FLIC EN FLAC BACKGROUND INFORMATION
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 cheap labour countries like Madagascar and Pakistan. 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.
Progressively all facilities became available in Flic en Flac. It has now its bank, pharmacy, supermarket etc.
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 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 include:
Situated on the West Coast, the beach is fringed with filaos/ casuarina trees provides a fine lagoon for swimming and watersports. “
Source: Mauiritus Delight.com
Mauritius Sunset (photograph taken by Llewelyn Pritchard Flic En Flac's beach 2007)
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.
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.
Within walking distance is Casela Nature and Leisure Park, an un-missable family day out including activities such as mountain / quad biking, rock climbing, nature walks spotting wild boar, giant fruit bats, Java deer, safari photo shoots, Aviaries with over 1.500 birds and a restful restaurant with fantastic views of the south western coast. Phone: +230 452 0693 Opening hours: 9am to 5pm daily. On A3 south of Bambous.
Sports Activities in the area: Diving, Fishing, Golf less than 15 mins walk, Horse Riding, Kite-surfing, Paragliding, Sailing, Snorkelling, Tennis in town,
Beach or lakeside relaxation
A winter sun break
GRANDE BAIE (BAY) is situated within an area of sheltered bays and beaches where water sports and fishing complement the shops, bars, restaurants situated near the waterside. It is the earliest and traditional centre of tourism in Mauritius. It was once a small fishing village and is now a lively and largest resort - a popular tourist destination situated on a picturesque horseshoe bay in the north of the island. A shopping and leisure paradise and the area where Mauritians head for when they want a fun-filled night out!
The town is also the main departure point for trips by boat to the Northern Mauritian Islands of Coin de Mire, Ile Plate and Ilot Gabriel. Local buses run between Port Louis (Capital of Mauritius) and Grand Bay every half hour during the day. Ile Au Cerf, a beautiful island located off the east coast of Mauritius, is also easily reached from Grand Bay.
Inland and nearby is the beautiful
Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens at Pamplemousses where shaded walkways, streams and ponds border a fine collection of indigenous flora. The garden’s origins go back to 1735 when it was used as a market garden to provide fresh supplies to ships calling at Port Louis. The gardens are one of the most visited attractions in Mauritius. Opened as a private garden by the French governor of Mauritius nearly 300 years ago, they served as a major horticultural research centre for the French and British during the colonial period. Today they are home to dozens of varieties of palm trees, as well as medicinal plants, fish ponds, and an amazing collection of Queen Victoria water lilies.
Shopping: A 15minute drive from Grand Bay is Port Louis the capital city of Mauritius where, in and around the central market is a souvenir and bargain-hunter’s dream where you can bargain for saris, spices, sandals, beachwear and intricately woven wall coverings from India as well as buy fresh fruit and vegetables from one of the many stalls for a few rupees.
Sports Activities: diving, windsurfing, kite-surfing, sailing, paragliding, snorkelling, fishing, yachting;
- Black River Gorges National Park virgin forests: Enjoy amazing vistas, wild monkeys, waterfalls, volcanic lakes and excellent hiking…the best time to visit the park is during the flowering season between September and January. Look for the rare tambalacoque or dodo tree, the black ebony trees and the wild guavas.
- Bird-watchers should keep an eye out for the Mauritius kestrel, pink pigeon, echo parakeet and Mauritius cuckoo-shrike, among other rarities;
- Blue Bay lagoon diving;
- 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.
- Centre de Flacq along the road to Quartier Militaire, Flacq Union of Estates Limited sugar mill largest most modern on the island. Tours of the plant take place during the cane harvest (July to early November); phone ahead to find out when they run;
- Central plateau towns of Curepipe and Quatre Bones shopping and markets or to Floréal’s textile museum;
- Chamarel Coloured Earths and the highest waterfall in Mauritius;
- Coco Isle;
- Coral Reef;
- Eureka: preserved historical colonial mansion;
- Grand Baie nightlife,
- sea trips,
- Grand Gaube a tiny fishing village with a good beach about 6km east of Cap Malheuruex: In 1744 the St Géran foundered off Grand Gaube in a storm, inspiring the famous love story Paul et Virginie, by Bernardin de Ste Pierre. Beyond small rocky bays of Grande Gaube almost no beaches until a long way down the east coast, making any trip beyond here an illuminating glimpse into traditional Mauritian life without the tourists;
- Ile Aux Cerfs;
- La Vanille Crocodile Park and Nature Reserve at Rivière des Anguilles specialises in the breeding of Nile Crocodiles, Most Mauritian mammals and reptiles can be seen: skinks, phelsumas, tortoises, turtles, bats, deers, mongooses, monkeys, pigs and domestic livestock such as goats, fat-tailed sheep and donkeys. All is set in a rain forested valley studded with natural springs and streams. The springs contain freshwater prawns and fish. Guided tours are provided; a restaurant and a shop on the premises.
- Le Morne Brabant, one of the country's most dramatic peaks;
- Mare aux Vacoas reservoir is the island’s largest lake;
- Pamplemousses: Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens feature a stunning variety of endemic and foreign plant species. The nearby decommissioned Beau Plan sugar factory has also been converted into a fascinating museum;
- Sea Trips;
- Sega Dancing,
- Ship Models;
- Souillac to Baie du Cap coastal road, surrounded by untamed scenery and stunning views;
- Tamarin salt production;
- Trou D'Eau Douce beaches and restaurants;
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