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Magnificent Mauritius – The Shining Crystal in the Azure Waters of the Indian Ocean

The name, Mauritius, invokes the picture of a beautiful tropical island fringed with white sand beaches, lush green palm trees and turquoise lagoons. No adjectives are simply enough to describe the incomparable beauty of this scenic small bit of heaven. But Mauritius is not only about white sand beaches, it has lots of spectacular highlights, momentous places, thriving forests, stunning cruises and thrilling water sports that enhance the charm of this ideal tropical holiday destination.

History and Culture

Mauritius appeared on maps in the early 16th century and its history originates with its discovery by the Arabs, and then by the Europeans. It was consecutively colonized by the French, the British and the Dutch; Mauritius got its name from Maurice Van Nassau, the Dutch Prince. In 1968, it finally became independent. Mauritian culture comprises the unification of quite a few cultures from its past, as well as separate indigenous culture. The island nation has no “official religion” and people from all over the world from various religions like Christians, Hindus, Muslims and Buddhists, live in harmony.

Cuisine

Likewise, the Mauritian cuisine has an influence of several countries and is a blend of Chinese, Creole, Indian, and European cuisines. Due to the strong bonding with the French culture, French dishes are extremely popular and are served with good wine.

Some Inimitable Attractions of Mauritius

North:

 

Grand Bay: Speaking of the northern Mauritius, the most notable thing is the Grand Bay.

This is the beginning point of all marine trips to the northern islands and several other marine activities. “La Cuvette” is one of the two magnificent beaches of Grand Bay, located in subtle hideaway.

 

Cap Malheureux : This is another charming village in north Mauritius, famous for its red-roofed church, its imposing view of the northern islands and its fishing community.

 

The Pamplemousses Garden: It is a world-famous botanical garden known for its huge collection of local and unusual floras that are nurtured here. The giant Victoria Amazonica water lilies, the different types of palm trees and the talipots are of particular interest.

 

Beaches: The northern side of the island has lots of splendid beaches, but the most famous ones are Casuarina shaded beach of Trou aux, and the lengthy curved beach of Mont Choisy.

 

South:

 

The most stunning terrains of Mauritius lie in its southern side: white sand beaches encircled by rocky cliffs, green sugar cane fields, and hilly landscapes offer marvellous panoramas.

 

Mahebourg: One of the chief fishing villages, Mahebourg is founded along the coastline of the huge bay of Grand Port. Pointe Canon in Mahebourg provides an outstanding view of the Grand Port mountain range and the Lion Mountain.

 

Ile aux Aigrettes: This small island of 27-hectare is a unique nature reserve and the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation has restored and replanted 90% of this coral islet by refurbishing innate plants, reptiles and birds.

 

Blue Bay: This casuarina encircled beach is one of the finest on the island and is ideal for snorkelling with its fine, white sands, clear, azure water, and colourful corals.

 

Catamaran Cruise: Go on board for a dream trip on Catamaran cruise and experience the finest cruising! Spend a remarkable day on-board to relish the majestic lunch, snorkelling and soak up the warm sun shine of Mauritius.

 

Ile Aux Cerfs: This offshore isle is situated at the eastern part and has everything a sightseer dreams off about a tropical island; white sand beaches, crystal clear, azure water, and lush green palm trees. From Parasailing, Water Skiing, to Sea Kayaking, tourists can enjoy various water sports here as per their likings.

 

Chamarel: This is a small village situated in the south western part and attracts lots of tourists with its two magnificent attractions: the Chamarel Waterfalls and Seven Coloured Earth. The Chamarel Falls offers a striking view as it is the highest in Mauritius and hits down the pool 100 metres below. The ‘Seven Coloured Earth’, is made by a natural phenomenon of cooling of volcanic rocks at various temperatures, resulting in formation of dunes of distinct different colours like brown, red, purple, etc.

The fascinating beauty of the sparkling turquoise waters, the greenery, the picturesque beaches, and the unique blend of cultures, make the island so charismatic that you will be compelled to visit Mauritius again and again to experience totally extraordinary holidays.

 

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