Mauritius Local tours – Land & Sea
Pamplemousses Botanical Garden and the many facets of Port-Louis uncovered!
This half-day excursion starts with a visit to the famous Pamplemousses Botanical Garden, home to many indigenous, endemic and exotic plants.
Another key feature is a comprehensive visit of Port-Louis, the capital city rich in history. Bursting with life, the city blends the island’s past and present. It is also a rainbow of cultures, religions and traditions reflected in the island lifestyle.
See all of the city’s landmarks including the Champ de Mars racecourse, Saint Louis Cathedral, the Place d’Armes, the Jummah Mosque, China Town and La Citadelle where you will have the opportunity to take great pictures.
Time for shopping at the Miraj duty-free shop and Caudan Waterfront complex.
The latter features 120 shops offering all you could think of including clothes, fashion accessories, shoes and cosmetics to name a few.
The Caudan’s craft market, spread across two levels, is the perfect place to shop for hand-made souvenirs.
Enjoy a tour of the wild South!
The southern part of Mauritius has kept most of its wild beauty and charm. Enjoy a scenic drive and discover unique landscapes carved by the elements over time.
Travel past the suburb of Floreal and drive towards Curepipe, one of the island’s main cities. As you reach the highest point in town, step down to see Trou aux Cerfs’ crater, a dormant volcano covered with lush vegetation, which also acts as a 360-degree lookout.
Head towards the sacred lake of Grand-Bassin, a significant place of worship for Hindus in Mauritius. Further south, discover the spectacular Black River Gorges tucked in tropical greenery. Ascend a beautiful winding road offering commanding views over the southern coast and Le Morne Peninsula.
Arrive at La Rhumerie de Chamarel, a local rum distillery where the host will reveal all the secrets of fabrication. As the day draws to an end, see the spectacular coloured earths of Chamarel and its waterfalls. Your tour ends with a visit of Casela Nature & Leisure Park where you will see birds and animal species sourced from around the globe.
Glimpse of Mauritius
Kick-start your day at the Pamplemousses Botanical Garden! Fill your lungs with fresh air as you follow the many meandering paths planted with rare species.
Then, leave for L’Aventure du Sucre, a museum entirely dedicated to the history of sugar in Mauritius. Your guided tour of the facilities ends with lunch at Le Fangourin, the museum’s restaurant.
Just what you needed before leaving for Port-Louis, the capital city, for shopping at the Caudan Waterfront.
Chances are you will find what you are looking for!
Spirit of Tradition
An excursion steeped in beauty and tradition!
This full day excursion is perfect for both adults and kids. Visit La Vanille Reserve des Mascareignes which is home to one of the biggest tortoise nurseries in the Indian Ocean region.
Paying tribute to Mauritius’ flamboyant colonial era is the Saint-Aubin plantation house. You will get to visit its beautiful vanilla and anthurium greenhouses and even taste a sample of home-made rum.
In keeping with the traditional colonial theme of the day is Bois-Cheri tea factory. Sampling exotic blends will be one of today’s treats! From its stunning hill-top location, Bois-Cheri chalet provides the perfect setting to enjoy a delicious lunch.
Visit the tea factory and learn about the process which turns the freshly-picked tea leaves into the famous scented Mauritian teas.
Adventure in Paradise
Join us in experiencing the Domaine de L’Etoile,located in the eastern region of Mauritius. Acting as a tribute to the Mauritian tropical environment, L’Etoile invites you for a day full of adventure. There is plenty for you to do and see!
The biggest attraction of all is without a doubt quad biking. How exciting to explore the surroundings on your very own four-wheeled machine!
Not only are the quads fun to use, they are also easy to ride. All you need is a safety briefing outlining how to manage the quad and you will be on your way down the many purpose-built tracks.
Enjoy a two-hour safari and let your guide introduce you to the many plants which grow on site. Fully trained horses are also available to lead you down secured trails and pathways.
Other Land Activities
Get a close encounter with the big cats in a totally
secured environment at Casela Nature & Leisure Park.
This is a unique chance to interact with lions and tigers and
learn more about them. Don’t forget the picture to take home with you!
Feel free as a bird as you slide along the cable above Rivière des Galets.
This attraction will appeal to those who like extreme sports.
Short hikes in sugar cane fields and banana crops between cable rides will
spice up the adventure. You will feel as though you are on a secret mission in a tropical jungle!
Spreading across an impressive 6500-hectare surface area, the Black River
Gorges form one of the largest national parks in Mauritius. Get off the beaten
tracks led by an experienced guide! Be on the lookout for the many birds which
hide amidst the luxuriant vegetation and take in the beauty of the waterfalls found along the way.
Enjoy an exciting day in a spectacular setting.
The circuit features many challenges to suit every taste
Whether trekking in the forest, swinging on cable lines or crossing a canyon,
you can expect the unexpected!
Ferney Valley features lots of endemic plants and birds, including the
world-famous Pink Pigeon and Mauritian parakeet.
This is the closest you will ever get to Mauritius’ primitive forests!
Up in the air, discover mesmerizing views of Mauritius.
Observe the many contrasts which characterize the island’s landscape.
See how the green highlands and valleys are set off by the blue shades
of the sea and golden strips of beach..
Live out your desert island fantasy!
There could be no better way than a day at sea to disconnect from everyday life
only to focus on the beauty of the scenery. Ringed by a flawless beach lapped
by crystal-clear waters, Ilot Gabriel prides itself on a rich marine sea life.
According to your mood, you can either dip into the calm blue sea,
lie on the beach to work on your tan or explore the magic underwater world that awaits meters away. This cruise simply spells total relaxation.
Experience the ultimate island lifestyle!
Visit the stunning estuary of Grande Rivière Sud-Est and see its beautiful waterfalls.
The skipper will stop along the way, giving you plenty of time to swim and snorkel right
before lunchtime onboard. Sail towards Ile aux Cerfs. Popular for its characteristic strips
of pure white sand beach, this pristine islet located off the mainland has made its name worldwide.
Dig your feet into warm soft sand and relax on the beach – that is if you can tear yourself away from the irresistible turquoise lagoon!
Cruise into the setting sun!
Sail from Black River along one of the most beautiful coasts in Mauritius. Get another
perspective of the Rempart and Black River mountain ranges.
Simply soak up the peaceful atmosphere. Enjoy one of life’s little pleasures while
you sip your refreshing cocktail…
Sit back and watch the sun slip quietly into the ocean, painting the sky with dramatic hues of red, orange and gold.
Spot dolphins at sea!
Sail along the west coast aboard a spacious and well-equipped catamaran for your chance to see dolphins in their natural habitat!
After the dolphin sighting, dive into adventure equipped with the snorkeling gear provided onboard.
Nothing beats a fun day at sea to stimulate the appetite. No doubt you will appreciate the tasty barbecue prepared on board by the crew.
Sail towards Ile aux Bénitiers, one of the many islets which dot the lagoon off the mainland.
Have fun uncovering the island’s nooks and crannies off the beaten tracks!
BLUE SAFARI SUBMARINES
Blue Safari submarines are great fun for everyone! The fully secured equipment is perfect to explore the Indian Ocean.
What an experience it is to dive at 35 meters with nothing around you but the deep blue sea!
Discover evanescent anemones and flamboyant coral reefs. Ancient shipwrecks may also reveal age-old secrets.
BLUE SAFARI SUBSCOOTERS
The subscooters are more private than submarines. Up to two people at a time can use a single machine.
It is perfectly safe and easy to use. You can breathe totally normally as you are not restrained by any heavy equipment, which makes the moment even more enjoyable.
This is the perfect commune-with-nature experience…
You no longer have to swim to get a close look at the fish!
Helmet diving provides a secure way of immersing yourself into water,
making it suitable for both adults and children.
Feed the fish and take pictures at your convenience!
Imagine having a catamaran just to yourself!
We have what you need in store to suit your special occasion
a romantic cruise with your partner or a private excursion with your close friends.
Get ready for some thrills! Experience the ultimate escorted cruise as you skim the
waves at full speed. You can spend a full day or half a day at sea
– this is totally up to you. This private cruise is perfect for a couple or a small party.
The experienced skipper has laid out the perfect itinerary for you with plenty
of time for snorkeling and swimming in Mauritian waters.
Six out of the seven species of marlin in the world can be found in the Indian
Ocean region, including the renowned blue marlin. Mauritius hosts the
“Blue Marlin World Cup” every year which attracts seasoned anglers from
across the globe. To meet the highest standards, most operators are affiliated with the IGFA (International Game Fishing Association).
The Indian Ocean teems with sea life and the experienced skippers know just where to go to give you the best shot at the catch of a lifetime!
Mauritius Fact Sheet / General Info
Area: 2040 sq km (788 sq miles)
Population: 1,122,811(official estimate 2003)
Population Density: 589.0 per sq km.
Capital: Port Louis
Currency: The currency is the Mauritian rupee.
- Maritime climate tropical summer (27°C - 33°C)
- Subtropical winter (17°C - 25°C)
- Central plateau rises 600 meters above sea level.
Geography: Mauritius, a volcanic and mountainous island in the Indian Ocean, lies 2000km (1240 miles) off the southeastern coast of Africa, due east of Madagascar. The island-state stands on what was once a land bridge between Asia and Africa called the Mascarene Archipelago. From the coast, the land rises to form a broad fertile plain on which sugar cane flourishes. Some 500km (310 miles) east is Rodrigues Island, while northeast are the Cargados Carajos Shoals and 900km (560 miles) to the north is Agalega.
Driving: People in Mauritius drive on the left-hand side of the road and give way to the right.
Government Republic: Gained independence from the UK in 1968
Religion: 51 %Hindu, 31% Christian, 17 % Muslim.
Time: GMT + 4
Bank: Mauritius has a wide selection of banks. These are open from 0930-1500 hours Mon-Thur and 0900-1700 hours on Fridays.
Language: Most people in Mauritius are bilingual and are equally fluent in English and French. Creole and French are the main languages in the everyday environment and several oriental languages are spoken.