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3 Days in Mauritius: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, August 2015

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The island of Mauritius, stationed in the calm cool waters of the Indian Ocean, is home to some of the world’s most pristine beaches and lush landscapes. It’s a nation with a culture as diverse as its landscape is beautiful. A trip to this far-off destination is a perfect way to rejuvenate, and three days exploring the island offers travelers just enough time to experience the history, dip their toes in the sand and head out into the water—all before making their way back home. 

Day 1: Colonial Times
Start your trip in Port Louis, the island’s political, economic and cultural hub. Wander the bustling streets that some 150,000 people call home while you bear witness to the nation’s colonial past, evident in some of the city’s architectural landmarks. From the famed Government House to the Port Louis Theatre and the English Saint James Cathedral, there’s a bit of Europe on nearly all these city streets. It’s also possible for bibliophiles to take a literary tour of the city to see where great authors like Marie-Therese Humbert and Robert Edourd-Hart gleaned their island inspiration.

Day 2: Natural Wonders
After a day exploring the capital city, head to the hills, where some of the country’s most breathtaking scenery and unique destinations draw travelers from across the globe. Venture up the natural stairs at Chamarel Waterfall, where thundering waters plunge some 100 meters into crystal clear pools. Most spectacular during rainy season, visitors agree that some of the most picturesque views can be seen from atop Chamarel. 

From the falls head to Seven Coloured Earths—perhaps the most-visited destination on the island Mauritius. Volcanic rock, rich in iron and aluminum, gives these sand dunes their unique blue and red colors. While a fence now prevents travelers from touching the dunes, it’s still possible to scoop up handfuls of nearby sand to see how it separates into distinct layers all on its own. 

Day 3: Island Hopping
Spend the final day jetting off to one of Mauritius’ nearby islands. Ile aux Cerfs, a private island on the country’s east coast, is owned by an exquisite five-star hotel and offers travelers a true taste of tropical luxury. From pristine beaches to world-class restaurants, an 18-hole golf course and a nearly untouched quiet lagoon—this island gem provides the ultimate island escape. 

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Southwest Mauritius Day Trip: Chamarel Waterfall, Trou aux Cerfs, and Seven Coloured Earth, Port ... 
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Southwest Mauritius Day Trip: Chamarel Waterfall, Trou aux Cerfs, and Seven Coloured Earth

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Experience the unspoiled nature of southwest Mauritius on this day trip from your island hotel. With an expert guide, travel to the verdant Rivière Noire ...  Read more

Location: Port Louis, Mauritius
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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Mauritius Ile aux Cerfs Catamaran Cruise with Lunch, Port Louis, Day Trips
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Mauritius Ile aux Cerfs Catamaran Cruise with Lunch

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What better way to experience the beauty of Mauritius than on a full-day catamaran cruise experience? Set sail and absorb the surreal mountain scenery of the ...  Read more

Location: Port Louis, Mauritius
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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Mauritius Countryside Day Trip With Port Louis Sightseeing and Creole Lunch, Port Louis, Catamaran ... 
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Mauritius Countryside Day Trip With Port Louis Sightseeing and Creole Lunch

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Discover the cultural, historical and natural jewels of northwest Mauritius on this action-packed 8-hour tour! Discover the top attractions of Port Louis, ...  Read more

Location: Port Louis, Mauritius
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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Mauritius Ile des Deux Cocos Day Trip, Port Louis, Day Trips
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Mauritius Ile des Deux Cocos Day Trip

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Sink into tropical bliss on this full-day trip to Île des Deux Cocos off southeast Mauritius! Ride a speedboat to the idyllic islet in the coral-filled ...  Read more

Location: Port Louis, Mauritius
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Dolphin Swim and Bénitiers Island Day Trip with Lunch, Port Louis, Day Trips
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Dolphin Swim and Bénitiers Island Day Trip with Lunch

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Swim with wild dolphins off Mauritius on this life-affirming 8-hour trip! Traveling by speedboat, head for waters that dolphins are known to favor, and ...  Read more

Location: Port Louis, Mauritius
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $83.64
Southern Mauritius Day Trip: Saint Aubin Sugar Estate with Rum Tastings and Lunch, Port Louis, ... 
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Southern Mauritius Day Trip: Saint Aubin Sugar Estate with Rum Tastings and Lunch

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Explore the beauty spots and natural wonders of south Mauritius on this relaxing 8-hour tour, including lunch! With an expert guide, travel into the island’s ...  Read more

Location: Port Louis, Mauritius
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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Full-Day Bénitiers Island and Dolphin Watching Cruise with Lunch, Port Louis, Day Trips
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Full-Day Bénitiers Island and Dolphin Watching Cruise with Lunch

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Take to the open sea and relax on idyllic Bénitiers Island (L’Ile aux Bénitiers) off Mauritius on this 8-hour catamaran cruise! Set off from the west ...  Read more

Location: Port Louis, Mauritius
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $98.96
Mauritius Speedboat Cruise from Pointe Jerome, Port Louis, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Mauritius Speedboat Cruise from Pointe Jerome

Explore offshore Mauritius with this exciting speedboat tour. The 7.5-hour experience offers a diverse amount of activities packed into just one trip: ...  Read more

Location: Port Louis, Mauritius
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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