Amazing on the ground, Mauritius is even more stunning from the sky. Seeing the island by helicopter is a breathtakingly splendid jaunt. If Mauritius is heaven on Earth, the view to a thrill from the skies above is a wonderful glimpse into this delightful haven.
Taking off from the runway on a windy morning, within minutes one was airborne and awestruck by the views. The eyes can take shots quicker than the best camera. Memories are made of this. Our two hour ride took us on a whirlwind tour of the island. Everything divine starts at sea. The view from above took in some of the best resorts Mauritius has to offer.
Most famous for its sandy beaches is the popular spot Île aux Cerfs Island, dubbed the deer island although none of them roams here anymore, near the east coast in the Flacq district. Naturally, one goes here mainly for swimming and snorkeling in the lagoon.
Our whistle-stop visit took us over Chamarel, a village in the district of Black River, on the island of Mauritius, where one can witness a dune with seven different colors. The dunes are also known as the ‘Seven Colored Earth’, starting from the red sand, brown, purple, green, blue, yellow, and orange merged into one, creating a beautiful spectacle. In the same area, the park offers another attraction in the form of the Waterfall of Chamarel.
Our pilot said many regard this as one of the most beautiful sights on the island. He was not wrong. Three distinct stream plunging down a free fall of nearly 100 metres into the gorge. It is one thing standing below and watching the water fall and another completely exhilarating emotion watching it from high up above.
We also breezed past the Trou aux Cerfs, a 605 m high extinct volcano located in Curepipe, Mauritius. The crater has been alternately described as 300 meters in diameter, and is 85 meters deep. Trou aux Cerfs is considered among the main attractions of Curepipe. In the center of the crater there is a small lake.
From the view point on the crater you will have a spectacular view of major part of the island. The volcano is considered dormant. For more on the endangered and wildlife list, try Ile aux Aigrettes, the tiny coral island just off the coast of the town of Mahebourg. The island has been declared a nature conservation site and today is being preserved by the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation. A few of the world’s rarest birds, including the kestrel, can be seen there. You can also discover the extremely rare Pink Pigeon, the Green Gecko Phelsuma and the Aldabra giant tortoise. Some of the plants found in Ile aux Aigrettes grow nowhere else in the world and they form the last remnant of a coastal forest that once surrounded much of Mauritius. Eighteen Mauritian plant species which grow on the island are classified as endangered or very rare.