“First Mauritius was created and then paradise, inspired by the island,” wrote Mark Twain. This island country is the easternmost on the continent, located 550 km east of Madagascar, and is today known for its beautiful beaches, but was a crucial port of call for the slave trade before and for labourers after abolition, so much so that 70% of the population is of Indian origin and the Hindu religion shapes their daily life.
If you decide to take a trip to the country, you will certainly be attracted by its tropical beaches, and with good reason: here you will find secluded coves and arches of soft white sand that are among the most beautiful in the world.
But inland there are other treasures, such as the Black River Gorges park, a wild expanse of hills and primeval forests that are home to nine endemic species of birds and more than 4,000 Mauritian flying foxes, or the mountain resort of Chamarel, in whose surroundings unforgettable excursions can be made, visiting its waterfalls, the ‘lands of 7 colours’ and the distillery that produces excellent rum. There is also the Pamplemousses Botanical Garden with its gigantic water lilies, and the Aapravasi Ghat site, a gathering place for Indian immigrants during the period of British rule.
Day 1 : Thursday
Day 2 : Friday
Arrival on the island, time at disposal for bathing relaxation on the beaches of Trou aux Biches and Mont Choisy.
Day 3: Saturday
Excursion to the northern part of the island
The markets of Port Louis and the UNESCO site of Aapravasi Ghat, the botanical garden of Pomplemousse, the sugar cane museum, the Labourdonnais castle, the ruins of Balaclava and the church of Cap Malheureux.
Day 4: Sunday
Excursion to the south of the island
The Trou aux Cerfs crater, the sacred lake of the Hindus, the Black River Gorges park with the Chamarel waterfall and the ‘lands of 7 colours’.
Days 5-6 : Monday to Tuesday
The GRSE waterfall, the beautiful Ile aux Cerfs and Ile aux Benitiers, snorkelling in crystal-clear waters accompanied by dolphins.
Days 7-8-9 : from Wednesday to Friday
Beach relaxation and additional excursions
Relax on the island’s beautiful beaches or take part in additional activities: whale watching (June-August), snorkelling with sea turtles, catamaran trips, hiking on the Morne Brabant, …
Day 10: Saturday
Mauritius (MRU)/Return flight
A day dedicated to relaxing at the beach, before the transfer to the airport in the late afternoon.
Day 11: Sunday