The western region offers the
widest possibilities of excursions, sports and activities; several
are in open places and may not require guidance nor pre-organisation.
Black River Gorges
The Black River Gorges is the largest public
nature park of Mauritius, especially since
the building of a tarred road leading straight to the bottom
of the valley.
All the paths start (or end) from the parking area but the best
way to visit the gorges is to be dropped at "Le
" (not far from Grand Bassin
walk down the paths and be collected in the parking area down
the gorges. This would be a three hours walk as compared to
almost five hours if you wish to walk all the way down to the
This walk can be made on one's own or guided by excursionists
in groups or with dedicated guides.
Le Morne Brabant
Le Morne Brabant
is an isolated rocky mountain and
peninsula situated at the South-Western extremity of the island.
The mountain itself is impressive, as it stands alone, shining
in the skyline, or is it due to all the history and fabulous
stories around it?
Le Morne Mountain is said to be the place
where the runaway slaves went to hide in order to make sure
that they won't be found and captured. The story does not
tell how they got up there in the first place, but it is said
that they had set a wooden bridge across to come up and down
and that they were removing it once everyone had reached the
hide at the summit.
When the slavery got finally abolished, an expedition was
sent to meet them to break the news. Seeing that many people
were coming their way, they thought the expedition was for
the purpose of capturing them again and many jumped from the
top, as they were not ready to be slaves again.
In addition to the mountain, the peninsula around it is like
paradise in paradise. The lagoon is magic for its crystal
clear waters lying at the foot of the imposing mountains of
Le Morne and "Piton De La Riviere Noire"
(highest peak of Mauritius).
One of the first holiday hotels of mauritius
was built on this peninsula when the first regular passenger
flights reached Mauritius in 1947.
Over the past ten years, the wild part of the peninsula saw
the settling of several other hotels. The wilderness has gone,
but the site remains exclusive and is now being re-discovered
by the windsurfers and Kite Surfers as Le Morne is the best
Kite surfing spot of Mauritius.
The Martello Towers
The Martello tower(s) are famous Worldwide as they have been
built in several places along the English coast, in Canada,
Jamaica, Sri Lanka etc., Mauritius
five of them. They were built by the British between 1810 and
1846 for defence purposes against their empirical enemies, the
The irony in their history lies in the fact that the British
were inspired by a similar tower on the Mortella point of
Corsica where only 38 men firing from the tower managed to
keep away English invaders for many days. The name of Martello
was given to them following some corruption of the name of
the Corsican point.
The Martello tower of La Preuneuse has been
restored in 1999 and is now accessible for guided visits.
The Casela Park
proposes huge aviaries and
thousands of colourful birds from different regions of the globe,
a petting farm where children can discover the world of wild
animals just to mention a few. Casela is annexed to the Yemen
, which can be visited in 4 X 4 trips,
in a safari bus, on Quad bikes or by taking part in a climb
It is also possible to go hiking
in one of
the numerous private properties (with professional guides
) as well as in the sole nature reserve of Mauritius, the "Black River Gorges".
There is also a Golf
Course at the Paradis Hotel
, and one coming up soon in the
region of Flic-en-Flac.
On the sea-side; Yemaya
Adventures proposes trips in sea kayaks along the river
and in Tamarin Bay with some chances to watch dolphins that
regularly come “for a swim” at hardly 1 Km off the
beach. We would like to point-out that we do not support excursions
proposing swims with dolphins or observation of dolphins in
power boats. We believe sea kayaks
and sailing boats
only acceptable means to carry-out such an excursion.
or catamaran trips
within the lagoon.
The West coast counts several wonderful scuba diving sites and
good conditions for surfing, windsurfing
and of course, Kitesurfing