One Unforgettable Day In Mauritius
Facts about Mauritius
In 1835 slavery was abolished in Mauritius. However, it was only in 1968 that independence was attained. (Source: UNESCO)
A quarter of the population is Creole (of mixed French and African descent), and there are small numbers of people of Chinese and Franco-Mauritian descent. (Source: Britannica)
South East Island Exploration
Mauritius is an African paradise with white sand beaches, mountains, waterfalls, and coral reefs. One year ago I thought that I would not be able to explore Mauritius in less than five days. oh, well with Semester at Sea (SAS) I was able to explore the south east side of the main island in less than 24 hours. I cannot complain because it was one of the most beautiful experiences I had.
When I travel, I usually make my own itinerary because I do not like to rely on travel agencies and guided tours, but since I was doing SAS and Mauritius was just a stop for fuel in our voyage. In order to be able to get off the ship, I needed to choose a program offered by SAS and explore Mauritius in a guided tour. I did the South East Island Exploration because we were going to discover some of the most beautiful islands in Mauritius and snorkelling at Troumoutoo. In addition, I chose this program because I knew I would learn more about the country, its religion, culture, and the impact of coral reefs during a hurricane or a cyclone.
Our ship in Port Louis arrived around 5 am. Although it was a rainy, the view was fantastic. I started off the day by watching the splendid sunrise which was the perfect welcoming to the Island. The tour guide of the organised trip offered me a little gift, a magnet and a flag pin, from Mauritius as an official welcome to the country. It was a very beautiful gesture of the tour agency and made us all smile of happiness and appreciation.
Trou D´Eau Douce Island
We left Port Louis with a bus and Trou D’Eau Douce Island was our first stop. It takes only one hour by car to get to the beautiful island. Once in Trou D’Eau Douce we got in speedboat to start sailing to the other small islands. We sailed towards the Grand River South East Waterfall.
Grand River South East Waterfall
This spectacular waterfall is one of the main attractions of the East Coast of Mauritius. The way to the waterfalls from Douce Island is quite impressive. The scenery changes from turquoise-blue water to green water and has a landscape with many trees and a stunning waterfall at the end. In a lucky day you will be able to spot monkeys that live on the trees.
Ile Aux Phare
I was mesmerised with the beauty of the path to the Ile Aux Phare. The water is extremely turquoise that at some points, I thought that I was in Maldives since it was the clearest blue water I have ever seen in my entire life. The most turquoise water, and the incredible thing was all the greenish mountains covering one side of the island. It was just like in my dreams. Our driver was doing craziest things with the speedboat and his playlist was incredibly great. My adrenaline was at its highest and I was happy to be able to experience the greatest feelings of all times.
We spotted several small islands before we got to Ile Aux Phare. Ile Aux Phare is well known for its historic lighthouse. Furthermore, Ile Aux Phare was one of the first islands to be discovered by the Dutch. The lighthouse was built in 1864. Surrounding the little island, we have the coral reefs that act as barriers in case of a tsunami, and it protect the island. The water is very warm and clear.
Trou Moutou is one of the best Island for snorkelling in the southeast coast of Mauritius. This turquoise lagoon is brimming with a wide variety of fish species and corals. It was not my first-time snorkelling, but I was fascinated with the underwater life. The fishes and corals were so colourful and beautiful. I was quite scared because I am not a good swimmer and the swell was a little bit high. However, regardless of my fear I went and I had so much fun snorkelling with those beautiful creatures. The water was very salty, but the breathtaking view suppressed all the fear and negative thoughts I had at that moment.
Ile Aux Aigrettes
Swimming in the turquoise water in front of Ile aux Aigrettes was very satisfying and relaxing. This island is made up of coral limestone, which is unlike the mainland which is of volcanic origin. I took that moment to just meditate and enjoy life. Enjoy how blessed and privileged am I to be able to have these wonderful experiences around the world. Who gets to live this life while studying? Who gets to see all these beautiful wonders of the world and then transfer credits towards graduation? I felt like that was all a dream and I did not want to wake up.
I want to keep dreaming, keep visiting different countries every week, keep meeting new people, keep growing with different people, and keep tasting from other cultures. This is what truly inspires me to live and do great. This is what motivates me to change the world and one day provide these beautiful opportunities to people that cannot afford doing the things I am doing right now. It is insane how traveling has been changing me, making me grow and realise how beautiful my life really is.
Before getting to Mauritius, I felt like I was going down the hill, and be able to spend this amazing day in Mauritius woke me up and made me feel alive again. I feel like the fearless me is back again, the one that is happy regardless of the hardships, the one that is always seeking for change, the one that is always open to new experiences, the one that is strong enough to win battles, the one that is beautiful and very powerful, the one that is crazy in love with life and never settles for one thing.