Safari Adventures Mauritius
Tamarin & Rivière Noire (Black River)
The billboards are everywhere – La Balise Marina promises to revolutionise the tourism industry in Mauritius by creating the island's first port welcoming luxury yachts. Construction of the marina and its adjoining complex of shops and apartments is well underway (if behind schedule), but once complete, Black River is expected to overflow with some serious tourist traffic.
The Chamarel Coloured Earths, 4km southwest of Chamarel, has, for reasons that remain something of a mystery to us, become one of the sights on the island's usual tourist circuit.
Black River Gorges National Park
Inaugurated in 1850, St James is the oldest Anglican church in Mauritius, and has a peaceful, wood-panelled interior with plaques commemorating local worthies.
More austere, but also busier than St James Cathedral, St Louis Cathedral dates from 1932 and is popular with the Chinese community.
Located on the far side of the citadel, Plaine Verte is the Muslim quarter of the city and strongly contrasts the glass towers in central Port Louis. Very little care is given to the area's facades – construction materials (usually concrete) are always left exposed – which gives the neighbourhood a certain dilapidated feel despite the lively bustle.
La Vallée des Couleurs
Despite having 23 colours, as opposed to seven at Chamarel , La Vallée des Couleurs is the less impressive of the island's two 'coloured earths'. The reserve does, however, have a scenic nature trail that passes some trickling waterfalls, memorable vistas, crawling tortoises and blossoming tropical flowers. It takes about an hour to complete the reserve's circuit.
South Coast of The South & Southeast