Deer Island: A Hidden Gem
To the east, closer to the mainland, I discovered Deer Island. A swift speed boat ride from the quaint village of Trou d'Eau Douce delivered me to a shallow strip of water that separated Deer Island from its neighbour - the private Mangenie Island. The island, while popular, was a stark contrast to the untouched beauty of Mangenie, its beaches marred by the signs of over-tourism. Yet, despite the crowds, there was a sense of serenity that pervaded the island. The gentle rustling of the palm leaves, the soft murmur of the waves, and the warm glow of the setting sun created a picture of tranquillity that was hard to resist.
The South West: A Wilderness Retreat
Venturing away from the coastline, I found myself drawn to the South West part of Mauritius, where the Black River Gorges National Park unfurls its verdant carpet. This wilderness retreat, a sanctuary for the island's remaining rainforest, was like stepping into a different world. The air was cooler here, filled with the scent of damp earth and the rustling whispers of the trees. As I ventured deeper into the park, the sounds of the city faded away, replaced by the symphony of nature. The park, with its dense forests and rugged terrain, was a stark contrast to the sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters of the coast. Yet, it was here, amidst the towering trees and the chirping birds, that I found a sense of peace and tranquillity that was hard to find in bustling cities.