H O N E Y M O O N C O N T I N U E D . . .
So after doing a few activities alone, we decided to try out a tour package, this was much cheaper than for us both to pay for each event on its own. It was full day tour package. We were picked up by the tour bus from our hotel and along the way picked up a few more couples and families from various hotels.
Our first stop was the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens (named after the first prime minister), which is also commonly known as the Pamplemousses Botanical (I don't know which name is easier to pronounce!). This is the oldest botanical gardens in the Southern Hemisphere, it is famous for its long pond of giant water lilies. Although the leaf has a fragile surface, it can hold up to roughly 32kg. It is an amazing sight, it made me realise there's so much of nature I haven't yet seen. The garden is also famous for its variety of palm trees, they have over 85 different types of palm tree's majority of which has been planted by famous royals. We enjoyed the peaceful walk around the garden while our tour guide explained the history of the trees and plants, but couldn't help get side tracked and act like the naughty school kids of our group.
After the Botanical Gardens, we went to an ancient church. I cannot remember the full details of the church as we were only therefore such a short time. All i remember was the inside was beautiful and simple.
The next stop on our tour was the capital city, Port Louis. This was on the opposite side of the Island and took a little over an hour to get there, so you can imagine how tiny the Island is. Once we arrived we noticed a huge change in the lifestyle compared to the quiet village of Belle Mar where we were staying. The capital was more lively and busy as all capital cities are. We first went to a mountain site, where we were able to absorb the full view of the city from above. Once we trekked back down the mountain we went to our last stop, the Waterfront shopping centre. Here there was a wide mix of branded stores, small boutiques and a lot of market stalls. We decided to go to the market stalls to find 'authentic' Mauritius related gifts for friends and families. As we had limited time to shop. We ended up buying a few Dodo (bird) items as Mauritius is famous for it, as the last ever Dodo was seen in Mauritius before they were extinct.
Markets/Flick on Flack
After a heavy few days of activities we decided to take a break and went to the local markets. This was small and packed, I had to hold on to my husband in order to not lose him. The markets was intense but so much fun to see what the local people are like. Everyone was super nice and the ethos was just great.
Right, so we have hit activities relating to land and sea, so I decided to hit the skies on a personal helicopter ride around the island! This was definitely one of my favourite activities. My husband has a fear of flying, so he wasn't as excited as I was. Before we took off, we had the option to sit together at the back or someone to take the seat next to the pilot, well guess what! My husband jumped at the chance to sit next to the pilot thinking that he would protect him and left me hanging in the back alone. Typical men ey -_-
The views we seen was incredible. Pictures do not do it justice. If you ever get this opportunity grab, go for it! one my favourite part of our honeymoon.
Horseback riding on the beach
Our final and last activity of our honeymoon, was horseback riding on the beach. This is much harder than it looks. The horses were huge and was so difficult to get on them. They didn't smell and they felt really soft and smooth. The first 15 minutes or so was nice and easily, after a while I got stitches on the side of my stomach, the stitches you get as if you done a mile run. (Clearly I am unfit!!), It definitely was an experience, but one I wont be doing again. Ticked it off my bucket list.
The Surprise End
As our honeymoon was coming to an end, my husband was being very suspicious and was having sneaky meetings with staff behind my back. I honestly did not suspect a thing and i thought I was with him all the time!!! He somehow manage to pull this surprise off. What I thought we were going to do on our last day is go for a nice meal inside the resort, but my husband took a diversion and started walking down towards the beach. All I could see was a speed boat and oh my gosh, I was so scared he was going to take me for a speed boat in the dark and I didn't really enjoy it in the day light!! Out of the blue two men with tiny guitars start singing around us and then all of a sudden a path way starts to light up to a tent. Once I got there, i realised part of the beach was hidden off for a private dinner for just me and my husband!!!!! It was absolutely incredible!, they had a mini fire set up on the side to keep us warm and the whole place was lit up with candles and led lights. It was definitely the most romantic move anyone has ever done for me. Perfect way to end our perfect honeymoon.
What a way to start our marriage. I highly recommend all couples to honeymoon or at lease visit Mauritius. Definitely will be going back, after i seen the rest of the world.
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