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Mauritius: Dodo Trail Tour with Lunch

1. Mauritius: Dodo Trail Tour with Lunch

Your busy full-day tour begins with a visit to Port Louis, the capital city. Enjoy magnificent views over the town and its harbor from the old citadel, Fort Adelaide. Discover the busy city center on a walk that starts at the Saint Louis Cathedral and continues to the noisy and hectic central market. Along the way you’ll see the Supreme Court, the Municipal Theater, Poncini, the Parliament, Place d’Armes, and Government House. The central market is a lively place, with its shouting merchants and intriguing array of colorful tropical fruits and vegetables. You’ll find a variety of craft items here also. Just a short walk away is the Caudan Waterfront, a modern and elegant shopping center, where you’ll see the Blue Penny Museum. Next, you’ll head to a private home to enjoy an authentic Mauritian lunch of Creole delicacies. After lunch you’ll drive through Moka, Saint Pierre, Nouvelle Decouverte, Les Mariannes, and Long Mountain on your way to the magnificent Pamplemousses Botanical Garden. This site is noted for the variety as well as the rarity of its species. Take a leisurely walk along the shady, well-kept avenues and enjoy the beauty of the garden.

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Mauritius: Private Full-Day Instagram Tour

2. Mauritius: Private Full-Day Instagram Tour

After pickup from your hotel anywhere in Mauritius, set off on a full-day adventure across all the best, Instagram-worthy locales, with a route tailored to your pickup location. Stop by the Umbrella Square in Port Louis, Mauritius’ capital, to amble through bustling markets, shaded by a swathe of colored parasols. Head over to the Pamplemousses Botanical Garden, home to some 500 species of plants from around the world, including the rare Talipot Palm, which is said to flower once in its 60-year lifetime. Afterwards, head to Ganga Talo, the most sacred Hindu site in Mauritius, containing a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, among other gods in the Hindu pantheon. Gaze at the breathtaking statues that stand over 100 feet tall. Next you’ll soak up some of Mauritius’ foremost natural beauty at Chamarel, 7 Colored Earth, a collection of sand dunes characterized by their shifting layers of technicolor sands.  You’ll cap things off with a trip to the Chamarel Waterfalls, the largest single-drop waterfall in Mauritius, with a height of over 300 feet. Afterwards, you’ll be comfortably transported back to your accommodation.

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Port Louis, Mont Choisy and National Botanical Garden Tour

3. 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.

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Port Louis & Northern Mauritius Full Day Guided Tour

4. Port Louis & Northern Mauritius Full Day Guided Tour

Spend the first part of the day exploring the capital city of Mauritius, Port Louis. Climb up to Fort Adelaide, known as 'The Citadel', a 19th-century military fortress which features a walled courtyard and panoramic city views. Then head into the central market, the Grand Port Louise Bazaar & China Town for a stroll around. Marvel at the impressive array of clothing, local vegetables, and exotic spices. Continue your shopping excursion at the splendid Caudan Waterfront. In the afternoon, pay a visit to the beautiful gardens at the Grapefruit Botanical Paradise. Then continue along the northwest coast via the Tamil Temple, Choisy Beach, and Grand Baie. Make a stop at Cap Malheureux, a village located in the Rivière du Rempart District to see The Palatial Red Church, a Roman Catholic Church famous for its vivid red roof against the bright turquoise sea and azure sky. Opt to pop into L'Aventure Du Sucre or the Sugar Factory Museum, where you can discover the history of sugar production in Mauritius and taste local products. Or perhaps make a stop at the majestic Chateau de Labourdonnais, one of the most beautiful colonial houses of the island inspired by Italian neo-classical architecture. Lunch fees are not included in the tour, however, your driver will provide you with a variety of restaurant suggestions according to your tastes. Feel free to request a stopover at any other restaurant of your choice at any point during the day.

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Full Day Tour of Port Louis

5. Full Day Tour of Port Louis

Visit Port Louis and experience its main attractions on a full-day tour. Explore the Caudan Water Front Shopping Complex and Craft Market, where you will have the opportunity to pick up unique hand-crafted gifts for your friends and family. Then, visit the Pamplemousses (Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam) Botanical Garden, which boasts a variety of tropical plants, a spice garden, and rare palm trees - including the Paliot, which blooms every 60-100 years. After a short rest at the Mont Choisy Public Beach, you will visit Cap Malheureux to see the Church with the Red Roof and get an amazing view of the Coin de Mire Island from the beach. Don't forget to bring your camera.

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What people are saying about Pamplemousses

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 18 reviews

Booked this a few day prior and was contacted the same day to share further details and contact information. I was glad to find out that the driver was in fact able to pick us up from our hotel and not a pickup destination 20 minutes away. The driver-guide was willing to accommodate our requests and was very flexible. I'm glad he was prepared with an umbrella as it rained for the last two stops of our tour.

Excellent guide Deepak picked me up perfectly on time and made sure everything was well arranged. Super informative and was able to answer all my questions. Always happy to take photos and make sure that we went to the best view points. We had some extra times so we were able to stop by a few extra stops. Great tour, highly recommend!

We had a wonderful day with lots of nice spots. Our driver Deepak brought us country and people closer to us in a great way. We would book the tour again and again and would recommend it 100%.

We had great tour over the island. Our guide Dipa was super helpful. He was asking about our preferences, what we would like to see, was making a lot of suggestions. Highly recommend!

Deepak was a great guide, perfectly ontime with the pickup from our hotel. And definitely went the extra mile showing us around and telling us about everything we saw.