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Boat Rides & Cruises in Mauritius

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  • paul
    Wells, UK1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful beaches and mountains
    Contrast between prosperity and poverty
    Roads bad signs poor
    Plenty of action cities on offer
    Some disgusting dirty beaches
    Great boat trips
    Lovely people
    Stayed away from resorts
    Relatively good value
    Long flight but air Mauritius were good
    Traffic bad in Port Louis
    Nice creole food
    Weather hot but rainy ( intermittently ) in March
    Written March 18, 2024
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  • Charlie O
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly recommended - everything was perfect start to finish!!!

    What a fantastic and unbelievable experience. Swimming with dolphins and then an unforgettable lunch on the beach with the most amazing view of the ocean. Food was so fresh and the lobster was incredible.
    Written April 14, 2024
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  • Simon A
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Despite some pretty challenging conditions the crew made it a great day out. Short explanations of the places we were going to see. Re jigging the itinerary to suit the weather, but still making a day of it. Dolphins at the end always make it 5 star though don't they! Glad we did this rather than the sailboat tour.
    Written March 26, 2024
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  • Kavalowski
    Wolverhampton, UK102 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Swimming with a giant turtle was probably the highlight of my trip to Mauritius. Was genuine concerns about if we’d get a chance to as they didn’t appear in the morning due to the tide. However, Kesaven who was our guide/driver for the day worked hard to keep up to date & even when at the end of the day it looked like they weren’t going to appear, he took us to meet the person who runs that part of the day so we could come back if needs be on another day with no additional cost to do it. But, our luck came in as whilst we were having that chat they spotted a giant turtle. So we rushed into the boat & went out, for what was an amazing experience. There was only 1 but frankly that didn’t matter. This was much better than “chasing” dolphins as we were in a small group actually swimming with the turtle.
    The rest of the day was great. Visiting the tea exporter/factory was great, the guide there was super friendly & knowledgable. Pamplemousses Botanical Garden was great, but that was because for the small cost of 75RPS per person (around £2) you can get a guided tour. Frankly don’t think I’d have appreciated it without them & again they were so friendly but importantly knowledgable. The Red Church is also amazing & there was a wedding at the time so we kept a little further back, but that was fine as the views out to sea were unreal.
    Port Louis was probably the only drawback in that I’d have happily have gone after a quick look around the quay & market.
    Would recommend.
    Written August 18, 2023
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  • kennyJ076
    Solihull, UK12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We have been to Mauritius many times and debated whether it was time to go somewhere else or if we did visit then maybe a different hotel to LUX Grand Gaube where we have stayed many times. However we love the Island and it's people and we have always had an amazing experience at LUX GG so we decided to return again. Absolutely the right decision! All the staff at the hotel are wonderful, welcoming and so friendly and it is very difficult to single out individuals but the people who made our stay exceptional were: Ashwin and Ashwan in Palm Court and Creole Smoke Hse who went out of their way to ensure we had a wonderful experience at every meal. We were similarly looked after in Beach Rouge by Nund, Akshaye and Pergum. Not forgetting Bodrum where we had exceptional service from Durgesh. In INTI Yasser was the perfect host with attention to detail. Diron was always on hand to ensure we had no issues and were really enjoying our holiday. Chef Deepuck cooked superb meals and it's no surprise we both put on the weight! In the bar the cocktails were amazing made mainly by Kevish and Yovan. On the beach, were we spent most of the day, we were looked after brilliantly by the ''man in the hat'' Reedoo, supported by Anoop and Veer and in the adult area by Kumar. All of whom make delicious milkshakes. Pravesh, our room boy, made incredible towel sculptures and kept our room very clean. And last but not least our thanks to Elena at reception for her understanding and efficiency. Overall LUX GG constantly delivers a wonderful experience and the staff always make it so special.
    Written December 22, 2023
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  • Jelena K
    Bath, UK6 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The day started off good, our driver picked us up from out hotel on time and was very friendly and efficient! If you are not a morning person please note that the start time is NOT the pick up time and if your hotel is not located near the beach then you may have to wake up earlier. For us we has to wake up at 5am for a 6am pickup time from the east.

    We arrived at the location on time and our driver took us to some toilets before we got there which was super considerate! However when we got there, we spent a lot of time just stood about and we weren't really sure what we were supposed to do/who we were going with. There were a lot of other tourists as well who I assume were waiting for similar things but again no one looked like they knew where to go.

    Eventually our guides came and walked us to the boat we were going to be using for the trip. We had Vic and Zen (sorry if this is misspelled) who were super informative and really cared about our experience. I have to say their energy and commitment really made this trip worth it and I'm very glad we had them!
    First they explained that we would need to look for the dolphins to swim and we ended up finding some where a lot of the other boats were. These are wild dolphins and the reason why the excursion is so early is because that is the only time they will be close to the shore. It was a bit difficult to swim with the dolphins because they would often submerge themselves in the sea to get away from all the boats, so you'd have to time it really well to swim with them. I was somewhat lucky and got to see them swim under me but they weren't very close. You can request a life jacket if you're not a strong swimmer. My mum didn't even get a chance to swim 'with' them because as she got in the water they'd be gone. After a few attempts our guides asked us if we wanted to move on (again really lovely people) and our group agreed that it would be best to start the next activity. Something to be mindful of when you're in the water is where your boat is! I lost my bearings and was swimming in the opposite direction but luckily my mum called out to me. I don't think I wouldve been left stranded in the water as there are so many boats around and someone would've helped but still a bit of a scary situation.

    Our next activity was snorkelling in a lagoon area with lots of fish! They put some fish food in the water so you end up being surrounded by them which is quite cool! And the water is not to deep and not too shallow so you can really explore.

    After, we when you Crystal Rock which is a gorgeous coral which grows outside the water! I recommend wearing some goggles/snorkelling here because the water is shallow enough that you can stand up in it, however there are a lot of sea urchins and sea cucumbers so it's easier to avoid them if you can see them.

    Our last stop was the island which we spent a lot of time on. There are no toilets on the island so if you need to do your business, you either do it in the water or in the woody areas. Also because the boats they use are speed boats, again no toilets on there, so your only option is really when you are in the water. Where we were sat there were loads of flies which is quite off putting when you're eating but hey, that's nature. I'm not sure if it was just where we were sat or if other groups experienced it too but just something to note. There isn't a lot to do on the island except swim or buy items from some of the stalls they have. Quite good prices and lots of variety too! I guess my issue was the amount of time we spent on the island, because we had to wait almost an hour before we ate, and then after we ate we had an additional 2 hours. So a total of around 3 to 4 hours on there which isn't super entertaining when there's not much to do except sunbathe, shop or swim. For food we had a BBQ lunch which was delicious, accompanied by unlimited drinks. Again our guides were amazing, serving us our drinks and telling us about things you can do on the island. They always made sure we were feeling good and were having fun!

    I booked this trip for just me and my mum and we had it nearer the end of our holiday. That being said we had experienced some excursions in Mauritius before this so I think our opinion would be different if this had been the first excursion on our holiday.
    Written March 18, 2024
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  • Chandrafulham
    United Kingdom31 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well organized with good meal and drinks., entertaining crew.
    One comment. The loading of passengers to and from catamaran should be better organized to be safer. The small boat used from shore to catamaran was a rubber dingy which was slippery.
    There was one incident where a lady slipped and fell near the hull and it took sometime for her to safely brought back on to the catamaran.
    A jetty could be built for safe transfer.
    Written November 27, 2023
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  • Louise
    Portishead, UK18 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We really enjoyed our trip, we appreciated the fact the team didn’t charge at the dolphins (which so many other tour operators did!) but kept a respectful distance from the edge. We still got to see them up close and we also got to do some snorkelling.
    Do be prepared though that there were A LOT of other boats - at least 20 - all in the same spot!
    We booked this only 2 days before and I was a bit worried as they didn’t have many reviews but Feliciano was in touch via WhatsApp shortly after booking. We were staying in Grand Baie and booked a taxi through the hotel, we left at 6am to get there for 7.15am, Feliciano was there to greet us.
    I recommend this trip!
    Written April 10, 2024
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  • Eggert E
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great view great crew.
    Everything was on time and with a smile.

    This is definitely a recommended activity in Mauritius.

    Price was reasonable compared to other operators.
    Alot better then some tourist scammers.
    Written March 26, 2024
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  • Marc B
    15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant day our. But take the factor 50
    BBQ lunch was very nice and lots of local run.
    Our Captain Jack Sparrow was brilliant too made the trip
    Written February 17, 2024
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  • Patricija K
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The tour is very good, and it's worth every penny. The guys on the catamaran are very friendly and nice. I really recommend it!
    Written December 24, 2023
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  • Kavalowski
    Wolverhampton, UK102 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Firstly, I want to say a massive thank you to Kesaven, who was our guide/driver for the day. He was super friendly, helpful, knowledgeable & we were in good hands.
    To start with I would recommend this trip. We had a chance of experiencing the amazing natural beauty of Mauritius, specifically around the centre of & south of the island. We were genuinely awe struck by the beauty & the natural sights alone would’ve been worth the price. To add to this we also visited Grand Bassin & the Hindu temple. This was amazing & we as non Hindu’s felt welcome, as well as receiving a blessing.
    For lunch we were taken to Ebony Table D'Hote, where the staff were like Kesaven, friendly & welcoming with great food, somewhere I’d recommend for sure.
    Now for the drawbacks. Seeing & swimming with the dolphins was truly amazing. However, being 1 of I’d say 15-20 other boats with roughly 6-20 per boat did take away from the experience. We also felt that we were more chasing the dolphins, which we worried may’ve been distressing for the pod. I think sadly this is the only way to see the dolphins. In a way the second stop we did to see some coral was nicer in that it was only our boat there & felt less hectic.
    Furthermore, we were also taken to a duty free shop & a model ship builders shop. Would happily have not gone to either, but that’s more our personal preference.
    I would recommend this trip & hope you drop lucky with Kesaven as your guide.
    Written August 18, 2023
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  • Sophia H
    United Kingdom18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The trip really was a once in a lifetime experience, we saw plenty of dolphins and were able to get into the water and swim with them. We were also lucky enough to see whales and got so close to them but did not swim with them. Just cruising alongside them in the boat was breathtaking. The skipper and guides were so friendly and knowledgeable and really looked after everyone on the boat, making sure everyone got a chance to see and swim with the dolphins. This was the highlight of our trip and I would highly recommend this tour!!
    Written March 30, 2024
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  • kekeee
    4 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    I remember doing this 5 years ago since then the price went up boat got shittier, the waterfall is not really spectacular. Start takes forever you need to wait like 2 hours there for the boat.
    Written December 12, 2023
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  • Gerald F
    Buffalo, United States6 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    gorgeous island. cool boat trip to island, and the parasailing was awesome... Undersea walk and tube riding cancelled due weather/surf conditions...
    Written February 19, 2024
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