Active Mauritius

What to do, what to do? Lie on a beach all day? Or enjoy the wonderful range of activities on offer? Either way, you can’t really lose and there’s not much you can’t do here on the water – highlights include kitesurfing, boat excursions to the beautiful islands of the lagoon, and the full suite of paddling activities offered by hotels and beach operators. But the diving and snorkelling here is terrific, encircled as Mauritius is by shallow waters, a coral reef, sublime underwater topography and a dramatic ocean drop-off. On land, you’ll need to decide between fabulous hiking, horse riding and even championship-standard golf courses. Decisions, decisions…

General information about Mauritius

Mauritius, the island of incomparable beauty, known officially as the Republic of Mauritius, is an island nation located off the coast of the African continent in the southwest Indian Ocean. It is a volcanic island of lagoons and palm-fringed beaches with coral reefs surrounding most of the coastline.

Mauritius is situated approximately 2400 kilometers off the South East Coast of Africa. The island covers an area of 1,865 square kilometers or 720 square miles, with almost 300 kilometers of coastline, protected by coral reefs.

With its beautiful beaches, lagoons, coral reefs, amazing nature and warm kind people, Mauritius has become a top holiday destination. A visit to Mauritius is a visit to a true paradise and any holiday in Mauritius is a once in a life time experience.

Today Mauritius offers all possible tourism services, including medical facilities, wide selection of leisure activities, easy and cheap transportation, delicious food and a big range of accommodation solutions. Tourists can choose between selection of vacation apartments and villas to top luxury holiday resorts and hotels, catering all levels.

Mauritius is surrounded by coral reefs, creating lagoons with wonderful marine life. The island is also home to some of the world’s most breathtaking coral reefs and marine life ever to be seen. Full with hundreds of bright-colored fish, the underwater world of Mauritius can be deemed a natural wonder.

Mauritius is an ideal travel destination for those looking for an exotic vacation and unspoiled natural beauty. Mauritius magnetically combines wonderful fauna and flora and beautiful landscapes. It is a great place to enjoy hiking and trekking with its breathtaking views of mountains, rivers, forests and more. You can enjoy hiking trips through the fields, trekking on a zip line or on a bike, to discover this magnificent nature paradise.

Wildlife Island

Once thought to be the preserve of nearby Madagascar, wildlife tourism in Mauritius is rapidly gaining in popularity. And why wouldn’t it? Mauritius has saved more bird species from extinction than any other country on earth, with the result that you can now see two of the loveliest birds of the Indian Ocean – the pink pigeon and the Mauritian kestrel – at various places around the island. Giant tortoises – in captivity in their hundreds, or roaming free on Île aux Aigrettes – are another drawcard, while dolphins, whales and sharks are just three highlights of the island’s richly biodiverse marine environment.

The Mauritian Table

Foodies of the world, rejoice! Mauritius is winning plaudits for the excellence of its food, and that goes for fine-dining restaurants at five-star resorts as well as beachside shacks serving fish just off the boat. Curries, seafood and staples like the thankfully ubiquitous salade d’ourite (octopus salad) owe their presence to influences from Mauritius’ Indian, Chinese, French and Creole communities – less a melting pot than a wonderfully aromatic cooking pot. The charming tradition of the table d’hôte, the family table opened to all and covered with the signature dishes of Mauritian home cooking, captures the essence of the warm local welcome.

Welcome to The West

Mauritius’ western wonderland is the nation’s most diverse coast. Underwater diving treasures lie just off the bustling tourist hub of Flic en Flac, and further south are the sandy bays and mountainous backdrops of Black River (Rivière Noire) and Tamarin. Capping the coastline’s southern tip is the dramatic beauty of Le Morne Brabant, an awesomely photogenic (and hikeable) crag. Nor far inland, Mauritius rises steeply; this part of the island encompasses fauna-filled Black River Gorges National Park and beguiling Chamarel, one of the loveliest towns anywhere on the island.

Tour of Mauritius South Region – Mauritius Private South Tour

This tour offers you to discover and explore the beautiful south of Mauritius, and visit several of the main sights and places of interest of the Southern region of Mauritius.

Crocodile & Giant Tortoises Park

The park is home to various species of animals, reptiles and plants. The park is set in a beautiful rain forested valley with natural freshwater springs, full of prawns and fish. As part of your visit to the Crocodile & Giant Tortoises Park, the park’s guides will guide you through some unforgettable walks, and you will stroll through luxuriant greenery where banana trees, palm trees and giant bamboos provide shade for the crocodiles and the giant tortoises. During your stay in the crocodile park you can also experience a firsthand unique encounter with the giant tortoises and turtles, and get a rare chance to feed, pet and play with them.

Also thousands of Nile crocodiles are found in the park and you can watch them in maximum safety.

The Crocodile & Giant Tortoises Park also offers a mini zoo of Mauritian fauna where you can find most of the Mauritian mammals and reptiles including skinks, phelsumas (geckos), giant tortoises, turtles, bats, deer, mongooses, monkeys, wild boars, as well as domestic livestock such as goats, fat-tailed sheep and donkeys.

A must see is the park’s rare collection of butterflies and other brightly-colored insects (with about 23 000 species), which is one of the most fascinating in the world.

Gris – Gris

The village of Gris-Gris is found at the Southern tip of Mauritius. The appeal of Gris Gris lies in it scenery, the high cliffs here drop abruptly to the sea and the bracing winds of the Indian Ocean blow all year round. Gris-Gris is well known for its sea cliff and this is definitely a sight worth seeing. This part of the island is not surrounded by coral reefs and this is why thick waves crash directly on the cliffs. At the southern end of Gris-Gris you will have a great viewpoint on the cliffs and will see the squashing of waves against the flanks of the cliffs.

Bois Chéri

Visit of Bois Chéri, the biggest tea producer in Mauritius. It is also the first tea plantation in Mauritius dates back to 1892. As part of the visit of the Bois Cheri, you will enjoy a guided tour with a local guide leading you through the factory and the tea plantation, offering you to discover the history, stories and tales of Bois Chéri and the importance of tea productions in Mauritius.

After the guided tour of the tea factory, you will visit the tea production museum learning more about the history of tea in Mauritius. The Bois Chéri offers a great panoramic view of the south of the island. Nowadays Bois Chéri produces a new range of flavored teas, green teas and herbal teas. You may taste them during your visit.

Saint Aubin House

The Saint Aubin house was built in 1819. It has been home to several managers of the sugar estate, before being renovated in the 90’s in order to preserve a part of the Mauritian heritage. Today one may still see the beams and ship poles used in its original construction.

You will also discover the vanilla plantation of the estate and the interesting transformation process of the vanilla orchid from the flower to the aromatic pod.

Grand Bassin (also known as Ganga Talao)

Grand Bassin is a lake situated 6km South East of Mare aux Vacoas in a secluded mountain area in the district of Savanne, deep in the heart of Mauritius. It is about 1800 feet (550m) above sea level. Grand Bassin with its Hindu temple is a holy lake for Mauritians of Hindu faith. The lake rests in the crater of an extinct volcano. It is said that the water inside the lake communicates with the waters of the holy Ganges of India. The Hindus of Mauritius declared the Grand Bassin as a Holy lake. The Hindu community performs there a pilgrimage every year on the Maha Sivaratri (Shiva’s Great Night), on this day they honor the Lord Shiva. Beside the lake there is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and other Gods including Hanuman, Lakshmi, and others.

Mangal Mahadev – Shiva Statue

Beside Grand Bassin you will also get to see the statue of Lord Shiva. The statue is of 108 feet (33 meters) and is the highest known statue in Mauritius (and one of the 50 highest statues in the world). The sight of the Mangal Mahadev statue is quite impressive as it is a beautiful crafted very big statue.

Additional information regarding the Mauritius South Tour:

  • Start & End times:
  • Duration: The duration of the private South tour is 9 hours
  • This private tour is offered every day
  • Departure time: 8:30 am from your hotel / place of accommodation
  • Return time: 17:30 pm back to your hotel / place of accommodation

(Upon request it is possible to start or finish the tour in a different time)

Mauritius Ile aux Cerfs Catamaran Cruise

What better way to experience the beauty of Mauritius than on a full-day catamaran cruise experience? Set sail and absorb the surreal mountain scenery of the east coast as you cruise the island’s longest and largest lagoon. After a swim and snorkel in the turquoise waters, glide along the Grand River South East to admire its waterfall before enjoying a delicious, onboard lunch with complimentary drinks. Round off a blissful day with free time on the gorgeous beaches of Île aux Cerfs, an island jewel basking off Mauritius’ eastern shores.

Start your experience in the morning with a pickup from your Mauritius hotel, and travel by air-conditioned coach to Jerome Point on the southeast coast (if transfer option selected). Here, board your catamaran and soak up the magical views as you glide onto Mauritius’ aquamarine seas. Waft over the baby-blue waters and enjoy inspirational views over the surreally shaped mountains that dominate the island’s eastern shores.Before long, your catamaran will stop so you can snorkel. Either stay on deck to watch or jump into the lagoon to swim or snorkel amid the beautiful coral beds and colorful tropical fish. Then, dry off on deck and as you cruise to the mouth of the Grand River South East. Here, sail upriver to the famous Grand River waterfall. Stop to take shots of these majestic falls, where roaring waters crash over cliffs across the river.After your visit, enjoy a tasty barbecue lunch served on your boat. Savor grilled chicken and fish with rice and mixed salads, followed by fresh fruit, as you enjoy included drinks such as beer, wine and soda.Following lunch, relax on deck as your catamaran heads toward Île aux Cerfs, a paradise-like island encircled by white beaches. Enjoy time here to sunbathe, snorkel or enjoy the watersports available (own expense) on some of the beaches.Later, board your catamaran and cruise back to Jerome Point.

What’s included: Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option selected), Local guide, Transport by air-conditioned coach to cruise start point (if option selected), Catamaran cruise, Snorkeling equipment, BBQ lunch on board with drinks

Full-Day Tour of South West Mauritius

Explore the south west of Mauritius. Visiting Floreal, Trou aux cerf, Grand Bassin, Gorges Natural Park, Alexandra Fall, Black River Gorges Water Fall and View Point, La Rhumerie de Chamarel (Distillery), Chamarel Waterfall and 7 colored Earth, and the panoramic view point of the south west of Mauriritus.

Your will get picked up from your accommodation in Mauritius, before the tour starts in Floreal, where you will visit some hand craft workshops. After this, you will make your way to Trou aux Cerf. This Natural volcanic crater is 85m deep and 200m wide. Here you will enjoy a panoramic view of Curepipe, Rose Hill and Mare aux Vacoas – one of the biggest natural reservoirs on the Island. After, you will visit Grand Bassin and the sacred lake surrounding the Hindu Temple of the community. Every year the Hindu community perform there pilgrimage on the Maha Shivaratri. After Grand Bassin, visit Black River Gorges Natural Park. Here you will visit the Alexandra Fall with a beautiful view point of Southern Mauritius. Black River Gorges Water Fall and view point is place where you can enjoy a beautful view of western Mauritius.You will then visit Rhum de chamarel (Distillery) and taste the rum Of Mauritius. Next is, Chamarel Waterfall and 7 colored earth, which is one of the most beautiful places in Mauritius. Here you can enjoy the natural view of vegatation and also the panoramic view of the south west of Mauritius.

What’s included: Entrance fees, Lunch, Hotel pickup and drop-off, Beverages during your Lunch, Rum tasting.

Southwest Mauritius Tour: Chamarel Waterfall, Trou aux Cerfs

Experience the unspoiled nature of southwest Mauritius on this day trip from your island hotel. With an expert guide, travel to the verdant Rivière Noire District, where high mountain peaks, volcanic formations and nature reserves dominate. Visit towering Chamarel Waterfall and the striking Seven Coloured Earth dunes, sample rum at a local distillery, and savor a 3-course Mauritius lunch. Visit the ancient Trou aux Cerfs crater, boasting sweeping island views and finish the tour at the Ship Model Factory in Floreal. Numbers are limited to 15 on this small-group tour, ensuring a more personalized experience.

Your day starts with pickup from your hotel on the north, east, west or south side of the island. Enjoy the scenery and learn about the area’s flora, fauna and history from your guide as you drive along the west coast to the Rivière Noire District. Pass through Le Morne, La Prairie and Macondé before curving back into the mountains to the picturesque village of Chamarel.Visit Chamarel Waterfall, the tallest waterfall in Mauritius that plunges more than 328 feet (100 meters) against a scenic backdrop of forests and mountains. Continue to the Seven Coloured Earth, a striking geological formation created by volcanic rocks that cooled at different temperatures. Admire the exposed hillsides glowing with red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple and yellow colors.Next, head to La Rhumerie de Chamarel distillery to sample local rum. Follow your tasting with a delicious, traditional 3-course lunch served with Chamarel coffee and water at a local restaurant. After lunch, continue up to a high plateau and reach a viewpoint over Black River Gorges National Park. Listen as your guide points out the variety of flora and fauna thriving below.In the district of Savanne, visit the secluded Grand Bassin lake, an important place of worship for Mauritian Hindus. Continue on to the Trou aux Cerfs, a huge volcanic crater formed millions of years ago. From here you’ll enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of the island before you head to see the Shop of Ship Model.The art of ship modeling was brought to Mauritius by various sailors who visited this island. Le Port’s eye for detail and quality has many customers visiting them from around the world. Their craftsmen are adept in the art of miniaturization and the techniques of replica work. At times it requires more than six months for a craftsman to produce a particular model. They also create half models and replicas. Your tour concludes with a drop-off at your hotel in the evening.

What’s included: , Hotel pickup and drop-off, Local guide, Transport by air-conditioned coach, Entrance fees, Rum samples (over 18yrs only), Lunch with Chamarel coffee

Day Trip to Ile Aux Cerfs Island and Grand River South East Waterfall in Mauritius

Enjoy a visit to the island of Ile aux Cerfs and see the magnificent Grand River South East Waterfall. Travel in a comfortable motorboat on this excursion and spend the day in paradise filled with swimming, snorkeling, sunbathing, and a delicious 3-course lunch on the beach.

Enjoy a day trip in the South East Coast of Mauritius to discover the spectacular waterfall Grand River South East and the paradise island Ile aux Cerfs. Board a beautiful, spacious white motorboat with a friendly crew member and skipper heading towards the GRSE waterfall’s mouth, where the river’s current meets the ocean’s tide, you will see some impressive ravines along with the mesmerizing waterfall. This natural spot adds color to your excursion with its surrounding rocks, greenery and fresh water. See wildlife, such as monkeys jumping in the trees with their newborns, fruit bats hanging up in trees and the endemic bird ‘Paille en Queue’ flying high in the sky. You will be served a small breakfast of cheese sandwiches and juice while enjoying the scenery as you’re sailing, including some stunning hotels along the way. Next, you will have time to go snorkeling. Enjoy the marine life and see some beautiful fish swim right next to you. The water is so clear you can easily see fish and sea life and it is excellent for snorkeling. After this wonderful experience, we will continue to the postcard-perfect side of Ile aux Cerfs. You will have the chance to go parasailing (cost of other activities not included). After this activity, it will be time for lunch and you will again board the boat to travel to the wild side of the island for a delicious meal prepared by the cooking team. A nice table will be set up and waiting for you on the beach, where you will be served a 3-course lunch, including a starter, main course and dessert.Finally, you will be able to explore and see sea urchins, sea stars and a lot of coral. There will also be plenty of time to relax and enjoy some sunbathing. Don’t forget to bring your sunscreen! The beach is wonderful for swimming in the crystal-clear waters under the big, blue sky and admiring the breathtaking views.Lunch Menu: Starter: Poulet Croustilliant + Poisson pane + samosa + salad Main Course: BBQ chicken + chicken sausage + mixed salad + garlic breadDessert: Fresh fruitDrinks: Orange juice + soft drinks + mineral water + beer + wine + rum (limited alcohol) Vegetarian Food: Available (kindly request it while booking in advance)Things to mention in advance: For any allergies with the foodAny other preferences about the menu

What’s included: Beverages, Bottled water, Snacks, 3-course lunch, Use of snorkel equipment, Activity: parasailing, Visit the waterfall from the boat only, Limited alcohol over lunch, Toilet and shower facilities

Mauritius Ile des Deux Cocos Day Trip

Sink into tropical bliss on this full-day trip to Île des Deux Cocos off southeast Mauritius! Ride a speedboat to the idyllic islet in the coral-filled Blue Bay Marine Park and chill, swim or explore as you wish. After a refreshing welcome cocktail, laze on the powder-white sand, swim or snorkel in the idyllic lagoon, follow the palm-fringed walking trails, or join the included snorkeling or glass-bottom boat trips. The finishing touch? A mouth-watering buffet lunch of grilled meats, fish and seafood, accompanied by unlimited drinks.

Start your experience in the morning with a pickup from your Mauritius hotel and travel by air-conditioned minivan to Blue Bay (if option selected). Here, board a speedboat for the 5-minute journey to Île des Deux Cocos, an untouched islet off Mauritius’ southeast coast. This tiny gem sits in the reef-filled Blue Bay Marine Park and boasts palm trees, white sands and a small, luxurious beach resort.On arrival, sip an ice-cold welcome cocktail served by the friendly staff. Then, spend the next few hours in this blissful spot. Perhaps laze on a sun lounger, swim in the shallows or follow the walking trails through the palms.Otherwise, join in with the included snorkeling boat trip to see the park’s rainbow-colored marine life. Marvel at the shoals of neon-bright fish as you snorkel, or alternatively, opt for a glass-bottom boat trip to see the undersea antics from above!About noon, savor a scrumptious barbecue lunch cooked alfresco. Settle into an open-air sofa or at a table and enjoy grilled chicken and fish served with pasta salad and rice. Wash it down with complimentary, unlimited drinks including house wine, beer, rum, soft drinks and water. After lunch, while away your time as you wish or take a tropical snooze under the shady palms. Then, bid a reluctant farewell to the island and ride the speedboat back to the main island. Your trip then ends with a drop-off at your hotel. (if option selected)

What’s included: Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option selected), Local guide, Transport by air-conditioned minivan (if option selected), Speedboat transfer, Welcome cocktail, Snorkeling equipment, Snorkeling and glass-bottom boat trips, BBQ lunch, Unlimited wine, beer, rum, soft drinks and water.

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