As much as we love to stay at the resort, we were also excited to see the capital and other nearby attractions. There were many interesting places near our accommodation that we don’t want to miss during our trip.
Having a day to spend, we visited some important sites in the Northwestern part of the island. We covered three districts which included the capital Port Louis, Pamplemousses and Riviere du Rempart districts. These districts are adjacent to each other which made it easy to travel from point A to point B.
View from Fort Adelaide
Our primary purpose of visit in the capital was to see the The Natural History Museum and have a glimpse of the original skeleton of the last Dodo. Unfortunately luck was not on our side. The museum was temporarily closed for renovation. Instead we went on and visited other popular sites in Port Louis.
Fort Adelaide/ Citadel
One of the highlights in the city is the Citadel, more popularly known as Fort Adelaide. The fortress was built from 1834 to 1840 to guard the harbor and the city. Standing on top of the hill, it provides panoramic view of the capital as well as the coast.
For those who want to see a birds eye view of the place, the Citadel has the perfect vantage point with panoramic views of the entire city. The Citadel is open to all visitors with no entrance fee.
The canons are still in placed
Le Caudan Waterfront
The Caudan Waterfront is a popular commercial district in the capital. This picturesque peninsula houses different establishments like banks, luxury hotels, various shops, restaurants, entertainment centers and museums.
Prior to our trip to Mauritius, I already knew that Le Caudan is one of the most Instragrammable place in the capital. I saw quite a number of photos in Instagram featuring the picturesque waterfront. Of course I don’t want to miss the opportunity to see it for myself. Derick and I loved the place. Both locals and tourist enjoy hanging out at the waterfront. There are also quite a number of things you can do in this place.
The Blue Penny Museum showcase island’s colonial and maritime history. One of its priced collection are the 1847 Blue Penny and Red Penny stamps.
Giant Water Lilies
The Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanic Garden is the oldest botanical garden in the southern hemisphere. It houses a number of assorted plant collections as well as few tortoises and deers.
For me, the most interesting part of our visit in this garden are the trees planted by world leaders. I was literally awed when I saw Nelson Mandela’s tree. If you get the chance to visit this garden, try to look for the rows of trees planted by popular and influential people from different countries.
Kuan Fu Tea Factory
Visiting the tea factory was not really in our itinerary, however our tour driver insisted that we need to see it. The tea factory tour orients visitors about how this local tea brand process their products using state-of-the-art machines. We had free tea tasting and their tea tasted really good. Unfortunately it is a bit pricey for me so we did not bought any, except for the miniature Kuan Fu Tea mascot.
RIVIERE DU REMPART
Cap Malheureux is a village north of Mauritius. The name Cap Malheureux means ‘Cape of Bad Luck’ which was given after the French were defeated by the British who invaded and took over the island.
Notre Dame Auxiliatrice de Cap Malheureux
Cap Malhuereux is not only known for its significant history during the battle of the French and the British but also most visitors come to see the beautiful red-colored-roof of the Notre Dame Church.
The Cap Malheureux Bay
Finally our last stop was in Grand Baie. Frankly the beach is beautiful, however it was very commercialized. The bay is more of a marina and docking area of water vessels. The place, for me, was overrated for there was not much one can do here other than shopping and eating. Different kinds of shops, bars, cafes and restaurants can be found in Grand Baie including vendors along the beach area.