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west of mauritiusThe West Coast of the island stretches from the foreland of Le Morne to the lighthouse of Albion. Not as wild as the southern coast, this part of the island has still preserved its identity. However, the new Integrated Resort Schemes (IRS) projects that are increasing in the region may gradually change the features of that part of the island.

The mystical village of Le Morne has many luxury hotels. Between crystal-clear waters and the exposure to the full might of the wind, Le Morne is a privileged place for water sports and a paradise for kite-surfers which is in fact, classified amongst the best spots in the world. It is worth men­tioning, the historical significance of this site that is classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO to pay a fitting tribute to the maroon slaves (those who had taken refuge there when they fled from the plan­tations) during the colonial period.

Going up the coastal road through several fisher­men's villages, life has the same rhythm as the tides under the shades of old tamarind trees. The region's different baobab trees show that the place has remai­ned unchanged. Perched between the National Park of the Black River Gorges where various trails begin and the breathtaking lagoon that can be overlooked from the heights of Tamarin, the mountains and the ocean share the West between them. Tamarin is the stylish area of this western coast. Several foreigners have chosen this place for their homes and the future projects will reinforce the craze to live in this region. Early in the morning, going past Les Salines, women can be seen collecting salt mainly to be used in the textile industry. The beach in Tamarin called the Bay is peculiar as it is one of the rare places where surfing can be practiced on the island. It is also unique as it is the only place where you can swim with a colony of dolphins.

Some tour operators also offer excursions to l'Ilot Bénitiers, often visited on Sundays, in the summer to discover the white bed of the ocean where you can dive and admire the stunning species of multicoloured fish, feeling the magic around you.

This area is also known for its deep-sea fishing (marlin) which is done for a whole day or in half a day.

On the way to Flic en Flac, you come across the Casela Nature and Leisure Park where there are numerous birds and other animals: tortoises, mon­keys, wallabies, tigers…In a big enclosure, a mini farm has been created allowing children to feed or play with the animals. If you choose to go for the safari, it will be possible to observe gazelles, herds of zebras and ostriches from a bus. A new original attraction allows you to walk among lion cubs in a dedicated area created for them. The discovery will be complete when you stop at the restaurant of the park "Le Mirador".

In the lower parts of the West coast the most popular seaside resort: Flic en Flac is found. Stretching along more than two kilometers of fine sand, Flic en Flac is the longest beach of the island. Very popular on weekends for Mauritians, this resort has developed in quite a disorderly manner. Flic en Flac comes to life at night. Several small restaurants and bars offer karaoke evenings and piano bars for your utmost enjoyment and relaxation.

Albion is situated a bit higher up when you go back on the main road leading to Port Louis. For the time being, Albion is quite a peaceful small village but the opening of the Club Med complex in the area has brought more life to this region.

The lighthouse can be visited but the opening times should be checked.

Several golf courses are found in this region, each one more magnificent than the other.