Mauritius - a fragment of paradise
Mauritius - an amazing place. For sufficiently small area, residents are lucky to get almost heavenly conditions, with constant heat, white beaches and turquoise water. Many would kill for something to spend my life in this paradise. Of course on the island is not all perfect, and a lot of problems of economic and social character hiding under a colorful wrapper. But while Mauritius is on a par with the Seychelles and the Maldives - that of white sandy beaches and unreal beauty of the reef. What is a tropical paradise? Let us examine the bones and placed on shelves:
The basis of the economy of the island paradise is the agricultural sector, led by sugar cane, and of course tourism. Sugarcane make sugar and rum. On the island are many fruit plantations - pineapples, bananas, palm salad - eat there almost all
A small rum factory. She currently works only for tourists. Tasting of 5 types of rum and liqueurs 3 is a very complicated task
The famous Mauritian salad of palm stem - very strange, but tasty dish.
Most of the population of Mauritius - Indians - about 70%. They have their own festivals, temples, attitude to life. The streets of the island's capital, Port-Louis, decorated old posters of Indian films. Yes, and most had the feeling that now begin the songs and search for relatives in the best traditions of Bollywood.
About 20% - the Creoles, and 3% - the Chinese, whom I have seen only in the capital
The Indians are very friendly, never to me nobody forbade himself to photograph, always with a smile and helped to communicate.
Major religions Mauritius: Hindu (48%), Catholicism (23, 6%), other Christian branches (8, 6%), Islam (16, 6%). About 0, 4% of the population officially recognize themselves as atheists. The island has many Catholic churches, almost near every village there is a small Christian cemetery, right on the ocean ...
Holy lake with a Hindu temple. On the left is visible 50-meter high statue of Shiva
Mauritian residents suffer a mild form of megalomania - 50 meter statue of God can be seen from afar
Mauritian residents speak French, English and Creole. In practice, it turns out a wild mix, fringlish - English with a French accent, which can not always understand.
In the course of Mauritius Rupee. The course of the Russian ruble - almost one-to-one to the US dollar - 30 rupees per dollar. Money - colorful wrappers, mostly zatortye up holes. Coins soon for a tick, the change only once issued with fines.
Asphalt island made me a very good impression. A resident of the country in which only two normal route, it was very unusual to go on a smooth, almost glass top. But of course not without its flaws. Almost all of them are so narrow that in some areas there are traffic lights to regulate traffic on one lane. But where two-way traffic, with two lanes, inexperienced driver will be hard to dodge a speeding bus or truck.
Markings on roads made the British model, not all of it was clear, frankly I forgot to say that the movement of the country's left hand. I upon arrival traditionally wanted to get in the car to the right of the driver, but saw a wheel ...
The narrow road goes through a huge banyan tree. The trouble of local roads - the lack of footpaths. There's just terribly pedestrian walk. After driving the bus you can easily end up in the ditch ...
Right-hand drive cars, with it all makes - from Mercedes and BMW to Ford. I surprised by the variety. On the island is very popular cars of two types - pick - there is a workhorse, and mini. Small cars often can be found on the steep roads of Mauritius. Yes, and rental offer most mini and micro.
One word of paradise. The average temperature in winter about 25 degrees. Heat, of course. On the island a bunch of exotic plants, the banyan, coconut and date palms, an abundance of fruit trees. According to local, there can be almost anything.
Coconut. Spoken on the island, most of the accidents occur due to coconuts that had fallen on his head
Here the fauna on the island of trouble. When the Dutch (first settlers) began to colonize the island, they not only destroyed the legendary dodo bird, but the roots were cut local turtles. Their population was just huge ...
Mauritius live bats, including bat dog. One is almost forced to turn gray when shooting at night. I expected to see a crowd of monkeys, but met just a couple.
Near the crowds ran one arrogant monkey, in the hope of something to steal.
But the birds on the island of a great multitude, berdvocheram is where to turn. The park Black River live green parrot, which, unfortunately, was unable to see.
Shamarelsky waterfall - is that his generation inherited ...
dangerous ocean. That's the only way I can express my admiration. The island is surrounded by a reef, not giving high waves selected to the shore. Near the coast is simply unreal turquoise, crystal clear water ... And for reef break waves ..
But the ocean is fraught with a bunch of dangers. For example, fish-stone - which is disguised as a stone. It is worth it occur, and a deadly poison injected immediately. Or Portuguese ship, touching which causes burns and excruciating pain. Well, the sea serpent - which led me to see, and was lucky not to come. Thank God, there are no sharks in such numbers as to the neighboring Reunion.
Ocean Sulyak near the village, where the reef band breaks
On a small island a high concentration of natural and historical interests. In this regard, he reminded me of the Crimea. Bunch of waterfalls, picturesque canyons, reefs, mountains - all are countless. The joke is that almost all of the local wonders are on private land. The state owns only beaches and roads. 7 Even the famous sands - is someone's property.
7 sands, sands or 7 color earth - almost the main attraction of Mauritius. Multi-colored sands are located in the crater of the volcano
Island - a paradise for all water activities - kite, wind surfing, scuba diving - there just may be off in full. The southern part of the island - a place where almost constant strong wind. There permanently hang all kinds of aquatic adrenaline freaks, including kiters. When a substantial portion of them - it's local, which jealously watching the traffic on the water and do not always have a positive attitude towards newcomers kiters. Actually thanks to kite-surfing and I was on the island. Kite Jam Festival brought together the best kiteboarders and surfers from around the world. Peter Tyushkevich Jason Polyakov, Evgeny Novozheev, Keahi de Aboitiz - world stars on the water just worked wonders.
Sometimes the water is simply impossible to look, so brightly was from kites.
Legend windsurfing - Jason Polyakov
Mauritius - an island for those who possess solid capital, but at the same time enjoy outdoor activities. Paradise for kiters, divers and water adrenaline maniacs. Wishing exoticism is better to go to India - the island is completely European, 300 years under the wing of France and England have done their job. But wishing to actively relax, play a game of golf on the ocean, dive with dolphins - a direct route to the island. In Mauritius, a lot of Russian, and hardly any of them want to go home.