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Boat trips and excursions in Mauritius

Written on : 05 April 2024
Boat trips and excursions in Mauritius

Want to get up close to vibrant tropical fish, delight in panoramic coastline views, or explore the wild, picturesque islands off the coast ? Embark on one of the bevy of boat trips in Mauritius where seasoned guides will show you stunning scenery as you sail across the brilliantly blue water. Whether you favour a speed boat or a luxe catamaran excursion, a great time is guaranteed. Your Villanovo concierge is happy to book your boat tour in Mauritius for a half-day, full-day, or multi-day excursion at sea. As local experts who know every inch of the island, we believe this is one of the must-do activities for your holidays. 

Best places to sail in Mauritius

Best places to sail in Mauritius

Mauritius serves up a buffet of beautiful landscapes, from the rushing GRSE waterfall (Great River South East) to the famous Île aux Bénitiers, which owes its name to this large, pretty shell, turned into a stoup by the missionaries. On the East Coast Cerfs Island and the neighbouring private island, Ilot Mangenie are home to turquoise lagoons. Find other sublime islands that brim with history and beauty further south, like Île aux Flamants, Île de la Passe and Île au Phare. The friendly village of Trou d'Eau Douce, is also a perfect starting point for setting sail along the Eastern shores.

Boat trips and excursions in Mauritius

Continuing down to the southeast, two not-to-miss spots for boat trips are Île aux Aigrettes and the popular Blue Bay Marine Park where a great time can be had by the whole family. Boat trips in the north of Mauritius benefit from a blissful year-round climate. One of the most memorable spots is the Grand Baie. Just off the soft, sandy beaches, the turquoise lagoons and extraordinary coral reef are sure to seduce you. Other prime snorkelling spots include Flat Island (Île de Plate) and its smaller cousin, Gabriel Islet. On the West Coast, you have a good chance of spotting dolphins frolicking in the blue water. FYI, many of the catamaran excursions and speed boats depart from Rivière Noire

From catamarans to pirate ships, choose your cruise

From catamarans to pirate ships, choose your cruise

Whether you want to hobnob with other travellers, sail with a small group, or indulge in a private boat trip, the boating world is your oyster in Mauritius. Book a luxury catamaran excursion to enjoy the sea in style. Soak up the spectacular views from the sundeck with a refreshing drink in hand and enjoy a fresh-grilled barbecue at sea. Your Villanovo concierge can book with one of our favourite companies like Madianas, BlueAlizé and Le Pacha. All are helmed by a top-notch staff and expert guides that are eager to please. 

In the need for speed? A speed boat trip allows you to cover more distance in a shorter amount of time. Note that the small boats usually accommodate up to 9 people for an intimate outing. For fun for the whole family, the glass-bottom boats that depart from Blue Bay offer close-up views of the colourful marine life in the magnificently clear water. Travelling with your sweetheart? Why not surprise them with a romantic sunset cruise. You can even climb aboard a wooden pirate boat to Cerfs Island. Don't worry - they won't make you walk the plank! 

Snorkel or dive into history? Fun activities for your boat trip

Snorkel or dive into history? Fun activities for your boat trip

Choose your own adventure to enhance your boat trip in Mauritius. A hub of water activities are easily accessible from the boat. Have a great time snorkelling above coral reefs and among tropical fish in the crystal-clear lagoons. Explore shipwrecks and underwater caverns with a guide on a scuba dive. Don't worry about rentals - the boats are equipped with all the gear you need. Swimming with dolphins is one of the most popular things to do in Mauritius since the adorable mammals love to play. 

Villanovo in Mauritius: Exceptional holidays and luxury concierge service

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Choose a Villanovo villa in sought-after locations. Enjoy the sublime beaches and snorkelling in Grand Baie, a gorgeous golf course in Bel Ombre, and easy access to hiking in Black River.

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Our attentive, hands-on concierges handle every detail so you can focus on enjoying your holidays. This personalised service tailors each trip to perfectly suit your needs including excursion reservations. The pièce de résistance? Every Villanovo stay comes with a travel booklet packed with our insider picks, including where to eat, drink, and shop and what to do in Mauritius.  

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