When we talk about the North of Mauritius, Grand Baie 'le St Trop Mauricien', is the first place that comes to mind. The coastal town has become the first tourist destination on the island. Starting point for sea excursions to the northern islands and for other maritime activities, the north has many surprises in store for you.
Main activities in the region:
Trou aux Biches in the north-west of the island is one of the best diving spots in Mauritius. A few clubs have indeed established themselves not far from the beach and offer various offers: boat safari day to dive and explore shipwrecks or the discovery of multicoloured corals and tropical fishes.
Diving at Trou aux Biches gives access to unknown but no less fascinating sites. Here you can observe the famous parrot fish, marlin, and sometimes sharks and dolphins: an unforgettable experience to live during your stay.
- Submarine, Subscooter & Undersea walk
Mauritius is home to spectacular coral reefs and marine life that you won't see anywhere else. The possibilities of discovering the underwater world are vast and you will be spoilt for choice. Ideal for the whole family and truly unique, these three activities stand out: the submarine, the subscooter and the undersea walk.
For those who are not at ease at sea, you have nothing to fear because these activities are supervised by professionals.
This outstanding Mauritian underwater world is simply waiting to be discovered, so be sure to book your activities early enough so you don't miss out!
- Catamaran to the Northern Islands
The small group of islands in the north of Mauritius has become an unmissable activity to do with family or friends during a catamaran cruise. A superb crossing at the mercy of the wind on a catamaran allows you to reach your destination. There, a dive at the Gunners Coin (Coin de Mire), a tanning session on Flat Island (Île Plate), a delicious BBQ on the catamaran, and much more.
A little further, Round Island (Île Ronde) is a unique nature reserve that is not accessible (unless you have a special permit) in order to protect its endemic plants and reptiles as well as the native species that have been introduced there.
- L’Aventure du Sucre
L'Aventure du Sucre promises you an exciting and fruitful visit of the old Beau Plan sugar factory, which was in operation from the 18th to the 20th century. It's not a boring museum, far from it! It is rather a place where you can get a taste (literally and figuratively) of the real Mauritius like nowhere else on the island.
L'Aventure du Sucre is an initiative undertaken by three Mauritian sugar groups who wanted to present the historical and cultural side of sugar cane production in Mauritius. It should be pointed out that the sugar cane industry had made a massive contribution to the Mauritian economy in the past. Sugar was once considered the most valuable product in the world, especially at the end of the colonisation.
- Château de Labourdonnais
Enjoy the visit of a castle in a natural setting where history merges with architecture, flora, orchards, cuisine and Mauritian know-how.
Le Château de Labourdonnais was owned by Christian Wiehe, an influential figure in 19th century Mauritius. The construction started in 1856 and three years later the Wiehe family moved into one of the most beautiful colonial houses on the island. At the heart of a fertile orchard and a splendid garden, it is home to endemic plants and a wide variety of exotic trees that grow in harmony.
Explore this domain through a playful and modern itinerary that enhances the authenticity of the place.
- Botanical Garden of Pamplemousse
The Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden covers an area of around 37.5 hectares and offers a variety of attractions in terms of flora and fauna of both terrestrial and aquatic origin. The origin of this garden goes back to the French period because in 1736, the French governor, Mahé de Labourdonnais, decided to establish his estate around the present main gate of the garden. In 1767, the French intendant Pierre Poivre, the creator of the garden, introduced vegetables, fruits, flowers and spices from all over the world. It is the oldest botanical garden in the southern hemisphere.
Don't forget to visit this amazing garden with its giant water lily leaves. Ideal for a romantic or family stroll.
- Horse riding
Horse riding has been practiced for many years in Mauritius. Far from the hectic city life, in a very calm and peaceful environment, you will be welcomed by a very friendly staff and you will have the opportunity to meet your horse. This is undoubtedly the favourite activity of the youngest ones!
You can learn how to ride, jump or train your horse in quarries built on a historic sugar mill or simply ride along the path, enjoying the farm animals or deer.
For all lovers of the little white ball, a well-filled holiday in Mauritius must include a few rounds of golf on the magnificent courses of the island.
Mont Choisy Le Golf is much more than just a new championship course. First of all, it is a Mauritian golf course that showcases the natural beauty of the north of the island, complemented by its views of the mountain and the historical heritage of the place.
- Cultural and religious places
Leaving Mauritius without visiting our cultural sites is unimaginable. The island coexists peacefully between Hindus and Tamils, Muslims, Christians and Buddhists. Take the opportunity to discover the most authentic aspect of the island and make beautiful encounters. The north is well known for its red-roofed church, located at Cap Malheureux. It overlooks the sea with a breathtaking view of the Gunners Coin (Coin de Mire) and the northern islands. You will also find several colourful Indian temples.
Make sure you don't forget your camera!
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