When you think of destinations known for their clear blue waters, soft sands and amazing beachfront lifestyle, Mauritius would definitely be among the top three destinations you could think of. However, unlike other destinations, where you would like to have something to do other than deep-sea diving, sun bathing, snorkeling or other water-based activities, the island nation of Mauritius offers all the standard attractions of a beach holiday and much more in terms of history, and tourist sights around the nation.
Mauritius has a rich and varied colonial history. It was a colony of the Dutch, then the French and finally the British, before gaining independence in 1968. The influences of the settlers can be seen in the food, the architecture and the language of Mauritius. The population is varied, with most of the residents tracing their lineage to either the colonial settlers or the former slaves who were brought in to work on the fields. The cultural mix has made the locals more welcoming to tourists and as such, visitors to the island nation report it as being one of the friendliest places they have visited.
The beaches in the Northern Touristic Zone, The Blue Bay and the Ile Aux Cerfs offer some of the best spots for diving, snorkeling and relaxing along the beaches, while the Bazaar of Port Louis allows you to mingle with the locals and try out some delicious Creole cuisine. If you are interested in architecture, head to the Dutch Ruins of Vieux Grand Fort, or the Martello Towers at La Preneuse. If you want to check out some of the wildlife native to Mauritius, head to the Ile Aux Aigrettes to see some of the world’s rarest birds, or visit the Casela Nature and Leisure Park, spread across 25 hectares, consisting of more than 140 species of birds from five different continents and home to many animals including giant tortoises, zebras and ostriches.
Born Voyager invites you to explore the beauty of Mauritius through a 6 Nights/ 7 Days package.
Arrive at the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport, at Plaisance. Post disembarkation and immigration formalities, our representative will assist you in transferring to your hotel. En route to your hotel, take in the amazing ocean views and get into vacation mode. Post checking in at the hotel, the day is yours to relax and explore. Spend the day exploring the Grand Bay, one of the first locations to experience the tourist boom. Grand Bay is known for its shopping and leisure activities, and is noted as the first stop tourists go to upon arrival in Mauritius. The area boasts of a large number of restaurants, bars and discotheques. Mingle with the locals and other tourists for a fun filled day and night out, and return to your hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.
On Day 2, after breakfast, pack you swimsuits, swimming goggles and some sunscreen lotion and get ready to explore the amazing Ile Aux Cerfs. This tiny island, delicately poised on the ocean is a real pearl in the Mauritian landscape and is renowned the world over as a paradise for water sports and has one of the most beautiful beaches in Mauritius. Spend some time relaxing on the beach and working on your tan, while sipping on a few drinks. If you wish to go for some of the watersports, (at your own expense), we recommend that you try out the parasailing, or the undersea walk. If you just wish to have a relaxing time while on the ocean, you can also rent a kayak and row around the beachfront. Boats servicing the routes include catamarans, fishing vessels and usually take a detour to the Grand River South East waterfalls for a visit. After your fill of watersports and beach bathing, head back to your hotel and head out in the evening to grab a drink at any of the nearby bars or restaurants. Overnight stay at hotel.
After breakfast, the day is yours to explore at leisure. Explore some of the famous ruins in Mauritius, which give you an understanding of its colonial past. You can check out the Dutch ruins at Vieux Grand Port, or head to the Balaclava ruins, locate a few meters away from the Baie Aux Tortes. If you wish to explore some exotic flora, take a bike trip through the Labourdonnais Orchards, where you get to see some exotic tree and plant life. If you wish to see plants and flowers native to Mauritius, take a walking tour through the SSR Botanical Gardens, the oldest botanical gardens in the southern hemispheres. If you wish to just relax on the beaches, explore the beach at Preybere, especially if you want to go swimming. Preybere is also known for its shopping facilities, restaurants and pubs. Watch the sun go down and experience the nightlife at the beachfront café and head back to your hotel to relax. Overnight stay at hotel.
After breakfast, get ready for the North Island tour. We start off at the capital city of Port Louis, where you will visit the Citadel, drive past the imposing Government House and explore the beautiful harbor at the Caudan Waterfront. The trip also includes a stop at one of the oldest racecourses in the world, The Champ De Mars and a stop at the Bazaar of Port Louis. The bazaar has several stalls which sell delicious local snacks, as well as well made handicrafts and artworks. The final stop, the Caudan Waterfront has a great collection of local souvenir shops as well as movie theatres and arcades. It is renowned for its shopping, and due to its proximity to the harbor, it is a great place to get a good deal on several items from across the world. Post the tour, head back to your hotel and relax. Overnight stay in the hotel.
After breakfast, make the most of your day of leisure and head to any of the popular diving spots across the island. Mauritius is completely encircled by a barrier coral reef, which is home to many sponges, sea anemones and a variety of brightly coloured fish including the Trumpet Fish, Clown Fish etc. The dive site at the Cathedral is one of the world’s most beautiful spots, where divers are treated to stunning sights of corals and other marine life. If you aren’t interested in scuba diving, try out the Blue Safari Submarine, where you get up close with the marine life, while on board a real submarine. Adventurous visitors can also try the submarine scooter adventure, where you explore underwater while riding a marine scooter. In the evening, head back to the Grand Bay or other popular nightspots to grab a meal and relax. Overnight stay at the hotel.
After breakfast, we take you South, on the South Island tour. On this tour you will visit Curepipe, a town known for its textile and jewelry industries; you will also visit the Trou Aux Cerfs, the crater of an extinct volcano which offers panoramic 360 degree views of the island. At Floreal, you can explore the textile museum and shop at souvenir stalls and duty free shops. The tour also takes you to the Grand Bassin, home to the Ganga Talao. Named after the sacred Indian river, the natural lake, one of two in Mauritius, is considered a pilgrimage site among the local Hindu population of Mauritius, and is home to gigantic eels which can be fed by tourists. The trip also vists the Black River Gorges, a natural reserve dedicated to protecting Mauritius’ native forests, the Seven Coloured Earths geographical formation in the Chamarel plain and nearby exotic waterfalls. Cap your day off with a final creole meal and return to your hotel to pack and relex. Overnight stay in the hotel.
After breakfast, transfer back to the airport for your flight to your onward destination.