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Black River: Dolphin Swim and Whale Watching by Speedboat

1. 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: Full-Day Catamaran Cruise to the Northern Isles

2. Mauritius: Full-Day Catamaran Cruise to the Northern Isles

Explore Mauritius' 3 Northern Isles in just one day on this full-day catamaran cruise. Marvel at Mauritius' very own island getaways, government-declared nature reserves featuring pristine white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, and beautiful coral gardens. Enjoy tea, coffee, and cake upon arrival at the catamaran Wind Dancer, then depart from Grand Baie Public Beach at 8 AM after the captain's briefing. Cruise easily for approximately 1 hour on the way to the magical Flat Island. Visit the island before returning to the catamaran for a sumptuous BBQ lunch and drinks. After lunch, explore the beauty of Gabriel Island. Snorkel in the lovely lagoon, or simply laze in the sun on the beautiful sandbar that Gabriel Island is best known for. On the return journey to Grand Bay, make a stop at the natural aquarium of Coin de Mire and swim and snorkel among a multitude of colorful reef fish. The catamaran arrives back in the bay at 4:30 PM. Both shared and private options are available for this tour.

Full-Day Cruise to Ile aux Cerfs with BBQ Lunch Included

3. Full-Day Cruise to Ile aux Cerfs with BBQ Lunch Included

Soak in the beauty of Mauritius on a full-day Isle aux Cerfs catamaran cruise, with the option to book hotel transfers. Admire the scenery as you sail to a quiet spot. Swim, snorkel, sunbathe and walk along Isle aux Cerfs’ beaches, and enjoy a barbecue lunch with drinks.  Enjoy a light breakfast and then climb aboard the Island Hopper catamaran. Cruise from Pointe Jerome to the privately owned island of Ile aux Cerfs. Arrive at an amazing snorkeling spot to either swim in the calm waters or snorkel with the colorful reef fish. Soak up the glorious sun or simply relax away from the crowds. Then, enjoy a delicious BBQ lunch prepared and served by the friendly crew onboard the boat. Get some free time to explore Ile aux Cerfs independently. Go for a walk along the spectacular beaches or just sit back and relax before sailing back to Pointe Jerome with a chilled drink in your hand.

Mauritius: Wild South West Full-Day Tour

4. Mauritius: Wild South West Full-Day Tour

Enjoy a scenic tour of the wilder landscape of southwest Mauritius. Stop at the volcanic crater of Trou Aux Cerfs, where you can enjoy a panoramic view across almost the entire island. 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 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.

South of Mauritius: Quad Bike Tour

5. South of Mauritius: Quad Bike Tour

Guided by a local instructor, discover all the secrets of the south of Mauritius, just a short distance for the airport. Learn more about the history of this part of the island with Suraj, a guide who knows the region like his pocket. With family or friends, this is a perfect opportunity to discover natural sites which are difficult to access by car. Choose from a variety of tour routes and programs which include beaches and unique sites such as the Natural Bridge (Le Pont Naturel), the beaches of La Cambuse, Le Bouchon Public beach, an optional swim in a freshwater river, and many other surprises.

Mauritius: Private Tour of the South West with Lunch

6. 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: Tea and Sugar Plantation Guided Tour with Lunch

7. Mauritius: Tea and Sugar Plantation Guided Tour with Lunch

Discover more about the cuisine, history, and culture of Mauritius on a guided tour to various locations. Learn about the importance of tea production by visiting the estates of Le Domaine des Aubineaux, Le Domaine de Bois Chéri, and Le Domaine de Saint-Aubin. Start with pickup from your hotel and first visit Le Domaine des Aubineaux. Discover a collection of photos of colonial houses and learn about the wider tea industry. Visit the Camphor tree garden, see the trees of the endemic forest, and enjoy the beautiful sights of the tea plantation. Stop at the old stable turned into a distillery, where the secrets of the distillation of essential oils will be revealed to you. At Le Domaine de Bois Chéri, learn about the tea production process at the factory. See old machines, 19th century, photos, tables, and historical documents. Take a walk in the tea plantation and hear the stories and tales of the Bois Chéri along with the importance of tea production in Mauritius. Visit the tea museum and tea tasting accompanied with delicious biscuits at the chalet. Visit Le Domaine de Saint-Aubin and learn about the estate that produces sugar cane used to make delicious rum, with tastings included. Smell the anthurium flowers and vanilla greenhouses along a botanical walking trail. Visit the farm and interact with animals and birds including fawns, chicks, and peacocks. You will also enjoy a delicious 3-course lunch on the grounds, before heading back to your hotel.

Mauritius: Dodo Trail Tour with Lunch

8. Mauritius: Dodo Trail Tour with Lunch

Your busy full-day tour begins with a visit to Port Louis, the capital city. Enjoy magnificent views over the town and its harbor from the old citadel, Fort Adelaide. Discover the busy city center on a walk that starts at the Saint Louis Cathedral and continues to the noisy and hectic central market. Along the way you’ll see the Supreme Court, the Municipal Theater, Poncini, the Parliament, Place d’Armes, and Government House. The central market is a lively place, with its shouting merchants and intriguing array of colorful tropical fruits and vegetables. You’ll find a variety of craft items here also. Just a short walk away is the Caudan Waterfront, a modern and elegant shopping center. Next, you’ll head to a private home to enjoy an authentic Mauritian lunch of Creole delicacies. After lunch you’ll drive through Moka, Saint Pierre, Nouvelle Decouverte, Les Mariannes, and Long Mountain on your way to the magnificent Pamplemousses Botanical Garden. This site is noted for the variety as well as the rarity of its species. Take a leisurely walk along the shady, well-kept avenues and enjoy the beauty of the garden.

Mauritius: Ocean Swim with Dolphins & Benetiers Island Tour

9. Mauritius: Ocean Swim with Dolphins & Benetiers Island Tour

We meet and greet at 7:30 am before embarking on the speedboat and heading out to sea to observe the Spinner and Bottlenose dolphins in their natural habitat. Once the dolphins are spotted you can observe these aquatic specialists from the boat or even jump in for a closer look before setting course for some snorkelling around the “Aquarium” a coral barrier known to be one of the best snorkelling spots in Mauritius. After some enjoyable snorkelling we head in the direction of Ile aux Benitiers island, along the way we include a stop at Crystal rock,a famous geological quirk. This is a great place to take some photographs with the gorgeous view of Le morne mountain as its backdrop. Finally, we make our way to Benetiers Island for our long-awaited BBQ lunch, and a little relaxation time before heading back to the mainland.

Mauritius: Private Swim with Dolphins

10. Mauritius: Private Swim with Dolphins

Encounter friendly dolphins in their natural habitat on board a private speed boat. With your skippers and guide, enjoy swimming with these fascinating creatures in a safe and respectful way. After cruising for a few minutes, watch as the curious dolphins swim in the ocean around you. Learn about their behavior with a short safety briefing. Then, hop in the water for a swim with the dolphins and enjoy interacting with them in their natural environment. At the end of the excursion, embark on a short snorkeling session at a vibrant coral reef, before returning to land.

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What people are saying about Mauritius

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 2,690 reviews

A very nice and friendly professional team. We were greeted with a big smile and a lot of kindness. The boat is in very good condition and very clean. The overall service lives up to expectations.

Very pleasant walking tour through the various ethnic neighborhoods of downtown Port Louis, sampling delicious dishes in each. Christopher was very friendly and engaging.

We had a wonderful sunrise hike with Kevin at Horazis, he was really supportive and so knowledgeable about all things Mauritius! A must do hike! We loved it

Nice tour of the southwest. Our guide explained a lot and answered all questions. Everything was very well organized!

the crew was incredible!!!! the service was perfect. best boat trip of my life!