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Mauritius: Private Tour of the South West with Lunch

1. 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.

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Mauritius: Full-Day Tour of the Southwest

2. Mauritius: Full-Day Tour of the Southwest

Get panoramic views from the top of the Trou aux Cerfs volcano and stroll around the crater before making your way to the sacred lake of Grand Bassin via the Mare-aux-Vacoas reservoir.  Continue to the Black River Gorges to discover the home of endemic flora and fauna. Drive through the park via Plaine des Champagnes for an amazing view of Alexandra Falls. Taste different types of rum at a rum factory in Chamarel before lunch in the village. Then, discover the geological marvel of the 7 Colored Earths and see the giant tortoises before getting a panoramic view from the Case Noyal viewpoint.

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Mauritius: Wild South West Full-Day Public Tour

3. Mauritius: Wild South West Full-Day Public Tour

Enjoy an 8-hour scenic private tour to 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 & 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, enjoy the drive through Macondé Bridge for panoramic views across the Baie Du Cap River.

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Mauritius: Private South Side and Dolphin Adventure Tour

4. Mauritius: Private South Side and Dolphin Adventure Tour

Experience the magic of swimming with dolphins in the wild and discover the stunning beauty of South Side of Mauritius on a private tour taking you to popular sites like Chamarel’s village seven-colored soils, Grand Bassin, and Alexandra Fall.  Start the beginning of a truly amazing day with an early-morning departure on a motorboat to experience the sunrise behind the mountains. Enjoy an ethical swim amongst dolphins in the wild. Feel at ease knowing that these beautiful creatures are not held in captivity or are cornered off by large boats.  Travel to the see the Tamarin Waterfalls, the Trou aux Cerfs crater, the holy lake (Grand Bassin), the Alexandra Falls, the Black River Gorges View Point, and the village of Chamarel with its seven-colored earth soils.  Continue down the south coast, around the Maconde (hairpin curve) before heading back to your accommodation.

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Mauritius: Catamaran Cruise from Bluebay to Ile aux Cerfs

5. Mauritius: Catamaran Cruise from Bluebay to Ile aux Cerfs

For a lovely relaxing day at sea, spend a full day on this catamaran excursion to the heavenly island of Ile aux Cerfs. Sail within the safety of the largest turquoise lagoon in Mauritius along the historic wild east coast of the island. Your catamaran departs from Pointe Jerome, near the authentic village of Mahebourg and the Marine Park of Blue Bay, which is protected under the International Ramsar Convention. You can snorkel and swim before visiting the Grande Riviere Sud Est waterfall in its beautiful natural setting.  Here, some 18th-century ramparts can still be seen. They were witness to some tough corsair activities and naval skirmishes. In 1810, tis was the scene of the ”Battle of Vieux Grand Port” between the French and the English.  Enjoy a BBQ buffet prepared and served on board by your friendly crew. This consists of the famous smoked marlin mousse, grilled fish, chicken and sausages, rice and potato salads, crudités, freshly baked bread, fresh fruits, and coffee.

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Mauritius: Dodo Trail Tour with Lunch

6. 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, where you’ll see the Blue Penny Museum. 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.

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Port Louis, Mont Choisy and National Botanical Garden Tour

7. Port Louis, Mont Choisy and National Botanical Garden Tour

See the sights of north Mauritius with a private guide on a full-day tour, exclusive to you and your group. Start with a visit to the Pamplemousses Botanical Garden and marvel at the different species of plants and trees, including giant water lilies, sugar cane and spice plants. Move on to the city of Port-Louis and learn about its part in the struggle between French and British occupation and dominance of the Indian Ocean between 1735 and 1935. Listen to interesting details about the culture and traditions of Mauritius. Continue to the quiet beach of Mont Choisy, backed by tall casuarina trees, where the shallow water is perfect for a refreshing swim away from the crowds. End with a visit to the multi-purpose mall of La Croisette and see the outdoor esplanade, luxury apartments and trendy retail shops of the complex up close.

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Port Louis & Northern Mauritius Full Day Guided Tour

8. Port Louis & Northern Mauritius Full Day Guided Tour

Spend the first part of the day exploring the capital city of Mauritius, Port Louis. Climb up to Fort Adelaide, known as 'The Citadel', a 19th-century military fortress which features a walled courtyard and panoramic city views. Then head into the central market, the Grand Port Louise Bazaar & China Town for a stroll around. Marvel at the impressive array of clothing, local vegetables, and exotic spices. Continue your shopping excursion at the splendid Caudan Waterfront. In the afternoon, pay a visit to the beautiful gardens at the Grapefruit Botanical Paradise. Then continue along the northwest coast via the Tamil Temple, Choisy Beach, and Grand Baie. Make a stop at Cap Malheureux, a village located in the Rivière du Rempart District to see The Palatial Red Church, a Roman Catholic Church famous for its vivid red roof against the bright turquoise sea and azure sky. Opt to pop into L'Aventure Du Sucre or the Sugar Factory Museum, where you can discover the history of sugar production in Mauritius and taste local products. Or perhaps make a stop at the majestic Chateau de Labourdonnais, one of the most beautiful colonial houses of the island inspired by Italian neo-classical architecture. Lunch fees are not included in the tour, however, your driver will provide you with a variety of restaurant suggestions according to your tastes. Feel free to request a stopover at any other restaurant of your choice at any point during the day.

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Mauritius: Bois Cheri, Saint Aubin & La Vanille Nature Park

9. Mauritius: Bois Cheri, Saint Aubin & La Vanille Nature Park

See the Giant Tortoises of Mauritius and come up-close-and-personal with Nile Crocodiles on a scenic full-day tour of the island’s rugged South Coast. Following a pick up from your hotel, visit the Bois Cheri Tea Factory. The tea route starts in Curepipe at the Colonial Domaine des Aubineaux, built in 1872. Continue to the tea plantations of Bois Cheri. Visit the factory and the museum and enjoy a tea tasting. In the South, visit La Vanille Nature Reserve, also known as the Crocodile Park, and the Colonial estate of Saint Aubin, which contains vanilla and anthurium plantations, an old sugar factory, and the rum distillery, including a tasting followed by lunch. Home to a diverse and large variety of regional flora and fauna, La Vanille is also a breeding center for Giant Tortoises and Nile Crocodiles, which can be seen in abundance. Learn about the different life cycles of the reptiles and watch crocodile feeding time.  Then, go to the former sugar plantation at Saint Aubin and learn more about the island’s traditional crop at the Sugar Factory. While the plantation no longer produces sugar, the grounds include a large tropical garden, rum distillery, small farm, and the magnificent colonial mansion from the 19th century. Taste some of the rum produced in the distillery and sample the fruits of the farm during a traditional Mauritian lunch. Continue to Gris Gris for stunning views of the Indian Ocean and the rugged basalt cliffs of the south coast.

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What people are saying about Mauritius

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 616 reviews

The south west tour was the first activity on my trip and the absolute best way to start. I got to see most of the Island's major attractions in one day. My guide Baboo was very knowledgeable and went out of his way to make the experience amazing. As a bonus, he takes incredible photos, after some inquiry, I discovered he studied photography. His a great guide.

A fantastic tour to see the attractions of the island. Babu has been a great guide, he has told us the history of the country and placed us in every corner we visited. The temple is wonderful, you breathe peace. The food is very tasty and the car is very comfortable. A 10 !!

The Guide Sandrine was really informative about the whole island and the history of mauritius. I personally enjoyed the black river national park, the lunch and view at le chamarel and the rhumerie the most. Was a great day trip!

The tour was very informative and I learned a lot. Our group was nice and small and our tour guide spoke great German. You drive a lot of cars on this tour, but you get to great places that are really beautiful.

An excellent tour taking in the beautiful sights of the south west and combining this with a rum tour and tasting. A very friendly and knowledgeable guide. Would thoroughly recommend.