After one whole day spent at the Maritim Resort & Spa, trying out ALL the water sports & different activities they offer… I was keen to explore some more the island.
It was nice to spend a day at the resort actually, but it was enough for me 😉
So after a nice breakfast,
off I went for more adventures!
Alone, as apparently I must be the only one getting bored in an all inclusive hotel… Nevermind, it takes more to take my curiosity away.
The music high & singing out loud, I drove to my first destination L’Aventure du Sucre!
An old sugar factory, turned into a museum.
You will learn more about the sugar production and above all, the history of the island, the two being deeply connected.
It’s through the sugar can plantations, that the island developed, grew and became what it’s today.
It’s because of the Indian people who came to work in the plantations that today there is this big Indian culture in Mauritius.
The visit to L’Aventure du Sucre is really a must if you’re in Mauritius & if you wanna understand more of the country.
At the end of the tour, there’s a shop where you can taste different kind of sugar.
I didn’t know there were so many! and they taste all so different!
As well as honey & rhum!
The honey & vanilla flavoured rhum is very good btw 😉
I continued my way to Trou aux Biches where I had my 1st scuba diving session ever!!!
Honestly, it was so amazing! I don’t know why I didn’t done this before!!!
& it wasn’t neither my idea, it was the other girls who wanted to go scuba diving at the hotel. Then at the hotel we booked too late & the lesson was complete. So I found this other diving center with very good reviews, but in the end the other girls didn’t want to come as it was outside the hotel…
So I was a bit stressed as I had never gone scuba diving before & I was all alone… But the girl from the diving center was very nice on the phone & she told me it would have been only me & the instructor… so eventually I went! & I’m very proud of myself plus it was so cool!
I have to dive again now!
It’s not that I saw so much more fish than when snorkeling, but it’s the fact that you can follow fish & wander around underwater without the need to go up to the surface to breathe, it’s just incredible!
& underwater everything is so peaceful & calm.
Well I simply loved it! I was just sad hubby wasn’t there.
So I recorded many videos for him to see, but you can enjoy them too! 😉
After this wonderful experience, I went to Trou aux Biches beach for a quick Indian lunch 😉
There’s a lot of Indian food trucks just at the beginning of the beach.
& mango juice.
I shared my lunch with a shy local,
while admiring the ocean.
I finished the afternoon with a visit to the Botanical garden.
I heard many good things about it, but I was a bit disappointed, many plants were really not in good shape.
Plus, there were many deers in a paddock that didn’t look very happy to me :/
Anyway, I had a relaxing stroll.
& saw the giant water lilies, the main attraction.
If you wanna visit there, I suggest to take a guide, apparently the visit is much more interesting. Unfortunately, when I went there, there was no guide available.
I came back to the hotel to quickly change, before driving back to Grand Baie in the north of the island.
Hubby had to meet with some clients for a drink & I came along.
Grand Baie is the neighborhood where all the international bar & restaurants are.
I already came there the night before with the girls & you have quite a good choice of places, although it’s not very typical.
We had a drink & in a cute bar overlooking the ocean & quite a fun time despite the fact we talked a lot about investments & real estate 😉
When the clients left it was time for dinner. Not knowing exactly where to go, we chose a nearby restaurant, mainly because it had tables almost on the beach.
Well it turned out to be the best food we had in Mauritius! We shared a seafood plate which is one of the best seafood plate I ever had!!
So if you’re in the corner, I can’t recommend enough the Café de la Plage Grand Baie.
I saw some not very good reviews though… Maybe we’ve been lucky or the management changed? Anyway, I know if I go back to Mauritius, I’ll surely go back there for seafood!! 🙂
Full & happy, we drove back to the hotel for some well deserved sleep.
The morning after, I was ready for a last Mauritian adventure.
One of the girls & I headed to Le Pouce, a nearby mountain looking like a thumb – hence the name – for a morning hike.
Hubby’s clients we met the night before had told me the view from the top was spectacular & the hike was easy to do without a guide.
We passed through little towns, discovering colorful temples,
& we even stumbled upon a bright procession!! 🙂
We crossed sugar can fields,
& arrived at the bottom of the mountain.
The weather wasn’t optimal, but we optimistically thought it would get better & started climbing.
It was lightly raining & the ground was super slippery.
We arrived at the first viewpoint, only we couldn’t see anything.
Trustfully we continued our way to the second viewpoint.
But the wind was becoming stronger & stronger as long as we got up, as you can see from the curved plants in the pic below!
& all around us the sky was white & we could only see as far as a couple of meters.
It was like being in the NeverEnding Story…
…Or the end of the world 😉
We arrived at second look point because we’re strong girls & we won’t give up!
But I never experienced such a strong wind, it was difficult to standing still!
As for the exceptional view… well it will be for the next time! ;p
We still had to climb down, which was an adventure in itself, as if the slippery ground made the way up difficult… I let you imagine the way down!
It took us for ever & we both fell in the mud! 😉
But when we arrived back at the 1st viewpoint, we had some kind of a view, the sky was finally opening up.
We arrived back at the hotel covered in mud, giggling & feeling like warriors!
I had to cancel my kite-surf lesson as the hike took much more time than expected, but even though we didn’t see the view, we were both happy & have a good memory of this experience!
We only had the time to wash ourselves & had a last lunch in the sun, before heading to airport.
Thank you Mauritius for a wonderful, adventurous & unexpected stay! You’re much more than only all-inclusive resorts & I hope to come back to discover more! 🙂