Mauritius' western wonderland would be the nation's most diverse coast. Underwater diving treasures lie just off of the bustling tourist hub of Flic en Flac, and further south include the sandy bays and mountainous backdrops of Black River (Rivière Noire) and Tamarin. Capping the coastline's southern tip may be the dramatic fantastic thing about Le Morne Brabant, an awesomely photogenic (and hikeable) crag.
Nor far inland, Mauritius rises steeply; this section of the island encompasses fauna-filled Black River Gorges National Park and beguiling Chamarel, on the list of loveliest towns anywhere within the island.
Locals want to wax nostalgic about Tamarin Beach as well as its surfing heyday, as well as in many ways this sandy cove still is like a throwback to earlier times - especially because the centrally located Tamarin Hotel seems to be though it were renovated since Jaws what food was in cinemas. But Tamarin - unmarred by high-walled resort compounds - remains a well known place as well as beach has one of many most spectacular backdrops (looking north) in the united states.
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Once upon a moment the area was referred to as Santosha Bay and offered wave hunters the very best surfing within the planet. In fact, ahead of the bay earned the name Santosha, locals refused to provide the beach a moniker simply because didn't want outsiders to find out their cache of surfable seas! Today, the waves and currents have changed and also the surfing diehards have moved along the coast to Le Morne.
The walk between Tamarin Beach and southern Wolmar is quite scenic rather than accessible by car (women are advised to refrain from doing it alone).
Rhumerie de Chamarel
Set one of several vast hillside plantations of Chamarel, the rhumerie is really a working distillery that doubles to be a museum showcasing the rum-making process. The pet project on the Beachcomber hotel tycoon, the factory opened in 2008 and works on the special 'ecofriendly' production method making sure all materials are recycled. The rum is pretty tasty and produces a pleasant coda to your guided tour in the plant. Time your visit to help you enjoy lunch for the museum's restaurant, L'Alchimiste.
Curious Corner of Chamarel
This eclectic place is utterly unlike anywhere else within the island. Essentially an interactive gallery of illusions and art, it features a 200-mirror maze, a laser room and many other attractions that experience your curiosity (and wreak havoc along with your sense of perspective!). There's a cafe, the Puzzles & Things Shop as well as an overarching a sense of playful originality. It's opposite the turn-off to Terres de 7 Couleurs.
Casela World of Adventures
Zoo in Flic en Flac. When you go to this 14-hectare nature park, you're greeted having a bewildering choice of options - as well as being a zoo (with big cats, rhinos, giraffes as well as other African mammals), the beautifully landscaped reserve comes with a giant slide, animal interactions, and also a variety of heart-pumping activities like ziplines, canyoning and quad-bike 'safaris' around a neighbouring the location of zebras, impalas, waterbucks, rhinos and monkeys. Casela is for the main road 1km south on the turn-off to Flic en Flac.
Children are catered for having a petting zoo, a playground, giant tortoises, fishing and minigolf. Check out the website to get a full report on prices or spend some time with the information desk ahead of the main entrance to have a handle in order to spend your worktime. If simply pay the admission fee, you will be free to wander the lands, where you will notice tortoises, a huge choice of exotic birds plus a few primate species in cages. And make sure you pass the Mirador restaurant, that has fabulous sweeping views with the coastal plain. Also included from the price is often a trip within a safari vehicle, during which you emerge and look at lions, cheetahs and hyenas from viewpoints overlooking large, grassy enclosures, and another driving via a much larger area roamed by zebras, ostriches etc. The park is renowned for offering 'interactions' while using big cats, which suggests you're actually from the enclosure using them armed with only a large stick, and also the hour-long 'walking with lions' experience. We don't recommend either of such two options. These are wild animals, despite having been bred in captivity. Incidents through which visitors happen to be mauled by big cats in similar places in Africa aren't common, nevertheless they do occur. Questions have been raised by animal rights groups concerning the quality of life for big cats such establishments, as well as around the animals' future if they're too old to get familiar with activities.
Alexandra Falls Viewpoint
Viewpoint in Black River Gorges National Park. From the Alexandra Falls Viewpoint, you'll be able to admire the cloud forest of Mt Cocotte (771m) along with the view to the south coast.
Viewpoint in Black River Gorges National Park. The stunning Macchabée Viewpoint is from the heart with the park where the very best trails meet.
Viewpoint in Black River Gorges National Park. On a specific day the views from this point across the gorge rank one of many best about the island.
Terres de 7 Couleurs
Landmark in Chamarel. For reasons that remain something of the mystery to us, the Chamarel Coloured Earths have become on the list of sights within the island's usual tourist circuit. Most travellers locate them quite underwhelming after the long journey, however if you temper your expectations and approach an excursion here like a quirky side trip, as there are a greater potential for enjoying the variations of colourful sand - a result in the uneven cooling of molten rock. The site is 4km southwest of Chamarel.
Tortoises are saved in an enclosure just under the coloured earths, which lie 3km from the Terres de 7 Couleurs property. The entire property had been the private estate of Charles de Chazal de Chamarel, who hosted Matthew Flinders during Flinders' captivity in Mauritius in the Napoleonic Wars.