Charms & Flavours
Discover the fascinating cultures of Mauritius on this full day tour. Your day begins with a visit to Les Abineaux, one of the few remaining colonial houses of the Central Plateau. Built in the late 1800s this house contains authentic colonial furnishings and historic photos of the family which once called it home. Continue onwards, driving though tea fields to the village of Bois-Chéri where you will join a guided tour of a tea factory. Wander through the Tea Museum and enjoy a tea tasting session – as well as breathtaking views over the island's south coast – before moving on to Le St-Aubin. At this 19th-Century plantation house you will be served lunch in the dining room, giving you the opportunity to taste the fresh produce of the estate. Following lunch take a short walk to the domaine's own rum distillery where you will learn more about one of the island's most famous exports and even have the chance to taste a rum or two. The final stop is La Vanille Réserve des Mascareignes nature park which is located in a verdant valley.
Includes: Lunch (excluding drinks) and entrance fees.
Departs on Tuesday and Thursday
This full day tour offers an enchanting journey around the exotic sights of the north. Begin your day at the famous Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens which dates from 1767 and is world renowned for its 500 species of rare plants, water lilies, palms and spices. Within the gardens you will see the Chateau de Mon Plaisi which was built in 1735 for the French governor. This is also the resting place of Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam, Mauritius' first prime minister and leader of the Mauritian independence movement. Continue on to other exotic landmarks including picturesque Cap-Malheureux and Grand Bay, stopping here for fantastic views over the island of Gunner’s Quoin. Lunch will be served at L’Aventure du Sucre, a restaurant famed for its authentic local cuisine. Here at the site of the Beau Plan Sugar Factory you can also learn more about the history and varied culture of the island. The final stop of the day is in the capital Port-Louis where you can catch a glimpse of local life, visit the Blue Penny Museum and relax at the Caudan Waterfront which is a great place to shop for crafts and souvenirs.
Includes lunch (excluding drinks), entrance fees and return transfers.
Departs on Monday and Friday
Embark from Point Jérome, which is located on the island's south east coast, for a fantastic day out on the water. Your first stop is the 25-hectare nature reserve of Ile-aux-Aigrettes. Managed by the Mauritian Wildlife Fountation, this beautiful islet is home to protected flora and fauna including indigenous plants and ebony forests that were once home to the now-extinct dodo. Rare species such as the pink pigeon, day gecko and Aldabra tortoise can survive in total freedom in this wonderful haven. Continue through Blue Bay National Marine Park to idyllic private island Ile des Deux Cocos, fringed with clear waters and white-sand beaches. Visit Follies, a beautiful villa built over a century ago by a British governor. Enjoy snorkelling or a glass bottom boat ride in the marine park before savouring a lunch of local flavours with acoustic guitars and singing as your soundtrack. Spend the afternoon exploring or relaxing on the island.
Includes: Snorkelling, lunch, drinks (beer, wine, local rum and soft drinks), boat transfers and transport.
Tour is bilingual.
Snorkelling equipment is only available on the snorkelling trip. There will be no snorkelling equipment on the island.
On this half day tour you will take in some of Mauritius' most famous attractions. Visit Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens, created in 1767 on the estate of French governor Mahé de Labourdonnais. The gardens are home to 500 rare plants including Victoria Regina waterlilies and 80 varieties of palm including the talipot, which flowers once every 60 years before dying. Continue to the island’s capital, Port-Louis, which was founded back in 1735 by Mahé de Labourdonnais. Stop for photos at La Citadel, a fortress that dates back to 1834, for a beautiful view of the harbour, mountains, city skyline and Champ de Mars, the world’s second-oldest race course. Continue to Place d’Armes, seeing the Saint Louis Cathedral, Supreme Court, Municipal Theatre and Government House along the way. Finally you will head to Caudan Waterfront with its boutiques, open bazaar, pier and covered market.
Includes: Transport and entry to Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens.
Departs Monday and Friday.
Tour is bilingual.
Preskil Beach Resort Day Package
Available from Astroea Beach
• Access to Preskil Beach Resort 11am-6pm
• Buffet-style lunch at the main restaurant, Spices (supplement for lunch at the à la carte Tapas Restaurant, must be booked 24 hours in advance)
• Selected unlimited locally bottled spirits, wine, draught beers and soft drinks at Indigo bar and Tapas beach bar.
• All free non-motorised watersports and leisure facilities available at Preskil Beach Resort.
Preskil Beach Resort Evening Package
Available from Astroea Beach
• Access to Preskil Beach Resort 6pm-midnight
• Buffet-style dinner at the main restaurant, Spices (supplement for dinner at one of the two à la carte restaurants, must be booked 24 hours in advance)
• Selected unlimited locally bottled spirits, wine, draught beers and soft drinks in all three bars
NB: Evening Package will not be applicable on 24 and 31 Dec.
Private car and driver
Enjoy the flexibility of hiring your own car and driver. Whether you want to visit the dormant volcano Trouaux-cerfs in the south of the island, discover the coastal city of Mahébourg or journey through the island’s central plateau you can travel in comfort and explore at your own pace, stopping only where you want to.
Car for maximum of 4 passengers