08 October 2018
Looking like a long-lost relative of the Caribbean, Mauritius is an island paradise in its own right. Located 1,200 miles off the coast of east Africa, the nation has 330 kilometres of white, sandy fringe which is slowly caressed by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.
While soaking up sun and taking a dip in the Indian Ocean are two of the island’s most desirable activities, we have put together a range of day experiences and short break escapes that will help you to explore Mauritius and its riches in greater depth.
Try a Mauritius day experience and uncover more of the island at your leisure.
Take a street food tour of busting Mauritian capital Port Louis, discovering its rich history culture along the way. Starting at Caudan Waterfront you’ll be guided through the city, stopping at the best food spots for bite-sized delights and freshly-squeezed juices.
“I also had time in Port Louis to sample the souvenir shopping at the bustling Central Market where you can haggle a price for your gifts. Nearby there is also the craft market along the Caudan Waterfront, which has restaurants overlooking the sea.
“In Port Louis, I particularly enjoyed the fine architecture such as the Government House, and no trip is complete without a visit to Blue Penny Museum which has some of the world rarest stamps.”
Joanne, Travel Counsellor
Riding an Electro-Bike, an electric power-assisted bicycle, comes with the added advantage of significant assistance, allowing you to enjoy the scenery and stunning landscapes that Mauritius has to offer without strenuous effort.
There are a number of different itineraries to choose from including the West Coast, where you’ll visit one of the oldest churches on the island and the Telfair Gardens, and the South West Coast route, where you’ll discover traditional coastal villages, the impressive hairpin bend of Macondé and the former slave route of La Prairie.
Hire a comfortable car chauffeured by an experienced guide for the day and see Mauritius the way you want to, whether that’s visiting the seven coloured earths at Chamarel or seeing the giant lily pads at the Pamplemousses Botanical Garden.
Try these overnight breaks in unconventional locations with a host of activities, for an adventurous Mauritius escape.
Discover the natural beauty of Chamarel. Staying at La Vieille Cheminée in a rustic Creole cottage, you’ll have the chance to explore the land of the seven coloured earths as well as its waterfall, taste Mauritian coffee at Le Chamarel Restaurant, visit the old chimney of an old sugar factory and explore the local area on E-Bikes.
Stay at La Hacienda, a community of exclusive guesthouses perched atop Lion Mountain on Mauritius’ southeast coast, with stunning panoramic mountain and sea views. On this trip you’ll explore the charming coastal village of Mahebourg on a food tour, visiting its local restaurants which serve typical Mauritian fare including fish vindaye and bol renverser. You’ll then move on to Grand Port with your E-Bike, exploring attractions such as the Jardin de Beau Vallon colonial-era house, Vallée de Ferney wildlife reserve and Dutch-built Fréderick Hendrick Fort.
Embark on a catamaran cruise and enjoy a sunset sailing from Grand Baie to the Northern Isles as the colours in the sky transform into soothing tones. Enjoy lying on the boat’s trampoline hammocks with the backdrop of a clear, starry night’s sky. In the morning you’ll wake to the sound of gentle waves and have the chance to swim in the crystal-clear waters of the lagoon whilst the crew prepare you breakfast.
If you would like to book your Mauritius adventure, contact your Travel Counsellor.