After breakfast, leave for North Island tour
and visit- Pamplemousses (The Royal Botanical Gardens): Away from
the coast and almost directly south of Grand Baie is the
Pamplemousses Gardens, also known as the Royal Botanical Gardens.
The famous gardens ranking among the finest Botanical gardens in the
world, was started in 1735 by 'Mahe de Labourdonnais', with 'Mon
Plaisir Castle' in his residence. The 60-acre garden boasts 500
different species of plants, of which 80 are palms. Of particular
interest are the giant water Lilies locally known as 'Flan Tins'
(Victoria Regia), a spice garden and the Talipot Palms, said to
flower once every 60 years after which they die. Pamplemousses also
features plants from all over the world - wild bananas, camphor
trees, clover and nutmeg trees from Manila and there is also an art
gallery and a cemetery, Port Louis (the capital and main port of
Mauritius, Port Louis, was founded by the French Governor Mahé de
Labourdonnais in 1735.The Harbour lies sheltered in a semi-circle of
mountains. The town has plenty of character, and shows in certain
quarters signs of its past elegance. Off the main square, palm-lined
Place D'Armes, there are some particularly fine French colonial
buildings, especially the Government House and the Municipal
Theatre, both built in the 18th Century. The lively covered market
offers an insight into the fascinating cross-section of Mauritian
life) and Grand Baie (this is the main holiday centre for Mauritians
and tourists alike. Grand Baie used to be a tiny fishing village.
The northern coastline beyond Tombeau Bay has many delightful
beaches. The coastline curves into Grand Bassin itself, the main
centre for yachting, water skiing, windsurfing, and many other water
sports. The town of Grand-Baie is a charming village with white sand
beaches, bordered with shops, restaurants and coconuts)
Evening will be free to relax yourself. Night halt at Mauritius.
After breakfast, depart for a full day
excursion to Ile Aux Cerfs, an emerald lagoon on the east coast.
From the jetty take a Speed Boat to reach the island. Day Free to
indulge in beach and water sports activities. Take a thrilling
experience of parasailing. Enjoy swimming in the crystal clear blue
waters. Return to the hotel in the evening. Night halt at Mauritius.
After breakfast, proceed for tour to south
Island and visit- 7 Coloured Chamerel Earth (in the district of
Black River are colored dunes of volcanic ash which are naturally
displayed in the orderly pattern of 7 colors - result of weathering
- a fascinating phenomenon well worth a visit) and Curepipe (at 20
km from Port-Louis, is a residential city of 75,000 inhabitants. It
took its rise at the end of XIXth century, when the inhabitants of
Portlouis took refuge there, fleeing the epidemic of malaria). Night
halt at Mauritius.