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Tamarind Falls

Tamarind Falls

Tamarind Falls

Tamarind Falls – a.k.a. the 7 Cascades, Tamarin Falls (located 45 minutes south of Port Louis) can be found near the small village of Henrietta, in the South West of Mauritius. It originates from the Rivière Tamarin and has at least seven simultaneous waterfalls. The Tamarind Falls has a total height of 293 meter/961 feet and is therefore the highest waterfall in Mauritius. You can find a variety of exotic plants and birds in this calm and enchanted venue. Furthermore, a part of the water is being used for generating hydro electric power and it has a reservoir. Visitors are advised to hire local guides to navigate through this site.


Tamarina Golf, Spa & Beach Club

Tamarina Golf, Spa & Beach Club

Tamarina Golf, Spa & Beach Club

Tamarina Golf, Spa & Beach Club (Tamarin Bay) – located 45 minutes south of Port Louis, this former hunting estate (nestled between the Rempart peak and the Tamarin Bay) is now a 206 hectare, 18-hole golf course and resort. The course was designed by American golf architect Rodney Wright, who proudly exclaims this course “as a challenging test for all golfing skills.” Check its website for current rates and other info: www.tamarinagolf.mu


Sun Divers Ltd.

Sun Divers Ltd.

Sun Divers Ltd.

Sun Divers Ltd. (Hotel La Pirogue, Wolmar, Flic en Flac) — Sun Diver was the first ever PADI diving centre in Mauritius and has been open for 30 years. It is affiliated with the CMAS and the MSDA (Mauritian Scuba Diving Association). Sun Diver offers its services to clients of La Pirogue, The Sugar Beach Resort, The Hilton and Sands Hotels and the Taj Exotica Hotel. The diving center is located in La Pirogue Hotel. However, Sun Divers also welcomes non-hotel guest divers from across the island. Participants are welcome to explore world re-known dive sites such as Cathedral Snake Reef and Tug 2. See its website for rates and scheduling info: www.sundiversmauritius.com

Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden

Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden

Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden

Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden (Pamplemousses) – a.k.a. “Pamplemousses Botanical Garden”, this is the country’s oldest such site, and is named after the country’s first prime minister. This was originally a private garden by the French governor of Mauritius nearly 300 years ago. The botanical garden stretches over endless acres of land and it may take you more than a week to cover the whole garden. It is populated with more than 650 varieties of plants among which are the famous Baobabs, the Palmier Bouteille, the ineluctable Giant Water Lilies, dozens of medicinal plants, a large spice garden and many more. One of the main attractions of the botanical garden is the 85 different varieties of palm trees brought from different corners of the world. Other indigenous species of plants are also exhibited here.

 

Admission: 200 Rs. (tourists over the age of 5); free for tourists ages 5 and below; Rs. 25 (locals ages 5 – 59); free for locals under 5 years, and for seniors and the disabled. Hours: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm (daily).

Pieter Both Mountain

Pieter Both Mountain

Pieter Both Mountain

Pieter Both Mountain – located just 30 minutes southeast of Port Louis, this is the second-largest mountain in Mauritius (standing at 820 meters tall) . It is named after Pieter Both, the first Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies. This mountain is distinct for its large rock formation at the very top, which resembles a human head. Note: only those with climbing experience should attempt to scale this mountain.

Mauritius Gymkhana Club

Mauritius Gymkhana Club

Mauritius Gymkhana Club

Mauritius Gymkhana Club (Suffolk Close, Vacoas) – located 25 minutes (18 km. south of Port Louis, the Mauritius Military Gymkhana Club was originally founded as a Service Club for British officers in the first half of the nineteenth century (between 1834 and 1849). It was in 1976 that the Royal Navy handed over the Mauritius Naval and Military Gymkhana Club to the very first civilian committee. Since 1976, the club has undergone major changes both in terms of physical infrastructure, facilities services and in terms of its membership. It is now truly opened to all Mauritians, expatriates and visitors alike.

 

The golf course is 5. 6 km. long and is a par 68. Despite the fact that it is a relatively short course it offers great challenges to the players as it is very tight and thus precision and technical shots are called for. However, it is playable and enjoyable by golfers of all levels.

 

The course comprises six holes of par 3, two holes of par 5 and ten holes of par 4. The shortest hole is no.5 (playing 132 meters) and the longest hole is no 6 (at 497 meters long). Hole 18 is lined on the left side with magnificent “tulips du Gabon’ and palm trees with an Out of Bound. The fairway gently slopes from left to right. On the right, a fairway bunker awaits those avoiding the left side of the fairway. The colorful flowered 18th green is also well protected. See the Club’s website for more info: www.mgc.mu

Mauritius Aquarium

Mauritius Aquarium

Mauritius Aquarium

Mauritius Aquarium (Coastal Road, Pointe-aux-Piments, B38) – located in the northwest part of Mauritius (in the small village of Point Aux Piments), visitors can take a leisurely stroll through the five well laid out principal buildings surrounded by a tropical garden, where one can discover the rich aquatic life which inhabits the coastal and pelagic waters of Mauritius. The various species of marine life are grouped in well-lit tanks and pools which makes it possible to observe, at eye-level, the endless ballet enacted by our island surrounding eco-system.

 

The aquarium is home to a large number of species, including the Crown squirrelfish and the Batfish as well as clownfish, butterfly fish, lobsters and crabs, to name but a few. An added attraction offered by the Mauritius Aquarium is the possibility of witnessing the feeding sessions which take place daily at 11:00 am and 3:00 pm. It is not every day that one sees, Giant Morays sharks and sea turtles, within arm’s reach, being fed by hand. Admission: Rs. 250 (adult), Rs. 125 (children 2-12 years), Rs. 650 (family: 2 adults + 2 children). Hours: 9:30 am – 5:00 pm (Monday-Saturday), 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (Sundays and public holidays).

Le Morne Kite School

Le Morne Kite School

Le Morne Kite School

Le Morne Kite School — based on the southwest coast of Mauritius, Le Morne Kite School operates its world class kite boarding training centre. With a highly experienced and friendly team that consists of qualified IKO kite boarding instructors, its instructors teach beginner to expert riders new skills to progress their riding ability to new heights. Le Morne Kite School uses only the latest and safest kite boarding equipment from North Kites. With lessons set in the paradise surroundings of Le Morne’s kite lagoon, one of the best kite boarding spots in the world, there is no better place on earth to learn how to kiteboard. See its website for rates and other info. www.lemornekiteschool.com

La Preneuse

La Preneuse

La Preneuse

La Preneuse (beach) – located about an hour southwest of Port Louis, this is a popular public beach that also has one of the most well preserved Martello Towers on the island. The beach itself is not on the beaten tourist track and is therefore much quieter and far less crowded than the more well-known beaches on the northern part of Mauritius. La Preneuse is a good base for dolphin watching, and there are usually skippers around to take you out on a trip against a small fee. Both Spinner dolphins and Bottlenose dolphins are frequently seen off of the coast in large numbers. For good snorkeling spots, head away from the main beach and walk either north towards Tamarin, or south towards Grande Rivière Noire, where you will find colorful tropical fish in abundance.

Le Morne

Le Morne

Le Morne

Le Morne (beach) – the 4km white sand Le Morne Beach is one of the island’s loveliest and least visited, with the dramatic basalt monolith Le Morne Brabant as its backdrop. Le Morne peninsula is known as the “five-star strip”, with exclusive hotels, world-class kitesurfing and a protected bay for beginners.