Mauritius boasts endless sugar cane plantations, dramatic mountains, a vibrant culture mix and some of the finest beaches and aquamarine lagoons in the Indian Ocean. The mountainous interior includes Black River Gorges National Park with rainforests, waterfalls, hiking trails and wildlife like the flying fox. Capital Port Louis has sites such as the Champs de Mars horse track, Eureka plantation house and 18th-century Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens. The Island has a distinct Indian flavour with an added mix of African, Chinese, French and British.
Réunion is the tip of a massive submerged prehistoric volcano rising from the deep blue Indian Ocean, run as an overseas territory of France. French culture dominate every facet of life except in a tropical setting with influences of Indian, African and Chinese. Réunion is known for its volcanic, rain forested interior, coral reefs and beaches. Its most iconic landmark is Piton de la Fournaise, a climbable active volcano standing 2,632m (8,635 ft.). Piton des Neiges, a massive extinct volcano, and Réunion’s 3 calderas, are also climbing destinations.
The Seychelles are made up of 115 coral islands, indeed some of the most idyllic in the Indian Ocean. It’s home to numerous beaches, coral reefs and nature reserves, as well as rare animals such as giant Aldabra tortoises. Mahé, a hub for visiting the other islands, is home to capital Victoria. It also has the mountain rainforests of Morne Seychellois National Park and beaches, including Beau Vallon and Anse Takamaka. The cosmopolitan Seychellois are a colourful blend of peoples of different races, cultures and religions. At different times in its history, people of African, European and Asian origin have come to Seychelles, bringing with them their distinct traditions and customs and contributing to the way of life and to the vibrant Seychellois culture.
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