The 7 wonders of Mauritius

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Seven places that will make your trip to Mauritius unforgettable

Now more accessible thanks to low cost companies, Mauritius is available to you. Here are the 7 unmissable sites of Mauritius.

Since summer 2016, the low-cost company Eurowings (Lufthansa) has been serving new sunny destinations such as Mauritius. Long reserved for honeymoons, the opening of long-haul getaways to the low-cost market could make Mauritius more accessible. In the meantime, let's take a look at the most beautiful sites on the island of the Indian Ocean, which is itself one of the most beautiful islands in the world.

1. The Chamarel plain

The Chamarel plain is nicknamed the land of seven colors. Amateur photographers love to immortalize the palette that oscillates between brown, ocher, red and purplish tones. Volcanic ash containing minerals of various colors would be the explanation for this rainbow. The Chamarel plain is located in the southwest of the island, opposite the Pointe du Morne. A waterfall pouring its water 100 meters high is one of the flagship stages, as is the visit to the rum factory.

2. Tamarin beach

On the west coast of Mauritius, lovers end the day at Tamarin beach to attend the sunset, the most beautiful in the country it seems. The day can start at the saltworks, to watch the salt harvest. Almost 1500 tonnes are collected each year. An atypical site which takes the opposite view from the usual panoramas of pretty Mauritian white sand beaches. Sports enthusiasts will also find their account there since the bay of Tamarin lends itself to the practice of stand-up paddle.

3. Ile aux Cerfs

In the east of Mauritius, easily accessible by water taxi from the lagoon of Trou d'eau frais, Ile aux Cerfs offers this postcard landscape structured by white sandbanks and turquoise water. The tourist activity is developed there even if the island is uninhabited. You can taste typical dishes in restaurants, otherwise you can indulge in sporting activities such as parasailing or golf.

4. Blue Bay Beach

We also come to Mauritius to discover its seabed. If the destination does not offer a choice of hikes as dense as its neighbor, Reunion, it has nothing to envy it in terms of snorkeling. Head to Blue Bay beach, where the transparency of the water will offer divers the best view. Even those who do not wish to get wet can enjoy it thanks to the glass bottom boats.

5. The grapefruit garden

This is where you will take the famous postcard photo of Mauritius. The former steward of the island, Pierre Poivre, is at the origin of this site where we can see these famous giant water lilies placed delicately on a pond. Plant species from all over the world complete the visit, like a palm tree, dying after having flowered only once. The imposing baobab at the entrance is also a must.

6. Bénitiers Island

Symbolized by the shell that bears his name, this islet is easily accessible from the west coast of Mauritius. People come here mainly to stroll along the beach and admire the limpidity and blue of the water. Fishermen charter travelers to this little paradise, from the village of La Gaulette.

7. Flat Island and Gabriel Island

Plan a catamaran excursion to sail the waters of northern Mauritius. Terminus: Île Plate, with a stop at Îlot Gabriel. Several agencies offer this trip to discover the Mauritian nature reserves. The day will be dedicated to idleness, if not to photographing the pretty turquoise color of the sea.

Mauritius, an unmissable island

In addition to its 7 magnificent places to see on the island, you must also take the time to appreciate the local food, as well as lazing around by the sea. You will understand, Mauritius is one of these must-see destinations to do absolutely. So when is the departure for?

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