With the active participation of
our chauffeurs, we have laid out a few suggested itineraries, with
the most popular sights and
activities not to be missed in Mauritius. Touring with Ocean Villas
gives you the advantage to choose the time and day convenient to
you, your preferred chauffeur and itinerary, at competitive prices
and peace of mind.
offers sightseeing tours as part of services for our in-house guests
to enhance your holiday experience in Mauritius. You will
find a few independent tour operators in town, but we cannot guarantee
the quality of their excursions.
Cerfs - Deer
Island, in English - is
one of the landmarks of Mauritius. Not to be missed !!!
a full day excursion comprising of your car/bus shuttle to the Eastern
coast, boat shuttle from the jetty at Trou d'Eau Douce, barbecue
lunch on the beach (feet in the sand!!!), visit to the waterfalls.
thrills are included too. Note that lunch is organised on a quiet
side of the island.
A fabulous full day, from 09:00 - 17:00.
Also available at Ile aux Cerfs : parasailing
(highly recommended), windsurfing, banana and tube.
An all-time favourite
for kids, teenagers and adults ! Allow a full day for this catamaran
cruise which combines dolphin watching and introduce you the exquisite
beauty of the South West coast, Crystal Rock and Benitiers Island.
A sumptuous BBQ lunch with grilled lobster and sea urchin await
you on board, just after your snorkeling in the crystal clear waters
(masks & fins supplied).
Their innate connection to humans has made
dolphins one of the most fascinating sea creatures. Most often seen
in the West of Mauritius and in groups of four or five, the dolphins
are more than happy to perform their ballet in the water, as they
ride alongside the boat! We have seen more than 30 once on a catamaran
trip this year in May 2004. Tip:
it seems there are more dolphins in this area during autumn and
winter - May to August.
Discover the other Mauritius on a full day
tour, where our chauffeur will bring to the unique Glass Blowing
Factory in Phoenix, dormant volcano at Trou aux Cerfs for a panoramic
view of the town of Curepipe, the Hindu
holy lake at Grand Bassin, the Black River Gorges viewpoint,
Alexandra Falls and Chamarel Seven Coloured Earths. On your way
back to Ocean Villas, you will pass by the Tamarin salt pans, and
you may finish the afternoon wither at the Casela Bird Park or relax
on the nice beach of Flic en Flac, under the shade of casuarinas.
Own lunch at Curepipe or at Varangue sur Morne
(Chamarel) for a magnificent gorges view.
The coastal roads snaking South is worth the
drive, for its breathtaking scenery, especially at Macondé,
Riambel and Souillac. The only break in the otherwise perfect barrier
reefs circling Mauritius occurs in the South. Thus explaining the
angry waves which come crashing on the cliffs.
is strictly prohibited. Yet, it is still a favourite place
for many locals to have a picnic and to relax with friends, family
and relatives. Kiosks, public toilets and safety ramps have been
placed to the convenience of the public.
Further down the road is 'La Roche qui pleure',
('The Weeping Rock') and 'Le Souffleur', where crashing waves 'whistle'
as they rush into the gaps of the cliffs.
Things to do in Mauritius
On your way back to Ocean Villas, you
may stop at the Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens, which is known
to naturalists throughout the world for their large collection of
indigenous and exotic plants, including the giant Victoria Amazonica
Waterlilies and many species of palm trees. Of particular interest
the talipot palm which is said to flower once every 60 years and
thereafter dies - our natural drama queen ! Visit L'Aventure du
Sucre (previously sugar cane factory turned into museum) at Beau