In the Indian Ocean, 230 km northeast of Reunion, Mauritius offers heavenly beaches as far as the eye can see and a sublime lagoon. But this small country of barely 1,900 km2 is not just a postcard: its inhabitants today want to make their culture known and promote sustainable development.
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Popular destination for honeymoons or retirement, Mauritius seeks to attract new tourists. ” Maurice’s asset is his way of life “says a guide. Rich in a culture that incorporates English and French influences, the island now wants to highlight all its assets: its gastronomy (watch out for the pepper!), its crops (magnificent tea or pineapple fields), its multiculturalism (Europe, Africa, Asia), its history…
Like the Bel Ombre estate in the south. On this former sugar plantation, two hotels and a golf course (regularly watered by tropical rains) have emerged. The owner has also renovated the old houses of the farmers to make receptions there. bed and breakfast and created a shell museum.
Mauritius now wants to preserve its wealth and avoid repeating the mistakes of the past. If the country has made the dodo its totem animal, the large bird has disappeared from the island for more than a century. Ebony Forest Park’s mission is to preserve endemic species. A hundred thousand plants have been reintroduced there. The walk with biologist guides, fascinating, offers a magnificent view of the bay on the south-west side and the earth of the seven colors of Chamarel. Le Morne mountain, which dominates the ocean, is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It can be climbed by trekking or walking.
An eco-responsible approach
At the foot of Le Morne, it is possible to see dolphins at sunrise. The Lokal Adventure company offers to approach cetaceans by kayak rather than by motorboat. ” It is absolutely necessary that we preserve our environment, it is our wealth “, explain Anne and Elodie who also invite you to dive to see the corals. In the same spirit, Laurent Marrier d’Unienville offers to explore the island by electric bike.
What sense does it have to serve smoked salmon from Norway when here they make delicious smoked marlin?
As the government no longer allows construction along the beaches, the Sunrise Attitude hotel has risen in Belle Mare, on the east coast, across the road.
It wants to be eco-responsible, offering water bottles instead of water bottles, bulk products… like many hotel complexes that receive tourists who are increasingly sensitive to the environment. To preserve the coral reef, some have ban jet ski outings. ” Today hotels try to serve products from the Indian Ocean. What sense does it have to serve smoked salmon from Norway when here they make delicious smoked marlin? says Alexandre Piat, sustainable development manager for the Rogers hotel group. An eco-responsible approach that makes you want to bask on the magnificent beaches… without remorse.
We liked it. All the beaches are public (hotels do not have the right to privatize them), the friendliness of the Mauritians, the beauty of the landscapes, the widespread practice of French.
We liked it less. Mosquitoes whose multiplication is favored by tropical rains: do not forget the repellent and do not hesitate to put on pants and long sleeves in the evening.
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