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Mauritius Pictures

Famous for its 6-star hotels and decadent beauty, Mauritius is a very popular tourist destination. Coined the “Jewel of the Indian Ocean”, this country boasts of several luxurious hotels, resorts, and accommodations against a backdrop of overwhelming beauty.
Over a million people visit this tropical island each year. They usually come for the beautiful beaches, abundant coral reefs, A+ service, exciting sights, and unique culture. For the outdoors addict, there are such activities as scuba diving, snorkelling, kayaking, and windsurfing that are usually part of the many holiday packages offered on the island. For the more daring, trips in submarines, parasailing, and deep sea fishing are very popular activities in the area.

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There is even an Undersea Walk activity, which allows you to walk on the ocean bed. This feature is offered by only a handful of places in the world. 

Accommodations on the island range from the very best to the most affordable and are of international standard. Hotels are situated along the coastline and are placed conveniently within walking distance from all places a visitor may want to gain access to. Markets, museums, historic sites, wildlife parks, and gardens are some of the other attractions the island offers.

Protected and surrounded by coral reef, Mauritius waters are warm, calm, and friendly throughout the year. Endless varieties of marine life are found on the reef, mainly tropics fish and shellfish.

To shop and experience the island’s nightlife, Le Cauden Water Complex in Port Louis offers modern shopping areas such as clothing boutiques as well as entertainment venues such as live street entertainment, fine dining restaurants, and casinos.

The open air market of the Central Market in Port Louis sells a variety of items including island souvenirs, herbs and spices, and fruits.

 

Have you ever wondered where the now extinct Dodo bird used to live? The Natural History Museum features this flightless avian which had disappeared in the late 17th century as well as an extensive library of over fifty thousand books.

 
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For a fascinating insight into Mauritius’ colourful past, visit the Blue Penny Museum which not only features the world’s rarest stamp, the Penny Blue, but also showcases the island’s colonial history dating back to the 1400s. Learn about how early merchants kept the islands a secret from the rest of the world and how three of the most famous colonial nations, the English, French, and Dutch battled over sovereignty of the islands.
Port Louis, the nation’s capital, has its own China Town, a busy neighbourhood famous for oriental cuisine, family traders, and small shops.
The country’s only race course, the Champs de Mars in Port Louis, offers an exciting experience at the races.
Take a safari to the sea. The Blue Safari offers a unique opportunity for visitors to explore the wonders of the reef and undersea life on board a boat which doubles as a submarine.
Though the island is riddled with beaches, the island’s new Water Park offers an artificial means of enjoying the waters. The park features several swimming pools, and a handful of rides such as the Black Hole, Multi Lane, Giant Slides, Lazy River, Crazy River, and Wave Pool. Young children can enjoy the ship wreck while adults laze about in a room where they can sunbathe and enjoy the food and drinks.
For a blast from the past, visit Eureka in Moka just outside Port Louis. This colonial house contains artefacts which date back to the 18th century. Originally built during the time when the island was known as the Ile de France, it had been the home of Mr. Carr, an Englishman. It has since been converted into a museum.

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Just a few meters away from the Baie aux Tortues, so-named for the numerous tortoises found in the area, lies the Balaclava Ruins and its famous sea walls which had its first foundations laid out by the French naval officer and administrator, Mahé de La bourdonnais.
The Ile aux Cerfs may be the most spectacular course on the island, but it is by no means the only one. Several hotels offer 9 to 10-hole courses and public awareness of Mauritius being a great place to golf is becoming more common knowledge.

Mauritius, with its air of adventure and romance makes it the perfect place to tie the knot and honeymoon. Honeymoon packages are offered at nearly all the hotels on the island. What a great place to start life as a married couple!

With everything it has to offer; stunning beaches, lively nightlife, cultural heritage, and many more…Mauritius truly is the “Jewel of the Indian Ocean”. No wonder merchant ship captains tried to keep the place a secret!

 

 

 

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