When you arrive you will land in the only airport on the island, called Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Flight terminal. Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam, also referred to as "father of the country" was a statesman political leader and philanthropist. He fought for the rights of his people and brought the nation to its independence in 1968. He presented free healthcare and education, and set up a nationwide pension scheme.
Your Mauritius Holidays therefore starts off in an airport devoted to a terrific man. From there you can take the M2 that crosses the island which will lead you into the more heavily occupied areas. You will show up in Curepipe and a bit further down in Rose Hills, which is the 3rd largest town in Mauritius. It's a good idea to spend over for one night in this area and appreciate some lively night life and shopping.
The first towns you come across are found inland and not on the beach. Topographically the island is really fascinating as it's formed from a volcano and so inland you will see incredible dark mountains that shoot up from emerald green vegetation.
Going further along the M2, with the airport still at your back, you will ultimately arrive on the opposite coast where you will discover the capital city Port Louis. You should not miss going to the Champ de Mars Racecourse that gets over thirty thousand visitors daily if you are going to the country between April and November. The really nice aspect of the racecourse is that citizens and travelers get to meet and freely speak to each other with the shared interest of winning the following race! Apart from the horse races, you will enjoy the outdoors marketplace that smells of spices, the rebuilt harbor, the Royal Botanical Garden, the Government House and the Blue Penny Museum.
Once in Port Louis you can decide whether you would like a very nature oriented holiday or something a little more "touristy". If you go north you will end up in Grand Baie and Grand Gaube, if you go south you will not encounter any huge towns and will mainly take pleasure in remote beach chalets.
Heading north, you can stop in Le Pouce Nature Reserve, and then go and visit the beautiful town of Pamplemousses. Be sure to see some Sega Dance, which is the traditional dance of the native people.
Grande Baie is fully geared up for any sorts of water sports and so you will be able to delight in windsurfing, water-ski, para-sailing and snorkeling amoungst the reefs. The sea is quite warm and calm here because of the reefs. You can also go for a submarine trip to see the reefs from a new point of view and the shipwrecks. This is a truly remarkable experience!
If you prefer something a lot more quiet and private though, you can go south and stop off at the Baie du Tamarin, which is internationally well-known as a perfect surfing spot. There is a stunning nature reserve inland, the Black River Gorges National Park, where you will be able to see the Pink Pigeon, the Mauritius Kestrel and the Mauritius Fody.
So, Mauritius in a nutshell? Land in the airport and take the only freeway that crosses the island until you reach the opposite coast, then go north for the resorts and nightlife or south for a secluded surfer vacation with nature walks.
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