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Places Of Interest

The Entrance of Blue Penny Museum

Mauritius has a bit of everything, from nature to history and culture. Some aspects are unique in the world including endemic birds and plants, the oldest horse race track in the Southern Hemisphere and the largest Hindu pilgrimage outside India, “Maha Shivaratri”.

There are more historical sites such as the museum for the Blue Penny post stamp, the UNESCO World Heritage sites Le Morne and Aapravasi Ghat. Nature sites include Ile aux Aigrettes Nature Reserve, Valley de Ferney and Black River Gorges National park. There are also cultural sites such as the Rault Biscuit Factory, the Jummah mosque and markets places in Port Louis. In other words, there many places of interest on the island of Mauritius!

On the less well-known sister island Rodrigues, visitors should consider visiting Port Mathurin, Ile aux Cocos and Caverne Patate.

There are so many attractions in Mauritius to visit and enjoy, from adventure parks and Domaines, to museums and sugar estates. Domaine les Pailles, near Port Louis, is one of the first and oldest domains in Mauritius. This grand estate of 1,500 hectares offers a range of activities to experience, including the grand casino housed in a replica colonial mansion, a mini golf course, horse driven-carriage rides, a small train forms part of the estate tour, a replica of an 18th century sugar estate, and a rum distillery from 1758.

The Chamarel Adventure Park, nestled in a subtropical forest of 12 hectares, offers a new concept of recreational and sports activities for all levels and all tastes. Visitors can experience a range of adventure activities in the heart of the forest, venturing across spectacular plank bridges, zip lines and climbing nets. Mountain biking is also an option through the seven coloured earths of Chamarel, through to plantations of bananas, coffee and sugar cane, via graceful waterfalls and stunning views of the South. A little further afield you can try
sea kayaking around "Ile aux Bénitiers" with its gorgeous turquoise lagoon and "Ile d’Ambre", with its mangrove that opens onto small intimate beaches, presenting yet another opportunity to enjoy nature at its best.

La Vanille Nature Park in the wild south of Mauritius was created in 1985 and is situated in a magnificent natural environment of 3.5 hectares with lush giant bamboo, banana trees and coconut palms. The nature park is actively involved in conservation efforts to preserve a variety of flora and fauna that are under threat through habitat protection, captive breeding for later reintroduction into the wild and farming to reduce the demand for wild-caught animals. La Vanille is involved in all three of these conservation areas. The nature park is famous in particular for its fantastic Nile crocodiles and giant tortoises. There is also a small interactive farm with goats, sheep, and geese. Lemurs, Mauritian bats and iguanas are also found here, as well as an insectarium that hosts over 20,000 remarkable species of exquisite butterflies contains. Visitors can also enjoy the crocodile feeding show, and giant tortoise feeding, pony rides and take a photo with a baby crocodile.

This state-of-the-art museum is situated on the Caudan waterfront in Port Louis, and presents visitors with fascinating perspectives on Mauritian history and art. A visit to see this museum's exquisite collection is a "must" for all!

Founded by The Mauritius Commercial Bank (MCB) in November 2001, the Blue Penny Museum exhibits exceptional items that have been collected and preserved over the years by the MCB, an institution established since 1838.

From the start, visitors are guided through a wondrous collection on the first floor, in a room called "The Age of Discovery". Dedicated to the world of navigation, the room conjures up the adventures of those early pioneers who braved the oceans in a quest for unknown and mysterious lands. Model ships, charts and nautical instruments of various periods and origins reveal the progress of geographical and maritime knowledge.

The second room of the museum is named "A Highly Coveted Land", and exhibits a wealth of original engravings, charts and artefacts highlighting the main stages of the island's three successive periods of occupation, from the arrival of the Dutch in 1598 to the conquest of the ‘Isle de France’ by the British in 1810.

The collection then moves on to 19th century Port Louis, with lithographs, prints and watercolours depicting the bustling port, pleasant walks in the outlying areas of the capital and roads swarming with tradesmen and passers-by, and all the amazing aspects of an expanding city, full of shops and attractive buildings. All of these images are accompanied by comparative present-day photographs and the contrast is striking and can elicit a mixture of nostalgia and yearning for a bygone age.