About Mauritius

The island paradise of Mauritius is the archetypal dream destination with its white sand beaches and blue lagoons, coconut trees and coral reefs, friendly locals and fantastic cuisine. The characterful capital, Port Louis, cossets an Anglican and a Catholic cathedral, a fortified citadel and some fine French buildings dating back to the 18th century.


Shore excursions in Mauritius

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Catamaran Sailaway

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 5½ hours

Relax and soak up the sun and scenery on a catamaran sailaway through the clear, turquoise waters of the east coast.

Embark on a scenic drive to the east of the island, where you will join a small speed boat for a short transfer to your catamaran.

Relax and marvel at the beautiful scenery as you sail along the picturesque coastline. A stop will be made where you’ll have the opportunity to take a swim, try your hand at a spot of snorkelling or remain onboard to soak up the sun.

Back onboard the catamaran, you’ll be able to feel the fresh sea air as you skim over the glistening turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean.

Soft drinks will be served on board and beer or rum will be available on the return sail.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by boat, bus or minibus and on foot. The scenic journey to the catamaran takes approximately 1 hour each way. There is a 5 minute walk to the boat jetty. Passengers must be able to negotiate steps into the transfer boat and catamaran. Snorkel equipment is included. All participants must be competent swimmers. Children under 8 may not participate. Please remember your swimwear, sunscreen and a towel. For safety reasons, passengers will be divided into 2 groups for the snorkel activity, with 1 group in the water at a time. Please refrain from drinking alcohol prior to swimming. Comfortable, flat, shoes are recommended.

Long Beach Getaway

Activity mediumRefreshments includedFamily

Duration: 7 hours

Indulge in some well-deserved relaxation at the luxury Five Star resort of Long Beach, with its beautiful location and stunning beaches.

Embark on a scenic drive across the island to the east coast, where you’ll find the longest and widest stretch of white sand coastline found at any Mauritian resort.

Upon arrival, enjoy a refreshing drink to welcome you to this carefree piazza-style luxury resort. You will have around 5 hours to spend at your leisure, you could choose to relax by the blue hues of the infinity pool - which melts into the Indian Ocean beyond, stretch out on the white sands, stroll along the palm lined beach or cool off in the turquoise lagoon with its crystal clear waters and rare coral formations.

At midday, a selection of sweet and savoury snacks will be served in one of the resort restaurants accompanied by a local cocktail, soft drink and water.

Finally, after a farewell soft drink, you'll return to the ship fully relaxed.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by by minibus and on foot. The transfer from Port Louis to Long Beach is approximately one hour each way and is non guided. There is varying terrain at the Long Beach Resort, which includes some steps. Walking is at passengers’ discretion. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. A towel will be provided, but please remember your swimwear and sunscreen. Participants must be competent swimmers if partaking in water-based activities and should refrain from drinking alcohol beforehand. Spa and beauty treatments and other services may be available at an additional cost, payable locally in Mauritian Rupees.

Northern Discovery

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 6 hours

Step back in time to discover some of the island’s northern colonial attractions and view the giant Victoria Regia water lilies.

Your tour begins with a drive to Moka, where you’ll visit the 19th century Eureka Colonial House, one of the oldest colonial houses on the island. Enjoy a guided tour of the house with its authentic antique furniture, which provides an interesting glimpse into colonial living. After exploring the house and admiring the peaceful garden, you can relax on the terrace with refreshments of a soft drink and local snacks.

Proceed uphill to La Citadelle, (initially an English fortress), to admire the panoramic views over Port Louis and the harbour. Heading further north, you’ll arrive at the Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens where your guide will take you on an interesting visit of the gardens. The gardens are reputed for their extensive collection of tropical and indigenous plants, and most commonly known for the ineluctable giant Victoria Regina water lilies, spice garden and the Talipot Palm which flowers once every 60 years before dying. Many trees have been planted by world leaders and royalty, including Princess Margaret, Indira Gandhi and Robert Mugabe.

Following a leisurely stroll around the gardens, a short drive will bring you to L’Aventure du Sucre Museum. This fascinating museum traces Mauritian history back to the 18th century when the islands main commodity was sugar, which was lusted after as much as gold! Sugar has enjoyed an extraordinary existence, leaving a profound impression on the history and identity of Mauritius.

Afterwards, a short stop will be made at Grand Baie to allow you to purchase a souvenir of your visit. Before returning to Port Louis, there will be a photograph stop at Cap Malheureux, which is one of the most picture postcard spots of the north coast.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by minibus. There is around 45 minutes of leisurely walking at the gardens over some uneven terrain including gravel, tree roots and grass. There are steps at each venue. The first floor of L’Aventure du Sucre involves numerous steps, however you can choose to remain on the ground floor and it also dimly lit and extra care should be taken. The venues are not wheelchair accessible. Comfortable, flat shoes are recommended.

Paradise Island Escape

Activity lowMeal includedRefreshments included

Duration: 7¼ hours

Surround yourself with beautiful white sand beaches, swaying palms and azure waters on the tropical island paradise of Ile-aux-Cerfs.

Surround yourself with beautiful white sand beaches, swaying palms and azure waters on the tropical island paradise of Ile-aux-Cerfs.

On arrival, you’ll be welcomed with a refreshing fruit cocktail and a Mauritian folkloric dance show. After your warm welcome, you will have around 3¼ hours’ free time to soak up the sun, relax on the beach, swim in the lagoon or explore this island paradise.

During the day, a delicious buffet lunch will be served at one of the island’s beach restaurants.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by bus or minibus, boat and on foot. The island is not exclusive to our tour group and is not wheelchair accessible. There is a 5-10 minute walk to the boat jetty. Passengers must be able to negotiate steps into the transfer boat. Any walking on the island is at passengers’ own discretion. Traditional sand mattresses are provided. Please remember to take your swimwear, sunscreen and a towel. There are independent suppliers on the island offering watersports, these activities are payable direct in Mauritian Rupees and are not connected to P&O Cruises. Please refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages prior to swimming activities.

Southern Delights

Activity mediumMeal includedShopping

Duration: 7½ hours

Discover the natural wonders of Mauritius, from a volcanic crater and breathtaking gorges to the coloured earths and waterfall of Chamarel.

Soak up the spectacular scenery of Mauritius as you discover the delights that the southern part of the island has to offer. The highlights include Trou aux Cerfs crater, Grand Bassin, Black River Gorges Viewpoint and Chamarel.

The Trou aux Cerfs crater is formed from a dormant volcano. Its position on the central plateau of the island provides a panoramic vista over the rest of the island.

The Grand Bassin is considered a sacred lake for the Hindu community, nestling in a volcanic crater and interesting for both its beauty and legend. It is said that the water in the lake communicates with the Ganges in India, making it a site for pilgrimage for Mauritian Hindus.

At the Black River Gorges Viewpoint, marvel at the breathtaking views over Mauritius’ deepest gorge. Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch in a beautiful setting close to the gorges.

At Chamarel, there will be a stop to take photos of the beautiful cascading Chamarel Waterfall before visiting the unusual 7 coloured earths. The soil’s colourful hues of red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple and yellow never erode in spite of torrential downpours and adverse climatic conditions.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach. All sites are situated within a 5 minute walk of the bus – the walking at each site is up to the individual. There are around 60 steps to negotiate to reach the lunch venue. Euros, US Dollars and credit cards are accepted at most places.

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