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.
Bodies of Water, Reefs
Shopping Malls, Casinos
Other Outdoor Activities
Nature & Wildlife Areas, National Parks
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
If your family wants to see a tranquil island with several water activities, pay a visit to Ile Aux Cerfs, an island that used to be a deer habitat. While you won't see any deer during your visit, you can swim in the clear blue water, or participate in all manner of water fun, from parasailing to snorkeling to water skiing. There is also a small adventure course for kids.
Situated in the west of Mauritius, this 14-hectare nature park is filled with animals to observe and activities to take part in. At Casela, you can try zip-lining, hiking, swimming in canyons, quad biking, and much more. The safari ride is a great chance to see a variety of wild animals, including deer and wild pigs. 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 (as well as other parts of Mauritius).
The Blue Bay Marine Park is a government-protected area that has some of the clearest waters on the island. The reefs here (more than 50 different species of coral) protect this part of the island from strong waves, which largely preserves they park's natural beauty. It's perfect for snorkeling, swimming, kayaking, and diving, and kids can peer at the colorful marine life on a ride in a glass-bottom boat.
Located in the island's capital Port Louis, Cauden Waterfront is an energetic area with a variety of restaurants, shops, a cinema, and a games area for kids to enjoy. Indulge in a meal with a beautiful view, and then check out some local art.
A great place for adventurers and nature lovers, Parc Aventure Chamarel provides a fresh perspective on the tropical forests of Mauritius — from its treetops! There are two tracks, depending on the level of adventure you want: The Thousand Leaves track is a relatively leisurely walk along footbridges, while the Adventure Track will have you climbing nets, zip lining, and swinging to the end of the route. Either way, it's a fun and beautiful way to immerse yourself in Mauritius's natural landscape.
Located in the southwest region, Black River Gorges is one of the island's greatest treasures. This is a perfect place to have a family picnic before exploring beautiful trails that will lead you to waterfalls, river crossings, and viewpoints. It's the country's largest park and home to many native species, including more than 300 species of flowering plants.
While Flic en Flac may not be the most beautiful beach on the island, it's not as crowded as some of the others. It's also a great place for the family to enjoy restaurants, food stands, and a beautiful sunset to end the day.
After sunset, head to Chez Pepe, a wonderful Italian restaurant right by Flic en Flac beach. The pizzas are cooked in a wood fired oven, the portions are generous, and the food is simply delicious.
A favorite among locals, Le Palais de Barbizon is a great place to taste a range of authentic Mauritian flavors. This is a less conventional restaurant: You won't be given a menu, but rather Rico L'intelligent will provide a feast of punch, rice, five vegetables, and fish or chicken. The food is prepared in conventional cooking style by Marie-Ange, and the atmosphere is welcoming and cheerful.
Big Foot Adventure is a fun way to see parts of the island that are less frequented by people. You'll ride big quad bikes along varied terrain, from clifftops to countryside, and along the way you'll have opportunities to spy a variety of animals and enjoy lunch with a beautiful view.