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Mauritius: Tamarind Falls Highlights 3-Hour Hiking Trip

1. Mauritius: Tamarind Falls Highlights 3-Hour Hiking Trip

Meet your guide at the Henrietta Bus Station and start with a short briefing about the hike. Then begin your 3-hour hiking experience by walking through sugarcane fields to reach the entrance to the canyon, admiring the stunning landscape around you. Make your way down to the canyon, and after 30 minutes of walking you’ll reach the first of many waterfalls. Take the chance to swim in the natural pools carved out of the rock. Learn about the plants, the animals, and the history of Mauritius from your guide. Finish your tour at Tamarind Falls, the most impressive waterfall, before returning to your original start point.

Mauritius: Le Morne Mountain UNESCO Eco Hike

2. Mauritius: Le Morne Mountain UNESCO Eco Hike

A 4WD vehicle will take you from the designated meeting point through a private estate in which RESA deer, wild pigs, and numerous bird species including pheasant, quail, and guinea-foul reside. Begin the hike and traverse along the North-Western base of the mountain, allowing for two panoramic perspectives of the mountain to be appreciated of the North Western and South Eastern flanks. The initial hike follows an undulating path that is designed to warm up your muscles and elevate your heart-rate before the scrambling and climbing sections begin. At 340 meters above sea level, you will have a safety and mountain security briefing prior to the first of the four scrambling and climbing sections. There is a 70-meter, 25-meter, 15-meter, and 10-meter section. They provide the most spectacular views of the lush mountain ranges of Chamarel as well as stunningly beautiful lagoon views of both the North-Western and South-Eastern coasts that extend in front of you to the horizon. Various rest points provide a unique opportunity for the team to take memorable photographs of you and your family so that the once-in-a-lifetime experience can never be forgotten. Arrive at the summit of the V with a just reward for all of your efforts and hard work as the views are well worth it. The team will provide you with additional information, whilst taking photographs and allowing you the opportunity to have a break and appreciate the location and its amazing surroundings. The descent down the mountain will begin under the watchful eye of the highly experienced and professional team. Return to the meeting point and then depart to your accommodation. 

Mauritius: Dolphin Encounter, Trou aux Cerf and Grand Bassin

3. Mauritius: Dolphin Encounter, Trou aux Cerf and Grand Bassin

Begin your full-day experience with a visit to the wild dolphins who live off the coast of the Black River in the Indian Ocean. Swim with the playful creatures in their natural environment. Your skippers will tell about their habits and provide you with guidelines for a sustainable trip once you have boarded the boat.  The skippers will accompany you in the water when it is your turn to swim. Take in stunning views over the open sea and of these amazing creatures before heading to the popular diving and snorkeling site (time permitting). Dive in and marvel at the beautiful coral gardens and array of tropical fish. Proceed then to the dormant volcano of Trou aux Cerfs for beautiful panoramas. Take a stroll around the crater, situated 2,000 feet above sea level, for breathtaking views of the whole island on clear days.  Continue to the temples and shrines of the peaceful Grand Bassin. See the 108-foot statue of Shiva and climb the highest temple for more stunning views. Look out for the resident monkeys and other wildlife while you're there. Drive through the park to Plaine des Champagnes, stopping to admire Alexandra Falls on the way. Finally, head to Chamarel to discover the geological miracle that is the Seven Colored Earths. Get a view of Chamarel Falls, Mauritius' most famous waterfall. Say hello to one of the giant tortoises before concluding the tour and heading back to your hotel.

Mauritius: Black River Gorges National Park 3-Hour Hike

4. Mauritius: Black River Gorges National Park 3-Hour Hike

Discover the tropical rainforest of Mauritius on a 3-hour walk through the Black River Gorges National Park. Your local guide will take you on a hike to the best viewpoints, trekking along the most beautiful trails. Explore the gorges, rivers, and valleys of this stunning area. Look out for local wildlife along the way and learn about this region from your guide. You might spot the giant bats native to Mauritius, macaque monkeys, ebony trees, and more. End your hiking experience with a refreshing swim in the river.

Mauritius: Full Day Private Tour of the South

5. Mauritius: Full Day Private Tour of the South

Begin your 8-hour day of adventure on Mauritius with convenient pick-up at your hotel anywhere on the island. Pick-up time varies according to your location On this scenic trip around the south of the island, you will discover spectacular changes of scenery, revealing some of the island’s unique natural assets. The day starts with a stop at the Shop of Ship Models, where you can see skilled craftsmen at work on ship miniatures, some of which take months to complete. Enjoy a 360-degree view over the island from Trou aux Cerfs, admire Grand Basin Lake, then travel to a viewpoint over Black River Gorges National Park. Arrive at Chamarel Waterfall, the country's tallest, which plunges 328 feet (100 meters) against a natural backdrop and makes for impressive photos. Finally, see the famous Seven Coloured Earth, a rainbow of striated volcanic rocks.   End your full day of exploration with drop-off back at your hotel.

Black River Gorges National Park: Eco Adventure Day Tour

6. Black River Gorges National Park: Eco Adventure Day Tour

Follow the twists and turns of an adventurous hike through the protected national park in the south of Mauritius. Find hidden waterfalls and see the majestic curtains of Alexandra Falls.  Take in the sights and sounds of numerous endemic wildlife and plant species, such as the Echo Parakeet and Pink Pigeons. Smell the scent of wild guava blossoms. Bring out the wildlife enthusiasts in you and follow the trail to a ridge-line ascent. Meander around the valley and capture panoramic glimpses of La Tourelle, Ile Aux Benetiers, and Le Morne in the distance. Take on the challenge of this 15-kilometer adventure through nature and master the 790-meter ascent.

Mauritius: Vanilla Park and Wild Beaches Tour

7. Mauritius: Vanilla Park and Wild Beaches Tour

After being collected from your accommodation, you will make your way to your tour destination. Once there, stroll through a lush green setting where palm trees and giant bamboo provide shade to the hundreds of Nile crocodiles that are raised in the park. Take a walk on the wild side among a huge herd of giant Aldabra tortoises which live in semi-liberty. You can even meet Domino, the centenarian who tips the scale at 275 kilograms. A souvenir photo is a must in this site, where hundreds of the giants are raised. Moving on, discover an exuberant fauna consisting of iguanas, monkeys, lemurs, deer, wild boar, mongoose, Japanese carp, Mauritian bats, Radiata tortoises, fresh-water turtles, geckos, eels, chameleons, and more. Located on the south coast of Mauritius, Baie Du Cap is a small, quaint village. The region is well known for its natural beauty and its wild, rugged coastlines. With the picturesque land and seascapes encompassing the red-colored earth, the deep green forest, the lines of palm trees, and the sparkling blue sea by the side, you will have an incredible journey to the viewpoint, Maconde. It is set on a curved portion of the coastal road, on the peak of a small rocky cliff where you can enjoy breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean.

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Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 46 reviews

We really enjoyed the tour! Swimming with the dolphins in particular was an experience that you will never forget. We are in a small group and in addition a guide into the water to the animals when they were near our boat. Overall, we saw the dolphins several times as they dived under us. Both guides went out of their way to ensure that each of our group had the opportunity to swim with the animals and see them up close. After the dolphin trip we went to some sights with our guide. A small negative point to mention is that we were only short at the individual spots. Often we just jumped out of the car, had the opportunity for photos and went straight on. A little fewer sights and more time there would have been better for our taste. However, our guide told us an incredible amount and tried very hard to create a unique experience for us!

What an amazing day. Firstly we were super lucky to see and swim with an entire pod of dolphins - they’re honestly such magical creatures. Lots of speedboats with many swimmers - the dolphins seemed happy enough playing amongst everyone. However not being an expert I can’t comment on their well-being. The tour of the West with our guide Deepak, was absolutely brilliant. I cannot rate Deepak highly enough. He was incredibly insightful, with so much information about the Island. He taught us about the Hindu Faith, Temples, and their Gods. What a beautiful religion. The island’s landscape is just breathtaking with such rich flora and fauna. I went to Mauritius for the beaches but I’d honestly say the main event is the rainforest/national parks. Thank you so much for a wonderful tour, and making our trip unforgettable.

(Almost) perfect and very rewarding day. For the outing with the dolphins, it was a bit of a shame, we only saw a bottlenose dolphin, but the skipper's crew did everything they could to get us closer. We were 10 on the skipper (including crew) which was perfect. Then I spent the day with my taxi guide called Deepak. I spent a very educational day, he taught me a lot about the island, the culture, the history of Mauritius... He answered all the questions I asked him. His good humor and humor greatly facilitated things, I highly recommend Deepak for the tour of the island! Thanks again Deepak!!

We truly recommend it!! Not only the experience is unique totally worth it, but for us the most important thing that we won’t to pinpoint is the people! We were very lucky to have as our tour guide RAJ - made us feel like we were all a family he knew literally everything, we called him a bible, and he gave us such an amazing time and for that all together is the day of our vacations that we will never forget. Exploring + hospitality with people who care is an excellent combination! THANK YOU ALL FOR HAVING US

Mahen was a great guide and made everything possible for us. Great tips. It was a wonderful day! Thanks very much!