Here I am back to share with you my experiences in Mauritius on the second day. I have been checking out the popular spots in Mauritius and the top in the list was Ile Aux Cerfs island. So I decided to explore this island before other spots. I booked for a whole day tour which started at 10:30 in the morning. There were 2 options to reach the Island. The speedboat which is a faster and less time consuming option and the next one is a Catamaran. As I already did a Catamaran sunset cruise, I opted for speedboat transfer so that I will get more time to explore the Island and indulge in some water sports.
The pickup pickup point was just 1 Kilometer from Trou d’Eau douce. It took approximately 20 minutes by speedboat to reach Ile Aux Cerfs from Trou d’Eau Douce. Swiftly moving boat tearing apart the water current through the turquoise sea with mountains and greenery on either side was quite a nice experience. Ile Aux cerfs like a queen surrounded by the sea filled with corals. The sea water was so clear, one can see the corals underneath.
Ile Aux cerfs is famous for all water sports. Being a person who love adventures automatically I went in search of activities list. Considering the time limit, I decided to do tube riding, Undersea walk and parasailing.
I was taken to a speed boat in which an inflated chair (tube) was connected in the aft. Briefing was given by the friendly guide about the hand signals to be used if feeling uncomfortable and speed controls. The tube was moving to and fro, sometimes shifting sideways according to the movement of the speed boat. Few times I felt that the tube is going to flip upside down. It was a nice experience.
After tube ride, I was taken in another speedboat to a platform set in the sea for parasailing. A speed boat pulled the person along with the parachute to the sea where one could experience the aerial view of the breathtaking island. From the sky, the whole place looked like a canvas painting.
I have been informed to reach the main beach at 12 to visit a waterfall nearby. The speedboat to go there was already waiting for me by the time I reached the shore. The waterfall is situated around 15 minutes ride from Aux Cerfs. While nearing the waterfall there was an unbelievable transformation of landscape. It felt like a diversion from sea to a stream surrounded by forests on both sides. Crystal clear water, scattered rocks and the magnificent waterfall stole my heart. The beauty of the place is beyond what I can describe with words.
After visiting the falls we went back to the main Island where lunch was arranged as part of the package. After having tummy full of tropical delicacies, I spend some time exploring the Island. The last activity for the day was undersea walk. I was taken to a platform in the sea where they have all equipment required for activity. I have been provided with a helmet connected to oxygen cylinder and asked to climb down by stairs to the sea and release the hold and land on legs on the sea bed. It was an amazing experience to walk on the sea bed along with the fishes and surrounded by corals.
By the time I finished the activity it was already 3:30 and the boat was ready to drop me back to shore. I was already missing Aux Cerfs by the time I reached shore. A stunning Island, fascinating experience and an awesome day thus came to an end.
I have been searching for a vacation spot since 3 months where I can celebrate my birthday and quench my thirst of travel and adventure. You will be wondering why Mauritius? Being an Indian, Visa procedures to visit 80% of the countries around the world includes complicated procedures. Being a Cabin crew, I have another limitation in submitting my passport for visa procedures. Search for those countries where Indians get Visa on Arrival ended up in shortlisting Thailand, Indonesia, Srilanka, Vietnam and Mauritius. Having already applied for 10 days leave beforehand and the first four countries are nearby to India and can be covered in 4-5 days, I finally decided to choose Mauritius. So the country was finalized and I started my research on the places and activities I can cover during my stay.
My flight was at 6:50 in the morning from Bombay and landed at Mauritius airport located at Plain Magnien at 11:15 in the morning. As already arranged my hotel cab was waiting for me. My stay was arranged at Trou d’Eau Douce which is located 43 kilometers from airport. The journey from airport to hotel was a feast to my eyes. Mauritius was more than what I expected. She stood with pride abundantly blessed by all picturesque wonders of nature. Turquoise green sea on one side of the road and tall mountains in the opposite side stood there as if they were competing with each other who is more beautiful. Being absorbed in the scenic beauty en route I din’t realize that it took an hour to reach my hotel.
I had already booked for catamaran sunset cruise at 3:30 in the evening at Grand Baie, 41 kilometres from where I stay. I got fresh and rushed through my lunch so that I shouldn’t be late to reach there. I reached 10 mins before the specified time and was transfered in a small raft to the watercraft ‘Calypso’.
We were greeted by a spontaneous set of crew and were seated. Once they started sailing they introduced themselves and gave a brief description about the cruise. I chose a spot at the forward edge of the Catamaran to have a better view of lifting the sail. Snacks and drinks were served throughout the cruise.
Crew were quiet friendly and cheerful. They were singing, dancing and were putting all their effort to entertain us. It was totally an amazing experience. It was difficult to stand as the waves were trying its level best to shake our watercraft. Our captain was efficiently steering and ensuring smooth sail.
Three hours passed like a second and the sky wore an orange shade. After viewing the beautiful sunset, we headed towards the shore. After saying good bye to those amazing people I started my journey back to hotel. thus my first day in Mauritius met with an end.
You call me small mountains
Am I really small?
Come near and look at me
I am a mighty giant
My tone is dull, dark and black
Its not my fault
Sea and sky flashing shades
Clouds are no less
Come near and look at me
I am not less than any
Decieved by eyes and distance
I am less noticed
Games are played by illusion
Made me less obvious
Scale | The Daily Post
I believe it is lucky to have people in your life who love you unconditionally, not expecting any favours in return, not calculating the amount of care you get back, not worried whether the other person love you the same way. In this world, where even parent’s love for their children is conditional it’s difficult to expect anyone else will do that.
When I scroll through the news headlines about mass killings, terrorism, religious riots, I wonder where humanity vanished. Is there still kindness, compassion and love in this world?
Looking at these monkeys I realised love and affection has not died totally. You can still feel it around you. Why dont humans learn from these animals. Are they portraying an example in front of us? To live a better life? To keep aside your negative human traits of jealousy, ego, anger, frustration and be happy?
I have been watching what they are doing for a while. Both of them have their babies clinging on to them. They were picking lice from each other, pampering and patting the other one’s baby. They were sitting there showering love on each other. This was an interesting sight which was actually an eye-opener too for me. They are just two she-monkeys. Still the care they show, how they pamper the other one’s baby is something we should learn from them.
When days are dark and cruel
Shadows dancing around us
Threatening to take our life
We hold on to each other
Our love brings rays of light
To brighten the darkest tunnel
Shove away evils around us
Unveiling the beauty of heart…
Pamper | The Daily Post
A house is an embodiment of lot of things. It is not just a shelter. It is the love amongst people who live in there, It is the result of our hardwork, It is the place we always want to be at the end of the day, whether we are out on our job or on vacation.
Is it just us humans who work hard to make home? I always used to wonder when I see the construction process of buildings; about the effort the workers, starting from drawing the plan till the final enhancements and furnishings. Did you ever thought friends how the animals and birds around us built their houses?
When we look around, we see pretty little nests of birds made from twigs to the small pits of ants, crabs and so on. How many of you appreciate the effort put by them? See this leaf house made by ants. The perfect symmetrical folding, the conical design and overall the elegance is worth appreciating. Hats off to those cute little souls and their excellent craftsmanship! I couldn’t stop myself from sharing this with you all. Have a nice day friends😊
Welcome to my beautiful home
Tailored with lot of hardwork
It keeps us safe under its roof
When Rain and wind compete
Isn’t ours a pretty little house
Incomparable to yours though
Its all we have to protect us
When all seasons play its part…
Leaf | The Daily Post
They came to teach me a lesson
no one likes to be abandoned
love and to be loved is a blessing
like these bunch staying close
trying to comfort each other
against lashes of rain and sun
every layer pointing out at us
our beauty lies in our unity
promising deep from heart
no power can tear us apart…
Here I am back with another beautiful destination which is hardly known to tourists, neither displayed in the top attractions near Dubai. Dubai is always known to the world as the land of deserts, sky-kissing buildings, luxurious lifestyle and adrenaline-rush activities and sports. I shared a similar belief until I came across this beautiful Mangrove forest during my search for new destinations in and around Dubai. “A lake and a mangrove forest adjoined in the middle of desert!” This information was quite surprising. I decided to visit the place though the questions like whether the place is worth travelling for more than an hour was running in my mind. Apart from that I couldn’t find much information about the place in Google too.
Wadi Al Helo Tunnel, Sharjah – Kalba Road
Kalba Mangrove forest is located 116 km from Sharjah. The Sharjah-Kalba road itself is a feast to travel fanatics. The huge mountains and tunnels in between awes anyone who passes by. Empty roads, quiet surroundings , sunny sky and hustles of breeze were our companions throughout the journey. In an hour and half I arrived at my destination, the beautiful Kalba lake sorrounded by Mangroves which was totally a spectacular view in the middle of the desert.
Kalba lake hosts paddle boating and Kayaking during September to May which unfortunately was not available as my visit was during last week of August. One can opt for camping too in the banks of the lake during these months.
The Mangroves, Kalba.
Though I was disappointed by the non availability of activities over there, I was happy to have a close look at the mangrove trees and explore it and undoubtedly shocked in finding these in the middle of the desert.
Another interesting fact which I found while examining the rocks over there was the existence of small shell organisms in a cluster on the rocks which I have only seen over the rocks near seas. The beautifully shapes clusters was again a curious sight.
I started my journey back after an hour, quite happy and contented with my findings about my new destination and with an eagerness to share with you my experience though I was a bit late due to my hectic flight schedules and fatigue. See you all soon with a new destination. Have a great day. 🙂
Trunk of a Date Palm Tree.
I stood there in the burning sun
No one bothered about my pain
I took every piercing sun strokes
My roots buried under hot sands
They never cared about my life
My juicy fruits were all they want
My skin turned hard and rough
Cracks around was all I could see
I spent all my life in the desert
I lost the count of days I lived
I realized the bitter truth of life
My fruits are all they crave for
I saw my friends losing their lives
When Old age overpowered youth
I stood there with a clear vision
Waiting for fate to take my life…
Structure | The Daily Post