Mauritius is a fascinating, sparkling crystal in the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. This tour offers a charming contrast of colours and tastes that will ensure an unforgettable trip for any traveller. Visitors will have the exclusive opportunity to experience unparalleled luxury: a level of refinement that is head and shoulders above the usual tropical holiday destinations. The capital of Mauritius, Port Louis, will be the centre of the tour, a journey around culture and lands. Among others, guests will have the chance to discover the Mauritian life through Port Louis local markets. It is a fantastic opportunity to experience local life in a traditional setting, the best fresh fruit and vegetables, local clothes and fabrics. Guests will be able to capture the perfect moment through beautiful landscapes and see the striking Tamarin Bay with its famous pods of dolphins.
On arrival, meet and greet at the airport by a SummerTimes staff member. Then transfer to your hotel for check-in.
After breakfast, explore Mauritius by sea by taking a full-day tour on a catamaran, sailing along the Mauritian coastline. The catamaran will sail inside the sheltered lagoon, where the guests can marvel at the dramatic shades of blue and green in the crystal clear waters before a barbecue lunch on board. Enjoy your choice of a north, west or east coast catamaran tour.
This is a special day where you get the chance to meet a few locals in their everyday environment. It starts with Rajcoomaree, who shares her recipe for ‘dholl puri’ (pancakes stuffed with dhal). Then Rosemay, a seamstress, will show you around her house and her own designs of wedding dresses before a savouring a refreshing homemade tamarind juice. Then you will be driven to Phoenix where Premila gives a demonstration on cooking ‘samoussa’ and chutney prepared on a ‘curry rock’. This will be followed by lunch at the Bhowany’s. The menu is a typical Indian meal made of seven curries served on a fresh banana leaf.
Today is free for guests to relax at the hotel or do some sightseeing of your own.
After breakfast, visit Ile Aux Aigrettes, a haven for indigenous plants and animals as well as coastal ebony forests. The island is managed by the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation and was once home to the now-extinct dodo. See how the conservation programme ensures the survival of rare species such as the pink pigeon, the colourful day gecko and the giant free-roaming Aldabra tortoise. You then proceed through the Blue Bay National Marine Park to the blissful Ile des Deux Cocos, with its pearl-white beaches and translucent water. Here you may take a snorkelling or a glass-bottomed boat trip and enjoy a barbecue lunch with drinks.
After breakfast, enjoy a day of shopping at the Caudan Waterfront, the main shopping attraction in the capital city. The modern precinct is not only known for its designer shops and duty free jewellery, but also for its cosmopolitan craft market, covering two floors of spices, souvenirs, basketry and crafts. Here you will also be able to visit the covered market to enjoy a fascinating cross section of Mauritian life.
Today is free for you to relax at the hotel or do some sightseeing of your own.
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to the airport to end this memorable adventure.