From Johannesburg, I caught a four-hour flight to Mauritius, a small little bit of paradise Island Country 1100 km east of Madagascar in the middle of the Indian Ocean. It was a recommended by a good friend Amy about 12 years ago when we both lived in DC. She had been in South Africa for work and mentioned that she had not been to Mauritius, but it sounded like a great place to visit. – It was, she was 100% correct!
I spent 8 days on the Island on the NW beaches near Grand Baie in a small area called Trou aux Biches, which was absolutely beautiful. The beaches were a mix of white sand and jet black volcanic rock. The waters were mixes of blue and greens and turquoise with a coral reef protecting the island and giving for great snorkeling.
The Island is best known for the Dodo Bird, which was only found on this island and is now sadly extinct. Apparently the Dutch thought it tasted a little too much like chicken. The island is also famous for its Blue Penny (two pence) Postage Stamp, which is one of the oldest stamps around.
Today the Island is probably most famous for its local beer, Phoenix, the beaches, sunshine and amazingly friendly and welcoming people. At least that is what I seemed to focus my time on while I was here. The island is made up of 65% of people originally from Indian, 15% from other parts of Asia, 15% from Africa and the last 5% of three different original colonists, the Dutch, French and the English, who each ruled the island for about 100 years (Brits for 200 years) before QE II gave independence to the Island and it became a Republic in 1992. The main language is French Creole, but luckily for me, English still seems to be the second language of most people on the Island.
The below is a photo log of the week + on the island; slide show and gallery.