About Mel C
Lives in Siem Reap, Cambodia
Since Jun 2013
25-34 year old female
I was born in Mauritius, Africa and grew up in Vancouver, Canada since I was two years old. After 25 years of my life growing up in Canada, I had an irresistible urge to live somewhere else for an experience and because I knew there was so much more of the world to see. In 2013 I quit my full-time jobs to work for an NGO in Cambodia for 7 months. I then went to 5 other countries in Southeast Asia, met hundreds of people and it was the best year of my life. I can't seem to stay away from Cambodia for very long now I'm working for a travel company during my time here and loving it. I've met some of the most generous people I've met in my life in Cambodia. In my spare time I love riding my motorcycle, cycling, hosting dinners and enjoying the company of funny people.
National Parks, Nature & Wildlife Areas
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Nature & Wildlife Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Geologic Formations
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Climbing Tours, Hiking & Camping Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
As most travelers visit Mauritius for the beaches, many don't take time to see the incredible Black River Gorges National Park in the island's southwestern region. It is the country's largest park and the home to many native species, including over 300 species of flowering plants. The park has great hiking trails that are suitable for all levels, and even if you don't hike, come here to enjoy a picnic with your friends or family under the shade of the trees. There are some fantastic view points, river crossings, and waterfalls to explore too; this is truly one of Mauritius' most beautiful treasures.
Get the best view of Mauritius' incredible waters and landscape during the thrill of a lifetime with Skydive Mauritius. If you're a first-time skydiver, the very friendly and experienced staff will put you at ease before you make the jump. The feeling of free-falling is an indescribable experience, and doing it over one of the world's most incredible views is a must-do. The guides have done over 5,000 jumps combined so you'll definitely be in good hands here!
Mauritius' Seven Coloured Earth is a natural phenomenon in the southwestern region of the island, and is the only area in the world where you can see seven colors of earth together. This rare beauty of nature is the result of the decomposition of volcanic rock gullies into clay, and the colors are created by a chemical presence in the soil. What is most fascinating is that the different colored sands naturally settle into different layers, giving the appearance of branded colors. (This can even by tested by taking some sand in your hand, mixing it, and seeing how the colors separate from each other into a spectrum.) The drive to Chamarel is beautiful in itself, but definitely stop to see this phenomenon too.
Pereybere Beach in the north of Mauritius has some of the greenest waters to be found, and is great for swimming. If you're not a beach bum, you can also find water sports here, including diving, which is more popular at Pereybere as the winds and currents aren't as strong as in the south of the island. There are restaurants along the beach too, often packed with local people and tourists.
If you're an adventure junkie or want to experience a thrill, then canyoning at Tamarin will be an incredible way to see stunning views. You will be trained how to hook and repel right by the falls. before taking a refreshing swim in the water and then going for a small hike.
Casela is a 14-hectare nature park close to Flic en Flac in the west of Mauritius, and this beautifully designed park is much more than just a place to see animals. Here, you can go zip-lining, hiking, swimming in canyons, quad biking or take a safari ride, where you can see a variety of wild animals including deer and wild pigs. The giant tortoises, which used to be much more abundant before colonial powers used them for food and oil, can be seen roaming around the park (and other parts of Mauritius) too, and you can walk among them. This is a unique place to explore whether you are with family, want adventure, love animals or simply enjoy nature.
Whether you're a diver who has just completed your open water diving certification or a diver with experience, Dive Dream Diving Center has great trips for all levels. Mauritius is blessed with natural coral, vibrant marine-life, and clear visibility under water; plus, if you're an experienced diver, you can take a scuba trip out to the ship wrecks.
While Mauritius has many nice beaches, you can also go island-hopping to even smaller and more tranquil islands like Ile aux Cerfs, which is the most popular destination island from Mauritius. The water is clean, clear green, and you can walk from one side of the island to the other on a beautiful path that will instantly relax you while you enjoy the sea breeze. Then, you can savor a delicious meal at one of the island's restaurants right by the water.
Even though the beaches of Flic en Flac, in western Mauritius, are not as green as other parts of the island, it is one of the best spots to watch the beautiful sunset. There are several food carts right on the beach where you can order burgers, coconuts or local Mauritian rum, plus many restaurants right along the water where you can get Italian, Mauritian or pub food.
Get on a quad bike to really immerse yourself in the Mauritian landscape, away from the typical tourist traps. You'll see natural rice fields, great trails, cliffs, and waterfalls. This trip is great for first-time quad riders, as you will get a lesson on how to ride and you can pair up with a buddy or a guide if you don't feel completely comfortable. Take a break from the beach resorts and see the real beauty of Mauritius.