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Setting sail from Port Louis
The lovely island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean is striking in the contrasts between its mountainous backdrop and beautiful white sand beaches. The capital Port Louis, on the northwest coast, dates back to 1735 and is a busy administrative centre, packed with office workers during the day. Interesting as it is, visitors arriving in Port Louis may well choose to travel immediately to other areas of the island, as it boasts many excellent hotels. Although English is the official language, French is more widely spoken and most Mauritians will also speak Creole in relaxed settings.
The Aapravasi Ghat Immigration Depot, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This historical depot welcomed over half a million immigrants in the late 19th century and has an extraordinary history.
The Indian Ocean island of Réunion is home to an intoxicating cultural mix of French, African and Asian influences. The lush landscape of spectacular lakes and rugged mountains has been shaped by volcanic activity, and the smouldering Piton de la Fournaise is one of the world’s most active volcanoes.
Madagascar: Nosy Ve, Sarodrano
Tuléar (also known as Toliara) is located on Madagascar’s southwest coast, with some great snorkelling and diving just offshore. The small Renala Private Reserve, just to the north of the town, preserves part of Madagascar’s spiny forest, a unique ecosystem that supports rare wildlife including grey mouse lemurs and spider tortoises.
Madagascar: Belo Sur Mer
The port city of Majunga (also known as Mahajanga) is woven from diverse cultural influences, with historic links to both India and the African mainland. It’s a two-hour drive to Ankarafantsika National Park, one of the largest remaining areas of deciduous forest in Madagascar, home to numerous species of lemur and chameleon.
Madagascar: Nosy Tanikely
The protected marine reserve of Nosy Tanikely is a fantastic spot for snorkelling, with amazingly clear waters and colourful marine life including parrot fish, angelfish, rays, dolphins and sea turtles. You can also hike up to the lighthouse at the island’s summit for wonderful sea views.
Madagascar: Nosy Komba
The small, turtle-shaped island of Nosy Komba has some lovely beaches and calm waters, sheltered by the volcanic rocks that surround it. Take a stroll around the village of Ampangoriana, meet the friendly locals and visit the fantastic Black Lemur Sanctuary.
Madagascar: Nosy Hara
Seychelles: La Digue
Lovely little La Digue is every inch the desert island idyll, and with less tourist development than Mahé or Praslin to impinge on your Robinson Crusoe fantasies. This is a place where many locals still get around by ox cart, and the beaches are some of the most beautiful in the Seychelles.
Arriving in Victoria (Mahé)
Mahé is the largest island in the Seychelles, home to the diminutive capital, Victoria, and 90% of the country's population. It's the quintessential tropical paradise, a sun-drenched landscape of granite mountains, lush jungle and heavenly white sand beaches.
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Where to stay in Mauritius
We wouldn’t stay in Port Louis itself - go a little way up the coast to the Angsana Balaclava on Turtle Bay.
Explore Port Louis’s markets with a private guide, visit Fort Adelaide, the National Botanical garden and the Sugar Estate and museum.