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Mauritius: Wild South West Full-Day Tour

1. Mauritius: Wild South West Full-Day Tour

Enjoy a scenic tour to 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 & 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, enjoy the drive through Macondé Bridge for panoramic views across the Baie Du Cap River.

Trou D'eau Douce: Catamaran Cruise to lle aux Cerfs

2. Trou D'eau Douce: Catamaran Cruise to lle aux Cerfs

After morning departure from Trou D’eau Douce, set sail on a well-appointed catamaran through the crystal-clear water of Mauritius. Bound for the stunning GRSE waterfalls, you’ll glide through the sea, taking time to sunbathe and relax on the broad catamarans deck. If you’re lucky, you’ll even see some monkeys on the way over. After gazing at the splendor of the waterfall, you’ll hop into the water for some snorkeling at a perfect, hidden spot. Afterwards, you’ll indulge in a BBQ lunch on board en route to the paradisiacal Ile aux Cerfs, where you can spend some time relaxing on the pristine beach. Amble around on the tropical wonderland before heading back to the boat to head back to dock.

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

3. 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. Snorkeling equipment is provided on the boat. Continue sailing and see the d' Alblair shipwreck of 1902 on the coral barrier, and make a brief stop  at the old Lighthouse island.  Afterwards the speed boat will take you along the east coast and then upstream along the Grand River (the longest river of 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: Dolphin Encounter, Trou aux Cerf and Grand Bassin

4. 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.

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.

Trou d'Eau Douce: Southeast Coast Island Adventure

6. 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.

Port Louis, Mont Choisy and National Botanical Garden Tour

7. Port Louis, Mont Choisy and National Botanical Garden Tour

See the sights of north Mauritius with a private guide on a full-day tour, exclusive to you and your group. Start with a visit to the Pamplemousses Botanical Garden and marvel at the different species of plants and trees, including giant water lilies, sugar cane and spice plants. Move on to the city of Port-Louis and learn about its part in the struggle between French and British occupation and dominance of the Indian Ocean between 1735 and 1935. Listen to interesting details about the culture and traditions of Mauritius. Continue to the quiet beach of Mont Choisy, backed by tall casuarina trees, where the shallow water is perfect for a refreshing swim away from the crowds. End with a visit to the multi-purpose mall of La Croisette and see the outdoor esplanade, luxury apartments and trendy retail shops of the complex up close.

Mahebourg Village Food Tour

8. Mahebourg Village Food Tour

Located in the south-east of Mauritius, Mahebourg is one of the oldest villages of the island dating back to the early Dutch and French periods. Mahebourg has preserved a lot of its authenticity and charm; with its colorful Creole homes, friendly faces in the streets, and tasty dishes. During the Mahebourg Village Food Tour, you will stop at various cozy restaurants and street food vendors to eat some local Mauritian food. As you wander through the village, you will learn about the history of the region and discover what makes Mahebourg so authentic. You may also get the chance to jump aboard a pirogue, a local boat, for a short ride on the La Chaux River.

Grand Baie: Guided Walking Food Tour

9. Grand Baie: Guided Walking Food Tour

Uncover and experience the real Grand Baie; a charming and authentic village full of history and delicious Mauritian food and drinks. Whilst here you will discover that few locals even know about the history of this coastal town. Grand Baie was once a wild coast where escaped slaves would hide and live off the land and sea. It later became a port of commerce for French landowners, and eventually the landing site for the English invasion. Explore the back streets of Grand Baie and experience the local life. You can discover some of the locals' favorite restaurants and food spots, and at each food spot taste a variety of local dishes. You can try the typical Mauritian rougaille, as well as tasty Creole curries and a pizza with a Mauritian twist. Towards the end of the tour you will even be treated to a fruity surprise for dessert. As you taste the delicious dishes and sip on refreshing local drinks, your guides will chat with you as you get to know one another.

Mauritius: Vanilla Park and Wild Beaches Tour

10. 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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Great activity to discover the wonders of Mauritius! The colors of the Earth are intense and the waterfall is worth the detour! In addition, park with turtles on site at no extra charge.

Simply great, you can pay for everything on the go. Everything was already ready on site, super convenient and easy

Superb experience. Having never dived, the instructor puts you at ease and is with you throughout the dive.

I nice day out, a lot of walking if you'd like to see more. The cafe there is really nice too.

Lots of relevant information. Really easy, only having to show your phone at the entrance.