The magic of catamaran cruises in Mauritius …
Which sailing tour should you choose? Lagoon or deep sea sailing? Read this guide before you book your sea excursion.
You’ll find a map and a detailed itinerary with images for each cruise below.
Cruise the South East lagoon
The cruise itineraries have to do with the topography of the island:
The deep-sea cruises set sail off our North coast near Grand Baie to three islets in the Indian Ocean.
Catamaran cruises in Mauritius - Map with islets
During these shared cruises you’ll visit wild islets, snorkel and swim among exotic fish, sample a delicious barbecue lunch, sip a rum cocktail or more … All from the comfort of a catamaran with a diving platform, swimming ladder and a canopy for sun protection.
In other words, a day in heaven!
The crew will entertain you with local songs
Sailing deeper into the Indian Ocean is not like a gentle catamaran cruise in our lagoon. Catamarans can be the most comfortable boats but when you navigate the deep sea you’ll feel the swells. If you suffer from motion sickness you might consider a lagoon cruise instead.
Deep sea sailing in the North
Lagoon sailing has a different feel. It’s a smooth ride all the way! The waves are far and few. It’s also a great family attraction. Unlike deep sea sailing I highly recommend these catamaran cruises if you are travelling with children. Boats and snorkeling add to their sense of adventure.
Lagoon sailing in Mauritius
Our South East lagoon is the largest and very scenic. Look at the magnificent mountain scenery and the turquoise sea in the photo.
South East lagoon with Ile aux Aigrettes on the right
You’ll embark at Pointe Jerome in Pointe d’Esny and sail across Mahebourg Bay. The skipper will cast anchor at a spot where you’ll snorkel among dozens of colourful fish.
Snorkeling from the catamaran
The catamaran will then set sail to the ‘Grande Riviere South East’ to view her waterfall. En route the boat will navigate past a couple of small islands with interesting history. Ile de la Passe and Ile Plate.
Sailing up the Grande River South East
The ‘chef’ will prepare a tasty barbecue lunch on your way to Ile aux Cerfs. You might even see some dolphins!
You’ll have plenty time at Ile aux Cerfs for swimming or maybe join a water sport activity. Ile aux Cerfs is the most popular island in Mauritius.
Ile aux Cerfs beaches
In the afternoon you’ll board your catamaran for the leisurely cruise back to Mahebourg. The crew will entertain you with our sega music.
Enjoy a one day catamaran cruise sailing Mauritius’ South West lagoon. Ile aux Benitiers is a popular island stop during this catamaran excursion. Here she is in the image below.
South West lagoon with Ile aux Benitiers
Your catamaran will set sail from La Balise Marina in Black River with the iconic Le Morne Mountain in the background. Then onto dolphin watching in Tamarin Bay. These beautiful fish have their morning swim in the bay to the delight of tourists.
Enjoy some snorkeling before a barbecue lunch prepared by the crew on board your catamaran. The grilled fish is absolutely delicious.
Barbecue lunch on board
After lunch you’ll be taken by motorboat to Ile aux Benitiers. En route you’ll stop at Crystal Rock to admire her intriguing shape. She is made of fossilized coral.
Crystal Rock with the iconic Le Morne Mountain
Spend time swimming alongside ile aux Benitiers. Maybe buy a souvenir from the stalls on the beach or sip coconut water right out of the shell.
Ile aux Benitiers beach vendors
You’ll sail back to the jetty in the afternoon to the sound of music played by the crew.
You’ll sail beyond our coral reefs to the small islands of the North in a luxury catamaran. These trips take about an hour and a half. You can see the outline of Mauritius on the horizon in the image below.
Ilot Gabriel and Flat Island have their own lagoons
No one is allowed to stay over on the islets for a snooze. Robinson Crusoe here we come!
Enjoy your swim in the turquoise sea. Bring your sandals and go for a walk among the casuarina trees to watch the white-tailed ‘tropicbirds’. You can see one of them in the casuarina tree below!
The catamaran cruises in Mauritius visit Ilot Gabriel in the North
Join your fellow passengers for a barbecue lunch on board your catamaran before sailing around 'Coin de Mire' or Gunners Point for a great snorkel.
Enjoying the barbecue lunch with my daughter
You’ll sail back to Mauritius in the afternoon whilst the crew entertains you with local songs.
You’ll feel the swells when you sail to the islets in the North. Cruising back to Mauritius the boat sails with the wind so it’s a smoother ride.
Sailing back to Mauritius from Ilot Gabriel
Not everyone suffers from motion sickness. I do and it’s not too many cocktails …
Follow my well tried tips and you should be fine:
Pack a windbreaker for catamaran cruises in Mauritius during our ‘cool’ months. That’s from June to August. It feels cooler when you are at sea. The water temperature will be about 23 degrees Celsius.
Bring spare clothing, a towel, sunscreen and a hat. Snorkeling equipment is provided.
Please drop me a line when you return from your holiday to share your experiences about the catamaran cruises in Mauritius