On the western coast of Mauritius, an island that lies like a jewel on the glassy belt of the Indian Ocean, is nestled Flic en Flac, a small town that emerged 20 years ago from a sleepy fishing village near a beautiful beach. The beach boasts fine white sands stroked by crystalline blue waves that tumble in softly off the sea. Protected by a reef, the lagoon swimming is safe, calm and entirely enjoyable.
The name Flic en Flac is a derivative of the Old Dutch term, "Fried Landt Flaak" which translates to free and flat land. The town itself exudes charm and friendliness, and offers a variety of restaurants and accommodation of which it is quite proud, and rightly so. Originally, it was wealthy Mauritian land owners who would rent out their personal living spaces to tourists while they were away, which quickly gained Flic en Flac the reputation of being a self-catering vacation getaway. While these roots are still available, the town features all manner of rentals now, including five-star, all-inclusive properties.
This town is located in the Black River District, famous for its long, excellent beaches, coral reefs for snorkeling, and a chain of mountains surrounding the region that keeps it free from the southeastern trade winds. There is plenty to do on the island; if you are not interested in swimming through limpid, unspoiled ocean or fish spotting off the reefs, try a visit to one the many other attractions available.
La Vanille Crocodile Park sits toward the south near Riviere des Anguilles and boasts Nile crocodiles brought in from Madagascar for view in the wild. It also includes a small zoo, which is home to local animals on display. There are nature walks that lead to freshwater springs and eateries that allow the adventurous to try croc meat, or not, depending on what you can handle. For a different kind of park, try Le Waterpark with a giant slide and lots of splashing for the entire family, located along Coastal Road Belle Mare.
Ylang ylang is the name of a sweet, yellow flower often used in perfumes, and on Mauritius there is a park with a plantation of these fragrant beauties that offers a panoramic view over Vieux Grand Port Bay. Called Domaine de l'Ylang Ylang, this area offers some great hiking opportunities with excellent scenic vistas. If this kind of adventure interests you, there is also the lovely La Val Nature Park located in Cluny in the Grand Port District. This is a lush, verdant valley nestled between two mountains where exploration can reveal freshwater springs, a deer park, birds, monkeys, plants and endemic animals, plus a couple of green houses, and even some aquatic life. La Val has quite a bit to offer the visitor who does not mind walking for enjoyment.
Flic en Flac can help fill your need for great shopping, too, as many stores, shops and markets are available here offering everything from antiques to high-quality jewelry and handmade rattan furniture. Once you have visited this amazing little town, you will want to come back year after year. Like a secret second home, this beach town is ideal for relaxing, kicking back and enjoying the slower pace without ever being left for something to do. Flic en Flac is definitely its own reward