:: Places to visit around the island ::

Welcome to Villa Gerbera, your complete guide to an unforgettable holiday in the sunshine island of Mauritius. From places to visit, through to various leisure and sports activities available, this in-depth guide to Mauritius will make you discover the stunning island from within.

Mauritius is situated South-West of the Indian Ocean. Mauritius is an island of about 1,865 square kilometres with 330 kms of coastline almost entirely surrounded by coral reefs, a central terrain and outstanding mountains.

North of Mauritius

The north is a must-see place for visitors to the island. Full of energy and lots to see and do. Excellent beaches white soft sands for relaxing and water-sports.

Pereybere's public beach is a favourite hot-spot for tourists and popular because of its varied shopping facilities, internet-cafes, restaurants and pubs. It can get busy during bank holidays and weekends. Water sports are available

Grand Bay
Grand Bay is the place where Mauritians head for when they want a social night out (restaurants, bars and nightclubs). During the day Grand Bay also offers a wide range of shops and shopping-centres (Sunset Boulevard, Grand Bay Bazaar, Super-U), visitors can purchase locally hand-crafted souvenirs to designer clothes

Mont Choisy
Mont Choisy is very near to Grand Bay. It offers one of the longest natural beaches on the island.

Pamplemousse Gardens
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 liliesand 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.

Cap Maleureux
Along the intertwining roads of the north visitors can not miss the striking red-roofed church at Cap Maleureux. There is a large community of fishermen in the local area.

East of Mauritius

Majority of large hotels, long stretches of white sandy beaches. A place ideal for water activities.

The Water Park Leisure Village
Have a memorable day out at the Water Park Leisure Village, with water slides and various fairground rides. Relaxation and pleasure guaranteed. Entry fee required. The Water Park is located on Coastal road, Belle Mare.

Ile aux Cerfs
The uninhabited island of Ile aux Cerfs is a tourist haven for water sports and has the most beautiful beach in Mauritius. You cannot afford to miss this tiny island, delicately poised on the ocean, a real pearl in the Mauritian landscape.

Ile aux Cerfs is 20 minutes by boat from Mauritius. The island is equipped with a bar, restaurant and shops, as well as water sport facilities from parasailing to windsurfing. Tickets for boat transfers are available on the spot.

Flacq Market
Dating back in history Flacq is an important village in Mauritius. This is the country’s largest open air market. The extremely thriving market attracts a large number of people. Flacq also offers other tourist shops near-by (Winners) to high quality Mauritian made jumpers.

Belle Mare Beach
Despite the numerous hotels on this coast, Belle Mare still offers some precious stretches of public beaches. Ideal for those who want to enjoy the warmness of the Mauritian waters in a tranquil environment.

South-East of Mauritius

Rocky coastal area, lush green scenery, versatile landscape, good for trekking.

Mahébourg is one of the main fishing villages on the island. Built on the magnificent Grand Port Bay it was founded in 1804 by the French Governor Charles Decaën. The recently completed Waterfront is an excellent place to visit with various shops, restaurants and entertainments.

Domaine du Chasseur
Domaine du Chasseur is 20 minutes away from the SSR International Airport, located at Anse Jonchee, on the south-east coast of the island, at the heart of the Grand Bois Forest. Domaine des Grand Bois has splendid hunting grounds covering an area of 900 hectares and altitude of 300 to 500 meters. Stags, monkeys and boars live along the luxuriant vegetation of the hillside. Visitors can watch evarious species of endangered birds, including the kestrel. The Domaine contains four thatched-roof bungalows and a restaurant with a panoramic sea view.

La vanilla Crocodile Park
Near Rivière des Anguilles, in the wild South, is this farm breeding Nile crocodiles imported from Madagascar. This site offers a vast park ofering nature walkways through the forest filled with freshwater springs. An insectarium holds 20,000 species of insects and butterflies from around the world.

Rochester Falls
Rochester Falls is well worth a visit. The road leading to the falls crosses a sugar estate. Spectacular joints have been formed by the contraction of the lava due to sudden cooling.

West of Mauritius

The west-side of the island was probably the first to start of Mauritius tourism industry. There are lots to see and do. The west also has lengthy sandy beaches and is good for big game fishing.

National Park Flic en Flac
Black River Gorges National Park is a 6,574 hectare park, proclaimed in 1994, it protects much of the remaining native forests of Mauritius and provides opportunities for visitors to enjoy spectacular natural scenery and unique endemic plants and bird life.

Chamarel (coloured earth)
A winding road leads from Case Noyale village to the coloured earths of Chamarel. Chamarel has landscape of different colours. The diverse shades of blue, green, red and yellow are apparently the result of the erosion of the volcanic ash. The nearby waterfalls of Chamarel rise from the moors and the native plant life.

Casela Bird Park
Casela Bird park is situated between Bambous and Tamarin in the River Noire District. More than 140 birds from five continents may be seen there, but the main attraction is the Mauritian Pink Pigeon which is one of the rarest birds in the world. Other attractions include tigers, monkeys, giant tortoises, fish ponds, orchids. The park is open everyday from Monday-friday 9am – 5pm. The entrance fee is from Rs125-150 weekdays/weekends.

Central Plateau of Mauritius

Busy towns and rising cities, distant visible mountain ranges while traveling around the inner cities and towns. Vast amount of shops and restaurants. Lots of collected and stored history in the various museums

Curepipe (Trou aux Cerfs)
Curepipe is the islands main urban town it’s not as busy as the capital Port-Louis, but still offers an excellent place for shopping and many restaurants. The main attraction in Curepipe is Trou aux Cerfs. It’s a spectacular dormant volcano 85m deep and more than 200m wide. The extinct volcano has a well-defined cone and crater. Panoramic views of Mauritius can be seen from the rim of the dormant volcano.

Le Val Nature Park
Le Val Nature Park is approximately 20 minutes from Union Park in Plaines Wilhems. Le Val is a natural reserve where giant fresh water prawns called Rosenbergis are bred in ponds and a rich flora consisting mainly of tropical trees, indigenous ferns, wide varieties of anthurium flowers (grown for export to Europe), tropical fruits and legumes. Natural pools, fish, stags, monkeys and tortoises are among the varieties of the Mauritian fauna. The restaurant also offers Mauritian cuisines. Due to the sub-tropical area it is advised to have mosquito repellant cream to keep them away.

Domaine Les Pailles
Not far from Port Louis is Domaine Les Pailles, a nature park spreading over 3,000 acres at the foot of a mountain range where visitors can discover some old ways of living in an enchanting environment. There are also possibilities of driving in Land Rovers in the mountains where deer, monkeys and rare birds live. Riding in a horse-drawn carriage or in a train is also possible