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Mauritius: Full-Day Catamaran Cruise to the Northern Isles

1. Mauritius: Full-Day Catamaran Cruise to the Northern Isles

Explore Mauritius' 3 Northern Isles in just one day on this full-day catamaran cruise. Marvel at Mauritius' very own island getaways, government-declared nature reserves featuring pristine white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, and beautiful coral gardens. Enjoy tea, coffee, and cake upon arrival at the catamaran Wind Dancer, then depart from Grand Baie Public Beach at 8 AM after the captain's briefing. Cruise easily for approximately 1 hour on the way to the magical Flat Island. Visit the island before returning to the catamaran for a sumptuous BBQ lunch and drinks. After lunch, explore the beauty of Gabriel Island. Snorkel in the lovely lagoon, or simply laze in the sun on the beautiful sandbar that Gabriel Island is best known for. On the return journey to Grand Bay, make a stop at the natural aquarium of Coin de Mire and swim and snorkel among a multitude of colorful reef fish. The catamaran arrives back in the bay at 4:30 PM. Both shared and private options are available for this tour.

Full-Day Cruise to Ile aux Cerfs with BBQ Lunch Included

2. Full-Day Cruise to Ile aux Cerfs with BBQ Lunch Included

Soak in the beauty of Mauritius on a full-day Isle aux Cerfs catamaran cruise, with the option to book hotel transfers. Admire the scenery as you sail to a quiet spot. Swim, snorkel, sunbathe and walk along Isle aux Cerfs’ beaches, and enjoy a barbecue lunch with drinks.  Enjoy a light breakfast and then climb aboard the Island Hopper catamaran. Cruise from Pointe Jerome to the privately owned island of Ile aux Cerfs. Arrive at an amazing snorkeling spot to either swim in the calm waters or snorkel with the colorful reef fish. Soak up the glorious sun or simply relax away from the crowds. Then, enjoy a delicious BBQ lunch prepared and served by the friendly crew onboard the boat. Get some free time to explore Ile aux Cerfs independently. Go for a walk along the spectacular beaches or just sit back and relax before sailing back to Pointe Jerome with a chilled drink in your hand.

Mauritius: Wild South West Full-Day Tour

3. Mauritius: Wild South West Full-Day Tour

Enjoy a scenic tour of the wilder landscape of southwest Mauritius. Stop at the volcanic crater of Trou Aux Cerfs, where you can enjoy a panoramic view across almost the entire island. Visit the ship model factory in Curepipe where their craftsmen are adept in the art of miniaturization and the techniques of replica work. You will then head to the sacred lake of Grand Bassin, the most important place of worship for Mauritian Hindus and make a short drive to the Black River Gorges and stop at the Black River View Point, to see the island’s endemic flora and fauna. Visit La Rhumerie de Chamarel to learn about the various stages involved in making the local rum, before tasting the end product! A delicious gourmet lunch will then be served in a local restaurant. After lunch, the drive continues to Chamarel Village to admire the 90-meter high Chamarel Waterfall and curious 7-Coloured Earth, a natural phenomenon caused when basaltic lava converts the clay mineral into vibrant shades of red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple, and yellow. Take a winding drive to the southwest corner of Mauritius, and enjoy the drive through Macondé Bridge for panoramic views across the Baie Du Cap River.

Mauritius: Private Tour of the South West with Lunch

4. Mauritius: Private Tour of the South West with Lunch

After the hotel pickup, you will be visiting the town of Curepipe and Floreal. You will visit the crater of Trou aux Cerfs and the Indu temple of Grand Bassin. Here you will have the chance to learn about the Indu culture and traditions and how they persist in modern Mauritius society. From here, you will then drive to Black River, where you will be able to admire fantastic landscapes and views of the mountains. Finally you will be travelling to Chamarel, where you will visit the Waterfalls, the park of Seven coloured Earths, and pay a visit to the Giant turtles in the park. From here you will be driving back to your hotel, where you will be dropped off.

Chamarel: 7 Coloured Earth Geopark Entrance Ticket

5. Chamarel: 7 Coloured Earth Geopark Entrance Ticket

Visit the Original 7 Coloured Earth in Chamarel and drink in the lunar-like spectacle of red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple, and yellow sand dunes set in the middle of lush green vegetation, with the Black River mountain range in the background. On your way to 7 Coloured Earth, you can also admire the majestic Chamarel Waterfall, the tallest single-drop waterfall in Mauritius at about 100 metres high. You can also wander to the tortoise park to see the six tortoises called Toto, Tizean, Rosette, Nini, Tizom and Tifam up close — a great activity for the family. Originally from Aldabra in Seychelles, the species can reach up to 1 meter in length with an average lifespan of more than 150 years. During your visit to the Geopark, you can also stop for a snack or lunch at the Coffee Shop. There you'll find themed products such as the Seven-Coloured Macaroons or Gourmet Popsicles. The Coffee Shop also serves Chamarel Coffee; the only locally grown and roasted coffee in Mauritius. Its taste is unique... maybe because it is grown on volcanic soil.

Bel Ombre Nature Reserve: Quad Bike Tour

6. Bel Ombre Nature Reserve: Quad Bike Tour

Nestled within lush vegetation, Bel Ombre Nature Reserve is the best place to reconnect with nature and enjoy the best quad adventure in Mauritius. Set off on an amazing adventure trail that will take you off the beaten track to discover one of the most unspoiled sites on the island. On totally untamed paths, enjoy a bumpy ride through a pristine environment close to the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, all the while discovering endemic species of plants and animals. You will encounter bats, forest monkeys, flocks of pink pigeons, wild boars, and/or perhaps a herd of Java deer roaming around freely. Your ride will be an unforgettable one along rugged, tree-lined trails that wind through the reserve to reach Cascade Frédérica or Cascade l’Exemple. Immerse yourself into the greenery like never before and indulge in an intensive exploration. You will be spellbound by the breathtaking panoramas, with stops to gaze at the beauty of mother nature. You can also swim at the waterfalls depending on the weather conditions. Driving through the sugar cane field with the mountain ranges on one side and the coastline on the other side is the perfect way to unwind and have some fun whether during the weekdays or weekends. No need to mention that you will be accompanied by the most courteous, accommodating, and knowledgeable guides who will lead the way. You will be able to ask them more about the different stops and unveil the secrets of the wonderful ecosystem of Bel Ombre. They will also tell you more about the fauna and flora that you will surely encounter during your ride.

Mauritius: Full-Day Tour of the Southwest

7. Mauritius: Full-Day Tour of the Southwest

Get panoramic views from the top of the Trou aux Cerfs volcano and stroll around the crater before making your way to the sacred lake of Grand Bassin via the Mare-aux-Vacoas reservoir.  Continue to the Black River Gorges to discover the home of endemic flora and fauna. Drive through the park via Plaine des Champagnes for an amazing view of Alexandra Falls. Taste different types of rum at a rum factory in Chamarel before lunch in the village. Then, discover the geological marvel of the 7 Colored Earths and see the giant tortoises before getting a panoramic view from the Case Noyal viewpoint.

Mauritius: Ocean Swim with Dolphins & Benetiers Island Tour

8. Mauritius: Ocean Swim with Dolphins & Benetiers Island Tour

Start your adventure at 7:30 AM with a light breakfast before embarking on the speedboat and heading out to sea to observe the Spinner and Bottlenose dolphins in their natural habitat. Once the dolphins are spotted you can observe these aquatic specialists from the boat or even jump in for a closer look before setting course for some snorkeling around the “Aquarium” a coral barrier known to be one of the best snorkeling spots in Mauritius. After some enjoyable snorkeling we head in the direction of Ile aux Benitiers island, along the way we include a stop at Crystal rock, a famous geological quirk. This is a great place to take some photographs with the gorgeous view of Le morne mountain as its backdrop. Finally, we make our way to Benetiers Island for our long-awaited BBQ lunch, and a little relaxation time before heading back to the mainland.

Mauritius: Full-Day Speedboat Tour to Ile aux Cerfs & BBQ

9. Mauritius: Full-Day Speedboat Tour to Ile aux Cerfs & BBQ

Spend a full day discovering the beautiful island paradise of Mauritius by speedboat. Depart at 09:30 am and after a short while, stop to swim and snorkel in the crystal clear waters. Enjoy the underwater marine life and swim amongst superb corals and brightly colored tropical fish. Continue sailing and see the d' Alblair shipwreck of 1902 on the coral barrier, and make a brief stop at the old Lighthouse island. Afterward, the speed boat will take you along the east coast and then upstream along the Grand River (the longest river in Mauritius), ending at a beautiful waterfall. Next, a BBQ of grilled chicken and fish will be served on one of the picture-postcard beaches: Île aux Cerfs Island. Île aux Cerfs Island. Here you will have the time to relax and enjoy a swim before you cruise to the last stop at Ile aux Aigrettes. At Ile aux Aigrettes you will enjoy a last drink in a natural swimming pool accompanied by an abundance of starfishes. On board, during the whole day soft drinks, local beer and rum will be available. Arrival back at the beach of Shandrani Hotel is around 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM.

Mauritius: Tamarind Falls Guided Hike with Swim and Lunch

10. Mauritius: Tamarind Falls Guided Hike with Swim and Lunch

The 7 Cascades or Tamarind Falls as it is known is located in the district of Black River Gorge near to the village of Henrietta. The source of the waterfalls starts from the Tamarind River and consists of at least 7 simultaneous splendid waterfalls. The surrounding area is renowned for its breathtaking nature as it is filled with exotic and indigenous plants, trees and beautiful species of birds making it a sought after destination for any nature lover or adventurer’s bucket list. Undoubtedly the only way to thoroughly enjoy and discover this hidden gem in the middle of Mauritius is with an experienced guide on our 5 to 6 hour hike. After a short safety briefing and introduction, head off along the trail for about 40 minutes until reaching the first part of the Tamarind Falls canyon. As you embark on this great adventure of canyoning and hiking you begin to forget the hustle and bustle of everyday life as you become overwhelmed by this beautiful scenery. The distance between the first and second plateau is short and can only be reached by a steep descent. This is where you will have your first opportunity to jump from the waterfall into the basin below, a drop of about seven meters, but still the fastest way to get down to the next plateau !! For non jumpers, don’t worry! You can climb down a path to reach the plateau and still enjoy a refreshing swim in the cool, clear water. On arrival at the fifth waterfall, there are two ways to get down. The first way is a five-meter jump into the water-filled basin below or you can climb down taking advantage of the nearby trees and branches that create a natural ladder. Of course, if you choose the second option our skilled guide will be by your side at all times to guarantee your safety and guide you. This is one of the main reasons why it’s important to have an experienced guide with you. If you feel the urge to cool off after climbing down, you can still take a relaxing swim in the lagoon type basin at the bottom of the fifth waterfall. At the end of this adventure and reaching the goal of standing on top of the seventh waterfall a sense of achievement overwhelms you as it sets the scene for a superb view over the lush green canyon. A chance to look back at the terrain you’ve covered from the first waterfall, it also puts into perspective how high these magnificent waterfalls really are. From the top of the seventh waterfall to its basin there is approximately a 60 meter drop, so for those thrill-seekers who aren’t afraid of heights and want to take a closer look, it’s wise to lie on your stomach just near the edge of the waterfall. The 7 Cascades is truly worth a visit!

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4.4 / 5

based on 658 reviews

The trip was amazing, the crew were very professional and made sure everyone was comfortable, refreshments and BBQ lunch was included as well. We even managed to spot some dolphins, I appreciated how the crew did not come that close to them but watched them from a distance. I just wished more history/storytelling was included for the islands, as the information given was very brief, and maybe limit alcohol as some tourist can get wild. If you are looking for something more private/intimate/quite then I would suggest booking a private tour

Fantastic day out with Deepak our guide whose knowledge, sense of humour and fun were second to none, I would 100% recommend this tour weather your into insta or not it gives a great insight into a fascinating island.

Experience as whole was amazing, our guide Deepan showed us Mauritius in way like we would never do it by ourselves. Highly recommended, 5 starts for customer service, thanks again.

Amazing experience, the colors of the sea, corals and expecially the staff was just awesome, thanks to the guide Gennaro and Ashley, it was an amazing day and a wonderful experience

Everything was amazing. The activity turned out to be very relaxing and fun.