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

1. 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 Cerf's 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. Take in the sunshine, 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: Full-Day Speedboat Tour to Ile aux Cerfs & BBQ

2. 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.

South of Mauritius: Quad Bike Tour

3. South of Mauritius: Quad Bike Tour

Guided by a local instructor, discover all the secrets of the south of Mauritius, just a short distance for the airport. Learn more about the history of this part of the island with Suraj, a guide who knows the region like his pocket. With family or friends, this is a perfect opportunity to discover natural sites which are difficult to access by car. Choose from a variety of tour routes and programs which include beaches and unique sites such as the Natural Bridge (Le Pont Naturel), the beaches of La Cambuse, Le Bouchon Public beach, an optional swim in a freshwater river, and many other surprises.

Mauritius à La Car: Full-Day Tour with Chauffeur Guide

4. Mauritius à La Car: Full-Day Tour with Chauffeur Guide

Experience the best of Mauritius for a full day with the independence of having a comfortable private car and experienced local chauffeur at your disposal. You’ll plan your own itinerary with your driver’s guidance, and see the places that you would most like to visit. This is the perfect opportunity to discover the island’s stunning natural beauty. The duration of this private excursion is around 8 hours, which is sufficient time to take in a good part of Mauritius. Your driver will provide some recommendations on the best restaurants for sampling the local cuisine at lunch. Note that English, German, and French speaking drivers are available.

Blue Bay: Half-Day Snorkeling Trip with Creole Picnic Lunch

5. Blue Bay: Half-Day Snorkeling Trip with Creole Picnic Lunch

Explore the Blue Bay Marine Park by glass-bottom boat and snorkeling in the largest marine life and coral reserve in Mauritius, including a relaxing picnic on Ile des deux Cocos. Start your excursion from the Blue Bay Public Beach and float down the seaside from Point d´Esny in the direction of Ile aux Aigrettes for your first opportunity to snorkel in the lagoon.Then, head to the Ile des deux Cocos private island for lunch. Relax on one of the public beaches with a Creole picnic. Choose between a traditional Creole meal with fish or chicken or enjoy the vegetarian option and a large variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks — don’t skip the famous Jungle Cocktail.   After lunch, relax on the beach and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Then, the crew will pick you up and take you to the marine park, where you’ll have another opportunity to snorkel among the fish and coral before heading back to the starting point.

Mauritius: Catamaran Cruise from Bluebay to Ile aux Cerfs

6. Mauritius: Catamaran Cruise from Bluebay to Ile aux Cerfs

For a lovely relaxing day at sea, spend a full day on this catamaran excursion to the heavenly island of Ile aux Cerfs. Sail within the safety of the largest turquoise lagoon in Mauritius along the historic wild east coast of the island. Your catamaran departs from Pointe Jerome, near the authentic village of Mahebourg and the Marine Park of Blue Bay, which is protected under the International Ramsar Convention. You can snorkel and swim before visiting the Grande Riviere Sud Est waterfall in its beautiful natural setting.  Here, some 18th-century ramparts can still be seen. They were witness to some tough corsair activities and naval skirmishes. In 1810, tis was the scene of the ”Battle of Vieux Grand Port” between the French and the English.  Enjoy a BBQ buffet prepared and served on board by your friendly crew. This consists of the famous smoked marlin mousse, grilled fish, chicken and sausages, rice and potato salads, crudités, freshly baked bread, fresh fruits, and coffee.

From Blue Bay: Ile aux Cerfs Speedboat Excursion with BBQ

7. From Blue Bay: Ile aux Cerfs Speedboat Excursion with BBQ

Your fullday speedboat excursion starts at 09:30am from the Blue Bay Public Beach, in the South-East of Mauritius. At the beginning you will have the opportunity to snorkel in the Blue Bay Marine Park, the largest Coral Reserve from Maurtius. Afterwards the excursion will move along the marvellous seaside from Point d´ Esny, in direction to Mahebourg, the former capital of the island and on to the island - Ile aux Phare. Here you will have time to visit the ancient lighthouse ruin or time to walk on the island. In connection the tour will continue in the direction to Ile aux Cerfs, where next you will enter the Grand-River-South-East, to visit the waterfall. In addition to the beautiful landscape it is the home of some cheeky monkeys. Be aware! For lunch time you will get offered a BBQ with fish and chicken, but if you prefer a vegetarian meal, please tell us this with your reservation. Of course a variety of alcoholic and soft-drinks are also included during the meal and the entire excursion. Enjoy your meal and have a break on a beach, located at the entrance to the lagoon from Île aux Cerfs. On the return way you will have another relaxing opportunity for swimming and snorkeling in the surrounding of Ile aux Aigrettes; before you move back to the Blue Bay Public Beach, where the excursion ends at around 16:00pm to 16:30pm.

Blue Bay Mauritius: Snorkel Blue Bay with Glass-Bottom Boat

8. Blue Bay Mauritius: Snorkel Blue Bay with Glass-Bottom Boat

Start from Blue Bay beach, in the early morning, when the sea is calm and most of the best spots are still free of tourists. Set off to the first of three spots in a glass-bottomed boat. Discover the rich variety of colorful marine life for 45 minutes at each stop. Survey the lovely surroundings between each stop, while enjoying a small breakfast, together with coffee and cool drinks. During the excursion you will move along the marvellous seaside from Point d´ Esny in the direction of Ile-Aux-Aigrettes. Let your expert guide decide which snorkeling spot is best for the conditions of the day. After an exciting snorkeling excursion, return to the Blue Bay beach in time for lunch.

Trou d'Eau Douce: Southeast Coast Island Adventure

9. Trou d'Eau Douce: Southeast Coast Island Adventure

Embark on a trip to the Blue Bay by speedboat and visit the entirety of Mauritius' southeast coast and the nearby islands in one day. The tour includes not only a visit to the famous Ile aux Cerfs island and the pristine cascade of the Grande River South East, but also to Ile aux Phares and Ile de la Passe, providing an opportunity to learn a bit of the history of Mauritius in the colonial period. The site of Ile aux Phares is where, as the name suggests, an old lighthouse dating back more than 200 years stands, now declared a historical monument. In 1810, Ile aux Phares and Ile de la Passe were the theater of a battle between the French and the British, known as the naval battle of Grand Port, which is the only victory of the Napoleonic Navy and is also listed on the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. In addition to the historic aspect of the islands, you will be made privy to a striking sight within the water. The contrast between both sides of the island is breathtaking: on one side you will find the lagoon turquoise and calm, and on the other, the big waves of the Indian Ocean smash against the breakers of the island. You will then go to Ile aux Aigrettes for a swim then back to Ile aux Cerfs, where lunch will be served. Relax and sunbathe or just chill out on the beach or in the crystal clear water of Ile aux Cerfs before returning to the meeting point in Trou d'Eau Douce.

Mauritius: Full Day Private Tour of the South

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Grand Port District

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,078 reviews

Wonderful catamaran trip with a lovely crew. Stopping far out into the lagoon and snorkeling was a fantastic experience. Incredibly good BBQ lunch prepared on board was served. Pleasant and funny fellow travelers made the trip a highlight. The time we had on Ile aux Cerfs was delightfully beautiful!

Beautiful scenery, snorkelling was excellent. The swim in the waterfalls was amazing. Lovely lunch and Coco explained the history of the island really well. Highly recommend.

We had a really fun day filled with sun, beautiful views, and amazing food. Personal highlight was the snorkeling stop and seeing all of the colorful fishes

A really great day out! Yummy BBQ, great tour and friendly and helpful guides. We went with our 2.5 year old toddler and she loved it!

This is a really really enjoyable trip and definitely a must do when in Mauritius.