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Shopping Golf Vanilla Crocodile and Tortoise Park
Diving Sailing & Windsurfing Glass bottom boat
Fishing    

 

Shopping
Shopping in Mauritius is a shopper’s haven since the country was declared a Duty Free destination. Luxury goods, fashionable clothing, cameras and electronic goods are among items which will attract any shopper looking for bargains at duty free prices.

The Grand Bay Bazaar offers row-upon-row of stalls selling shirts and other fashionable clothing both formal and casual, stunning table linen, handicrafts and anything else you could imagine well below its market value. Floreal Square shopping centre includes a Textile Museum and a Café. Numerous duty free shops will tempt you to a choice of adult and children's wear, silk, home wares, jewellery, handmade carpets and delicious cuisine. The Mauritius Glass Gallery located in the heart of the island, at Pont Fer Phoenix, is the Glass Gallery where practiced craftsmen, devoted to the preservation of the environment, bring recycled glass back to life using traditional techniques. Visit Caudan Waterfront, a modern precinct not only known for its exclusive shops and duty free jewellery but also for its multinational craft market, covering two floors of spices, souvenirs, basketry and craftsmen at work.

Golf
Golf enthusiast, honestly what could be more enjoyable than being on holiday on a dream island whilst having the opportunity to improve your golfing skills?

Several of the hotels on the island have excellent golf courses. Three 18 holes: Le Paradis at Le Morne Belle Mare Plage hotel, and One&Only Le Touessrok Golf Course. Five 9 holes: at Trou aux-Biches, Shandrani (Blue Bay), St Geran (Poste de Flacq), Maritim (Balaclava) and the Sofitel Imperial (Wolmar). Belle Mare Plage has two championship golf courses: Legends and Links. Most of these hotels have a club house with a locker room for your convenience.

Instructors are most willing to attend to your individual needs including private tuition. Golf balls, clubs and caddies can be hired at the greens. An 18-hole golf course exists at the Gymkhana private club in Vacoas and a spectacular golf course at Le Touessrok. This golf course is on its very own tropical island, fringed by white sands with a backdrop of green mountains and is truthfully one of the world’s great golf settings. All 18 holes have spectacular views of the ocean including nine lakes. A number of holes require tee shots across sea inlets to the fairways. Bernard Langer the designer, designed the course to challenge advanced players, while remaining exciting and playable for recreational golfers.

Vanilla Crocodile and Tortoise Park
Located in the south-east of the island at Cluny, Le Val offers a view of the natural marine life of shrimps, eels and freshwater fish. The park also hosts anthurium green-houses, watercress ponds, deer parks, as well as monkeys and various bird species. This 2,800 hectare nature park is named after the luxurious valley, at Cluny south east of the island in the Grand Port district. Isolated chimneys on the property are vivid reminders of early sugar factories in the area.

Enter the sparkling forest of Vanilla Crocodile and Tortoise park and see a haven of luscious tropical flora: a variety of common and exotic plants. In these lush green surroundings banana and palm trees as well as giant bambous grow. In the park more than a thousand Nile crocodiles are bred. During a guided tour, you will meet these animals, view the lush green surroundings at leisure.

Diving
Nearly all of the large hotels include diving on their list of sports activities. Diving instruction is also available for those wishing to explore the reef. Spectacular coral gardens are found at a depth of 25 metres. The waters around Mauritius are the playground for over a thousand different species of fish.

The coral reef extends right around the island and water temperature is warm and crystal clear, attracting divers from around the world. The majority of those who dive in Mauritius are first timers attracted to the sport by the safe and near perfect conditions that exist on and around the reef, secure in the knowledge that there is expert tuition on hand for the novice. The majority of large hotels in Mauritius have approved instructors on site; many of them accredited members of the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) who can assist beginners with the basics of the sport.

Sailing & Windsurfing
Conditions for sailing are generally excellent for sailing and windsurfing. Most major beach resorts have small sailing dinghies which guests can use within the calm waters of the lagoon. Yachts can be chartered for excursions into the open sea allowing for a totally different experience. A number of activities combine sailing with shore excursions to otherwise inaccessible spots. Sailing regattas are held annually. Grand Baie is the main centre for yachting and the Grand Baie Yacht Club has a temporary membership scheme for visitors. Sailing cruises are available on the schooner Isla Mauritia, a 19th-century 32m-long tallship, the last existing vessel of her class, operated by Yacht Charters Ltd.

The popularity of windsurfing and the ideal wind conditions for it have resulted in numerous competitions, including World Championships, being held in Mauritius. Windsurfing lessons is available and equipment can be hired at beachside boathouses. Water skiing in the sheltered waters of the reef-protected lagoons is also available with instruction for beginners. The Bay of Tamarin is rumored to be the best spot for surfing, and the season lasts from around June to August.

Glass bottom boat
Discover the beautiful islands surrounding Mauritius and be seduced by the crystal clear lagoon, the wonderful tropical underwater scenery, multicolored flora, fauna and sandy stretches. Packages are available for groups, sunset cruise, weddings or individual charters.

Visitors wanting to view the oceans bounty from a secure platform have two alternatives. The majority of large hotels, operate glass-bottomed boats that allow guests to view the marine life on the coastal reef - or for a more personal encounter can opt for an underwater walk in Grand Baie. This activity is like diving except that you walk along the bottom wearing a diver's helmet over your head and with the oxygen fed by a hose line from the boat.

Fishing
The Blue marlin's huge size and well-known fighting ability makes it one of the most highly sought-after game fish in the world. These giants are top of the food chain, they lie in wait in the waters adjacent to Mauritius, waiting to ambush unsuspecting tuna or a lure bubbling and splashing behind a boat. They are usually loners and put on an impressive fight when hooked, jumping all over the surface while also staying under and fighting down and dirty. Battle's with these monsters can last well over two hours; the longest fight in Mauritius to date was twenty six hours before the line broke!
Blue Marlin is caught trolling artificial lures and live baiting. Authorities encourage catch and release of all marlin whenever possible, ensuring these courage’s giants will fight another day.