Manners: When greeting someone shakes hands. When inviting, one should bring a small gift and endeavor to respect the traditions of the hosts, which can vary greatly depending on their religious affiliation. Dress code: Casual attire is usual, with formal wear expected only on certain social occasions. Tipping: 10-15% service charge is common in hotels and restaurants. Taxi drivers also expect a small tip.
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Warm climate on the coast (especially from January to April), coolest and driest from June to September. Cyclones can occur from December to February.
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1,271,768 (Source: homosociety)
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