15 days – 360 Degrees Mauritius Self Drive – Unique Eco Experience

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15 days
Self Drive
Port Louis - Port Louis
Mauritius
Min Age : N/A
Max People : 4
Tour Details

This is a self drive eco experience on the beautiful island of Mauritius. This is a complete Mauritius experience where you focus on the off the beaten track parts of the island. 

The highlights of your holiday to Mauritius will be cultural tours in the towns and villages of Mauritius. They will give you the opportunity to better understand the history and culture of the Mauritian nation. The respectful marine expeditions to observe marine wildlife such as the dolphins and the whales in their natural habitat. Hiking the numerous peaks of the island, the not to be missed the legendary Le Morne Brabant with views over the famed underwater waterfall and the iconic Pieter Both.  Eating at a local’s table – experiencing Mauritian gastronomy will never get better than that. Learning how to play the Ravanne, an ancestral musical instrument that is key for the Sega, the traditional dance of Mauritius.  Coastal trekking experience to discover pristine beaches and learn about the importance of coastal forest ecosystems.

Detailed Itinerary

Highlights

Cultural tours in the towns and villages of Mauritius;  Black River Gorges National Park; electric biking along the South Coast; Independent or guided trek to Gris Gris Beach; Tamarin cruise; Beach cleanup; Guided hike to Le Morne, UNESCO Heritage Site & Ilot Fourneau; Scuba Diving in Mauritius West Coast; cooking lessons and beach time; Grand Baie.

Departure & Return Location

Port Louis – Port Louis

Departure time

Any time

Included

  • Nissan Micra or similar (Automatic): Automatic drive; Air conditioning; 4 passengers; 2 large luggage; Unlimited mileage; Collision Damage Waiver; Personal Accident Insurance; Theft protection. Our service benefits include a comprehensive insurance cover with either partial or total cover; delivery & collection service 7 days a week; 24hr roadside service and optional services such as GPS upon request.
  • 4 nights at Standard Room in Andrea Lodge (South): Includes breakfast & dinner
  • 3 nights in Standard Room at Vanilla House (West): Includes breakfast (and kitchenette)
  • 4 nights in Standard Room at Bleu de Toi (North): Includes breakfast
  • 3 nights in Private Tent at Otentic Eco-Tent (East): Includes half-board basis + daily shuttle to Ile aux Cerfs, mountain; bikes & kayaks
  • 15 days insured car rental (automatic or manual drive)
  • Guided 5 half-day & 2 full day activities with English speaking guides including 2 lunches.
  • Reservation Costs
  • Travel App with offline access to itinerary & directions
  • PDF of itinerary and directions
  • 24/7 assistance
  • Coverage Guarantee Fund

Excluded

  • All flights (bookable on request)
  • Upgrades accommodation available on request
  • Activities and entrance & conservation fees for parks and attractions
  • Fuel
  • GPS
  • travel- and cancellation insurance
  • Visa
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips
  • Meet & greet upon arrival

Extras/upgrades

  • Accommodation upgrade
  • Extra nights
  • Pre-booking of optional activitities
Itinerary

Day 1Mauritius South Coast

Pick-up car at the airport. Check-in at Andrea Lodge
Day at leisure

Overlooking the vast Indian Ocean and built over basaltic cliffs, this Eco-Lodges’ view will take your breath away. Far away from the bustle and hustle of civilization, the rooms are nested at the south-most tip of the island, in what is considered the wild south coast of Mauritius. Experience a quiet and peaceful retreat in its simple yet perfectly equipped lodges, by the sea-view pool and enjoying delicious meals prepared by the local chef.

Day 2Mauritius South Coast

Electric biking on the South Coast.

A fantastic immersion into the untouched nature and culture of the South of Mauritius. You’ll ride through the beautiful beaches of St. Felix and Riambel and the famous cliffs of Gris Gris and La Roche qui Pleure. The integrated electric motors of your bike will help you cover a long distance while preserving this area CO2-free.
In one of your stops, Madame Mala will welcome you at her place and treat you for lunch in the most authentic way.
· 8:30 – 15:00 | Medium intensity | Group tour
· Community led tourism · environmental conservation

Day 3Mauritius South Coast

Guided hike to the Black River Gorges National Park

Join for a 3h hike within Mauritius’ National Park and explore the magnificent African landscapes the West of Mauritius has to offer.
· 9:00 – 12:00 | Medium-high intensity
· My Green Trip kit provided for debris clean up (optional)

Day 4Mauritius South Coast

Independent or guided trek to Gris Gris Beach

Day 5Tamarin

Tamarin cruise on stand up paddle is included. Discover the secret corners of the Tamarin River, it’s flora and fauna, on a smooth and romantic sunset cruise during the golden hour. At the end of the excursion, your local guide will invite you for a drink on the lively beach to wave the sun goodbye.
· 15:00 – 18:00 | Low intensity
· Brief beach clean-up (optional)

Boutique Guest House within the charming Vanilla Village, with its health-conscious café, kids playground, and handicrafts shop with products 100% made in Mauritius. Its privileged location in the region of Black River allows you to enjoy the beaches, mountains and villages of Le Morne, Chamarel and the Black River Gorges at a short car ride.

Day 6Tamarin

Guided hike to Le Morne, UNESCO Heritage Site & Ilot Fourneau

You shouldn’t miss is the stunning view from Le Morne Brabant. Afterwards head for a guided walk across a lagoon to Ilot Fourneau. There you will find a secret beach, all for yourselves!
· 9:00 – 13:00 | Low – Medium intensity
· My Green Trip kit provided for debris clean up (optional)

Day 7Tamarin

Scuba Diving in Mauritius West Coast
Tucked in the garage of his parents’ home, Christophe opened a diving center 15 years ago to share his passion for marine life. The center is well-known by confirmed divers across the island, who won’t mind driving a long distance to go on an underwater expedition with the friendly instructors they grew fond of at this center. Daniel Pelicier, Christophe’s father, was instrumental to the exploration of Mauritius reefs. He discovered several fish species in the Indian Ocean that, until today, carry his own name. Christophe started a diving business out of his inherited passion for diving, inviting travelers to his favorite diving spots in his traditional wooden boat. Expect small groups of divers and a service of excellence from dive masters certified PADI and CMAS.
· 8:30 – 11:00 | Medium intensity · Family-run business | Locals’ economic empowerment

Day 8Grand Baie

Day at leisure. Check in at Bleu de Toi

Boutique Guest House offering the perfect balance between 2 worlds: authentic hospitality and a laid-back chic touch. You’ll be at a 5 mins walk from one of our favorite beaches on the North, as well as from restaurants, bus stop and other dynamic villages like Grand Baie and Trou aux Biches.
· Includes breakfast at the café
· Supports Mauritian artisans

Day 9Grand Baie

Agricultural immersion in PEAS Farm model

Manoj and Sadna run a not so traditional farm at the heart of Mauritius. In our mission to include locally designed and run projects into tourism, we invite travellers to learn first hand from a Mauritian farmer the methods and differences between hydroponics, aquaponics and organic agriculture.
Following a generous collection of crops, get ready to cook a traditional meal in Sadna’s kitchen.
· 8:00 – 13:30 | 6 people max.
·Bio agriculture | Community based tourism

Day 10Grand Baie

Sea-kayaking to the isolated Amber Island. Paddle your kayaks across the lagoon up to Amber Island, where you’ll navigate through canopies of mangroves and enjoy a snorkeling session in its natural aquarium.
You’ll land in the island to explore its ruins and surroundings, and enjoy a local energy snack with your intrepid, local guides.
· 9:00 – 12:30 | Medium intensity
· Mangroves appreciation & conservation

Day 11Grand Baie

Immersion to Sega tipik & playing the ravanne Daniela Bastien, a talented poet who beautifully plays ravanne, will welcome you at her home. Around a Mauritian tea, you will start your introduction to this instrument inherited from the times of slavery, made from the skin of goat. Let your mind travel with the flagship titles of the great talents of the traditional Mauritian sega.
· 14:30 – 16:30 | Group of 4 ppl max.
· Women’s empowerment | music

Day 12, 13, 14Grand River South East

Check in at Otentic Eco-Tent, spend the next couple of days relaxing.

Otentic eco-tent Glamping experience in the most eco-conscious and original way. Expect dry and cozy nights thanks to the well-equipped and elevated tents, and enjoy a detoxicating, romantic stay away from everyone and everything.
The tents here run with power & water provided from natural resources, and meals are a 100% vegetarian, sourced from the organic garden.

Day 15End of Itinerary

Check-out from your accommodation
Drop-off car at the Airport
Departure from Mauritius

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