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.
Madagascar: Ile Sainte Marie
Madagascar: Ile Aux Nattes
Toamasina, also known as Tamatave, is Madagascar’s main seaport, situated on the east coast. The streets are a little hectic, thronged with rickshaws (known locally as a ‘pousse-pousse’), and the colonial buildings are a little run-down, but there are some interesting local markets, and the nearby Parc Ivoloina Zoological Park is a popular excursion.
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.
Mauritius: Port Mathurin
Arriving in Port Louis
Look out for dodos! But if you can’t find a live one, at least there is a full skeleton in the natural history museum.
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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.