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Mauritius

Southern Sky Adventures: Mauritius

A melting pot of cultures and beautiful scenery, the Island of Mauritius will enchant visitors, uplift their souls and make them feel as if they belong to the chosen few. Author Mark Twain noted in “Following the Equator,” his personal travelogue: “You gather the idea that Mauritius was made first and then heaven, and that heaven was copied after Mauritius.”

An island nation off the coast of Africa in the southwest Indian Ocean, Mauritius rests about 600 miles east of Madagascar. In addition to the island of Mauritius, the Republic includes the islands of Cargados, Carajos, Rodriques and the Agalega Islands, and together with the French island of Réunion to the southwest and the island of Rodrigues to the northeast, Mauritius forms the Mascarene Islands.

Mauritius is renowned for having been the only known home of the dodo. First sighted by Europeans around 1600 on Mauritius, the dodo became extinct less than 80 years later. Today, from the peak of Piton de la Petite Rivière Noire to the city of Port Louis, this island, surrounded by the turquoise sea, is an oasis of peace and tranquility, well known for its natural beauty.

Mauritius is a paradise for deep-sea fishing and several world fishing records have been set there. Other watersports abound including parasailing, water-skiing, sea kayaking, kite surfing, speed boating, and swimming and diving with dolphins. Adventure seekers can walk with lions and cheetahs in one of the island’s numerous safari offerings.

Other popular destinations for island visitors include Rodrigues Island, better known as the ‘anti-stress’ island. The Tamarind Falls (also known as Tamarin Falls) are a beautiful attraction of the southwest of Mauritius. Grand Bay is a shopping and leisure paradise that also happens to be the area where Mauritians head for when they want a fun-filled night out, given its plethora of restaurants, bars and discos. Recently renovated, La Cuvette beach is well worth a visit, while the wonderful Pereybere public beach is popular because of its shopping facilities, restaurants and pubs.

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