Mauritius In 3 Days: North, South and Southwest Tours with Optional Dolphin Swim

Duration: 3 days
Destination: Mauritius, Savanne District, Chamarel
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  • 3 days
  • Chamarel
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Overview

This "Mauritius Essentials" tour consists of 3, 8-hour private tours that allow you to explore the main attractions at your own pace. Note: you have the flexibility to choose which tour you do on each day.
Day 1: North Tour
• Pamplemousses botanical garden
• L’Aventure du Sucre sugar and rum museum
• Château de Labourdonnais colonial mansion and garden
• Port Louis 
Day 2: South Tour
• Bois Cheri tea plantation
• La Vanille crocodile and tortoise park
• Gris Gris and La Roche Qui Pleure rugged rock formations
Day 3: Southwest Tour With or Without Wild Dolphin Swim
• Optional: Wild dolphin swim (shared boat)
• Trou aux Cerfs volcano
• Grand Bassin sacred lake
• Black River Gorges national park
• Chamarel seven coloured earth

Itinerary

Day 1: Private North Day Tour: Botanical Garden, Sugar Museum, Rum Tasting, Port Louis

Stop At: SSR Botanic Garden, Royal Road Parc, Pamplemousses, Mauritius 21003
In the historical village of Pamplemousses, you will visit the famous Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden, where you will get to see the giant waterlilies and 85 varieties of palm trees from around the world. You will also discover the various spices and medicinal plants and learn about the various endemic and imported plants in the garden.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: L'Aventure du Sucre, B18 Pamplemousses MU 21001, Pamplemousses, Mauritius
In Pamplemousses you will also visit L’Aventure du Sucre, the informative museum set in an old sugar factory. There, you will not only discover the history of sugar but also that of Mauritius, the slave trade and rum. You will leave with a new appreciation of the island and its people and get to sample the different varieties of sugar and delicious local rums.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Chateau De Labourdonnais, Beau Plateau Rd., Mapou, Mauritius
Discover the Château de Labourdonnais, a beautifully restored colonial mansion built in 1859 and visit their enchanting tropical garden. The tour includes a visit of the château, a walk through the orchard and the bird garden, a viewing of the giant tortoises, as well as a guided tour of their rum distillery on the estate, and free rum tasting at bar. Note: Bring mosquito sprays. Due to the age and value of certain objects found inside the house, flash-photography is not allowed inside the chateau as this could lead to damage.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Le Caudan Waterfront, Port Louis, Mauritius
A tour of the North isn’t complete without a visit to Port-Louis, the capital of Mauritius. The city is a blend of the old and the new. On one side you have the hustle and bustle of the city’s historical market (bazaar), built in 1828, where you can bargain for different spices and souvenirs and sample Mauritian street food. And on the other side you have the modern Caudan Waterfront, where there visitors can shop at brand name stores and eat at various restaurants. You can leisurely visit the areas of Port-Louis that interest you such as the Jummah Mosque, Blue Penny Museum, Aapravasi Ghat (UNESCO heritage site), and the smaller streets. For great views, your driver will take you for a stop at the Citadel and you will also get to see the Champs de Mars racecourse on the way.
Duration: 2 hours

Pass By: Jummah Mosque, Royal Road, A1, Port Louis, Mauritius
One of the many attractions in Port Louis you will be able to visit with this tour.

Pass By: Aapravasi Ghat, Caudan Waterfront, Port Louis, Mauritius
One of the many attractions in Port Louis you will be able to visit with this tour.

Pass By: Blue Penny Museum, Blue Penny Square Le Caudan Waterfront, Port Louis, Mauritius
One of the many attractions in Port Louis you will be able to visit with this tour.

Pass By: Port Louis Race track, Port Louis, Mauritius
One of the many attractions in Port Louis you will be able to visit with this tour.

No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.

Day 2: Private South Day Tour: Tea Factory, Nature Park and Wild South Coast

Stop At: Bois Cheri Tea Factory and Tea Museum, Bois Cheri Road, Bois Cheri, Mauritius
Discover the tea making process at Bois Chéri, the first tea plantation in Mauritius, founded in 1892. You will visit the plantation, factory, museum and learn about the tea production process from harvest and fermentation to drying, sieving and packaging, and the history of tea in Mauritius. After the guided tour, you can sample the delicious varieties of tea on the terrace of its old chalet and admire a volcanic crater now transformed into a small lake, surrounded by lush greenery.
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: La Vanille Nature Park, Riviere des Anguilles, Mauritius
Stroll through La Vanille Réserve des Mascareignes and its 3.5 hectares of lush greenery. Discover its beautiful palm and banana trees, giant bamboos, its impressive animals, including 2,000 Nile Crocodiles and 1,000 giant tortoises. You will also visit their insectarium which boasts one of the best private collections in the world with 23,000 species.
Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: Gris Gris Beach, South Coast, Souillac, Mauritius
Admire the rugged scenery of big, powerful waves crashing on the cliffs at Gris Gris. A few metres away, you will see La Roche qui pleure, a natural rock formation that resembles a person crying when the waves hit it.
Duration: 1 hour

No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.

Day 3: Private Southwest Day Tour: 7-Coloured Earth, Chamarel Waterfall, Trou aux Cerfs with Optional Dolphin Swim

Stop At: Tamarin Bay, Mauritius
Note: This part of the tour is optional.
You will start your day with the experience of a lifetime, and one of the most popular activities in Mauritius, swimming with wild dolphins in their natural environment. Once you get on board the speedboat, the professional and qualified skippers will start by briefing you on the important aspects of this experience. You will then head to Tamarin Bay for the dolphin encounter. The skippers will accompany you in the water when it’s your turn to swim with the dolphins. You will enjoy 2.5 hours on the open sea viewing the dolphins and swimming with them. Depending on the amount of time left, you will then go to The Aquarium, a popular snorkelling and diving site with beautiful coral and tropical fish.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Trou aux Cerfs, Curepipe, Mauritius
After swimming with wild dolphins, your driver will take you to discover the Trou aux Cerf volcano. You will be able to enjoy the 360 degree views from the top of the volcano while taking a stroll around the crater. This dormant volcano stands at around 600m above sea level, and on clear days offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the island.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Ganga Talao - Grand Bassin, Savanne District, Mauritius
Drive by the largest reservoir in Mauritius, the Mare-aux-Vacoas, on the way to Grand Bassin, a tranquil and serene crater lake considered sacred by the Hindu population. Discover the Hindu culture by visiting the temples around the lake and enjoy the peace and quiet of the surroundings. You will also be amazed by the tall statue of Shiva and the view from the highest temple. Be sure to watch out for the monkeys and wildlife. Note: It may not be possible to make this stop in the month of February or March as the area is also a pilgrimage site during the festival of Mahashivaratree.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Black River Gorges National Park, Mauritius
Nature lovers will enjoy the incredible views of the Black River Gorges, the largest national park in Mauritius. Covering an area of 6754 hectares, the park is home to numerous endemic flora and fauna and provides visitors with beautiful hikes, with varying levels of difficulty. During your drive through the park and Plaine des Champagnes, you will also get to stop and admire Alexandra falls and viewpoint, and if they’re in season, like the locals, you’ll want to pick a few goyaves de chine!
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Seven Colored Earths, Chamarel, Mauritius
Visit the popular Chamarel, the coloured earth site, where in addition to the geological wonders of the seven coloured dunes, you can view the Chamarel Falls, the most famous waterfall in Mauritius! And, make sure you stop by the giant tortoise pens before leaving the park!
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.

Inclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Services of a fully licensed, qualified driver
  • Private air-conditioned and insured car
  • Parking Fees
  • Encounter with wild dolphins in the open seas
  • Snorkeling near the coral reef (snorkeling gear provided)

Exclusions
  • Entrance fees
  • Lunch or snacks
  • Entry/Admission - SSR Botanic Garden
  • Entry/Admission - L'Aventure du Sucre
  • Entry/Admission - Chateau De Labourdonnais
  • Entry/Admission - Aapravasi Ghat
  • Entry/Admission - Bois Cheri Tea Factory and Tea Museum
  • Entry/Admission - La Vanille Nature Park
  • Entry/Admission - Seven Colored Earths
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • You can choose which tour you do on each day, and the days do not need to be consecutive. We will contact you through the TripAdvisor portal upon booking.
  • The dolphin portion of this outing is not recommended for pregnant women. All children under 12 years old should be accompanied.
  • Each tour lasts up to eight hours, and you will be able to choose how long you spend at each attraction (except for the dolphin portion). Depending on your group’s speed you may not have time to see all the listed attractions. You will be able to stop for lunch but the price of the lunch is not included.
  • Bring swimwear for the dolphin's portion, and comfortable walking shoes for the rest of the tours.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up at all hotels, B&Bs, apartments on the island. Please let us know which hotel, B&B or apartment you're staying at. Note that for all tours you will be picked up at 9am, except if you choose to do the Southwest Tour with Dolphin Swim. On this day, you will be picked up between 5:30am and 7am depending on your hotel location. Your exact pickup time will be sent to you upon booking.

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

3 days

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

Image - 05 Aug 2019 -

rosep01

I would highly recommend this tour, I was contacted by the local agent to arrange which days we wanted to book the tours on and in which order. Our driver was very knowledgeable, friendly and was always waiting for us as the agreed points. We requested the same driver for all 3 days. The entrance fees are not included in this tour but prices were very reasonable. You arrange with your driver how much time you want to spend at each attraction. I would research the places in advance then you know what to expect. We did not do the dolphin swim, but that is a very early start.

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