Chamarel
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Mauritius: Dolphin Encounter, Trou aux Cerf and Grand Bassin

1. Mauritius: Dolphin Encounter, Trou aux Cerf and Grand Bassin

Begin your full-day experience with a visit to the wild dolphins who live off the coast of the Black River in the Indian Ocean. Swim with the playful creatures in their natural environment. Your skippers will tell about their habits and provide you with guidelines for a sustainable trip once you have boarded the boat.  The skippers will accompany you in the water when it is your turn to swim. Take in stunning views over the open sea and of these amazing creatures before heading to the popular diving and snorkeling site (time permitting). Dive in and marvel at the beautiful coral gardens and array of tropical fish. Proceed then to the dormant volcano of Trou aux Cerfs for beautiful panoramas. Take a stroll around the crater, situated 2,000 feet above sea level, for breathtaking views of the whole island on clear days.  Continue to the temples and shrines of the peaceful Grand Bassin. See the 108-foot statue of Shiva and climb the highest temple for more stunning views. Look out for the resident monkeys and other wildlife while you're there. Drive through the park to Plaine des Champagnes, stopping to admire Alexandra Falls on the way. Finally, head to Chamarel to discover the geological miracle that is the Seven Colored Earths. Get a view of Chamarel Falls, Mauritius' most famous waterfall. Say hello to one of the giant tortoises before concluding the tour and heading back to your hotel.

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Mauritius: Private Full-Day Instagram Tour

2. Mauritius: Private Full-Day Instagram Tour

After pickup from your hotel anywhere in Mauritius, set off on a full-day adventure across all the best, Instagram-worthy locales, with a route tailored to your pickup location. Stop by the Umbrella Square in Port Louis, Mauritius’ capital, to amble through bustling markets, shaded by a swathe of colored parasols. Head over to the Pamplemousses Botanical Garden, home to some 500 species of plants from around the world, including the rare Talipot Palm, which is said to flower once in its 60-year lifetime. Afterwards, head to Ganga Talo, the most sacred Hindu site in Mauritius, containing a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, among other gods in the Hindu pantheon. Gaze at the breathtaking statues that stand over 100 feet tall. Next you’ll soak up some of Mauritius’ foremost natural beauty at Chamarel, 7 Colored Earth, a collection of sand dunes characterized by their shifting layers of technicolor sands.  You’ll cap things off with a trip to the Chamarel Waterfalls, the largest single-drop waterfall in Mauritius, with a height of over 300 feet. Afterwards, you’ll be comfortably transported back to your accommodation.

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Mauritius: Black River Gorges National Park 3-Hour Hike

3. Mauritius: Black River Gorges National Park 3-Hour Hike

Discover the tropical rainforest of Mauritius on a 3-hour walk through the Black River Gorges National Park. Your local guide will take you on a hike to the best viewpoints, trekking along the most beautiful trails. Explore the gorges, rivers, and valleys of this stunning area. Look out for local wildlife along the way and learn about this region from your guide. You might spot the giant bats native to Mauritius, macaque monkeys, ebony trees, and more. End your hiking experience with a refreshing swim in the river.

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From Chamarel: Waterfall Eco-Hike Adventure

4. From Chamarel: Waterfall Eco-Hike Adventure

Make your way to the stunning Seven Colored Earth Geopark to meet your trek guide. Start with an adventurous gorge decent that includes four challenging river crossings. Be prepared to climb and scramble over rocks and wade through the river at points. You'll know the hard work was worth it when you reach the beautiful Chamarel Falls at the base of the gorge. Marvel at the highest vertical drop waterfall in Mauritius and enjoy a refreshing swim in the waterfall pool as the water cascades around you. Enjoy the sights and sounds of a plethora of endemic plant, animal, and bird species in this protected area and learn fascinating insights into the history and culture of the Chamarel region.

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What people are saying about Chamarel

Booked this a few day prior and was contacted the same day to share further details and contact information. I was glad to find out that the driver was in fact able to pick us up from our hotel and not a pickup destination 20 minutes away. The driver-guide was willing to accommodate our requests and was very flexible. I'm glad he was prepared with an umbrella as it rained for the last two stops of our tour.

A really nice and eventful day with our guide Deepak. He was very informative and told us a lot about the island, culture and beliefs. One of the highlights was the food in the restaurant to which our guide brought us. A really recommendable tour.

We had Deepak as our guide and he was excellent. Helpful, friendly and patient with us :) the combination of dolphins in the morning, then the south-tour is fabulous. A long day but absolutely worth it. We recommend it to everyone!

We had a wonderful day with lots of nice spots. Our driver Deepak brought us country and people closer to us in a great way. We would book the tour again and again and would recommend it 100%.

Everything went very smoothly. Swimming with the dolphins was really amazing. Then Raj showed us the island with lots of helpful information and perfect service. Thanks!