Catamaran Cruises are the most popular in Luxury Honeymoon destinations and Mauritius is one among them. Exploring the island nation by sailing onboard could be a different experience altogether. There are several day cruises and dinner cruises that sail across various destinations and coasts. The four major destinations covered by a Catamaran Cruise in Mauritius are - West coast, Gabriel Island, Ile Aux Cerfs and Flat Island.
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Full Day Catamaran Cruise
Hop onto the specially designed Catamaran day cruisers – Island Hopper or Cat Cruiser – and enjoy the day excursions.
Starting Point: Pointe Jerome
The cruises start from Pointe Jerome and reach a snorkelling spot where you can either choose to swim in the refreshing water and snorkel with the numerous colourful fish, or you can simply soak up the sunlight and relax. Following that, the cruise will take you to the mouth of the Grand River South East whose banks are dominated by the lush green vegetation; you might even get the chance to see the monkeys and bat that inhabit the area just before arriving at the waterfall.
Just prior to reaching Ile Aux Cerfs, lunch will be served to you which are a freshly and deliciously prepared barbeque. After arriving at the island, you can go for a walk on the beach before setting sailing back to Pointe Jerome.
Price 2560.36 MUR per adult 1645.94 MUR children
Based in North, the two Catamaran cruises - Wind Dancer 1 and Wind Dancer 2 – take you to an excursion to Ilot Gabriel.
Starting Point: Grand Baie The cruise departs from Grand Baie at 8.30 AM, passes by Gunners Coin and halts at the lagoon between Flat Island and Ilot Gabriel. It takes about one hour and thirty minutes to reach Ilot Gabriel, which is famous for the crystal clear water encircling the island and the stretches of undamaged beaches.
Swimming and snorkelling in the amazing lagoon of Ile Gabriel is a must recommended thing. A barbeque buffet lunch is served at 12.30 PM and after departure, the expected time of arrival at Grand Baie is 4 PM.
Price 1645.94 MUR per adult 841.26 MUR per children
Discover the southwestern part of Mauritius on this full-day cruise and with some luck, you might just end up swimming with dolphins as well!
Starting Point: Black River The cruise sets sail from Black River at 9 AM and heads towards Tamarin Bay where you can see the school of dolphins in the deep blue water of the west coast.
There is a stoppage near the La Preneuse reef where you can go for an energizing swim or sit back with a drink and enjoy the splendid views of Black River Mountain range, including the highest mountain in Mauritius – Le Piton de la Petite Riviere Noire.
The cruise then takes you to the Crystal Rock standing in the middle of the lagoon. Before heading to Benitiers Island, a barbeque lunch is served. The gigantic Le Morne Mountain makes an awesome backdrop for the Benitiers Island. The return sail starts at 4 PM.
Price 2340.90 MUR per adult 1645.94 MUR children
Sunset and Dinner Cruise
Get onboard the Catamaran cruise from the embarkation point and savour the two-hour cruise complemented with the astounding sunset views and snacks & beverages. The sunset cruise takes you on a journey to the refreshing turquoise blue lagoons and deep blue outer water reefs of Mauritius, while you sway to the melodic music and have a blast with the friendly crew members.
From Preskil Beach Resort – Get a chance to witness the remains of “Dalbair”, a ship that sank in 1902 outside the reef of Pointe D’esny. Explore the historical scenes by heading towards Ile de la Passe where the great naval battle fought in 1810 at the Old Grand Port. Enjoy the pleasing scenes of the setting sun near the nature reserve of Ile Aux Aigrettes.
From Grand Bay – The cruise set sails from the bay and heads towards the Gunners Coin with the abundance of wonderful sceneries and crystal clear blue waters. Gunners Point, Pointe aux Cannoniers in French, gets its name because of the fort built. With some luck, you might get to see the optical phenomenon producing a green-ray just after the sunset on clear days.
From Black River – Watch the most beautiful sunset scenes of the island by cruising towards Tamarin Bay along the coastline. Enjoy the sightings of whales and dolphins en route as well.
Price 1463.06 MUR per adult 1097.30 MUR per children
Live Onboard Cruise
As the name suggests, you can live on board of a Catamaran for a specific period of time where you can eat, sleep, relax and shower on board and go for dives, swims and islands as part of the stay.
The best-suited boats for the live-onboard experience are – Madiana 2, Madiana 3 and Mis Stress. It is primarily a private charter where you have to book the entire boat for a period of time. You can choose the departing and returning point according to your wish. It is perfect for travelling with families, friends or even for romantic getaways for couples on their honeymoon.
Right after you arrive at the airport, you are welcomed and escorted to the boat directly. The crew briefs you about the safety procedures and boat regulations and short description of the trip. Once that's done, you are good to sail!