It also offers diving, local and deep sea game fishing, sea trips, excursions around the island, a good range of public amenities as well as the local Spa shopping centre and a large range of accommodations to suit all budgets.
It's location away from busy main roads makes it a relatively quiet location.
It offers the best range of value-for-money self-catering accommodation on the island. The main area of new housing development is on higher land on the outskirts from Bambous, overlooking the town.
During the 1960s the village was known only for its cemetery where people from nearby villages came to bury their dead relatives.
There was also some artisanal hunting of wild ducks and birds in the marches of the region.
Unlike Grand Bay who knew a “wild” development in the north, the development in Flic en Flac was monitored by the authorities.
Strict rules were applied to constructions and commercial outlets. For example, to avoid Flic en Flac only 40% of a given plot of land should be used for construction.
At this time the authorities were reluctant to develop the tourist sector.
Licenses were not granted easily to International Hotels who wanted to open 5 star hotels in Mauritius.
The authorities then were talking about “containing” the amount of tourist visiting the country.
Charters were not allowed to land in Mauritius.
The price of sugar on the world market also fell drastically. Hence the government review its policy and encouraged the expansion of the tourism sector.
In this perspective, several five stars hotel were allowed to be built in the region of Flic en Flac. They have exclusive use of the beaches in front of the hotels.
When Flic en Flac became popular, wealthy Mauritians settled abroad bought land in the area to build bungalows where they intended to stay during their holidays. During their absence they rented it to other tourists and rapidly Flic en Flac became known for its self catering accommodations.
The area has the nicest beaches of the island protected by the surrounding coral reefs.
The region is protected from the South east trade winds by a chain of mountains.
It is significant to note that some wet marshes of the region have been covered with land-fills and buildings allowed to be constructed on them.
This is a concern for some ecological organisations who warn of the risk of floods during rainy seasons.
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However, unless you’re staying in one of the many high-end hotels, you may feel a little cheated of the tropical paradise promised by the postcards.
Development here is in overdrive with the result today being that Flic en Flac has lost its charming village feel and is threatening to become one long strip of hotels, expensive restaurants and souvenir shops.
The beach, while gorgeous, can be litter-strewn in places and heaving at weekends when it plays host to throngs of locals from the central highlands who descend en masse for picnics by the sea.
Flic en Flac offers some wonderful spots, great diving and a good selection of eating and drinking.
Another advantage is that Flic en Flac is located a long drive away from the main coastal road, so you don’t have the constant stream of fast-flowing traffic that plagues other towns on the west coast. Flic en Flac is thought to be a corruption of the old Dutch name Fried Landt Flaak (meaning ‘Free and Flat Land’), and it’s easy to imagine how magical the place must have looked to explorers arriving in the 18th century.
It is beautifully landscaped and has sweeping views over the coastal plain.
The park houses some 1500 birds, representing species from around the world (some in rather small cages) including rare pink pigeons.
There are also tigers, zebras, monkeys and deer living in a semi-reserve and giant tortoises, one of which is 180 years old.
Children are well catered for with a petting zoo, playground and mini golf.
Casela also offers 'safaris' by jeep, mountain bike or on foot around the nearby 45-sq-km Yemen Reserve, where deer, wild pigs, fruit bats and monkeys can be seen in their natural habitat; prices vary according to the different packages.
Quad biking and rock climbing are also on offer. The park has a pleasant lunch-time restaurant serving drinks, snacks and more substantial meals to visitors offering fantastic views of the south western coast. Phone: +230 452 0693 Opening hours: 9am to 5pm daily. On A3 south of Bambous." Source: Lonely Planet Guide
catamaran excursion to see dolphins
horse-riding/hiking/mountain-biking (Les Ecuries de la Vieilles Cheminée at Chamarel)
Quad biking excursions and Via Ferratta with Casela/Yemen Nature Escapade.
Sightseeing at Parc National Black River Gorges
Visits to Casela Leisure Park - 1500 different birds, elands, zebras and wallabies, Park Adventure (sport and entertainment), Riverland (tennis, restaurant and swimming pool).
Golf enthusiasts will enjoy Tamarina Golf Estate(10 minutes by car), 18-hole course Le Paradis Hotel, Le Morne ( 25 minutes by car.)
There is also a choice of restaurants including the famous Domaine Anna (10 minutes by car), set in a beautiful tropical garden accessed through a sugar cane plantation, offering exceptional Chinese cuisine.“ Source: Mauiritus Delight
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