- LIFE 320 Ecology
- NR 150 Oceanography (Section 2)
This trip highlights the most spectacular and unspoiled natural beauty of the island of Mauritius. Start your journey with a visit to Grand Bassin, also known as the Ganga Talao, a holy place for Mauritians of the Hindu Faith. The lake rests in the crater of an extinct volcano. Hindus believe that the lake water communicates with the water of holy Ganges of India. Continue down the fertile valley to the magnificent waterfall and the stunning seven-colored earth of Chamarel, a spectacle of nature. The multicolor volcanic ashes (red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple and yellow) form a natural design of seven shades that not even torrential rain and climatic conditions can wipe away.
Drive to the Morne Brabant Peninsula on the south west tip of the island, a village with a rich cultural history. Morne Brabant Mountain, inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2008, was used by slaves as a place to hide from their owners. After the abolishment of slavery in Mauritius, an expedition made their way to the mountain on 1st February 1835 to tell the slaves that they were free. However, the slaves misunderstood and jumped off the mountain to their deaths to avoid enslavement again. Since then, this day is memorialized as the Annual Commemoration of the Abolition of Slavery by Mauritius. Conclude the tour with free time at a beautiful lagoon for relaxation, sunbathing and swimming in the azure water. The return trip takes you along coastal roads which pass through fishing villages and the famous salt pans of Tamarin.