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    Flic En Flac's beautiful beach is its major attraction, lying just inside a sheltered coral lagoon making it an ideal beach-based, all-year round, holiday destination.

    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 provides 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.

    History
    Flic en Flac derived its name from an Old Dutch phrase "Fried Landt Flaak" that literally means "Free and Flat Land."

    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 which 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, only 40% of a given plot of land should be used for construction.

    During the '70s and '80s the economy of the country was oriented towards sugar and textile exportation. 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 number of tourists visiting the country.

    Charters were not allowed to land in Mauritius.

    Facilities were given to foreign investors to develop manufacturing industries and give jobs to workers in Mauritius but wages rose rapidly and the investors moved to other cheaper labour countries like Madagascar and Pakistan.

    The price of sugar on the world market also fell drastically. Hence the government reviewed 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 and 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.

    Progressively all facilities became available in Flic en Flac. It has now its bank, pharmacy, supermarket etc.

    Geography
    Flic en Flac is found in the district of Black River on the western coast of the island of Mauritius. The area has the nicest beaches on the island protected by 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.

    Transport
    Flic en Flac has also a good bus route to the other regions of the country. The roads are in good condition.” Source: Wikipedia with citations / verifications needed in places.

    An alternative view…
    "The wonderfully named town of Flic en Flac marks the beginning of a superb stretch of beachy coastline that runs down on and off to the very southern Le Morne Peninsula. 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.

    That said, if you stay at any of the resorts outside the town, which includes all the high-end options, 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.

    Getting there and away
    There is a bus from Port Louis to Flic en Flac and Wolmar every 20 minutes or so. A taxi from Port Louis to Flic en Flac will cost you Rs 400, and Rs 1000 to the airport.

    Casela Nature and Leisure Park is within walking distance of Flic En Flac. This 14-hectare park is on the main road 1km east of the turn to Flic en Flac. 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


    Nearby facilities for hire / activities
    Kayaks, sailing boats, diving gear. Deep-sea fishing, surfing, kite-surfing, catamaran excursion to see dolphins, windsurfing, 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 set in a beautiful tropical garden accessed through a sugar cane plantation, offering exceptional Chinese cuisine (10 minutes by car.)
    Flic en Flac Beach
    Situated on the West Coast, the beach is fringed with filao/ casuarina trees around a fine lagoon for swimming and watersports. “ Source: Mauiritus Delight.com

    Flic En Flac is a great value, cost-effective all-year round travel destination in Mauritius with a wide range of furnished seaside holiday apartments, flats and villas to rent, best discounted hotel and budget deals accommodation with nothing better than a stroll along the stunning tropical beach, one of the very best on the island

    The sunsets are absolutely stunning and the unbroken coral reef acts as a natural barrier for the calm waters of the blue lagoon. Watch the local fishermen fish-walking along the reef in the morning and selling their fresh prawns and shrimps later on the beach.

    Climate
    Average Temperature (°C): J 30 F 26 M 29 A 29 M 28 J 24 J 24 A 24 S 24 O 25 N 27 D 28
    Average Rainfall (mm): J 8.5 F 7.7 M 8.7 A 3.8 M 3.8 J 2.5 J 2.2 A 2.5 S 1.4 O 1.6 N 1.8

    Must See
    Chamarel 7 Coloured Volcanic Earths

    Black River Gorges
    walking, mountain hikes and coastal views.

    Sports Activities in the area
    Diving
    Fishing
    Golf less than 15 mins walk
    Horse Riding
    Kite-surfing
    Paragliding
    Sailing
    Snorkelling
    Tennis in town
    Water sports
    Windsurfing

    Great for
    Walking holidays
    Beach or lakeside relaxation
    A winter sun break
    Good nightlife

    Cycling holidays

    Mauritius
    As an alternative to say, Africa, the Algarve, Majorca or Tuscany, Mauritius (Maurice) is now generally regarded as one of the best areas for travel and tourism in the world. The western coast in particular, offers white, sandy, tropical beaches flanked by beautiful coral lagoons, spectacular volcanic mountain scenery, tropical fauna and flora and an all-year-round sunny climate (annual temperatures varying from about 26 - 30 degrees C.) making this area an ideal choice for your holiday of a lifetime!

    Just imagine chilling out on the beach or under the filao trees…or trying water sports, banana boat rides, scuba diving (training and qualifications available), snorkelling, fishing, boating, walking, horse riding, tennis, golf, enjoying the night life and great hospitality…barbeques and sega dancing on the beach, awesome extinct volcanic mountains, sugar cane plantations, colonial history, hot sunny days…the list seems endless and you'll want to come back for more!

    Many excellent, self catering apartments for rent or vacation rentals now offer a great alternative to the more expensive hotel resorts on the island. They offer better value for money than best hotel deals in Mauritius, budget or cheap hotels, beach accommodation rentals or holiday homes in the form of fully furnished apartments or villas at a fraction of the cost. With relatively lower rental rates they have opened the door to more visitors being able to afford to stay and benefit the island’s economy.

    The bus service is Government-subsidized and a very low-cost way of travelling around but not very comfortable! Or if you are more interested in the history and culture of Mauritius you can explore the island's turbulent colonial past and diversity of people. You will see dramatic rolling landscapes of sugar cane rising to meet the awe-inspiring mountains in the Black River Gorge, declared a national park in 1997 as Le Morne on the coast, visible from many miles is a poignant reminder of the precarious sanctuary of runaway slaves.
           
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