Laurent, our guide from ‘Explore Nou Zil,’ meets us a 8.45am in front of Veranda Paul et Virginie Hotel & Spa. On today’s agenda is the discovery of the North of the island on an electric bike: a trendy activity that combines sports and cultural immersion. Here’s a glimpse of this unforgettable, hair-in-the-wind excursion!
An indescribable calm reigns over this beautiful day in paradise. We chance upon fisherman walking towards their boats, with music blaring from their phones. There is no doubt: we are indeed in Mauritius! We follow a road leading through the fields, towards the village and Melville’s stunning beach for a typical local breakfast of samosas, gâteaux piments (chilli cakes) and pain frir (fried bread.)
The timid winter sun begins to cast its warm rays on us. Laurent leads us to a peninsula where we discover a mandir (hindu temple.) Here, rituals and large gatherings are common, particularly during the Maha Shivaratree festival. The calm and spirituality that pervade the place engulf us with a positive energy that lingers with us throughout our trip.
At the entrance of Poudre d’Or village, we venture off the beaten track, in lush nature. In the distance, we catch sight of Ilot Bernaches (Bernaches Island) Ile d’Ambre (Amber Islet.) From here, our guide steers us, on foot, to a lime kiln, explaining that back in the day, the lime was used to purify that first press of sugarcane juice.
Did you know?
The electric bike is a mountain bike that comes with battery-powered assistance, allowing the less experienced to enjoy a fun bike ride, regardless of their physical condition or fitness level.
The lagoon as our backdrop
Once at Rosnay Bay, we make a pit stop to better take in Amber islet’s beauty. The fishermen, settled in their traditional canoes, bring back their catch of the day before turning their boats into floating taxis to ferry a few clients to the island.
The ride follows the path to the barachois (a shallow lagoon) in Melville: an otherworldly estuary where oysters are grown in the heart of a turquoise lagoon. We use this short break to meet the local workers who are responsible for monitoring the place, cleaning the oysters, and eventually selling them.
An unforgettable encounter
On the way to Grand Gaube, we make yet another pit stop at Sylvie’s house, a resident of the area. Fresh juice, coffee and local homemade pastries await us! Sylvie shares stories about her village, and we listen keenly, enjoying these last moments of authenticity. This excursion, deep into the heart of Mauritius, comes to an end, but our experience—landscapes, encounters and discoveries—make for the most unforgettable memories.
You, too, can book your electric bike tour at the reception of any of your Veranda Resorts hotel!
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