Our expert delves into the best Mauritius day tours
Located in the Indian Ocean is a tropical island paradise which is steeped in natural beauty. The island of Mauritius attracts all types of holidaymakers who come for the sandy beaches and deep blue waters. What most people don’t know is that Mauritius has a host of attractions and sites for tourists to enjoy. Our Travelmood travel expert Claire has visited this island destination countless times. In this blog she discusses the best Mauritius day tours.
The great Mark Twain once said, ‘Mauritius was made first and then heaven, heaven being copied after Mauritius’. I couldn’t agree more with this statement. This destination is so much more than white sands and blue seas.
If you are planning a visit then I would highly recommend taking in some Mauritius day tours. There is no better way to see the island and having a knowledgeable tour guide assisting you will make all the difference. Here are some of my top picks:
This full day tour (9am-5pm) takes in all the best parts of southern Mauritius. After being picked up from your hotel in the morning, you will hit the road with your brilliant tour guide who will talk you through the sites, scenery, lifestyle and local people. You will kick off your day by enjoying 360 degree panoramic views from Trou-Aux-Cerfs, the dormant volcanic crater.
Following a drive through the Black River Gorges National Park, you will arrive at your lunchtime location which boasts stunning views of the mountains. After lunch your drive will take you past locals working in the pineapple and sugar cane fields, after which you will reach Chamarel. This mesmerising waterfall has 2 viewing points and unique seven coloured earths. Your journey back to your hotel will also be pleasant as you take a scenic route past the famous Le Morne Mountain.
If you don’t have a full day to spare during your holiday then this half day tour is a great option. After your pick-up at 9am you will travel to the Pamplemousses Botanical Garden (also known as Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden). Here you will enjoy a highly informative 60 minute tour from a talented tour guide.
Those who love to take in the view will enjoy the visit to The Citadel of Port-Louis which offers panoramic views of the city. Once back on lower ground you will be guided through the city and local markets. Seeing the local crafts, fruits and vegetables is a real treat. The tour will finish up at about 2:30pm in the Caudan Waterfront area. This area is modern and slightly more upmarket – boutique lovers will be in heaven.
Some travellers like to do their own thing on holiday and don’t like to be tied down to a tour schedule. For those of you that want to discover the island yourself, ask your resort about renting bicycles. It is the perfect way to get out in the open and explore your surroundings. Here’s a tip – pay a visit to the village of Cap Malheureux and the ‘red roof church’, the most photographed church in Mauritius.
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