Imagine miles of white coral sand beaches fringed by the tranquil, blue waters of the Indian Ocean and an interior of verdant forests and mountain peaks and you are picturing the island of Mauritius. Exotic and colourful orchids and frangipani thrive in the tropical climate and the coastline, protected by coral reefs, is blue and calm. Sea sightseeing trips are a wonderful way to admire the coastline and the mountainous backdrop. The east coast offers the finest beaches on the island, but there are limited facilities in the immediate vicinity of the hotels.
Renowned as one of friendliest places on earth, it’s so relaxed andlaid back as to be almost falling over!
FREE Cultural Port Louis & Shopping (half day tour)
Port-Louis, the capital city and thriving commercial centre was founded by the French Governor François Mahé de Labourdonnais in 1735. You will depart from your hotel around 07:45 and start with the historical monuments such as the Robert Edward Hart Garden , the Kwan Tee Pagoda and Marie Reine de la Paix Catholic site. You will then pass in front of the Champs de Mars, the oldest racecourse of the southern hemisphere en route to La Citadelle, an ancient military fort where you will have time for photos of the panoramic view of the Capital City and an explanation of Saint Louis Cathedral, Supreme Court and the main buildings. After a 30 minute stop you head towards the centre of Port Louis passing by St James Cathedral, Port-Louis theatre and the supreme Court which offer a taste of its rich history and diversity.
Arrive at the Place d’Armes and proceed to the buzzing central market, an important place of interest for the Mauritian community. At Le Miraj, you will find tapestries made of cashmere, artisanal products and traditional objects of art. The tour ends with a visit to the Caudan Waterfront where you can find a wide selection of high quality products and jewellery. You will arrive back at your hotel around 14:00 - 14:30.