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Top 05 Things to Do in Mauritius – Explore and Enjoy Nature in its Purest Form

Mauritius is all about adventure and tropical allures. Jump off cliff-tops into shimmering pools, explore lava caves and swim in refreshing lakes or take it easy and bask on a gorgeous beach.

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Discover Black River Gorges National Park

This is the jumping off point for most of the trails taken along the Plaine Champagne route. It is quite easy to access the main lookout points of this park which is home to a variety of wildlife. Plenty of trails are found close by for exploring the stunning surroundings with the most popular being Parakeet Trail, Gollum Trail and Bell Ombre Trail, amongst many more. If you love nature, wide open skies and invigorating ocean air, a sojourn into Black River Gorges National Park is highly recommended.

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Explore the Roche Noire Lava Tubes

Head over to Roche Noire and you will discover a network of lava tubes that represent freshwater springs as well as caves carved into the rock face. Explore these networks and you will be amazed at the interiors with flowing water and narrow passageways which give way to dark sheltered caverns. The lava tubes connect to the ocean at spots the fresh water meets the sea. These points are home to freshwater lakes full of fish and make super swim holes to cool off in. Take along the snorkels for it's quite a treat to discover the variety of fish in these waterways.

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Ilot Fourneau

Ilot Fourneau is an offshore island to which you can walk at low tide. This is quite an experience as you trek through the water with the stunning Le Morne Barbant in the background. Trek along the rocky shore of the island and you can navigate its circumference. The experience is almost dreamlike as you wade across the lagoon.

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Discover the Pristine Beauty of Balaclava Bay

Beautiful Balaclava Bay home to InterContinental Mauritius Resort Balaclava Fort is yours enjoy. Ideal for chilling and enjoying some sun, surf and sand this beach is one of the most beautiful in Mauritius. Imagine the place facing a turquoise blue ocean with a backdrop of mountains and you will be transported to paradise. Due to the presence of Mauritius luxury resorts around the bay, there are plenty of seaside activities to indulge around this well serviced beach. The bay is also a great starting point for exploration trails across the verdant hills.

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Bras D'eau National Park – Visitor Centre

This park located along the eastern coast is one of the two national parks Mauritius is home to. Sitting on the craggy remains of a lava flow this park was once home to a small village and sugar mill. Today the park is a lush wonderland which is where you will find the largest population of the Mauritius Paradise Flycatcher. A bonus for those visiting are the bubbling springs, glistening lakes and of course beautiful Bras D'eau Beach.

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