General

Mark Twain once wrote, ‘Mauritius was made first and then heaven, heaven being copied after Mauritius’. He was right.

Wildlife Island

Once thought to be the preserve of nearby Madagascar, wildlife tourism in Mauritius is rapidly gaining in popularity. And why wouldn’t it? Mauritius has saved more bird species from extinction than any other country on earth, with the result that you can now see two of the loveliest birds of the Indian Ocean – the pink pigeon and the Mauritian kestrel – at various places around the island. Giant tortoises – in captivity in their hundreds, or roaming free on Île aux Aigrettes – are another drawcard, while dolphins, whales and sharks are just three highlights of the island’s richly biodiverse marine environment.

Why I Love Mauritius

By Anthony Ham, Writer

I love my beaches, and even after all these years the colour of the waters that surround Mauritius still leave me speechless. But I love even more the sense of the world that lies just beyond. The island’s wildlife story long ago captured my imagination and I would happily spend my days hiking the Black River Gorges National Park hoping for a glimpse of a Mauritian kestrel soaring on the thermals high above it all. Or heading out to sea to look for dolphins or whales. And then there’s Rodrigues, that remoter-than-remote island where life is lived at just the pace I like it.

The Mauritian Table

Foodies of the world, rejoice! Mauritius is winning plaudits for the excellence of its food, and that goes for fine-dining restaurants at five-star resorts as well as beachside shacks serving fish just off the boat. Curries, seafood and staples like the thankfully ubiquitous salade d’ourite (octopus salad) owe their presence to influences from Mauritius’ Indian, Chinese, French and Creole communities – less a melting pot than a wonderfully aromatic cooking pot. The charming tradition of the table d’hôte, the family table opened to all and covered with the signature dishes of Mauritian home cooking, captures the essence of the warm local welcome.

Luxury Resorts

Mauritius is rightly famed for its sapphire-blue waters, powder-white beaches and, yes, luxury resorts that provide a front-row seat onto some of the most beautiful views in the Indian Ocean. These are places of the utmost refinement, of impeccable service, of facilities that range from pampering spas, designer rooms and extensive watersports options to dreamy swimming pools, expansive palm-strewn grounds and world-class restaurants. Your stay will live long in the memory and will have you dreaming of a return. Partly that’s because of the supreme levels of comfort and luxury. But it’s also thanks to the resorts’ discretion and warmth, and the unmistakable sense of being treated like royalty.

Active Mauritius

What to do, what to do? Lie on a beach all day? Or enjoy the wonderful range of activities on offer? Either way, you can’t really lose and there’s not much you can’t do here on the water – highlights include kitesurfing, boat excursions to the beautiful islands of the lagoon, and the full suite of paddling activities offered by hotels and beach operators. But the diving and snorkelling here is terrific, encircled as Mauritius is by shallow waters, a coral reef, sublime underwater topography and a dramatic ocean drop-off. On land, you’ll need to decide between fabulous hiking, horse riding and even championship-standard golf courses. Decisions, decisions…

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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - Arrival in Mauritius

Depart India and arrive in Mauritius where you will be welcomed by our representative and later escorted to your hotel by seat-in-coach. Check- in, relax and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Dinner will be served in one of the restaurants at the hotel and stay overnight at hotel.

Day 2 - Mauritius- Full day excursion to Ile Aux Cerfs

After breakfast, depart in a coach for a full-day excursion to Ile Aux Cerfs, an emerald lagoon on the east coast. The island is known for its sandy beaches, beautiful lagoon and a wide range of facilities and activities. A swim and snorkeling in the lagoon are perfect ways to spend a day. You can also enjoy optional water sports such as banana boat ride, water skiing, parasailing and undersea walk at an additional cost. Return to the hotel in the evening. Dinner will be served in one of the restaurants at the hotel and stay overnight at hotel.

Day 3 - Mauritius- Full day North Island Tour

Post breakfast proceed for a full-day North Island tour Visit the capital city- Port Louis / view of the Citadel/ Champ de Mars/ Government House/ Harbour /Shopping in the local market. Drive through the city centre to reach "Caudan Waterfront" a commercial landmark of shops, restaurants, Craft market etc. Return back have dinner and stay remains at the hotel.

Day 4 - Mauritius - Day free at leisure

Post a filling breakfast, enjoy the day at leisure or take an optional full-day Catamaran cruise. Dinner will be served in one of the restaurants at the hotel and stay remains at the hotel.

Day 5 - Mauritius -Full day South Island Tour

After breakfast, proceed for a full-day South Island tour. Visit the to the Glass Gallery shop, then proceed to Curepipe to the spectacular crater "Trou aux Cerfs" where one enjoys the extensive view of the island. Few minutes away there is Floreal a destination which includes a textile museum/ shopping centers/ café/ 12 duty free boutiques/Ship model factory-shops. Then you proceed to discover the unspoilt beauty of the forest where flows a sacred lake, the "Grand Bassin" (Ganga Talao) a place for pilgrimage. Enjoy the magnificent view of Black River Gorge on the way to Chamarel, the place where the seven colour earth is found. Return back to hotel have dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 6 - Mauritius - Day free at leisure

After breakfast the day is free at leisure.You can enjoy the day on your own or relax at the beach.Dinner and stay at hotel.

Day 7 - Depart from Mauritius

After breakfast, it is time to bid goodbye to Mauritius and check-out of the hotel to get transferred to the airport to board your flight back to India.