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Africa » Mauritius » Black River February 7th 2016

Mauritius 1-22-2016 Mauritius Du thuyen den Mauritius luc 8AM. Du thuyen khoi hanh tu Mauritius va sau 12 ngay tro ve Mauritius va du thuyen se o lai day 2 ngay de du khach du ngoan Mauritius truoc khi roi thuyen. Toi muon xe taxi di cung voi cap vo chong nguoi Anh ma toi di may ngay truoc ve phia Bac cua dao. Toi di den bai bien de snorkeling. Sau do toi di den Botanic Garden goi la The sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanic garden (SSRBG) , rong 37.5 hectares. Cong vien nnay thanh lap trong bthoi ky phap thuoc namn 1736. La mot Botanic garden lau doi nhat Nam Ban Cau. Noi day co hoalily, hoa sen lotus hiem co tu An Do Noi day co cac cay trai va thu vat dac biet. ... read more
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Africa » Mauritius » Grand River January 11th 2016

An island in an ocean that I've long wanted to visit was Mauritius. A lush, green atoll deep in the Indian Ocean lying like a tiny speck next to Madagascar off the coast of Southern Africa, Mauritius is a beautiful southern hemisphere gem. We have long postponed making the journey due to the distance and travelling time, but with the children getting older and having made a good number of long haul trips, we thought we'd give it a go. The 3 hour time difference makes this long haul journey much easier to recover from, so once we got to Dubai it was due South to Mauritius on the same timeline.What a sight it is to fly in to Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Airport in Mahébourg on the south eastern coast of Mauritius. To see the lush ... read more
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Africa » Mauritius » Grand Port » Mahebourg October 17th 2015

Geo: -20.41, 57.7Decided to do one final kayak on the river before we left. Managed to convince them we could launch and land by ourselves so off we went. As usual, it was a pleasant paddle and we were glad we had done it.Came back and packed up and were ready for our next adventure which was going to be flying to Frankfurt, Germany via Johannesburg, South Africa, to some of those places we really enjoyed on our last trip to Europe. While in Frankfurt airport, we would store our camping equipment and fly to Berlin and stay for several days before heading to Santorini.We had never been to Berlin but we were going there because we could use some of our British Airways air miles to fly to Santorini and then from Santorini to Paris. ... read more
River La Chaux  Weaver nests
River La Chaux
River La Chaux

Africa » Mauritius » Grand Port » Mahebourg October 16th 2015

Geo: -20.41, 57.7Final trip to the doctor to get the stitches removed, and we were heading back over the island to Mahebourg. We had made reservations to stay at the same place as before, Le Bamboo. Got ourselves settled in and got on the bikes to go find lunch. There was a place on the waterfront that had received mixed reviews but intrigued us so we decided to check it out.We were hooked! Sitting outside under an umbrella with the waterfront stretching out into the distant mountains, what a view. For us, the view and service kept us coming back day after day. Our rationalization, eat there during the day and fix our own dinner at night. Worked for us. We decided we enjoyed Mahebourg best while we were here. It was so easy to bike ... read more
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Africa » Mauritius » Rivière du Rempart » Grand Baie October 15th 2015

Geo: -20.02, 57.58One thing that can be said about Mauritius is the waterfront is spectacular! As a result of Robert's injury, and just wanting to have a little chill time, we spent a great deal of time enjoying the view. While we were in Grand Baie, we did work on the stories while sitting and eating.The pictures in this story are from both the waterfront in Grand Baie and the waterfront in Mahebourg. Grand Baie is a protected bay and those are the pictures that show calm waters and yachts. The waterfront where we spent time was open bay and you got to see sailboats cominga... read more
Sunset Grand Baie
Sunset Grand Baie
Sunset Grand Baie

Africa » Mauritius » Rivière du Rempart » Grand Baie October 14th 2015

Geo: -20.02, 57.58While Robert was still unable to move freely we decided to check out another possible place to stay or possibly go on a tour with them or get transport back across to Mahebourg. Finally found Ebrahaim Tours ( google maps failed us) and looked at their rooms which were quite nice and reasonably priced. They were also on the main drag right across from the beach. Maybe if we ever return. Unfortunately, the tour was another matter. Pushy lady at the desk, prices changing as we spoke, decided not to go with them.That night for dinner decided to check out Zorba's down on the waterfront. Newly opened and run by a Greek hoped for some good food. Nice portions but was not quite what we were expecting but still enjoyed the evening and then ... read more
More Grand Baie
More Grand Baie
More Grand Baie

Africa » Mauritius » Rivière du Rempart » Grand Baie October 13th 2015

Geo: -20.02, 57.58Because Robert's knee was bandaged where it was not easy to bend it, bicycling or hiking were pretty much out of the question so we took a break and enjoyed ourselves at the Sunset Grille right on the waterfront. We were able to work on our stories, watch people and just enjoy the scenery and relax for a couple of days.... read more
Grand Baie from Sunset Grille
Grand Baie from Sunset Grille
Grand Baie from Sunset Grille

Africa » Mauritius » Rivière du Rempart » Grand Baie October 12th 2015

Geo: -20.02, 57.58Got up and fixed coffee and cereal and decided that Robert's leg did need some attention because the wound looked fairly deep. Asked Vivek where we should go and recommended a clinic nearby and called a taxi for us. Once again we were reminded that we need to carry copies of our passports with us always! They were able to treat Robert anyway. This Medical Center is very professional and well equipped for all types of treatment. The treatment: gave him some pain killing shots before they began to clean him up and gave him two stitches and did quite a bandage job on his knee and toe and some antibiotics. Total bill: 1515.24 rupees or $47!!! He will need to come back in five days to have the stitches removed.We were very impressed ... read more
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Grand Baie Medical Center

Africa » Mauritius » Rivière du Rempart » Grand Baie October 11th 2015

Geo: -20.02, 57.58The trip across the island was very uneventful. There were few towns on the road we were on and no where the hustle and bustle of Madagascar. There were some nice moutains in the distance including one named Le Petite Matterhorn because it looks very much like a small version of the Matterhorn. The driver is also a tour guide so he gave us all sorts of tidbits of information as we rode along. Said you could drive around the island in a day and Mauritius had been ruled by both the French and British before becoming independent.Got to Grand Baie and found Auberge Miko and met Vivek and Lena, the owners. Lena is from Finland and Vivek from the island. Had an orientation session with them before seeing the room. Were told there ... read more
Auberge Miko
Auberge Miko
Auberge Miko

Africa » Mauritius October 10th 2015

Geo: -20.4228, 57.7088Decided to have an adventure and bicycle over to Blue Bay which was around the island from Mahebourg. We were traveling on a two lane road but the drivers were very courteous and gave us the road as we traveled along. There were stunning views of the open water and Lions Head in the distance.chWe stopped at a new reserve for the mangroves and wetlands. It was low tide and there was not much water but there were a few birds in there hunting. Rode on and arrived at Blue Bay. Walked our bikes over to the public beach and rested, hydrated and had a snack.Watched people coming and going from boat tours around the island. Looks like this part of the island is exclusive hotels with very little public area right on the ... read more
Day waterfront   bike ride to gorgeous Blue Bay
Day waterfront   bike ride to gorgeous Blue Bay
Day waterfront   bike ride to gorgeous Blue Bay




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