Mauritius Nature & adventure

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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 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 in the afternoon. Both shared and private options are available for this tour.

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.

Île aux Bénitiers: Swim with the Dolphins & BBQ Lunch

3. 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.

Mauritius: Bel Ombre Nature Reserve Buggy Ride

4. Mauritius: Bel Ombre Nature Reserve Buggy Ride

The Riverine Trail is a 2-hour ride along rugged tree-lined trails, leading to the L'Abattis des Cipayes. It is the perfect trail for off-road enthusiasts, as well as those who are adventurous at heart. L’Abbatis des Cipayes is the Creole name of the Sepoy camp set up along the Jacotet River to protect the Jacotet military outpost. You will have time to explore this locality, laden with 300 years of history. You will be able to walk around the grounds, imagine Indian "Cipayes" constructing their Abbatis (fortification). Make the most of the tour of Bel Ombre Nature Reserve and indulge in the rich diversity of landscape and wildlife. Amongs all the great activities in Mauritius to choose from, this trail is the perfect opportunity to learn more about local ecotourism on the island of Mauritius.

Mauritius: Bel Ombre Nature Reserve 4x4 Safari Adventure

5. Mauritius: Bel Ombre Nature Reserve 4x4 Safari Adventure

Visit the Bel Ombre Nature Reserve in Bel Ombre, Mauritius, and get to go on a safari while enjoying your island holiday. Discover the incredible biodiversity of this 1,300-hectare park from the back of a 4x4 safari vehicle on a guided tour. Meet your guide and hop into a 4-wheel drive vehicle to begin your safari adventure. Drive through the park and enjoy the natural beauty of the pristine reserve nestled between the Indian Ocean on one side and the mountains on the other. The park's location and range of ecosystems provide a diverse habitat for a number of rare plants and birds. Amid the wealth of nature, you'll also find vestiges from the region's history of human settlement, which spans nearly 3 centuries. Learn about the native fauna and flora from your guide and discover the spectacular UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, a sanctuary for endemic species. Leave your Mauritian safari tour with a deeper understanding of the island's natural beauty and an appreciation for the park's conservation efforts.

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: Wild South West Full-Day Tour

7. 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.

From Trou d'Eau Douce: Group Speedboat Tour to Ile aux Cerfs

8. From Trou d'Eau Douce: Group Speedboat Tour to Ile aux Cerfs

Meet your guide at the central meeting point in Trou d'Eau Douce. Receive a short briefing on the day's itinerary and make your way to the jetty. Climb aboard the speed boat and jet off towards the beautiful Ile aux Cerfs. Ride at high speed along the coast to the lagoon. Then, travel inland to the magnificent Grande Rivière South East waterfall. Admire the beautiful white sand beaches, turquoise waters, and lush green mangroves of the entire island. Enjoy a delicious beach barbeque as you take in the beauty of your surroundings, before returning to Trou d'Eau Douce.

Chamarel: 7 Coloured Earth Geopark Entrance Ticket

9. 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.

South of Mauritius: Quad Bike Tour

10. 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.

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based on 658 reviews

I am not the most athletic person but our guide Bryn motivated us to climb and get to the top and back safely. He was so much fun and very professional. He took great photos and videos of us and shared them later. He made us feel safe and told stories about how even very old people have got to the top. The early morning start is a huge plus cause coming down from the mountain around 8-9AM, I felt very sorry for the people going up without a guide at this heat (on the mountain it was already over 30 degrees celsius because of the volcanic rock). So if you are thinking if you should go by yourself or with a guide, you should definitely get a guide and if you are thinking which guide to choose then Bryn is your guy!

The South-West tour of Mauritius was great. We discovered a lot of interesting places and learned a lot about the way people live on the island. Our driver was knowledgeable and explained to us a lot of interesting things. I recommend this tour to discover some of the most interesting things in Mauritius.

One of the best trips ever. Breathtaking view! Best tour guide ever! This trip is a must have, if you visit Mauritius! Thank you, Bryn!

Excellent two hours with excellent knowledgeable guide .

Very patient and tells stuff about the environment.