Mauritius travel story

According to a Hindu legend, Lord Shiva was turning around the earth when he saw a magnificent uninhabited island surrounded by an emerald sea. Kidnapped by the beauty Shiva, who was carrying the river Ganges on the head to protect the world from flooding, and decided to land on the way down the river a few drops fell from his head to finish in a crater where he formed a large lake …...


The island in question is that of Mauritius and the lake is the Grand Bassin sacred to Hindus. Undoubtedly the island of Mauritius is a small natural jewel where the sea is his resource more beautiful. Its shape, similar to a pear arranged along meridians, proposes two distinct and different from each coast, the east to the Indian Ocean and the western to the African continent. The east coast is cooler and subject to winds and disturbances coming from the ocean, while the west coast is more sheltered, less rainy but warm by more humid and stuffy. The exterior of the south of the island has a rocky coastline battered by the sea always moved. The reef is present in almost all the island (except the extreme south) ensuring an easy sea bathing in any area. Snorkeling is feasible almost everywhere but few areas are really interesting, and be aware in place according to the occupied zone. The east coast is less invaded by large tourist settlements and reserves landscapes and quiet corners, along the coastal road is easy to find loops and white beaches completely deserted, typically adorned by large trees of casuarina and coconut palms and that's because, not easy to believe, but the coconut is weak, the ones you see in the postcards, in the resort and then in the catalogs of travel agencies, almost all transplanted........

The west coast is the most tourist, in the north of Ghent Baie and Balaclava are dozens of resorts among the largest and renowned Mauritius. Going to the south we find Flic en Flac, another tourist area which is spread over a long coastline of white sand with different villages on its way to the far south to Le Morne. This small peninsula is famous for its rocky massif that occupies the central part, a huge basalt rock over 550 meters high and with its dark color contrasts with the white beaches that surround it. The sea surrounding the peninsula, always protected by a coral reef, is very nice although the area is quite windy, too bad that everything is inflated by luxury resorts and golf courses.
For Mauritius I would recommend renting a car to turn and admire the beauty of this island is not very big (about 60Km from north to south and about 45 km from east to west at its widest point) so even two / three days you have the chance to visit a good part. The interior of the island deserves attention. Apart from the capital Port Louis, the southern mountain range offers landscapes characteristic, deserves mention the lake in the volcano and the Hindu temples of Grand Bassin, forests near Plaine Champagne with sweeping views of the gorges and the sea and the area east flowing River Grand Riviere.

The tourist accommodation that Mauritius offers you the most diverse, you can find accommodation as a guest house or small hotels at low prices and then climb towards larger and larger structures and organized to culminate in large 5-star resort complete with a golf course 18 holes. I stayed at the Le Flamboyant village on the east coast near Belle Mare (see map), very small structure with a very nice tropical garden. The beach reserved for guests is located on the end of a long strip of white sand where you can enjoy walks until you reach the hotel near Coco Beach much larger and complex. The sea is very beautiful, colorful and protected by coral reefs although bathing requires attention for the presence of corals. Overall the property is not the best that Mauritius has to offer for a holiday sedentary but I think a good compromise if used as the basis for the discovery of this enchanting island.