Excursions in Mauritius Islands
You can't miss that visit of Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens famous for its 500 rare plant species. Drive north to Cap-Malheureux and visit the village church known for its red roof and splendid view on Gunner's Quoin. Proceed to Restaurant La Table du Chateau, in the eco-friendly Green Leisure Park for lunch. The day ends in Port-Louis.
Board catamaran "Aquarelle" at Black River and sail in the magnificent lagoon of the West coast to Tamarin Bay, popular surfersÂ´ paradise and haven for dolphins, which often play and swim beside the boat. Sail in the direction of "Le Morne" and discover the unusual shape of the "Ilot Bénitiers" coral, emerging from the sea. Enjoy swimming and snorkelling before and after a barbecue lunch served on board.
Explore the magnificent lagoon of the West coast on board of the Harris Wilson 1 racing catamaran with the gentle billowing of the sails and the tranquil lapping of the waves. Experience the transparency and changing hues of the lagoon under the sun. Discover the majestic Tamarin Bay, paradise for surfers and haven for dolphins. Enjoy swimming and snorkelling before a barbecue lunch served on board.
Board the spacious catamaran Le Pacha for an unforgettable cruise beyond the coral reef. Relax in the immensity of the Indian Ocean, with an occasional flying fish at your side. Explore the unspoilt shells and magnificent corals of Ilot Gabriel lagoon before a barbecue lunch on board. Note: In case of low tide, the itinerary may change. Instead of Ilot Gabriel, the skipper will go to Coin de Mire, Balaclava or Baie-du-Tombeau.
Depart from Sunset Boulevard, Grand Bay and sail along Coin de Mire Island. Discover the turquoise lagoon of Gabriel Island, enjoy swimming and snorkelling before a BBQ lunch on board with drinks prepared by our friendly crew.
Discover the beauty of the east coastÂ´s sheltered lagoon. After boarding the "Oceane" catamaran at Trou d´Eau Douce, sail past to Grand River South East to see the waterfalls. Sail to the snorkelling site for swimming and soaking up the sun. BBQ lunch is cooked and served on board. After lunch, set sail again for Ile aux Cerfs, where you will have free time to discover the island or enjoy watersports (price not included). Board the catamaran again and sail back to shore.
This day is devoted to exploring two samples of Mauritian Heritage. Visit the tea-fields, the Tea Museum and stop at the chalet for a tea-tasting session. Enjoy panoramic views of the South of the island. Discover the vanilla house, the rum distillery and enjoy lunch in a creole dining-room prepared from products of the estate. Board on a train to a memorable ride through Paradise Valley across the luxuriant tropical vegetation. A complete day out!
Travel by boat to Ile-aux-Cerfs Island, covered with casuarinas, coconut trees and flower bushes. As you step off, you are greeted by white sandy beaches for sunbathing and translucent turquoise waters for swimming and snorkelling. There is a bar and lunch will be provided at Paul and Virginie restaurant.
Curepipe is a shoppers' paradise with goods at duty-free prices. Visit Adamas Diamond and Jewellery Boutique. Proceed to the commercial centre in the midst of the town. Discover Galleries des Iles where you will find exclusive local designer clothing, handicrafts, knick-knacks, souvenirs, gold as well as silver jewellery.
Know Eureka, a Creole house in a magnificent garden with dense vegetation and sweet fragrances. Walk along the riverbank and discover its waterfalls. Travel to the Beau-Plan sugar factory with sugar trade routes and visit The Village-Boutik, where you will have the opportunity to sample Mauritian rum. Enjoy, also, buying exclusive gifts and souvenirs.
This tour gives you the opportunity of meeting local artisans and makes your own souvenir. Visit the tourist village and/or the naval museum followed by the historical Notre Dame des Anges Church. Know Biscuiterie Rault, a traditional factory of biscuits. See the making of the biscuits, pack them and take them home.
Meet locals from remote villages and share their experiences of traditional small businesses. Visit vanilla orchid greenhouse and taste the "Vanilla Alouda"(a vanilla-flavoured milky drink). Know Maison Eureka in Moka. On the way back through Les Mariannes, taste a fresh pineapple at the Mauritian way with salt and chilli.
This is a special day where you meet a few local people in their typical environment. Locals will shared recipes and make cooking demonstrations. This is followed by lunch at the Bhowany's. The menu is a typical Indian meal made of seven curries served on a fresh banana leaf.
Take stock of the richness of the flora and fauna during the two-hour walk through the Ferney Valley, a natural reserve inside one of the last indigenous forests in Mauritius. After the walk, a typical Creole lunch will be served in the hunting lodge.
The day begins with a photo stop at the extinct volcano, "Trou aux Cerfs" crater, followed by a visit to a Colonial house, now the home of a duty free shop: "Private Collection". Drive to Grand Bassin, to visit the pilgrimage site of the Hindu, and continue through the forest reserve of "Plaine Champagne" to the spectacular view point at the Black River Gorges. Lunch will be served at the Varangue Sur Morne Restaurant. Then, discover "Chamarel" with its magnificent waterfalls and unique seven coloured earths, you will also visit the rum distillery.
Discover protected fauna and flora unique to Mauritius. Managed by the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation, the islet harbours indigenous plants and coastal ebony forests, once the Dodo's home. This tour down memory lane is followed by a snorkelling or glass bottom trip in the transparent waters of the marine park. Enjoy a delicious barbecue lunch made of a mix of culinary styles, washed down by beer, wine, local rum and soft drinks to the sounds of acoustic guitars and velvet singers' voices.
Visit Pamplemousses' famous botanical gardens. From there, head to the capital city of Port Louis, where panoramic views may be enjoyed from la Citadelle, an old fortress. Shop at le Caudan Waterfront, with its designer shops, duty free jewellery, craft market, spices and souvenirs, and discover the fascinating cross section of Mauritian life by visiting the exotic market of Port Louis.