For the past few weeks the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland has been spewing ash and the end is still not in sight. The British government overhauled the “no fly” rules in an attempt to reduce future airspace closures but there are still many problems for most of the european airports. Officials expect the disruptions to continue for most of the week which means that air traffic will be disrupted for at least a week more.
Because of the eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano more than 100,000 flights have been cancelled already, disturbing the travel activities of an estimated 10 million travellers worldwide. The Air Transport Association (IATA) estimated that the shutdowns cost carriers over 1.1 billion pounds.
Besides these shutdowns the carriers also have to cope with a large number of complaints, this doesn’t always work out the way it’s supposed, Italy has fined Ryanair 3 million euros for failing to help stranded passengers. Ryanair has a lot of flights to Italy including Rome Ciapino Airport and Pisa International Airport. Italy’s civil aviation authority said it knew of over 150 cases of passengers who did not receive mandatory assistance.
After the succes of the Madagascar Must see places article I’m now focusing on a country close to Madagascar but it’s very different. In this article I’m going to highlight the must see places of Mauritius. Mauritius is a country in the Indian Ocean approximately 850km east of Madagascar, Mauritius can be described as the typical tropical island, it’s surrounded by coral reef, has beautiful white sand beaches and the deepest blue water you’ve ever seen. Mauritius is a very popular honeymoon destination but for a normal holiday a travel to Mauritius is also great. We’ll highlight 4 must see places in this article namely Grande Baie, Flic en Flac, Rodrigues and Port Louis. The information is supplied by the Mauritius must see places lens on squidoo.com.
Grande Baie is a town aswell as a bay in northern Mauritius, it’s the most touristic place in Mauritius. The bay has a horseshoe shape and is wellknown for it’s countless restaurants, bars, hotels and night clubs. The water in the bay has a very distinct emerald color and is filled with all kinds of boats and yachts. Grande Baie makes a great destination if you like to combine relaxing on the beach with day trips per boat or even per helicopter. There are a lot of possible activities like diving, snorkling, glas boat trip or visiting one of the smaller islands near Grande Baie.
Flic en Flac
Flic en Flac
Flic en Flac is a small town with a very beautiful white sand beach and a blue lagoon. Flic en Flac is more quiet then Grande Baie and there aren’t as much tourists which makes it a great destination for those who like to relax on the beach. Flic en Flac is very popular among surfers because of the relaxed atmosphere and the great waves. It’s also possible to snorkle and dive in the coral reef which surrounds Flic en Flac.
Although Rodrigues is situated 560km east of Mauritius it’s still part of the country of Mauritius. Rodrigues isn’t as well known as Mauritius but it’s certainly as beautiful, Rodrigues is a volcanic island and differs a bit from Mauritius. It doesn’t have as much beaches but the beaches are as beautiful as those in Mauritius. Overall the whole island is more quiet because of the lack of mass tourism. Rodrigues is a great destination for diving and walking vacations.
Port Louis is the capital of Mauritius and is situated on the west coast of the island, it’s also the biggest city on the island with 150.000 inhabitants. Port Louis has a lot to offer like the Champ de Mars horserace course, the Aapravasi Ghat (“The Immigration Depot”) and the Natural history museumwhich showcases the unique flora and fauna of Mauritius. Port Louis is a great day trip destination when you’re staying in Flic en Flac or Grande Baie.
Madagascar is an insanely beautiful country with a very diverse landscape. It’s one of the few countries in the world which has white bounty beaches, mountain ranges, rainforests, aquatic reserves, and endemic animals all combined on one island. This makes Madagascar a great place to visit on a holiday. However, when you travel to Madagascar it’s hard to decide what you want to see because of the many choices the country offers. Hopefully these three tips are helpful and make your Madagascar travel even better. I found these tips on squidoo: Madagascar, Places you have to visit
Nosy Be is the biggest island of the northwest coast of Madagascar and also the most touristical one. Nosy Be is known for it’s white sandy beaches and the many resorts that are situated on the island. It’s a true holiday paradise with many beaches to relax and swim. There are also a lot of diving/snorkling possibilities. Nosy Be is also known for it’s very diverse flora and fauna, on the island you can find loads of colorful tropical birds.
Tsingy de Bemaraha
Tsingy de Bemaraha is a national park in the west ofMadagascar, it’s one of the most popular national parks of Madagascar because of the beautiful karst limestone formations and the various animals that live in the park. Tsingy de Bemaraha houses 13 species of lemurs, 94 species of aquatic and terrestrial birds and many more beautiful animals. Whenever you travel to Madagascar you definately have to visit this park, it’s certainly worth it.
Masoala National Park
Masoala National Park lies in the northeast of Madagascar and is the country’s biggest park. A total of 2,300 square kilometres is covered, the park is on the world heritage list of UNESCO. The park covers both land as well as sea which makes it a very unique park. Within the park you can find various animals such as Lemurs, Tropical birds and many different kinds of reptiles. Each year from July to early Septembr, hundreds of Humpback Whales visit the Antongil Bay in the Masoala National Park during their migration.