Places to Visit in Aux Cerf Island

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The Mauritus aquarium, which is located in a village in the North West of Mauritius is a huge hit among kids. It houses over 200 species of aquatic fauna that originate from the waters around the island. Here, kids will love walking on the artificial ocean floor and see several varieties of ocean creatures such as sharks, the Devil Firefish, the Crown squirrelfish and several other fascinating bright coloured marine wildlife. Not only your kids but also you will be completely awestruck to see the huge variety of colours such as  bright purples, fluorescent greens, glowing yellows and neon bright. Not only this, in the aquarium there is a special kind of touch pool where kids can touch some of creatures.

The Marie Reine de la Paix is an open church with a huge open area of greenery. It is situated on the flanks of the Signal Mountain, thus offering a wonderful view of the city of Port Louis. It was built in 1940. The Priest James Leen used to go over there to pray for Mauritius to be spared during World War ?.

Located in a beautiful stone building in Port Louis, the Photography museum is a product of the love of Photography of Mr Tristan Breville.

The Photographic museum possesses one of the largest collections of exhibits, portrays and equipment used in the old ages mainly in the 1800s and early 1900s. Some of the photographs are scenes of early colonial life, sugar barons and plantations as well as remote village way of life to the development of cities like Rose Hill and Port Louis.

The official name of this place is Sir Seewoosagur Botanic Garden. It is located in Port Louis and is home to an incredible variety of tropical plants, many of them are indigenous. It is nearly 300 years old and stretches over endless acres of land, making it impossible to see all of it on a single visit.

It is populated with more than 650 varieties of plants among which are the famous Baobabs, the PalmierBouteille, the ineluctable Giant Water Lilies, dozens of medicinal plants, a large spice garden and many more. One of the main attractions of the botanical garden is the 85 different varieties of palm trees brought from different corners of the world.

This is a popular forest reserve expanding over 2000 hectares of unspoilt terrain – making it the perfect hinterland to explore by horse, on foot, or even by a quad bike. Mountain biking, guided hikes and archery are also options to explore. The on-site restaurant is great for a quick bite, and on a lucky day one may even spot Javanese stags in the forest.

Lion Mountain –A half-day hike on this mountain offers stunning views over the coast. From the lion's head, the final destination of the hike, you can see right across the interior of the island. The island boasts over 4 km of sandy bliss. Hike a mere kilometre down the beach and you will uncover an idyllic ocean vista all to yourself.

You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to the number of options of water sports kiosks. You can opt for water skiing, banana, glass bottom boats and more.

This place is also highly recommended for snorkelling. The coral reef is absolutely beautiful. It is an ideal place for you to snorkel and to have an enriching experience of theunderwater world.

Coral diving - Coral Diving is the southeast's main scuba operator. It is primarily located on the sandy grounds of the Le Preskîl hotel. The sea dive includes pool training for beginners.

A relaxing session at thePedi:Mani:Cure Studio is a must if you are visiting the Ile Aux Cerfs island. This spa will make you feel all the more relaxed and will rejuvenate your senses and relax you like never before.

The Ile Aux Cerfs beaches offer plenty of activities and food options, making this amazing paradise island the perfect setting for a relaxing day.

Once you are in Ile Aux Cerfs, you should definitely try some of the local cuisine. 

Being a major tourist destination, restaurants in Ile Aux Cerfs mostly cater popular international cuisine. From European continental to Mauritian seafood, you will find a varying range to satisfy your palette.  There are many fusion Indian restaurants here too. Some restaurants worthy of mention include-

Paul &Virginie (seafood) – Located at the water sports centre, this is a sociable spot serving a scrumptious assortment of fresh fish and seafood, mostly a fusion of local cuisine as well as some international classics.

La Chaumière Masala (Indian) – Experience Indian dishes refined to the European palate, meaning milder spices that are easy on the tongue. The special part of this establishment is its memorable dining experience of tables perched on trees.

Apart from these restaurants try the local delights sold by food and drinks hawkers, mostly found in the local markets. This includes the Indian roti (paratha), dhollpourri, samosa, gatopiment, and the alouda drink. Just make sure the food stall is clean and that the seller is popular with the locals.

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