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Mauritius: Full-Day Catamaran Cruise to the Northern Isles

1. 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.

South of Mauritius: Quad Bike Tour

2. 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: Le Morne Mountain UNESCO Eco Hike

3. 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

4. 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. 

Blue Bay: Half-Day Snorkeling Trip with Creole Picnic Lunch

5. Blue Bay: Half-Day Snorkeling Trip with Creole Picnic Lunch

Explore the Blue Bay Marine Park by glass-bottom boat and snorkeling in the largest marine life and coral reserve in Mauritius, including a relaxing lunch on a private beach. Your half-day excursion starts from the Blue Bay Public Beach in the southeast of Mauritius. Board the glass-bottom boat and head out into the Blue Bay Marine Park to observe its underwater diversity. Sail along the marvelous seaside from Point d’Esny to visit the old shipwreck, located in the turquoise lagoon of the Marine Park. Here, you’ll have your first chance to go snorkeling and discover this underwater world for yourself.   Then, head to the private island Ile de deux Cocos for lunch. Relax on one of the public beaches on the island where you’ll be offered a delicious typical Creole picnic. Choose between a traditional Creole curry prepared with fish, chicken, or vegetables served with rice and salad. A large variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks will be served as well—don’t skip the famous Jungle Cocktail.   After lunch, take up to 2 hours to relax on the beach and enjoy the beautiful environment on this private island. After your break, the crew will pick you up and take you back to the Marine Park lagoon, where you’ll have another opportunity to snorkel among the fish and coral, before heading back to the starting point.

Mauritius: Black River Gorges National Park 3-Hour Hike

6. Mauritius: Black River Gorges National Park 3-Hour Hike

Discover the tropical rainforest of Mauritius on a 3-hour walk through the Black River Gorges National Park. Your local guide will take you on a hike to the best viewpoints, trekking along the most beautiful trails. Explore the gorges, rivers, and valleys of this stunning area. Look out for local wildlife along the way and learn about this region from your guide. You might spot the giant bats native to Mauritius, macaque monkeys, ebony trees, and more. End your hiking experience with a refreshing swim in the river.

Mauritius: Dolphin Encounter, Trou aux Cerf and Grand Bassin

7. Mauritius: Dolphin Encounter, Trou aux Cerf and Grand Bassin

Begin your full-day experience with a visit to the wild dolphins who live off the coast of the Black River in the Indian Ocean. Swim with the playful creatures in their natural environment. Learn about their habits and receive guidelines for a sustainable trip once you have boarded the boat.  The skippers will accompany you in the water when it's your turn to swim. Take in stunning views over the open sea and of these amazing creatures before heading to the popular diving and snorkeling site (time permitting). Dive in and marvel at the beautiful coral gardens and tropical fish. Proceed then to the dormant volcano of Trou aux Cerfs for beautiful panoramas. Take a stroll around the crater, situated 2,000 feet above sea level, for breathtaking views of the whole island on clear days.  Continue to the temples and shrines of the peaceful Grand Bassin. See the 108-foot statue of Shiva and climb the highest temple for more stunning views.  Look out for the resident monkeys and other wildlife while you're there. Drive through the park to Plaine des Champagnes, stopping to admire Alexandra Falls on the way. Finally, head to Chamarel to discover the geological miracle that is the Seven Colored Earths. Get a view of Chamarel Falls, Mauritius' most famous waterfall. Say hello to one of the giant tortoises before concluding the tour and heading back to your hotel.

UNESCO World Heritage: Le Morne Brabant Guided Tour

8. UNESCO World Heritage: Le Morne Brabant Guided Tour

Explore the forests, enjoy views of the mountains and lagoons, and discover different rare plants, trees, birds, and other animals living in the forest on this hike of Le Morne Brabant. After a briefing, your local guide will take you to the tracks and lead you on an excursion into the nature of this area.  Don't worry about a strenuous hike — there will be several stops along the way, and the guide will always adapt to your pace. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2008, this mountain is an important place for Mauritians, culturally and historically; your knowledgeable and professional guide will share with you why that is. Discover fascinating information about your surroundings, the history of the mountain, the history of Mauritius in general, and the flora and fauna that inhabits the area. 

Mauritius: Guided 3-Hour Le Pouce Hike

9. Mauritius: Guided 3-Hour Le Pouce Hike

Your hike begins in the region of Moka, which is known as the “heart” of Mauritius. Begin with an introduction, which includes a briefing about security and the mountain hazards. There will be plenty of stops during the hike so that you can rest, take plenty of photos, and learn about the unique flora and fauna of the island and the surroundings of the mountain. Traveling at your own pace, your experienced mountaineer will monitor your pace and ensure there are plenty of breaks to rest, slow down the pace, or even move faster whenever needed. The first section of the hike travels through the forest of the mountain, allowing you to enjoy a nice meditative walk for 600 meters in the midst of indigenous plants and trees. The hike then continues to a section where you can enjoy magnificent views towards Port Louis and other peaks of the Moka range, primarily the Guiby peak. Following 700 meters you will reach the shoulder of the mountain, which has an altitude of 736 meters. This area is basically a large flat area of land providing breathtaking views towards the south and northeastern part of Mauritius. At this point your guide provides you with delicious snacks as well as enough time to rest and take plenty of memorable photographs. The hike then continues to the peak, with your guide ensuring that you take the easiest and safest path possible. The last part towards the summit requires some rock scrambling (good hiking shoes/boots or sports shoes are recommended) which can be tackled by both beginner and expert hikers. Once you arrive to the summit, be rewarded with an incredible 360-degree panoramic view. Whilst on the summit you are given enough time to relax, enjoy the moment, take plenty of photographs, and receive more information about your surroundings. Following your time at top of the mountain, make your way back to the meeting point with your guide ensuring your security the entire way.

Mauritius: Vanilla Park and Wild Beaches Tour

10. Mauritius: Vanilla Park and Wild Beaches Tour

After being collected from your accommodation, you will make your way to your tour destination. Once there, stroll through a lush green setting where palm trees and giant bamboo provide shade to the hundreds of Nile crocodiles that are raised in the park. Take a walk on the wild side among a huge herd of giant Aldabra tortoises which live in semi-liberty. You can even meet Domino, the centenarian who tips the scale at 275 kilograms. A souvenir photo is a must in this site, where hundreds of the giants are raised. Moving on, discover an exuberant fauna consisting of iguanas, monkeys, lemurs, deer, wild boar, mongoose, Japanese carp, Mauritian bats, Radiata tortoises, fresh-water turtles, geckos, eels, chameleons, and more. Located on the south coast of Mauritius, Baie Du Cap is a small, quaint village. The region is well known for its natural beauty and its wild, rugged coastlines. With the picturesque land and seascapes encompassing the red-colored earth, the deep green forest, the lines of palm trees, and the sparkling blue sea by the side, you will have an incredible journey to the viewpoint, Maconde. It is set on a curved portion of the coastal road, on the peak of a small rocky cliff where you can enjoy breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean.

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Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 14 reviews

A heavenly day, nothing more to complain about! We were accompanied by Jordan, an extraordinary skipper, kind, generous, with an overflowing joie de vivre and above all endowed with great professionalism! He made us visit heavenly and wonderful places that will remain engraved! The observation of fish through the glass bottom of the boat or even through snorkeling sessions are really worth the detour! It was a wonderful sight to see! Thanks to Jordan and the Totof Tour team for these unique moments! Thanks also and especially to Virginie's mom for these delicious meals! To those who still hesitate: GO FOR IT AND ENJOY!

Super tour, which we booked at short notice for the last day of our trip. Our tour guide Yannick was very dedicated, friendly and experienced. We were a small group with a total of 9 vacationers. The program is great and well timed. We didn't miss anything and the supply on the boat was also very good, the food was delicious! Can highly recommend this tour!

Fabrice was an excellent guide, very knowledgeable about the mountain and Mauritius. He helpfully pointed out the best places to enable a smooth climb and was very patient and encouraging on the hardest bits. This hike does involve rock climbing - the views are spectacular and definitely worth the effort!

Enjoyable trip. Snorkelling was fantastic-felt like I was swimming in an aquarium. Even saw a turtle. Lovely lunch on a beautiful beach. Well worth it.

We saw a whale during our trip! We were 16 people on the boat, the right number to not be overcrowded, The islands and the beaches were amazing