Mauritius : L’Aventure du Sucre, scuba diving & hiking Le Pouce

Scuba diving near Trou aux Biches in Mauritius

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,

Breakfast at the Maritim Resort & Spa in Mauritius

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!

Visiting L'Aventure du Sucre museum in Mauritius

An old sugar factory, turned into a museum.

Visiting L'Aventure du Sucre museum in Mauritius

You will learn more about the sugar production and above all, the history of the island, the two being deeply connected.

Visiting L'Aventure du Sucre museum in Mauritius

Visiting L'Aventure du Sucre museum in Mauritius

It’s through the sugar can plantations, that the island developed, grew and became what it’s today.

Visiting L'Aventure du Sucre museum in Mauritius

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.

Visiting L'Aventure du Sucre museum in Mauritius

At the end of the tour, there’s a shop where you can taste different kind of sugar.

Visiting L'Aventure du Sucre museum in Mauritius

I didn’t know there were so many! and they taste all so different!

Visiting L'Aventure du Sucre museum in Mauritius

As well as honey & rhum!

Visiting L'Aventure du Sucre museum in Mauritius

The honey & vanilla flavoured rhum is very good btw 😉

Visiting L'Aventure du Sucre museum in Mauritius

I continued my way to Trou aux Biches where I had my 1st scuba diving session ever!!!

Scuba diving near Trou aux Biches in Mauritius

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…

Scuba diving near Trou aux Biches in Mauritius

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!

Scuba diving near Trou aux Biches in Mauritius

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!

Scuba diving near Trou aux Biches in Mauritius

& underwater everything is so peaceful & calm.

Scuba diving near Trou aux Biches in Mauritius

Well I simply loved it! I was just sad hubby wasn’t there.

Scuba diving near Trou aux Biches in Mauritius

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.

Indian lunch at Trou aux Biches beach in Mauritius

Indian lunch at Trou aux Biches beach in Mauritius

Dholl Puri,

Indian lunch at Trou aux Biches beach in Mauritius

& mango juice.

I shared my lunch with a shy local,

Indian lunch at Trou aux Biches beach in Mauritius

while admiring the ocean.

Indian lunch at Trou aux Biches beach in Mauritius

Indian lunch at Trou aux Biches beach in Mauritius

I finished the afternoon with a visit to the Botanical garden.

Wandering through the Botanical garden in Mauritius

I heard many good things about it, but I was a bit disappointed, many plants were really not in good shape.

Wandering through the Botanical garden in Mauritius

Plus, there were many deers in a paddock that didn’t look very happy to me :/

Wandering through the Botanical garden in Mauritius

Anyway, I had a relaxing stroll.

Wandering through the Botanical garden in Mauritius

Wandering through the Botanical garden in Mauritius

Wandering through the Botanical garden in Mauritius

& saw the giant water lilies, the main attraction.

Wandering through the Botanical garden in Mauritius

Wandering through the Botanical garden in Mauritius

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.

Aperitif at a café in Grand Baie, Mauritius

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.

Dinner at Café de la Plage, Grand Baie, Mauritius

Dinner at Café de la Plage, Grand Baie, Mauritius

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!!

Dinner at Café de la Plage, Grand Baie, Mauritius

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,

A colorful Indian Temple in Mauritius

A pink Indian temple in Mauritius

& we even stumbled upon a bright procession!! 🙂

Colorful Indian procession in a little town in Mauritius

Colorful Indian procession in a little town in Mauritius

We crossed sugar can fields,

Driving through sugar can fields in Mauritius

& 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.

Hiking Le Pouce mountain in Mauritius

We arrived at the first viewpoint, only we couldn’t see anything.

Trustfully we continued our way to the second viewpoint.

Hiking Le Pouce mountain in Mauritius

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!

Hiking Le Pouce mountain in Mauritius

& 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 😉

Hiking Le Pouce mountain in Mauritius

We arrived at second look point because we’re strong girls & we won’t give up!

Hiking Le Pouce mountain in Mauritius

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

Hiking Le Pouce mountain in Mauritius

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!

Hiking Le Pouce mountain in Mauritius

It took us for ever & we both fell in the mud! 😉

Hiking Le Pouce mountain in Mauritius

But when we arrived back at the 1st viewpoint, we had some kind of a view, the sky was finally opening up.

Hiking Le Pouce mountain in Mauritius

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! 🙂

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28 Comments

  1. I would never have known there was a sugar factory here had I not read your post! So many different types of sugar, and yes that rhum sounds very good! From your photos, I thought you were in India, there’s so much influence there. Well done on scuba diving, you did so well for your first try.

  2. So much fun! I’m so glad that you were able to go scuba diving! I have a debilitating fear of sharks, so I’m still not sure if I ever will take the plunge. I think exploring the sugar factory museum would be a really fun and educational way to get to know more about Mauritian culture and history, as I’m sure you discovered!

    1. It’s not common to see sharks in Mauritius 😉 you should try once in a place where you feel safe from sharks, maybe in the Mediterranean sea, it’s really amazing to be able to breathe underwater!! 🙂

  3. It looks like you had a really great time! I would love to tour the sugar factory. I’ve never scuba dived, but I think I would like to try it. Those lily pads are so cool. I didn’t know they could get so big. I would really love that seafood platter! I am hungry right now, and that would really hit the spot!

  4. well done on doing the diving alone. I am so eager to try it myself and will make it my goal this year! the sugar factory looks very interesting and so did the procession you got to see. Once, again, the food and beaches in your post are what dreams are made of,

  5. This seems like quite the adventure! so fun. I’ve never scuba dive and I am terrified to give it a try haha Your photos came out great despite the great amount of fog 🙂

  6. This is incredible! I’ve always wanted to make it there and scuba diving is on my bucket list! The food, the colors, the culture- it all looks so magical!!!

  7. Wow…I loved the idea of visiting a sugar factory and tasting a variety of sugar samples must have been a great experience. I myself have never tried scuba diving till now, but your pictures and videos is amazing. Loved it completely.

  8. Totally agree with you that one day at a resort is enough for me! I’m so glad that you tried scuba diving for the first time and loved it – I was so nervous at firs too and now it’s one of my fave things to do!! The sugar factory is v interesting – who knew there was so many diff types of sugar?! Do you have a fave now?

    1. Now scuba diving is one of my fav things too! can’t wait to do it again! Ah non I don’t have a favorite sugar now 😉 but I actually don’t use sugar very much, it was fun to taste though. but I use honey and bought some to bring back home, and the pineapple honey was my favorite! 🙂

  9. Mauritius is just gorgeous! The natural beauty is just impeccable!
    I hope I’ll get to try out scuba diving too! What camera did you use for the underwater photography?
    True, one day in resort would be enough for me too! After all, its a vacation, not a staycation! Lolz.

  10. That looks like an awesome trip! I’ve never seen a sugar factory before, and I’m dying to go scuba diving! I’ve been snorkeling before, but I bet you get even better views scuba diving

    1. Hi Julia, I was always snorkeling too, I did not go diving very deep (12 meters) and when I go snorkeling I go down 6/7 meters, so the difference was not really about the fishes you can see, but the fact that you can follow them and wander around underwater with no need to come up for breathing! it was really a magical feeling, like if you were an underwater creature too!!! 🙂

  11. So just the other day I was thinking about possible places for my next destination and Mauritius came up so this has come at the perfect time for me, thank you 😀 I can see there is just so much to see and do, I can imagine the sugar plantation would be very interesting and that see food looks incredible 😀

    1. Ah it’s honesty a great destination, with many activities! Also depending on how long you stay you can go to Rodrigues island too. Or even La Réunion, it’s a very short fly. 🙂

  12. You know what? I actually am from an island country but I can’t swim, much less tried scuba diving. Though I have always wanted to. I enjoyed your post and all the places you’ve been to.

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