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Grand Bay Pereybere Beach Martello Towers
Ile Aux Cerfs Flic en Flac Beach Ile aux Aigrettes
Black River Gorges Jardin Botanique de Pamplemousses Tamarin Falls
Balaclava Ruins The Triolet Shivala
Grand Bay
A shopping and leisure heaven, Grand Bay also is also the area where Mauritians go to when they want a fun-filled night out. For the most fervent night owls, these bars would be your waiting area until activity in the night clubs gain momentum around midnight. It was the first coastal village to be frequently visited by tourists, commerce and tourist attraction is the general denominator.

Grand Bay is far from being a night life only place. Packed with the finest shops of Mauritius, and situated in the north where the sea is most attractive, it is the ideal landing place for the tourists wishing to carry a variety of activities. Due to favourable sea conditions, Grand Bay offers the best opportunities of Nautical activities. It is a fairly exposed beach break has quite reliable surf. Summer offers the best conditions for surfing. Off shore winds blow from the southeast. Tends to receive distant groundswells and the best swell direction is from the NNE.

Grand Bay has however maintained a lot of its uniqueness one can still observe some typical grocery shops, more than 40 years old, acting as the fishermen's pub, the roadside Indian pastry merchants, and sometimes oxcarts. As a result Grand Bay remains a favourable destination with visitors as it takes half a day, on foot or by car to discover a minimum of Mauritius while taking advantage of the shopping opportunities and of the restaurants.

Pereybere Beach
The wonderful Pereybere public beach is popular because of its shopping facilities, restaurants and pubs. Located along the coast , between Grand Baie and Cap Malheureux is stunning Pereybere Beach. The waters here are deeper than most of the lagoons that encircle Mauritius allowing for a deeper blue hue to enjoy.

Pereybere Beach is a definite choice among young people, making it a "happin'" beach. Well-known as the fun beach, Pereybere is more frequented during school holidays and weekends. Sand soccer games and kite surfing along with some great swimming keeps everyone in shape on Pereybere.

Because of the depth and crystal clear water, it makes for great snorkeling. Ensure you stay along the rocky outcroppings as this is where the coral begins and fish are abundant. Pereybere Beach is also excellent for families because the surf is normally calm.

The Pereybere village has several bars and restaurants within walking distance to each other and next to the beach. It offers a wide selection of cuisines such as French, Chinese, Italian, Indian and Creole (the traditional Mauritian cuisine), whose prices will definitely suit a relatively low budget. Within easy reach from the property, you will also find a mini supermarket where everyday necessities can be purchased. Other facilities close by include chemist, bank and cash point, beauty salon, car rentals, taxis and buses.

Martello Towers
On the coast of Mauritius there remain three of the best examples of Martello Towers in the world. The Martello Towers were built at the main bays as a military response to protecting Mauritius against enemy landings. The enemy, the French, might aid the colonists in their opposition to the conditions surrounding the abolition of slavery; the colonists having ancestral allegiance to France. The Martello Towers were never used in battle but are mute reminders of this turning point of Mauritian history.

Restoration on the was done to facilitate visitor access, the door on the ground floor was kept and a staircase was built linking the first to the ground levels where there would have initially been ladders. Lighting was installed by Local Government and the interior stonework sand-blasted to remove leached lime cement. The joints between the stones on the roof were resealed with epoxy and the leaky internal drainpipes were replaced with plastic tubing. The gun carriage and platform has been re-built and the original gun has been replaced on the roof. Historical museum displays are currently (1999) being prepared for public exhibition – National Heritage Fund.

Ile Aux Cerfs
A visit to Mauritius further showcases that the travel destination, Ile Aux Cerfs Island, located in Mauritius, is a beautiful and naturally splendid island located on the east coast 20 minutes by boat from pointe Maurice. The island is 100 hectares in area and is also provided with a plethora of sandy beaches in the vicinity in Ile Aux Cerfs Island. The Le Touessrok Sun Hotel group operates two well stocked restaurants here, and the island is provided with a ferry service from the mainland.

On the island, there is a boat house where you can hire water skis, pedalos, sailboards, surfcats, Laser dinghies and canoes. Two-hour boat trips are offered to the Grande Rivière Sud-Est waterfall; and there's also a tour around Île aux Cerfs.
The island has grown in popularity and it is home to around 800 visitors per day in the resort and the island. Ile aux Cerfs is one of the most beautiful places in the Indian ocean. Don't fail to paying it a visit.
Flic en Flac Beach
Flic en Flac derived its name from an Old Dutch phrase "Fried Landt Flaak" that literally means "Free and Flat Land." During the 1960s the village was known only for its cemetery where people from nearby villages came to bury their dead relatives. There was also some artisanal hunting of wild ducks and birds in the marches of the region.
Today the town of Flic en Flac marks the beginning of a superb stretch of sandy coastline that stretches to the southern Le Morne Peninsula. Development at Flic en Flac is in overdrive with the result today being that Flic en Flac has lost its charming village feel and is becoming one long strip of hotels, expensive restaurants and souvenir shops. The beach, while gorgeous, comes alive at weekends when it plays host to throngs of locals from the central highlands who descend en masse for picnics by the sea.

Ile aux Aigrettes
After a short crossing on the splendid bay of Mahébourg, where a lasting air of mystery, a palette of bright colors and the uneven outlines of a breathtaking landscape blend into a magical setting, discover Ile aux Aigrettes, a Nature Reserve anchored at about 800 meters off the south east coast of Mauritius. The sparkling waters of its beautiful lagoon, the ruins of an old French limekiln and the dense green canopy of the island’s forest welcome you to this charming domain where the mistress of the place is none but mother nature.
Walk along the rugged trail in a one and a half hour tour and experience the bubbling rebirth of an island and its inhabitants, a small and exceptional population made up of rare endemic species of the Mauritian flora and fauna. Accompanied by the distant cooing of the Pink Pigeon, discover along the way over 20 species of plants endemic to Mauritius; the Ebony forest, once home to the now extinct Dodo; the Nursery where thousands of young plants are produced yearly; the Ornate Day Gecko licking nectar from flower buds; the Pink Pigeon, a cousin of the Dodo, pulled back from the brink of extinction; the Aldabran Giant Tortoise brought in to replace the two species of Tortoises that lived on the island and now extinct; the Telfair’s Skink, an endangered species of reptiles; a cannon, a set of old buildings and ruins, bearing witness of the French and British presence on the island; a breathtaking view on the Mahebourg bay from the top of a restored generator house and if you’re lucky, the Mauritius Kestrel, the only bird of prey of Mauritius saved from extinction.
 

Black River Gorges
A visit to Mauritius, reveals to the wandering and searching tourists that the nature tour of the National Park comprises of awe inspiring vistas and stunning horizons along with breathtakingly beautiful waterfalls and the attendant hiking and trekking opportunities in the rough and tumble of the gorges and the mountainous intersections that lie before the tourists in the National Park.

The Black River Gorge National Park of 6,574 hectares was created in 1994 to preserve the remaining native forests in Mauritius. Visitors can enjoy magnificent landscapes, with indigenous plants and rare bird species. A trail leads from the Pétrin information centre to an area of typical plant life and to a conservation area. Eureka, an old Creole residence built in 1830, is an essential place to visit during your stay in Mauritius if you wish to soak yourself in tropical sweetness. Eureka is surrounded by waterfalls of the MokaRiver. A visit to Eureka is a must to fully understand the charms of Mauritius.
There are various trails within the park for all standards of walker including a 7 km walk to Maccabee Forest, or an excellent 15 km hike down through the Gorges to Black River. From the road across Plaine Champagne towards Charmarel there is easy access to viewpoints at Alexandra Falls, over Bel Ombre and over the stunning Black River Gorges. Another (longer) trail leads up to the Piton de la Petite Riviers Noire (Black River Peak) which is the highest point on Mauritius at 828m.

Jardin Botanique de Pamplemousses
Pamplemousses is a district of Mauritius in the north of the island. The name of the district is derived from the French word for grapefruits. Its capital is Triolet. It hosts the SSR botanical garden, or Jardin Botanique Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam, renamed in 1988 in honor of the first prime minister of Mauritius. The garden was first constructed by Pierre Poivre in 1770. The area is 25 hectares.
The garden features spices, ebonies, sugar canes and many more. It also features lotuses as well as 85 varieties of palms from Central America, Asia, Africa and the islands around the Indian Ocean. The gardens are known to naturalists throughout the world for their countless species of indigenous and exotic plants, including the giant Victorial Regia water lilies, and the talipot palm, said to flower once every sixty years and then die.

Tamarin Falls
These falls are difficult to reach, but it's worth the effort for a beautiful, deep, cool dip awaits you at the bottom of the series of seven falls. The falls are visible from the Vacoas side when following the sign from Henrietta. The journey from Curepipe or Quatre Bornes, take a bus to Henrietta, then walk to Tamarind Falls. When traveling from Tamarin turn right about 3Km north of Tamarin, at the round about to Magenta and Yemen. A tarred, bumpy road through cane fields leads to the Magenta and Tamarind Falls turn-off. Continue through all the 'Private Estate', 'Permit Needed' and 'Prohibited Entry' signs, down towards the power station. The last leg of the journey is done by walking along the river up to the falls, cars or bikes should be left behind at this point. The path is significantly overgrown and you must cross to the other side and boulder-hop the last 300m along the river bed to reach the top, those who preserve will be splendidly rewarded!

Balaclava Ruins
A few metres away from Baie aux Tortues, which 17th century sailors named after the many tortoises in the area, can be found the ruins of the old Balaclava estate. Visitors will be able to see the sea walls, whose initial foundations were laid down by Mahé de Labourdonnais. The location of the ruins now forms part of Maritim Hotel
The Triolet Shivala
The longest village on the island, Triolet offers an opportunity to visit the biggest Hindu temple, the Maheswarnath, first built in 1819 in honour of the Gods Shiva, Krishna, Vishnu, Muruga, Brahma and Ganesha. The Labourdonnais Orchards - Discover a large variety of tropical fruit trees, colourful and perfumed exotic flowers. Trips on mountain bikes or hiking are possible.