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The Northern section of Mauritius is famous for water sports such as water-skiing, windsurfing, sailing, deep sea fishing, and para-sailing. In the evenings, with a view of the sunset, the trendy bars, restaurants and night clubs buzz with life.

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Resorts in the north of Mauritius include 20 Degres Sud, Maritim; La Plantation; The Oberoi; Le Victoria; Trou aux Biches; Casuarina; Mont Choisy; Club Med; Le Canonnier; Veranda; Royal Palm; Merville; Coin de Mire; Paradise Cove; Marina Resort & Club; Legends; Paul et Virginie; Grand Mauritian.

The Mauritius Aquarium is situated at Pointes Aux Piments, a coastal and charming village in northern Mauritius.

If you want to discover the origins of the Mauritian cosmopolitan culture and the soul of the Mauritian people, try a visit to L’Aventure du Sucre. This ancient sugar factory, converted into an extraordinary and ultra modern exhibition space, shows the construction and evolution of the island, with a permanent link to the sugarcane industry over nearly four centuries…. not forgetting the processes of sugar manufacturing, explained in a very vivid way with pictures and real machines and implements. At the end of your visit, experience a free tasting of tempting special sugars and the local rum at the 'Village Boutik'. A variety of authentic and original souvenirs with ‘L’Aventure du Sucre’ brand name are also available. There is also a restaurant/ tea room which is set in a luxuriant park.

The Red roof Chapel
Cap Malheureux is the most northerly point of the island and the place where General John Abercrombie landed his troops when the British attacked the island. A tiny chapel famous for its red roof, the Notre Dame Auxiliatrice is worth a quick visit. Be sure to look out for the intricate woodwork of its interiors and a holy-water basin fashioned out of a giant clamshell.

The Triolet Shivala
The longest village on the island, Triolet offers an opportunity to visit the biggest Hindu temple, the Maheswarnath, first built in 1819 in honor of the Gods Shiva, Krishna, Vishnu, Muruga, Brahma and Ganesha.

Paul et Virginie
The most famous story in people, try a visit to L’Aventure du Sucre. This ancient sugar factory, converted into an extraordinary and ultra modern exhibition space, shows the construction and evolution of the island, with a permanent link to the sugarcane industry over nearly four centuries…. not forgetting the processes of sugar manufacturing, explained in a very vivid way with pictures and real machines and implements. At the end of your visit, experience a free tasting of tempting special sugars and the local rum at the 'Village Boutik'. A variety of authentic and original souvenirs with ‘L’Aventure du Sucre’ brand name are also available. There is also a restaurant/ tea room which is set in a luxuriant park. Mauritius folklore, ‘Paul et Virginie’ was inspired by the shipwreck of the St Geran which came to grief just off the North East Coast at Poudre d’or. A small monument marks the spot where the boat sunk.

While Paul, the son of a slave, waits for Virginie, his bourgeois sweetheart, to return from overseas, her boat, the St Geran, flounders on the rocks. Paul swims out to his lover, but she modestly refuses to remove her clothing to swim back to shore with him. Eventually her Victorian clothes drag her down into the depths and she drowns. Paul then dies of a broken heart.

Some of the northern Mauritius beaches are:
Trou Aux Biches:
This is a pretty white sandy beach shaded by trees. It is ideal for novice snorkelers who enjoy the colorful reefs which can be easily reached from the shore.

Mont Choisy:
Stretches north from Trou Aux Biches to Grand Baie (Bay) in a shiny strip of silver sand curving along a turquoise bay.

Grand Baie/Bay
A shopping and leisure paradise, Grand Bay is also the place that Mauritians head for if they want a night out as it abounds with restaurants, bars and discotheques. Accommodation possibilities range from luxury resorts to small holiday hotels and even guesthouses. Grand Bay is one of the best areas for sailing, windsurfing and water skiing. The bay is also one of the favorite anchoring places for sailboats and the meeting point for day excursions on the islets around the main land.

Pereybere
This remarkable small cove halfway between Grand Bay and Cap Malheureux is one of the finest bathing spots on the island. Pereybere public beach is extremely popular because of its exceptional beach quality, its shopping facilities and its numerous restaurants and pubs.

Bain Boeuf/Cap Malheureux
Cap Malheureux, with its red roofed church, offers magnificent a view on the islets of the north coast. The village has a large community of fishermen.

Sports available in northern Mauritius:
Sailing
Grand Baie (Bay) is the centre of sailing activities. You can join a yacht tour, a catamaran cruise or charter privately. Conditions for sailing are usually excellent and yachts can be chartered to cruise around Mauritius or to visit some of the Northern offshore islands.

Kite surfing:
There are wonderful spots for the adventurous kite surfers in the north; Cap Malheureux and Anse La Raie.

Deep Sea Fishing
Modern boats, equipped for deep sea fishing can take up to 5 persons beyond the reefs for fishing for 5 - 10 hours.

Some of the Mauritius Diving Areas in the north are:
Gunner’s Coin (26m)
On the left of Gunners’ Coin Island in the north of Mauritius, you will explore a magnificent wall covered in gorgonians, with beautiful casts rising up to the surface, sheltering a reef fauna where big parrotfish can be spotted during each dive. Big predators sometimes stop by. This dive can be difficult in the presence of strong current. The cruise ends at Baie des Confettis, with all sorts of colorful corals, anemones and clownfish.

Whale Rock (26 - 38 m)
This site is so wide that it has been divided into two distinct areas according to depth and dive level so that any diver can explore the abundance of its fauna. Up to 20 meters you will discover a very wide sample of reef fauna: angelfish, butterflyfish, triggerfish, small moray eels, parrotfish, wrasses, clownfish. In the 38- meter area you will meet leopard moray eels flirting with their two-meter long body, big pufferfish, groupers and occasionally, a small shark. In summer, big species such as sailfish and hammerheads make their appearance.

Moray Eel Reefs (13 m)
Small reefs scattered over a white sandy bottom, offering a spectacular turquoise luminosity. Schools of juvenile fish, several species of moray eels, flying scorpionfish, red lionfish, stonefish, young octopus as well as some rare or endemic fish species, can be seen. This site is especially famous for underwater photography or refresher dives.

Holt’s Rocks (16 - 25 m)
Huge granitic blocks surrounded by corals and their usual reef fauna form ideal hiding spots for titan triggerfish, which come and greet you as soon as you dive in, among wrasses, parrotfish, angelfish, butterflyfish, lyretail, groupers, triggerfish, clownfish, schools of snappers, scorpionfish, stonefish, crayfish
The highlight of this cruise however is when you meet the giant moray eels, which are at least 2 meters long and curious enough to come and beg for gentle strokes and attention.

Underwater activities
One of the most spectacular ways to explore the ocean bed is to go on board the Blue Safari submarine or the sub scooter. You will enjoy a superb encounter with the marine life and get a chance to see various wrecks dating back to the 17th century.

“Le Nessee”, a semi-submarine, will take you on a safe and comfortable discovery trip under the sea. It offers a rare and unforgettable experience that provides optimal viewing facilities for all age groups.

For those who want to experience the feeling of walking on the sea bed, “Captain Nemo’s Undersea Walk” will help you enjoy this safe and particular thrill, while you are feeding small fish swarming boldly around you. Underwater Walk Ltd. has developed a unique solar powered diving system that sends a constant stream of fresh air to helmets worn by the undersea explorers.

The Northern Islets
This cluster of small islets off the north coast has become a favorite stop for sailboats and diving groups. Catamaran cruising can be booked from the hotels desks or with local operators. Snorkel off Gunner’s Coin which rises sharply above the water and harbors sea birds nests in the cliffs. Go for a picnic and swim near Flat Island and Ilot Gabriel in crystal-clear water. A bit further up, one can see the striking shape of Round Island, a natural reserve area where access is restricted to protect the indigenous species of palms and reptiles that have been reintroduced. This island and its neighbor, Ile aux Serpents, are under intensive conservation management by the government and the Mauritius Wildlife Foundation. Permits are needed to visit and can be obtained locally.