10 Best Catamaran Cruises in Mauritius
The Best Catamaran Cruises in Mauritius
For unforgettable fun, relaxation and adventure, nothing beats a catamaran cruise along the most beautiful coasts to amazing locations all around Mauritius mainland. For the convenience of clients there is a large selection of day cruises to several destinations, with few different departure points. In the North, the choice is between Gabriel Island and Flat Island. Through other cruises, you can also see dolphins on the West coast or choose to cruise on the east coast, visiting the famous Ile aux Cerfs Island.
For the romantic at heart, there are sunset and dinner cruises; both on a shared and private basis.
Upon request, exclusive cruises to remote islands destinations and tailor made overnight cruises can be organised. From budget to top luxury, you are sure to find the ideal cruise experience as per your likings, preferences and budget.
Enjoy sailing through the crystal clear water, breathtaking scenery all around, stay on the beautiful white sand beaches, snorkel inside the lagoons, explore the local marine line, and enjoy delicious food and bar services. This cruise is all about making sure you have a full day of true relaxation and fun.
Discover the Top 10 Best Catamaran Cruise in Mauritius
1. Catamaran Cruise to Gabriel Island
Gabriel Island is a protected natural reserve, located near Round Island and the Flat island, at the extreme north of Mauritius, about 10 kilometers north of Cap Malheureux. The distance between Gabriel Island and Flat island is only 750 meters.
The size of the island is only 42 hectares, making it much smaller than Flat island, and the highest point is 28 meters. The island is most famous for its beautiful unspoiled beaches, with crystal clear water surrounding the entire island. It is a very popular site for snorkelers, and also offers great dive sites.
For you to be able to view and experience this amazing island, there are several packages ranging from day cruises, to overnight luxury stays or even 3 to 5 days catamaran overnight packages.The cruise to Gabriel Island will definitely be one of the highlights of your holiday in Mauritius and therefore be sure to treat yourself and your friends / family / partners to a memorable day.
For the day cruise package, the catamaran cruise starts at 09:00, departing from Grand Bay. The sailing time is around 1.5 hours before reaching Gabriel Island where you will be able to discover the beautiful unspoiled beaches, with crystal clear water surrounding the entire island.
As part of the cruise you will pass by an amazing lagoon, where swimming and snorkeling are a must. Sometimes during this excursion you will be able to see whales as well as dolphins. If this happens, the crew will stop the boat, in order for you to observe these great animals from close in their natural environment. You may also enjoy any of the Gabriel island cruises on a private-exclusive basis. The trip includes breakfast, lunch, a selection of drinks including alcoholic (beer, rum, cocktails…) and non-alcoholic beverages throughout the day.
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2. Catamaran Cruise to Flat Island
Flat Island, known as Île Plate in French, is located near Round Island, at the extreme north of Mauritius, about 11 kilometers north of Cap Malheureux, the Mauritius' mainland's northernmost point.
Flat Island houses one of the two working lighthouses in Mauritius. Flat Island, 253 hectares in size, is the largest of the northern islet and is mostly flat, except its single hill topped by a lighthouse.
North of Flat Island is Pigeon Rock, a spectacular bare rock stack, where many seabirds come for nesting. Flat Island is a very popular venue for snorkelers, and also offers great dive sites. The island offers beautiful beaches with crystal clear turquoise water
Same as Gabriel Island, there are several catamaran cruise packages available to visit Flat Island. One of the most popular is the ‘Catamaran Cruise - Flat Island & Lunch & Open Bar’. For this package, the catamaran cruise starts at 09:00, departing from Grand Bay. After a short sailing time of around 1.5 hours you will reach Flat Island where you can make the most of their beautiful unspoiled beaches, with crystal clear water surrounding the entire island. At around 12.30 you will enjoy a full delicious BBQ lunch buffet onboard. Please note that the menu includes only fresh fish, fresh chicken and a selection of fresh salads. If you are a vegetarian, with prior notice, necessary arrangements will be done.
You can enjoy swimming, snorkeling or simply enjoy a day of relaxation on a picture-postcard beach.
At around 15:00, you will leave Flat Island, heading back to Grand Bay. During the sail back you can enjoy light snacks, the bar services and the live music. Expected arrival time back to Grand Bay is 16:30.
There are a number of exclusive catamaran cruises that are provided for Flat Island. You may also enjoy a unique exclusive luxurious catamaran cruise, which includes a delicious dining experience at a top class restaurant - Governor's house located on Flat Island in a breathtaking location.
Book your Catamaran Cruise to Flat Island:
- Catamaran Cruise - Flat Island & Lunch & Open Bar
- Exclusive Catamaran Cruise - Coin de Mire And Flat Island
- Exclusive Catamaran Cruise - Flat Island & Breakfast, Lunch
- Luxury Flat Island Catamaran or Speedboat Cruise + Gourmet Lunch
3. VIP day Catamaran Cruise to Governor's House
The Governor’s House is a fine dining restaurant situated on a private beach of Flat Island and operated with much skill and class by one of the best hotels of Mauritius. The design of the Governor’s House restaurant is very unique; it is actually an old ruin, dating from the 19th century, which was brought to life with much style for providing all its visitors a very unique dining experience.
This cruise is all about enjoying a unique luxurious catamaran, which includes a delicious dining experience at a top class restaurant located on Flat Island in a breathtaking location.
The cruise takes you along the North coast of Mauritius, sailing past Fort Malartic, Cap Malheureux and other important historical sites until reaching the high sea cliffs of Gunner’s Quoin. The Gunner’s Quoin Island with its high sea cliffs towering into the sky is quite a remarkable site. These cliffs serve as nesting grounds to large colonies of tropic birds including the famous national bird of Mauritius.
After approximately one and half hours of easy cruising, the vessel will reach its destination and stop sailing at the lagoon between Flat Island and Gabriel Island. Then you will be transferred from Flat Island’s main beach a distance of about 1km to the northern part of Flat Island where you will spend the day on the private beach of the Governor’s house.
For lunch, you will have your own private dining table, shaded and overlooking the sea. All along you will continue to enjoy a selection of refreshments, which will be served before and after lunch. Lunch will be served from 12h00 to 14h30 at the Governor’s House restaurant. The restaurant offers a magical setting on a private beach at the north of Flat Island overlooking Round Island and Snake Island – the most distant islands of Mauritius.
At around 16:00, you will leave Flat Island, heading back to the departure point, reaching back to Sunset Boulevard Grand Bay at around 17:45.
During the sail back you will continue enjoying the bar services and the great atmosphere onboard.
4. Harris Wilson Catamaran Cruise
Harris Wilson is a 18 meters racing catamaran (60ft). The catamaran was built for ocean racing. This catamaran offers traveling at speed.
Harris Wilson offers a more luxurious catamaran trip, with more room to walk around, a 360 degrees view and also with a small bar on board the catamaran.
We have 2 amazing packages that will allow you to experience this unique catamaran namely:
(i) Harris Wilson Catamaran Cruise - West Coast
This Harris Wilson catamaran trip to the South West Coast of Mauritius is a great way to discover the beautiful beaches, lagoons, and the mountain peaks visible from the sea. After departing from Tamarin, you will head to Tamarin Bay where you can encounter dolphins in their natural habitat. This is a unique chance to explore the spectacular lives of these magnificent marine mammals in their aquatic habitat. With some luck you will get to encounter the dolphins in the crystal clear waters of the bay. The unique wildness, peacefulness, tranquility and calmness of the west coast attract an increasing number of people every year.
(ii) Harris Wilson Catamaran Cruise - South East Coast
During this cruise, you will sail along the beautiful Eastern coast towards the islets Ile de la Passe and Ile au Phare. You will learn more about their historical background and enjoy a guided visit of Ile au Phare which harbors a lighthouse from 1864. You will then head towards Ile aux Cerfs; a visit to the island is a must because it’s beautiful beaches are well worth it. After that venture, you will re-embark on the catamaran and sail towards the Grand River South East Waterfalls, where you will be asked to board small speedboats to get closer to the magnificent waterfalls. For both packages, it will be a full day cruise full of sun, drinks, delicious food and a lot of fun and relaxation on a luxury 60ft Racing Catamaran. There will be snorkeling breaks and you will enjoy a full delicious BBQ lunch buffet set on the Harris Wilson catamaran.
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5. Catamaran Cruise with the Dolphins (West Coast Cruise)
Dolphins are perhaps the most fantastic of all the creatures that live in the ocean. The dolphins, cheerful and playful, are a symbol of intelligence and grace. In Mauritius, the dolphins live in pods of about 20 individuals or more and can be observed swimming from Tamarin Bay (on the west coast of Mauritius). The most common dolphins in Mauritius are the Bottlenose Dolphin and the Spinner Dolphin.
For you to be able to experience these amazing creatures we would highly recommend the ‘Catamaran Cruise - See Dolphins + Visit Benitiers Island’
The cruise is done on a great 40 feet catamaran along the South West coast of Mauritius which is considered one of the most beautiful areas, and a must place to see when visiting Mauritius.
As part of this cruise tour you will discover the dolphins of Tamarin bay, visit the famous Crystal rock which stands out in the middle of the lagoon, and stay on Benitiers Island for relaxation on its beautiful sandy beaches.
The cruise itself starts at 09:00 am. You will have a short pre-departure briefing by the boat’s captain. Then the catamaran will depart heading to Tamarin Bay area where you can encounter dolphins in their natural habitat. From Tamarin bay the cruise will continue along the coral reefs to the lagoon of La Preneuse. During the cruise, the catamaran will stop for breaks in some key locations, where you can enjoy a swim and some snorkeling in the sea, or enjoy the sun and drinks on board the catamaran.
Then the catamaran will head to the beautiful Island of Benitiers. Before arriving to the Island you will visit the famous Crystal Rock and will have a spectacular view of the Rempart Mountain, the Black River mountain range, and of the magnificent Le Morne Mountain.
You will have a delicious BBQ lunch buffet on the catamaran. After lunch, you can enjoy some relaxation time by the beach and the expected arrival time to Tamarin is 15:30.
For a more unique experience, you must try one of the exclusive Private Catamaran Cruise. These will include snorkelling breaks, dolphins encounter on the West Coast of Mauritius and you’ll get to spend a relaxing time onboard admiring the spectacular coastal views of the West side of the island. Depending on the selected package, some also include breakfast, lunch and unlimited alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks.
Book your Catamaran Cruise with the Dolphins:
- Catamaran Cruise - See Dolphins + Visit Benitiers Island
- 2-hour Exclusive Catamaran Cruise with Dolphins Encounter
- Exclusive Half Day Catamaran Cruise-Dolphins+Snorkelling
- Full Day Private Luxurious Catamaran Cruise - Benitiers Island
- Exclusive West Coast Catamaran Cruise
6. Catamaran Cruise to Ile aux Cerfs
Ile aux Cerfs Island is a beautiful island near the east coast of Mauritius. With its swaying casuarinas and palm trees and the pure white beaches framed by the vivid turquoise waters, this amazing paradise island is the perfect setting for a relaxing day of sun worship.
Depending on the package that you select, the embarking can be done at 2 different locations:
- Pointe Jerome in the South East of Mauritius.
- Trou D’Eau Douce on the East coast of Mauritius.
(i) Catamaran Cruise from Pointe Jerome in the South East of Mauritius
If you opt for the catamaran from the south east of the island, the catamaran cruise departs at 09:00. This cruise will sail through crystal clear water and around 11:00, the catamaran makes a stop for you to enjoy snorkeling inside the island's largest lagoon allowing you to enjoy the underwater marine life and swim amongst superb corals and brightly colored tropical fishes. After snorkeling the catamaran continues sailing along the beautiful east coast and will take you up the river’s mouth of Grande Riviere Sud Est to see the giant bat colony and monkeys living on the rivers bank and also to see the waterfall from afar.
A delicious lunch is then served onboard. The BBQ lunch which is prepared by the friendly crew members is one of the best lunches you get to have as part of any catamaran cruise offered in Mauritius. After lunch the catamaran will cruise into the canal between the Isle aux Cerfs and the world class sanctuary of Anahita before dropping you off on the famous white sand bank of Ile aux cerfs. After spending some time on Ile aux Cerfs, you will re-embark on the catamaran and sail back to the Hotel’s jetty by 16:00. Once on board tea and coffee is served as well as slices of cake, not to forget the open bar that remains open.
(ii) Catamaran Cruise from Trou D’Eau Douce on the East coast of Mauritius
If you opt for the catamaran from Trou D’Eau Douce, the cruise starts at 09:30. The catamaran will cruise along the shore line heading to the direction of the Grand River Waterfalls. Then when reaching the Grand River, you will go by small speed boats to visit the waterfalls which are found about 500m upstream. Following the visit to the waterfalls you will head back to the catamaran.
You will keep sailing inside the crystal clear water of the lagoon until stopping for a snorkeling and swimming break. You will get to experience a glimpse into the beauty of our world underwater. After the snorkeling you will enjoy a full delicious BBQ lunch buffet set on the beach or on the catamaran. After lunch, then you will be heading to Ile aux Cerfs Island where you are sure to have some relaxation and fun on one of the picture-postcard beaches or enjoy a swim and/or snorkel in the azure sea. After the visit to Ile aux Cerfs, you will enjoy the beautiful sail back to Trou D’Eau Douce, expected arrival time back to Trou D’Eau Douce is 16:15.
While at Ile Aux Cerf, you may take advantage of the wide range of facilities on the island and the various water sports activities found there.
You may also treat yourself to a memorable day by taking a private trip in a 42 ft catamaran. It will be full of sun, drinks, delicious food and a lot of fun and relaxation on the East Coast of Mauritius. This private trip will sail through the crystal-clear water, you will have breathtaking scenery all around, relax on the beautiful white sand beaches, snorkel inside the lagoons, explore the local marine line and enjoy delicious food and bar services. This cruise is all about making sure you have a full day of true relaxation and fun with your loved ones.
Book your Catamaran Cruise to Ile aux Cerfs:
- Catamaran Cruise To Ile Aux Cerfs (From Mauritius South East)
- Catamaran Cruise To Ile Aux Cerfs (From Trou d'eau Douce)
7. Sunset Catamaran Cruise
The sunsets in Mauritius are legendary, and the best way to experience one is from the ocean. You will see a symphony of colors in the sky, a mixture of red, purple, blues, pinks and mesmerizing yellow.
This sunset catamaran trip is the ideal activity for a romantic evening with your loved ones, birthday celebration, pre wedding celebration, reception on your wedding day, honeymoon cruise, or for enjoying a private cruise with friends and family.
We have different packages for different parts of the island and the cruise can either be on a shared or a private basis. Locations for the cruises are Grand Bay (North Coast), Blue Bay (South-East Coast) and Black River passing by Flic En Flac (in the South West).
You will embark onboard the beautiful 40 feet catamaran and experience an unforgettable 2 hours unique sunset cruise while enjoying a variety of local snacks served onboard the catamaran. The expected departure time for the cruise is 17:00 and arrival time around 19:00.
The setting of the cruises are ideal, sailing in a beautiful catamaran with clear blue water of the largest lagoon in Mauritius all around, a beautiful sunset, Sega music in the background and snacks and a home-made punch (made of fruit juice and Rum) served to you by the boat staff, who are there to attend your every need and desire. Sunset cruises are all about having a romantic and relaxed evening on board of a catamaran, while enjoying the company of your loved ones or friend
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Sunset Catamaran Cruise
8. Catamaran Dinner Cruise
Experience a tailor made private or shared catamaran sunset cruise with your loved ones along the North, West or even the South West coast of Mauritius; this is definitely an enchanting way to enjoy romantic time, and is one of the most romantic things to do in Mauritius.
The catamaran dinner cruises depart at around 17:00 and expected arrival time is at around 21:00.
Toast at dusk to welcome the new evening with a bottle of sparkling wine and relish delicious light canapés provided to you onboard. In addition, you will have the benefit of complimentary beverages such as soft drinks, wine and beer. Lie back and admire the breathtaking scenery the sky paints for you as the sun begins to fade, gently lowering into the horizon.
You will have the splendid opportunity of enjoying first-hand the magnificent tropical sunset usually only witnessed in pictures.
You will be able to enjoy your cruise and bask in the spectacular sunset experience in all serenity. Additionally, a dedicated crew will be at your service throughout the journey, attending to your each and every need to the best of their abilities.
During the cruise, you will also get to experience a delectable dinner. Depending on the selected cruise, you can savour the blissful flavours of a 3-course dinner prepared by your private on-board Chef accompanied by an indulging service by your dedicated butler in the midst of gorgeous Indian Ocean.
Book your Catamaran Dinner Cruise:
- Private Catamaran Sunset Cruise With Dinner - Grand Baie - Promo
- Couple's Exclusive Lobster Dinner Evening Cruise
- Luxury Romantic Sunset Cruise with Gastronomic Dinner
- Private Catamaran Sunset Cruise with Dinner - Black River
9. Half Day Private Catamaran Cruise At Balaclava
Enjoy a private tropical cruise aboard the fastest catamaran, the Turtle Cruiser, currently operating in Mauritius.
This half day cruise is ideal for those wishing to enjoy an amusing time with their loved ones; family or friends, in an intimate setting.
The luxurious catamaran will take you on a discovery venture along the North-West coast of the island where you will get to bask in the beauty of the magnificent lagoon and the breathtaking surroundings. You will have an excellent range of entertainment options from snorkelling to live musical performances onboard; you will be spoilt for choice.
You will experience an enjoyable, intimate time onboard with the possibility of relishing a gourmet Asian Fusion BBQ lunch, served by an on-board private butler. If you are vegetarian, you will have the choice between a vegetarian or an Indian one, provided you make it known in advance. You will also be offered complimentary beverages such as soft drinks, beer and wine.
The catamaran cruise is proposed twice a day so you will have the choice of getting onboard at either 9 am or 11 am at Balaclava in the North region of the island. The cruise will last for a total of 4 hours so, depending on what time you board the catamaran, you will get back at either 1 pm or 3 pm.
You will glide on the calm, turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean from Balaclava to Mont Choisy (Ile au Phare) or Trou aux Biches. The catamaran will stop briefly by the charming isle of Ile au Phare for you to explore and will also give a splendid snorkelling opportunity through a vibrant marine park along the way.
Overnight Catamaran Cruise
If you’re looking for a perfect retreat with nothing but the ocean between you and the horizon, then an exclusive luxury overnight catamaran cruise is for you.
We have different overnight packages available ranging from 1 night to 3 nights stays and you are sure to enjoy an unforgettable day and night cruising experience, which will be one of the highlights of your holiday in Mauritius. Some catamarans can accommodate a group of up to eight people.
This luxury catamaran cruise will make you feel as if you were in a top class hotel, offering all the possible facilities and features for you to experience cruising in the most elegant and stylish atmosphere.
Enjoy sailing through the crystal-clear water of the Indian Ocean and admiring the breathtaking scenery around you, consisting of beautiful white sandy beaches and magnificent turquoise seas. You will have the possibility of indulging yourself with fun activities such as snorkelling in the lagoon to explore the wonderful local marine life or fishing, if luck is on your side, you may end up with a great catch.
You may also choose to simply enjoy some downtime aboard the catamaran, relishing delicious food and round-the-clock bar services. This cruise offers you a chance to be totally pampered by an incredible crew who will make sure you have great fun and absolute relaxation throughout.
Depending on the selected cruise some of the catamaran comprises a kitchen with a refrigerator, a spacious lounge/dining area with a TV, a DVD/CD player, an embedded auto-pilot and a GPS navigation system and a dinghy. After the sun sets, you will be able to spend quality time with your friends or partner, watching the starry night sky from the catamaran’s deck, all while a dedicated, friendly crew ensure you have a fantastic time onboard.
Catamaran Cruises in Mauritius - The Conclusion!
With the vast catamaran options available in Mauritius, you surely should treat yourself to a memorable day, which will be one of the highlights of your holiday in Mauritius.
You will experience sailing through the crystal clear water, while viewing the breathtaking scenery all around. You will also get to see the local marine line, and enjoy delicious food and bar services.
Since you will be out the whole day, we suggest that you bring your hats, swimsuits, t-shirts and extra sun block cream for sun protection and of course your cameras to capture as many memories as possible!