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  • In December 1744, the Saint-Géran was smashed to pieces on the coral reefs off the north-east coast of Mauritius. 220 people perished. A bestselling novel, Paul and Virginie, was written about the drama. 275 years later, the myth and the characters seem more real than history itself.   Le Saint-Géran, a ship belonging to the Compagnie des Indes set sail from France in...
  • Off the coast of Africa, along the Western coast of Madagascar, live the last nomads of the sea: the legendary Vezo people. A day-to-day life of ancestral rites, which is now in danger of disappearing. At a time when the tribes in the highlands came down to track down the coastal peoples and carry off the youngest members to turn them into slaves, the endangered children would hide in...
  • The minuscule sandbank of Tromelin, one of the rare relics of the French colonial empire, didn’t exist until 1763, when the contemporaries of Voltaire and Rousseau heard about the adventures of sailors who had survived one of the most high-profile shipwrecks in history. And the ordeal of the slaves they abandoned. One French sailor sought justice for them through four archaeological...
  • Eliot, Delphine, Arthur… These are the names given to a pod living off the coast of Mauritius by the oceanographer François Sarano, to “respect” the humanity he sees in them. You have to sail right out to sea, beyond the barrier reef. Sometimes you wait for hours. Then you scrutinise the dark surface of the water to make out the foaming spray of the giants. Sounding...
  • From Reunion island to China, the slackliner Nathan Paulin, 24, born in Le Reposoir, a village in Haute Savoie, France, tickles the clouds and reinvents the valleys. Before flying high above the planet, here’s a bit of vocabulary to help you keep your balance. Slackline, as its name suggests, is a length of flat webbing that is loosely put under tension between two anchors, allowing you...
  • Some treasures are hidden on the ocean floor. With their numerous diving sites and rare fauna, the waters around Mauritius have attracted the lens of the Catalan photographer Xavier Safont. Portrait of an explorer who feels most at home surrounded by moray eels and turtles. For over forty years, the award-winning submarine photographer Xavier Safont explored the deep-sea waters all over the...
  • A stone raft off the coast of Africa. Fallen into oblivion long ago, its isolation is what has made it so rich, preserving the fragile bond between man and nature. But what of the future? Summer is coming to an end. The parched earth soaks up the heavy rains that fall intermittently from the sky. The damp air diffuses the mingled scents of eucalyptus and frangipani trees. Rodrigues hardly...
  • There are some mysterious, almost magical words, which ?re the imagination. One of these is Lemuria, the mythical continent dreamed of by poets before being con?rmed by science. It is a lost continent, a magical world said to have sunk beneath the waves, of which Mauritius, Rodrigues, Reunion, Madagascar, the Seychelles and a handful of tiny islands in the Indian Ocean are the only remaining...
  • Wellness now has its own school: Santayarea-Mauritius. The first graduates are the hundred and eighty artisan therapists in the Beachcomber Spa centres, specialised in wellbeing IIt all began in Rennes in 2004. Christine Fleury, a globetrotting therapist, well versed in health practices from around the world, opened the first governmentapproved training centre for wellness professionals....
  • Casela World of Adventures is constantly reinventing itself. Since March 23, 2018, adrenaline seekers can experience the Tulawaka Gold Coaster --- an 800-meter long adventure with twists, downhills and turns.  The Tulawaka Gold Coaster was inspired by the gold mines of Tanzania and winter tobogganing. A premiere in the Indian Ocean, the new attraction of Casela World of Adventures will...