1. 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.