Mauritius

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Black River Gorges

Hike in the Black River Gorges National Park, a 6,794-hectare (16,788-acre) forest, to see indigenous plants, birds and wildlife. Black River Peak trail goes to Mauritius' highest mountain, while the Maccabee Trail starts nearby and plunges into the gorge to Black River.

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Black River Gorges
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Blue Bay

Snorkel or take a glass bottom boat out to see the fish and coral in Blue Bay, Mauritius' only marine park. Or better still, take a luxury excursion to the private island just off the coast, Iles des Deux Cocos to explore it from there.

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Blue Bay
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Casela Bird Park

Families should head to Casela Bird Park (www.caselayemen.mu) in the west. With 90 aviaries on 25 hectares (61 acres), it has more than 140 bird varieties, from five continents. The main attraction is the pink pigeon, one of the world's rarest birds.

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Casela Bird Park
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Chamarel Coloured Earths

An extraodrinary natural phenmomenon, the famous coloured earths of Chamarel are believed to have been formed by various rock stratas cooling at different speeds following volcanic activity here millions of years ago. They’re certainly a beautiful sight, and the nearby waterfall is another reason to visit.

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Chamarel Coloured Earths
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Grand Baie

Head to Grand Baie, for watersports such as parasailing, an underwater walk, submarine and semi-submersible scooters, or to La Cuvette, a long silky beach with clear water between Grand Baie and Cap Malheureux, for sailing, windsurfing and waterskiing.

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Grand Baie
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The Crocodile Park

La Vanille Reserve des Mascareignes is commonly referred to as 'The Crocodile Park', for its thousands of Nile crocodiles. It is the only place worldwide to breed aldabra tortoises and also has deer, monkeys, boar and an insectarium.

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The Crocodile Park
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