Port Louis, Mauritius

Old cannon on the promenade at Cauden Waterfront, Port Louis, Mauritius

Introduction to Port Louis, Mauritius

Port Louis, Mauritius’s capital and  busiest  city is an exhibition of everyday Mauritian life. Head to the busy market and experience excitement of shopping in Port Louis or take a trip to the sparkling new waterfront to sample local cuisine and the island's 58 varieties of tea. To get closer to nature, visit the famous Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens.

To see a colourful snapshot of everyday Mauritian life, head for the lively covered market, which contrasts with the sparkling new waterfront. Visit the famous Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens, with beautiful giant Victoria Water Lillies; explore the nearby 3,000-acre Domaine des Pailles Nature Park; or just relax beside a fabulous Indian Ocean Beach. 

For many, Mauritius is paradise on earth, and with an abundance of tours to show you the highlights it makes it hard to disagree. Tea is a big deal in Mauritius, with 58 varieties produced all over the island, you have the opportunity to visit the manufacturers factories and view some picturesque colonial houses along the way.

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Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanic Garden, Mauritius

TOUR B - BOTANICAL GARDENS & SUGAR WORLD

  • Admire the stunning Botanical Gardens of Mauritius
  • Explore the history-steeped Sugar Museum
  • Sample local produce sugar cane and rum
Price£70.00 - £80.00
DurationApprox. 3.5 hours
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking

The Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanic Garden (SSR) is one of the world’s best botanical gardens. It is also one of the most popular attractions in Mauritius and one not to be missed!

Leaving the ship behind you, you travel towards the SSR Botanic Garden, also known by its former name, Pamplemousses Botanical Garden. Originally constructed in 1770 by Pierre Poivre, the gardens are the oldest botanical collection in the Southern hemisphere. In addition to its famous giant water lilies, lush ferns and spice gardens, the grounds hold some 85 species of palms from around the world. Over the years numerous guests on the island have each planted a tree here, including Indira Gandhi, Princess Margaret and Francois Mitterrand.

Rising above the sea of green sugar cane fields like a great ship at anchor, the old Beau Plan Sugar Mill, with its long history, has many tales to tell. Your second stop of the day will allow you to explore over 250 years of history during a guided walk of the old sugar mill, now transformed into a modern museum. The factory showcases the old machinery, which was in use up until the 1970’s, and features large video screens displaying images of days gone by.

Your tour will finish with a taste of fresh sugar cane and a sip or two of the rum that is still produced locally.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU?: There is approximately three hours of both walking and standing on this tour, some of which is over slightly sloped terrain; it is therefore not recommended for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. 


Thien Thane pagoda, a chinese religious monument in Port Louis, Mauritius

TOUR C - RELIGIOUS MAURITIUS

  • Experience what religion means to the Mauritian community
  • Visit the Chinese pagoda for some tea tasting
  • Marvel at the fantastic Marie Reine de la Paix structure
Price£40.00 - £50.00
DurationApprox. 2.25 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

For the people of Mauritius, religion plays a big part of many of their lives. On this tour you will have the opportunity to view where local people can celebrate their beliefs.

Departing the pier, you head towards the Kaylasson Temple. Every year since its construction in 1854, inhabitants of Port Louis go to the Kaylasson Temple where processions from the other temples in the region converge for the Cavadee Festival at the end of January/beginning of February. You will make your way through the heart of the city, passing the Muslim Quarter of Plaine Verte to see the temple.

Next, proceed to the Chinese Pagoda where you can enjoy a Chinese tea tasting. After a visit around this magnificent pagoda, you continue to the Christian Catholic Church where the Mauritian Cardinal St Louis Jean Margeot was buried in 2009.

Your final stop will take you to Marie Reine de la Paix, a sanctuary built in Montagne des Signaux. Erected just after World War II, Marie Reine de la Paix has always been a place of pilgrimage. In October 1989, thousands of islanders attended the mass celebrated by Pope John Paul II when he made his first official visit to Mauritius.

At the end of your tour, you have the option to remain in town and explore at your leisure, or return to your ship with the coach and guide.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Guests’ shoulders must be covered and no shorts are to be worn when entering the temple. Approximately 60 steps will be encountered at the Marie Reine de la Paix and a few at all other stops. The terrain at both the Kaylasson Temple and Marie Reine de la Paix will be uneven; therefore this tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Guests wishing to remain in town at the end of this tour are responsible for making their own way back to the ship in time for sailing.


Tea Plantation, Bois Cheri, Mauritius

TOUR D - TEA ROUTE

  • Sample the taste and smells of typical Mauritian tea blends
  • Learn more about the process of tea production
  • Delight at the amazing Mauritian scenery
Price£100.00 - £110.00
DurationApprox. 7 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Mauritian tea is considered a national treasure forming part of the landmark of the country. The three main tea manufacturers of Mauritius are Bois Cheri with 42 kinds of tea, Chartreuse with one variety and Corson with 15 flavoured teas and seven blends. Why not join this tour and let your senses come alive!

Departing the pier, you head towards the Domaine des Aubineaux where original houses built in 1872 are still standing. A brief stop here will allow you time to admire these old buildings and take photographs.

Continuing, you head to the tea factory of Bois Cheri where you will learn about the processes involved in tea production and discovering all of the secrets as you visit the Tea Museum. Finally, take part in a tea tasting session at Bois Cheri’s chalet which offers a panoramic view of the south of the island.

Heading further south, discover Le Saint Aubin, a colonial house built in 1819. It was home to several managers of the sugar estate, before it was renovated in the 1990s to preserve a part of Mauritian heritage. Today it is possible to see the beams and ship poles used in its original construction. Here you can enjoy a typical Mauritian meal before making a visit to the Vanilla and Anthurium greenhouses prior to watching the Rum making process.

All too soon it will be time to make the return journey back to the pier and your awaiting ship.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? There is approximately 45 minutes of walking at the tea factory and 30 steps; therefore this tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and wheelchair users. Bottled water and two soft drinks or two local beers are included with lunch; any further refreshments will need to be paid for locally. 


Scenic waterfall, Chamarel, Mauritius

TOUR E - SOUTH ISLAND TOUR

  • Enjoy an insightful tour of the beautiful south
  • Be amazed at the breathtaking views of Trou-aux-Cerfs
  • Marvel at the ‘sacred lake’
  • Observe the beauty of cascading waterfalls
Price£90.00 - £100.00
DurationApprox. 8 hours
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Snack includedSnack included
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Enjoy a full day of fun and relaxation as you marvel at the highlights and attractions in the south of Mauritius!

Boarding the bus you begin your tour with a visit to Trou-aux-Cerfs, an extinct volcano. Located in Curepipe, the volcano is 605 metres (1,985 feet) high and offers a breathtaking panoramic view of most of the island! Although currently lying dormant, experts predict it could become active any time within the next one thousand years. The crater is only accessible down a steep embankment, and considered dangerous, therefore you shall make a short stop here to take pictures and enjoy the wonderful scenery.

Continuing on, you head towards some great sightseeing spots where you will make a short stop at the Grand Bassin. The Grand Bassin is considered a sacred lake and it is said that the water inside the crater communicates with the waters of the holy Ganges in India, which is why the Hindus from the island declared the Grand Bassin a Holy Lake. Since then, the Hindu community perform a pilgrimage every year on the Maha Sivaratri “Siva’s Great Night” - on this day they honour the Lord Siva. You shall also see the Black River Gorges with endemic plants and rare bird species.

Lunch will be served at Rhumerie de Chamarel, a restaurant boasting an outstanding view. After lunch you will head to the village of Chamarel.

Once in Chamarel you will be able to admire the beauty of the waterfalls and the Seven Coloured Earth – so-called because of the layers of colours found within the sand dunes. Colours that can be seen are red, brown, yellow, orange, violet, dark brown, ochre, pink, grey and many other in-between colours that change upon the reflection of light.

Leaving Chamarel far behind you, a short stop will be made at Le Morne Beach before making the return journey to your awaiting ship.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU?: There is approximately one hour of walking involved in this tour, and the terrain encountered at all stops is very uneven with numerous amounts of steps to negotiate; this tour is therefore not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Bottled water and two soft drinks or two local beers are included with lunch, any further refreshments will need to be paid for locally.


Lions and tigers, Mauritius

TOUR G - WALKING WITH LIONS

  • Witness truly amazing animals closer than ever before
  • Experience a most memorable walk with lions
Activity Tour
Price£200.00 - £210.00
DurationApprox. 5 hours
LimitationVery limited capacity
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking

Feel the adrenaline rush and your sense of excitement grow as you come close to big cats including lions on a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

After arriving at Casela, a short safety briefing will be given before your adventure begins. As part of your one-hour session with these fabulous animals you will get the chance to interact with, play with, touch and observe the lions.

Under the coolness of the trees, you can delight when viewing the lions up close, watch them playing and hopping on the rocks of the river banks and scaling the trees. All of the time these remarkable animals will roam freely amongst you, offering you a unique opportunity.

With supervision from the handlers you can get even closer, and experience first hand how it is to walk alongside the lions.

Time at leisure will be afforded for you to discover what Casela Park has to offer its visitors and with wonderful memories to take away with you from this very unique tour, you will make the return journey back to our ship.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that guests wishing to participate in this tour must have a high standard of fitness in order to keep up with the lions as they walk, no walking sticks or aids are permitted. Casela Park reserves the right to refuse any guest that they deem not physically able from participating in this tour. The terrain that will be encountered will be uneven and if it has been raining it can be muddy and a little slippery. Guests must be at least 1.5 metres tall and over the age of 15. All guests must sign a disclaimer before participating on this tour. It is recommended that all guests wear sturdy walking shoes, (no open toe shoes), trousers and mosquito repellent, sunglasses are not permitted. Please be aware that while these animals are wild they are enclosed within large, zoo-like enclosures where humans regularly interact with them. For the safety of all participants and lions, guests are reminded to listen to the handler at all times during your tour. No bags are allowed in the enclosure, however there are lockers to leave your belongings in if needed. Please be aware that a shuttle service is used to reach the reception area, there could be up to a 15 minute wait for this service at busy times. Approximately one hour of time at leisure will be afforded during this tour to explore the park and its other inhabitants.


Des Deux Cocos, Mauritius

TOUR H - ILE DES DEUX COCOS

  • Relax and soak up the Mauritian sun
  • Experience the small but fascinating island of Ile Des Deau Cocos in your own time
Price£160.00 - £170.00
DurationApprox. 7-8 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included
Swimming time includedSwimming time included

If all you need is a day ‘stranded’ on a deserted island then this is the tour for you. Pack a bag with the essentials and set sail for a day of pure relaxation or exploring.

Boasting dramatic views of the ocean to the south and the Blue Bay Maritime Reserve to the east, Ile Des Deux Cocos has everything you could possibly ask for from a deserted private island. Built over a century ago by flamboyant British Governor Sir Hesketh Bell, the island’s villa has a distinctly eccentric charm, blending European and Moorish architectural styles with a traditionally Mauritian-inspired interior that is both enchanting and entirely novel.

This captivating destination will keep you busy for the duration of your stay, whether you wander along the winding paths through the woods to a quiet place under a palm tree or choose to find a scenic spot and relax near the ocean. It is simply perfect for day trips, and with a BBQ lunch and free flowing refreshments, what more could you want!

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour includes a transfer to and from the island and approximately five hours of time at leisure to relax and explore on your own. The transfer is coach and then boat, which guests must be agile enough to board independently. There are five toilets and five open showers available on the island, therefore we would recommend that you come wearing your swimwear under your casual clothes. Don’t forget to bring a towel and sun cream. 


Caudan waterfront, Port Louis

TOUR I - MAURITIAN HISTORY

  • Be intrigued by the world’s rarest stamp collection
  • Discover the small but engaging Photography Museum
  • Capture breathtaking views of this port city, which is steeped in history
Price£50.00 - £60.00
DurationApproximately 4 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

With an island steeped in over 5000 years of history, what better way to experience it than jumping on a tour to learn more about the history and heritage of Mauritius as you visit two of the island’s museums and the modern chapel and shrine of Marie Reine de la Paix.

Boarding the coach you will drive from the pier towards the Caudan waterfront, where the Blue Penny Museum is located. Philatelists will find the museum’s pride and joy of particular interest: two of the world’s rarest stamps, the red one penny and blue two penny Post Office stamps dating to 1847 are displayed here. The famous “Bordeaux Cover”, bearing both stamps, sold at auction in 1993 for $4 million. The state-of-the-art museum, which opened in 2001, also boasts a comprehensive collection of artefacts, photos and art work related to Mauritius’ national heritage. A stop at the nearby Mauritius Postal Museum will also be made for a look at its stamp collection.

Proceed to the heart of the city, through China Town to La Citadelle (Fort Adelaide), where you will be able to marvel at the panoramic views over the entire capital. After a short stop for these memorable vistas, you will pass by the old theatre and make your next stop at the engaging Photography Museum.

At the museum, you can admire a collection of antique cameras and daguerreotypes dating back as far as 1840 and historical photographs of the island assembled by local photographer Tristan Bréville. Even a visitor with the smallest amount of interest in photography will find this small but interesting collection a must see.

Your final stop will be at Marie Reine de la Paix, situated on the flank of Signal Mountain. From its wide paved walkway you can appreciate breathtaking views of the city. Erected just after World War II, Marie Reine de la Paix has always been a place of pilgrimage. In October 1989, thousands of islanders attended the mass celebrated by Pope John Paul when he made his first official visit to Mauritius. It is an open church with seven terraces and 82 rock-cut steps to climb in order to reach the monument of Marie holding a globe.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Some walking over uneven ground with approximately ten steps to negotiate at the postal museum will be encountered. The 82 steps at Marie Reine de la Paix are optional and do not need to be climbed in order to participate on this tour. Please be aware, there is no guarantee that toilets will be available at any point throughout the duration of this tour.


Glass Blowing, Port Louis

TOUR J - GLASS GALLERY & EUREKA

  • View the exquisite glass wares made from 100% recycled glass to die for
  • Enjoy refreshments and cakes at the striking Eureka House
Price£50.00 - £60.00
DurationApproximately 3 hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Enjoy a unique view of Mauritius as you discover the art of glass blowing before taking in a visit to Eureka House.

Your tour begins with a visit to the Mauritius Glass Gallery, where you will watch skilled craftsmen challenge the limits of their imagination and creativity. The exquisite varieties of homewares are not only popular for their affordability but also their durability and decorative edge, and above all, it is an environmentally friendly process. After observing the craftsmen at work you can take the opportunity to have your own hand printed in glass as a souvenir of your day (as your own expense).

Back onboard your bus, head towards Eureka House. A unique and elegant Créole house built in 1830, it is located by the river of Moka. Reputed to be one of the largest houses on the island, it boasts 109 doors and windows, it was originally owned by British and French aristocrats in the 19th century. The visit to Eureka Mansion and its grounds will offer you an intriguing glimpse into colonial life, with antiques and photos of the period adorning the rooms. Refreshments and cakes will be offered after your visit with a short while to relax and enjoy the beautiful views.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walk and both the glass gallery and Eureka Mansion are wheelchair accessible; however guests must be able to board the coach unaided. Any purchases made at the glass gallery are at your own expense. If you wish to have your hand printed into glass you must be arriving and departing your cruise from Port Louis and you must participate in this tour on your arrival as the finished product will be delivered to the ship on your return.


TOUR K - ILE AUX AIGRETTES WITH LUNCH AT BEAU VALLON

  • Discover the natural island of Ile aux Aigrettes
  • Spend time exploring the heart of Mahébourg

 

Price£90.00 - £100.00
DurationApproximately 7 hours
LimitationVery Limited availability
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included
Swimming time includedSwimming time included

Sitting just off the coast of mainland Mauritius, this nature reserve is just waiting to be explored. With flora and fauna in abundance it really is somewhere that will take you away from the hustle and bustle of the city life of Port Louis.

Beginning by coach and then by boat, a journey of approximately one hour will take you to the island of Ile aux Aigrettes. Ile aux Aigrettes is a small island situated in the Mahébourg Bay, approximately one and a half kilometres (one mile) off the south-east coast of Mauritius. Unlike the mainland, which is of volcanic origin, Ile aux Aigrettes is made up of coralline limestone. It is home to the last remnants of dry coastal forest, once found around most of Mauritius. Like the mainland, Ile aux Aigrettes was affected by tree logging and land clearance, and the introduction of exotic animal and plant species almost destroyed the native fauna and flora. In 1965 the island was declared a nature reserve and the intense conservation efforts of the locals has resulted in the restoration of the forest and reintroduction of rare species that had long since disappeared from the island.

After approximately one hour exploring and relaxing on Ile aux Aigrette, you will take the short boat ride back to the mainland and Mahébourg to discover this area. Mahébourg is a small city on the coast of Mauritius and is considered the main village of the Grand Port District. Following time to explore here, lunch will be served in the Jardin de Beau Vallon.

Satisfied and refreshed you will head to the Naval Museum before the drive back to your awaiting ship.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? There is a moderate amount of walking involved in this tour with sandy terrain at Ile aux Aigrettes. Approximately three steps and a further 10 steps will need to be negotiated at the lunch venue and museum; therefore this tour is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Guests must be agile enough to board the transport independently. Depending on tide levels guests will either need to climb over the edge of the small boat or step onto the jetty. Lunch will be served buffet style with free flowing drinks throughout the day. 

 


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