Black River Activities

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Black River Swim with Dolphins Speedboat Tour

1. Black River Swim with Dolphins Speedboat Tour

Explore the west coast of Mauritius and the Black River area on a guided speedboat trip from Grande Riviere Noire. Admire views from the water and search for dolphins in their natural environment. Discover the underwater world while swimming and snorkeling. Climb aboard a speedboat and start your tour along the unforgettable west coast of Mauritius. Get a detailed briefing from your skipper before you take off to see wild dolphins and other marine life in their natural habitat. Enter the water in groups of 2 at a time to get close with these special marine mammals. Encounter native spinner dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, and more in the coastal waters off of the Black River region. Round off your trip with a snorkeling session by the colorful coral reef to see the amazing ecosystem up close and personal.

Black River: Dolphin Swim and Whale Watching by Speedboat

2. Black River: Dolphin Swim and Whale Watching by Speedboat

Climb aboard a speedboat with a capacity for no more than 8 people plus 2 skippers and set off an amazing speedboat trip along the Black River coast of Mauritius. Benefit from a detailed briefing to learn how to respect the environment and hear the rules of approaching the dolphins to cause them minimum disturbance. Get the chance to enter the warm waters of the Indian Ocean to get up close to the magnificent marine mammals in their natural habitat. Encounter native spinner dolphins and bottlenose dolphins playing in the ocean, and end with a snorkeling session at the amazing coral reefs. Then, look for whales and get a 60% chance of seeing them. Encounter majestic humpback whales between June and October and resident sperm whales all year round.

Mauritius: Private Tour of the South West with Lunch

3. Mauritius: Private Tour of the South West with Lunch

After the hotel pickup, you will be visiting the town of Curepipe and Floreal. You will visit the crater of Trou aux Cerfs and the Indu temple of Grand Bassin. Here you will have the chance to learn about the Indu culture and traditions and how they persist in modern Mauritius society. From here, you will then drive to Black River, where you will be able to admire fantastic landscapes and views of the mountains. Finally you will be travelling to Chamarel, where you will visit the Waterfalls, the park of Seven coloured Earths, and pay a visit to the Giant turtles in the park. From here you will be driving back to your hotel, where you will be dropped off.

Mauritius: Le Morne Mountain UNESCO Eco Hike

4. Mauritius: Le Morne Mountain UNESCO Eco Hike

A 4WD vehicle will take you from the designated meeting point through a private estate in which RESA deer, wild pigs, and numerous bird species including pheasant, quail, and guinea-foul reside. Begin the hike and traverse along the North-Western base of the mountain, allowing for two panoramic perspectives of the mountain to be appreciated of the North Western and South Eastern flanks. The initial hike follows an undulating path that is designed to warm up your muscles and elevate your heart-rate before the scrambling and climbing sections begin. At 340 meters above sea level, you will have a safety and mountain security briefing prior to the first of the four scrambling and climbing sections. There is a 70-meter, 25-meter, 15-meter, and 10-meter section. They provide the most spectacular views of the lush mountain ranges of Chamarel as well as stunningly beautiful lagoon views of both the North-Western and South-Eastern coasts that extend in front of you to the horizon. Various rest points provide a unique opportunity for the team to take memorable photographs of you and your family so that the once-in-a-lifetime experience can never be forgotten. Arrive at the summit of the V with a just reward for all of your efforts and hard work as the views are well worth it. The team will provide you with additional information, whilst taking photographs and allowing you the opportunity to have a break and appreciate the location and its amazing surroundings. The descent down the mountain will begin under the watchful eye of the highly experienced and professional team. Return to the meeting point and then depart to your accommodation. 

Mauritius: Full-Day Cruise with BBQ Lunch

5. Mauritius: Full-Day Cruise with BBQ Lunch

Step aboard the catamaran and look up at the Black River mountain range and the mythical Morne Mountain, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the calm blue waters of the West, complete relaxation awaits.  Depart from The Morne Anglers Club at 9:15 AM and head to Tamarin Bay. Here, you can try to spot the dolphins. Then, take a leisurely sail in direction of Crystal Rock and stop on the way for some snorkeling and swimming next to the coral reef. Once you arrive at Crystal Rock, you may have another swim while the crew is preparing a delicious BBQ. After lunch, you will be able to spend 40 minutes discovering Ilot Benitier. There is a tender boat at your disposal to take you to the island. Sail back to the Black River and arrive at approximately 3:30 PM. 

Mauritius: Wild South West Full-Day Tour

6. Mauritius: Wild South West Full-Day Tour

Enjoy a scenic tour of the wilder landscape of southwest Mauritius and taste the local rum before savoring a delicious lunch at a restaurant. See the volcanic crater of Trou Aux Cerfs, Chamarel Waterfall, 7-Colored Earth, La Rhumerie de Chamarel, and more with a guide.  Visit the ship model factory in Curepipe where their craftsmen are adept in the art of miniaturization and the techniques of replica work. You will then head to the sacred lake of Grand Bassin, the most important place of worship for Mauritian Hindus and make a short drive to the Black River Gorges and stop at the Black River View Point, to see the island’s endemic flora and fauna. Visit La Rhumerie de Chamarel to learn about the various stages involved in making the local rum, before tasting the end product! A delicious gourmet lunch will then be served in a local restaurant. After lunch, the drive continues to Chamarel Village to admire the 90-meter high Chamarel Waterfall and the curious 7-Coloured Earth, a natural phenomenon caused when basaltic lava converts the clay mineral into vibrant shades of red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple, and yellow. Take a winding drive to the southwest corner of Mauritius, and enjoy the drive through Macondé Bridge for panoramic views across the Baie Du Cap River.

Mauritius: Tamarind Falls Guided Hike with Swim and Lunch

7. Mauritius: Tamarind Falls Guided Hike with Swim and Lunch

The 7 Cascades or Tamarind Falls as it is known is located in the district of Black River Gorge near to the village of Henrietta. The source of the waterfalls starts from the Tamarind River and consists of at least 7 simultaneous splendid waterfalls. The surrounding area is renowned for its breathtaking nature as it is filled with exotic and indigenous plants, trees and beautiful species of birds making it a sought after destination for any nature lover or adventurer’s bucket list. Undoubtedly the only way to thoroughly enjoy and discover this hidden gem in the middle of Mauritius is with an experienced guide on our 5 to 6 hour hike. After a short safety briefing and introduction, head off along the trail for about 40 minutes until reaching the first part of the Tamarind Falls canyon. As you embark on this great adventure of canyoning and hiking you begin to forget the hustle and bustle of everyday life as you become overwhelmed by this beautiful scenery. The distance between the first and second plateau is short and can only be reached by a steep descent. This is where you will have your first opportunity to jump from the waterfall into the basin below, a drop of about seven meters, but still the fastest way to get down to the next plateau !! For non jumpers, don’t worry! You can climb down a path to reach the plateau and still enjoy a refreshing swim in the cool, clear water. On arrival at the fifth waterfall, there are two ways to get down. The first way is a five-meter jump into the water-filled basin below or you can climb down taking advantage of the nearby trees and branches that create a natural ladder. Of course, if you choose the second option our skilled guide will be by your side at all times to guarantee your safety and guide you. This is one of the main reasons why it’s important to have an experienced guide with you. If you feel the urge to cool off after climbing down, you can still take a relaxing swim in the lagoon type basin at the bottom of the fifth waterfall. At the end of this adventure and reaching the goal of standing on top of the seventh waterfall a sense of achievement overwhelms you as it sets the scene for a superb view over the lush green canyon. A chance to look back at the terrain you’ve covered from the first waterfall, it also puts into perspective how high these magnificent waterfalls really are. From the top of the seventh waterfall to its basin there is approximately a 60 meter drop, so for those thrill-seekers who aren’t afraid of heights and want to take a closer look, it’s wise to lie on your stomach just near the edge of the waterfall. The 7 Cascades is truly worth a visit!

Mauritius: Tamarind Falls Highlights 3-Hour Hiking Trip

8. Mauritius: Tamarind Falls Highlights 3-Hour Hiking Trip

Meet your guide at the Henrietta Bus Station and start with a short briefing about the hike. Then begin your 3-hour hiking experience by walking through sugarcane fields to reach the entrance to the canyon, admiring the stunning landscape around you. Make your way down to the canyon, and after 30 minutes of walking you’ll reach the first of many waterfalls. Take the chance to swim in the natural pools carved out of the rock. Learn about the plants, the animals, and the history of Mauritius from your guide. Finish your tour at Tamarind Falls, the most impressive waterfall, before returning to your original start point.

Île aux Bénitiers: Swim with the Dolphins & BBQ Lunch

9. Île aux Bénitiers: Swim with the Dolphins & BBQ Lunch

Begin the excursion with pickup at the hotel at 6:00 AM or 7:00 AM depending on where you are on the island. Then head out on an adventure for your encounter with dolphins in their natural environment. Watch dolphins swimming around the speedboat and join them in the water for a swim. Afterwards, spend some time snorkeling along a coral reef with the beautiful colors of the tropical fish. Continue your excursion with a visit to Benitiers Island, where you will enjoy a BBQ meal. The driver will return at your hotel safely after the excursion.

Chamarel: 7 Coloured Earth Geopark Entrance Ticket

10. Chamarel: 7 Coloured Earth Geopark Entrance Ticket

Visit the Original 7 Coloured Earth in Chamarel and drink in the lunar-like spectacle of red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple, and yellow sand dunes set in the middle of lush green vegetation, with the Black River mountain range in the background. On your way to 7 Coloured Earth, you can also admire the majestic Chamarel Waterfall, the tallest single-drop waterfall in Mauritius at about 100 metres high. You can also wander to the tortoise park to see the six tortoises called Toto, Tizean, Rosette, Nini, Tizom and Tifam up close — a great activity for the family. Originally from Aldabra in Seychelles, the species can reach up to 1 meter in length with an average lifespan of more than 150 years. During your visit to the Geopark, you can also stop for a snack or lunch at the Coffee Shop. There you'll find themed products such as the Seven-Coloured Macaroons or Gourmet Popsicles. The Coffee Shop also serves Chamarel Coffee; the only locally grown and roasted coffee in Mauritius. Its taste is unique... maybe because it is grown on volcanic soil.

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What people are saying about Black River

Overall a great and exciting experience! Very professional and the instructor made everyone feel safe during the climb. If you are considering going on this guided climb I definitely recommend getting Bryn as your guide - he made sure everyone felt safe and made useful instructions on how to climb some of the tricky parts of the mountain. Besides that he made sure to take amazing photos and videos of everyone! Definitely a 10/10 experience from us.

Fabulous trip! We had a great family day - beautiful sea, LOADS of dolphins, great snorkelling, super food, and plenty of drinks all day! The crew were fabulous - really friendly and accommodating. Definitely recommended!

Amazing tour. Nitesh was an excellent guide. Very knowledgeable about the sights and gave a great overview of Mauritian history, the commerce and nature. I would definitely recommend him and this tour!

Absolut empfehlenswert!! Cooler Guide, erzählt auch viel über die Pflanzen. Wanderung war wirklich super, sollte allerdings nicht unterschätzt werden

Really loved the hike. Our guide Kevin was incredible: attentive, motivating and fun. Would be very happy to try other hikes with him.