North of Mauritius

The north is a must-see place for visitors to the island. Full of energy and lots to see and do.
Excellent beaches white soft sands for relaxing and water-sports.

 

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Pereybère
Pereybere’s public beach is a favorite hot-spot for tourists and popular because of its varied shopping facilities, internet-cafes and restaurants, with Creole, Indian, Chinese and International foods. There are also casinos, supermarkets, souvenir and craft shops offering high quality articles.

It can get busy during bank holidays and weekends. Water sports are available.

Buses between Port Louis and Cap Malheaureus stop in Perebere as well as Grand Baie. Services run every 30 minutes. You can rent cars, motorbikes and bicycles through the local tour agents.
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Grand Baie  (Grand-bay)

Once called De Bogt Zonder Eyndt (Bay without end) by the Dutch in the 17th century. Its the place to be, if you want a social night out (restaurants, bars and nightclubs).

During the day Grand Bay also offers a wide range of shops and shopping-centers (Sunset Boulevard (pictured right), Grand Bay Bazaar, Super-U), visitors can purchase locally hand-crafted souvenirs.

Its beach is crowded, with many fishing boats.  People prefer to eat, shop and go out in Grand Baie, and enjoy its varied surroundings.
Public transport connections are also good.


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Mont Choisy

Mont Choisy is very near to Grand Baie.
It offers one of the longest natural beaches on the island. The resort area here is also names Mont Choisy.
The beach has a very natural feel with many casuarina trees lined along the coast, (pictured right).

The trees have small pine-cone-like seed pod that can be found under the branches. Just be careful where you sit. The beach is easily accessible and it’s a favorite among locals and tourists.

The entrance to Mont Choisy Beach is guarded by a monument which commemorates the very first manned flight between Mauritius and near-by Reunion Island. The competition took place on September 10, 1933 in the early days of aviation, between a Frenchman named Sutel and a Mauritian named Jean Hily. The record books do not show who won however sadly, Hily lost his life when attempting the second round, held October 4, 1934.


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Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden


Around 12 km north-east of Port Louis lies what is commonly called the ‘Pamplemousses Botanical Garden'. This 60-acre garden is known to naturalists throughout the world and dates back to 1735, originally only opened as a private garden by the French governor of Mauritius.  It has over 600 different species of indigenous and exotic plants, including the giant Victoria Regia water lilies and many species of palm trees. The talipot palm is said to flower once every 60 and thereafter dies.

In the 18th century, the famous French botanist, Pierre Poivre spent 5 years to create the Pamplemousses Garden at the request of Governor Mahé de Labourdonnais. Mahé de Labourdonnais at one time even lived in the Chateau Mont Plaisir which still exists in the gardens.

There is no entrance fee to enter the gardens. You can also take a tour guide for the garden for a small fee. The tour guide will give you lots of information about the plants.
The best time to visit the botanical gardens is between December and April. Opening times: daily from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm.


Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden

Price: Free Entry

Daily 8.30 am to 5.30pm

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Aquarium Maurice

The Aquarium is located on the Coastal Road Pointe Aux Piments.

The Aquarium Maurice at Pionte Aux Piments is an exciting place and offers enjoyment to all. The Aquarium Maurice holds numerous tanks and pools. The various buildings contain examples of the rich aquatic life found on and around the island of Mauritius.

The largest tank 'The Deep', is more than 15m long and holds a variety of deep sea creatures, including sharks and a giant moray eel. A "touch pool" allow visitors a chance to interact with a variety of species. Pointe aux Piments also offers stunning views of the natural sea cove. The shop provides special gifts and souvenirs.


Aquarium Maurice Price: Entry fee required.

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Balaclava Ruins


A few metres from Baie aux Tortues, which 17th century sailors named after the many tortoises in the area, you can found the ruins of the old Balaclava estate. Visitors are able to see the sea walls, whose initial foundations were laid down by Mahé de Labourdonnais.

 


The Labourdonnais Orchards


The Labourdonnais Orchards was set up in 1858 holds a large variety of tropical fruit trees and perfumed flowers. Its in the small village of Mapou, a few kilometres from Grand Baie, the Orchards of Labourdonnais is an essential site that should not be missed.

Greenhouses are filled with a wide variety of anthuriums and beautiful tropical flowers such as the orchids, bougainvilleas and hibiscus.  Various unique vegetable patches (lettuces, tomatoes, christophines, etc).  Stroll along the paths whilst breathing in the sweet perfume of the exotic fruits (mangoes, litchis and guavas)  

Before leaving this place, do not forget to drop in at "La Corbeille," to taste the vegetables, fresh fruit and conserves.
You can hire a bike to get round if you want.


The Labourdonnais Orchards
Price: Free


Cap Malheureux


Along the intertwining roads of the north visitors can not miss the striking red-roofed church at Cap Malheureux.
‘Cape Misfortune’ (named for the number of ships that lay on the rocks here) is a place of great historical importance for Mauritius  it was here that the British invasion force finally defeated the French in 1810 and took over the island.

There is a large community of fishermen in the local area.

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Gabriel Island

Known also as Îlot Gabriel, is located near the Round Island and the Flat island, at the extreme north of Mauritius, about 10 Km north of Cap Malheureux. The distance between Gabriel Island and Flat Island is only 750 metres. The size of the island is 42 hectares and the highest point is 28 metres.

Gabriel Island is a protected by a natural reserve and is known for its beautiful beaches and crystal clear waters, around the entire island. It is a popular site for snorkeling, it offers great dive sites, and also an ideal day for relaxation on the beach.


Gabriel Island


Sugar Museum Grand Baie


The Sugar Adventure is located in Grand Baie.  The whole island of Mauritius is literally built on sugar. It all started in 1638 when the Dutch arrived and started producing sugar cane on plantations. When the French arrived in 1715 they continued the tradition as did the British when they took possession in 1810.

A few functioning Sugar factories remain today, from as many as 400 originally.  The Sugar Museum offers original machinery, film, video, pictures, working models and much more. Sugar tasting available.  Ideal place to visit as a family day out.

Sugar Meseum

 

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