Beachcomber’s pick: Romantic Excursions (Mauritius)
There’s no place on earth that can do Catamaran cruises like Mauritius. Take a catamaran cruise and discover parts of the island that you never knew existed. Head off the east coast to the Île aux Cerfs Islands, where you’ll discover outcrops of volcanic rock, little lakes, gullies and magnificent white sandy beaches. You’ll also sail past a thriving ecosystem and lush mangroves, making you feel like you’re in a tropical forest, before a stop over at the Grand River South East waterfalls to revive your senses. Or perhaps you’d prefer to head west for a chance to see some dolphins swimming in their natural habitat? You’ll anchor for the day next to the beautiful private Island of île aux Bénitiers, where you are free to spend the afternoon soaking up the beautiful and romantic surroundings of the palm fringed beaches. Or why not sail north to the idyllic island of îlot Gabriel? Full of lush green vegetation and indigenous fauna and flora, îlot Gabriel really is something special.
Located in the higher Plaines Champagne, Alexandra falls is part of a vast National Park in the Black River District and offers a picture perfect scene of the south coast, The canyon is a huge 700 feet above sea level and the waterfall is the highest the island has to offer, standing at an incredible 500 feet. It’s view point offers an unbeatable panoramic view to the canyon and valleys, which descend towards the sea – If you ever wondered what paradise looked like, there’s a good chance this could be it. It’s the perfect backdrop for a romantic day out.
A helicopter sunset flight is the perfect way to spend an evening and offers amazing panoramic views of the island. From above, you will get to see the enchanting turquoise lagoons, the white sandy beaches, the picture perfect mountains and the emerald green sugar cane fields of Mauritius, and it’s here you’ll understand why Mark Twain once called it heaven. A helicopter flight is without a doubt, one of the best memories you will have from your trip to Mauritius.
Just off the north east coast, between Grand Gaube and Poudre d”Or, lays Ile d’Ambre, a tranquil islet that is perfect for those who want to soak in the peace and quiet. Ile d’Ambre has to be one of the most romantic spots in Mauritius. Take a romantic two-person kayak trip through the mangroves and discover the ruins and forest of this idyllic location. You can also take a visit to the tiny neighbouring islet of Bernache, where there’s the opportunity to snorkel in privacy and enjoy the special moment together.
Exclusive Submarine Trip
Anything is possible in Mauritius, and if you want to enjoy a dream adventure underwater onboard a submarine; well you can. As part of the trip you’ll get to see the famous Star Hope cruiser shipwreck, explore the rich coral reefs of Mauritius and observe the various species of fish the waters has to offer, with complete panoramic views of the ocean. At depths of 35 meters undersea, you’re guaranteed to see an array of rare species and sprawling exotic corals. It’s one of the most original ways for two people to celebrate a special event.