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North of the island


Pamplemousses

  Tour T06

Pamplemousse Garden
The 60-acre garden known to naturalists throughout the world dates back to 1735 boasts 500 different species of indigenous and exotic plants, including the giant Victoria regia water lilies and many species of palm trees. The talipot palm is of particular interest which is said to flower once every sixty years and thereafter dies. In the 18th century, the famous French botanist, Pierre Poivre spent 5 years of his life to create the Pamplemousses Garden at the request of Governor Mahé de Labourdonnais. Mahé de Labourdonnais at one time even resided in the Chateau Mont Plaisir which still exists at the heart of these magnificent gardens.

There is a small 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 Sugar Adventure
This excellent museum in the former Beau Plan sugar factory not only tells the story of sugar in fascinating detail, but along the way covers the history of Mauritius, slavery, the rum trade and more. End your visit with a sugar-tasting session and something sticky in the stylish café-restaurant. The island's Sugar Museum - otherwise known as 'The Sugar Adventure' - is surely one of the most original, entertaining and informative museums anywhere in the world...

The island, you could say, is built on sugar. When the Dutch discovered Mauritius in 1598, they found a paradise populated by dodos, and not a human in sight. They settled in 1638 and, the following year, introduced sugar cane, servicing the plantations with slaves imported from Africa. The dodo died, but sugar plantations flourished under the aegis of the French, who took possession of the island in 1715, till they were in turn ousted by the British in 1810. With the abolition of slavery came a semantic nicety. .The term 'slave' was replaced by the notion of 'indentured labourer': coolies press-ganged from India, to similar effect.

Yet it is the mixed origins of these colonisers and slaves that we have to thank for the rich Creole culture of Mauritius today – from its cuisine to the trilingualism of its inhabitants and its extraordinary racial tolerance.

Of the 400 sugar factories that abounded in the 19th century, just a dozen or so still function. Their ruins - most notably the remains of stone factory chimneys – are a familiar sight in the Mauritian landscape. The Sugar Museum itself is housed within the former sugar mill of Beau Plan – a cavernous hangar-type structure of 5,000 square metres, containing original machinery, photographs, film and video, illuminated niches, working models, recreations and heaps of informative texts in easily digestible, bite-size chunks.

The museum covers everything from background history and social culture, through the production process, to agronomy, trade routes through the ages, and a dissection of the economic realities involved. If this sounds dry, the presentation makes it riveting: and the setting, spacious and exciting, lends the whole the added fillip of authenticity.

Each sugar has its own character and flavour, and its distinct place in the culinary artsIn the Middle Ages, sugar was considered to have quasi-magical properties: the mysterious preserve of apothecaries. Wandering through this industrial cathedral, one begins to understand that the extraction of 2kg of sugar from a single cane plant was no easy matter. In an animated film, Raj the Indian Mynah bird and Florise the mongoose guide children through the complex process of sugar production, from cane to crystal. Thus briefed, they will love negotiating the shiny gantries and huge coloured pipes between gleaming pieces of machinery, tenderly restored. Starting from where the sugar cane was crushed to produce juice, to the final stage of the centrifuge in which 15 different grades of crystal gold were formed, children will be entertained with quizzes and interactive displays, whilst adults can concentrate on the small print.

The last exhibit is the recreation of a port and depot, where a huge sugar pyramid waits to be piped onto a tanker to find its way, eventually, into Tesco. In this way, Mauritius exports 540,000 tons of sugar annually, which remains vital to the country's economy.

And if you had never thought of sugar as an epicurean subject, the final surprise comes in the boutique. Here you can sample and buy 12 varieties of specialist unrefined sugars, ranging from pale, powdery talc-like textures, through translucent amber crystals, to the sticky, almost black grains of molasses. Each has its own character and flavour, and its distinct place in the culinary arts. But if you want something really special, plump for 'Soft Pale Brown', unique to Mauritius and the sugar of connoisseurs. Sweet!

Grand Bay
It is on the north coast of the island is Grand Baie. This resort has a reputation for its major tourist incredible number of tourists and many hotels.

Come and swim in this beautiful lagoon with turquoise and blue colors. and also just relax and sunbathe on the famous beach of the bowl, it will offer a long trail of white sand and a single corner calm and pleasant.

Grand Bay will delight more than one, with its numerous water sports. Snorkeling, glass bottom boat, windsurfing and water skiing are in the spotlight.

If you're not very athletic. The shops will have something to console you. is going on Sunset Boulevard you will find a wealth of shops and malls. As Mauricia Shopping Centre with its boutiques or even the Kapu Kai.

When lunch time arrives. please go to one of the restaurants in the city and taste very good fish and seafood

Cap Malheureux
It is at the northern tip of the island and close to Peyrebere you see this little fishing village of Cape Unfortunate. The village has inherited this particular name because of its repetitive shipwrecks where several boats ran aground on the coast. This little corner is approached by very few mass tourism. But that does not have the presence of a few tourists. You will visit the famous Little Church of Cape Unfortunate. It is worth seeing. With its red roof and white stone, this place by the sea is a place where faith, singing and peace fill the interior of the church constantly. You'll fall in love quickly.

If you decide to go through it to enjoy a swim. beaches will be "smaller". However, you can relax in quiet coves where fullness and welcome you.

Mont Choisy
Half day on the beach, a mile long, the beach of Mont Choisy is especially popular with families. It is not uncommon to see them during weekends and public holidays will have a barbecue or just go camping. Its lagoon that offers itself to the eye is an invitation to water skiing, windsurfing and parasailing. The beach is easily accessible from the main road and parking are available.

For this tour, our rates don't include entrance fees ( if any ) and meals.

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Rates

No. of Persons Rate per Person
2-3 Persons
35 €
4-10 persons
25 €
11 and Above
20 €
Child 3 to 12 Years
12 €
Child <3 years
0 €