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A MAGICAL MAURITIUS YACHT CHARTER
Mauritius is part of the Mascarene Islands, where volcanic eruptions under the Indian Ocean created an archipelago millions of years ago. It is the home of the notable – but extinct – dodo bird, and the Champ de Mars racecourse in Port Louis. The archipelago is favored by sailors and divers because of its crystalline waters and opportunities for swimming, snorkeling and picnicking. Round Island and Ile aux Serpents further to the North are nature reserves under conservation management to protect native species of palms and reptiles.
Sailors will delight in the secluded coves and bright green lagoons of eastern Mauritius, and appreciate the slow pace of life. Captivating villages dot the landscape between the mountains and the sea. Remember: bartering is how business is done here!
An entirely different landscape unfolds in the South. Beaches give way to dramatically high cliffs. The protective coral reef disappears and the Indian Ocean rolls ceaselessly against the shoreline. Ebony forests and rare orchids creep in, and endangered birds and reptiles, and pink pigeons come out to play.
YOUR JOURNEY BEGINS
EXAMPLE ITINERARY: 5 NIGHTS / 6 DAYS MAURITIUS CRUISE
Day 1. BLACK RIVER – Balaclava (Dist. 20 NM,sailing time approx. 4 hours)
Embark at 1 pm from L’Estuaire at la Balise marina. Sail to Balaclava for 1st night on anchor.
We recommend having lunch at Il Padrino restaurant right on the pier where you will embark from. Our Friendly crew will take all your belongings on board while you sit back and relax before boarding. See facebook link for Il Padrino Restaurant. Il Padrino Restaurant "Al Porticciolo" - Home - Black River, Black River, Mauritius - Menu, Prices, Restaurant Reviews.
During the sail towards Balaclava you may spot dolphins that usually come and play with the bows of the catamaran. We will sail past Tamarin bay, Flic en flac, the cliffs of Albion and the lighthouse, then Port Louis & finally Baie du Tombeau before arriving at Balaclava before sunset where we will drop anchor for the first night onboard. Snacks will be served at sunset followed by dinner.
Activities at Balaclava anchorage: Snorkelling, SUP, Walk on beach, Spa Treatments at nearby hotels ( Maritim, Ravanella attitude) Diving
Day 2. Balaclava to Coin de Mire ( Leg 1: Dist. 12 NM, approx. 2 hours sailing time).
Coin de Mire to Lagoon of Gabriel & Flat island (Leg 2. Dist. 5NM, approx. 1 hour sailing time)
Balaclava - Coin de Mire Coin de Mire - Lagoon of Gabriel & Flat Island
Wake up in Balacalva and go for a morning swim/snorkel or a Stand Up paddle ride or a dive. After breakfast, set sail to Coin de Mire. There you will be able to snorkel/dive at Confetti Bay which is one of the best snorkelling spots on the island. Lunch will be served on board and then after we will set sail to Northern Islands of Ilot Gabriel and Flat Island.
Activities at Coin de Mire anchorge: Snorkelling, Diving the wall or Djabeda
Activities at Lagoon of Gabriel & Flat Island: walkaround Gabriel Island or relax on the beach, Great snorkelling in the lagoon, take a hike to the lighthouse on Flat island.
Day 3. Lagoon of Gabriel Island to Palissade Bay (4.2 NM, 50 mins sail)
Leave the lagoon to go to Palissade bay which is on the west coast of Flat Island for some snorkelling/diving there. Swim to the wild beach which is not easy to access by boat and go for a walk on the wild side of flat island. We will have lunch there and then set sail to Coin de Mire which 4.2 NM, about 50 mins sail. You can choose to snorkel at Coin de Mire then after we will take the catamaran to Casita for the Night.
Activities at Coin de Mire & Casita : Stand up paddle, snorkelling, diving.
Day 4. Casita to Grand Baie (1.44 NM , 17 mins sail)
After breakfast, we can take you to a snorkeling/ diving spot. We can set sail to Grand Baie.
Optional activities:Book a taxi and visit Chateau Labourdonnais/ Pamplemousses Garden and/or, stroll at your own rhythm and discover the village , its shops, arcades, worship places in Grand Baie. Experience night life / restaurants in Grand Baie.
Day 5. Grand Baie to Tamarin Bay (25.53 , 5h6 mins sail) / and to Benitiers Island (5.12 NM, 1 sail)
After breakfast, we can take you to a snorkeling stop then set sail to Tamarin Bay. This is long sail back and you will spend most of the day Sailing 5 hours. You will reach Tamarin bay for lunch. After lunch Stand Up paddle at the River’s Mouth/ and or snorkelling stop.
Sail to Benitiers Island which is at 5.12 NM, 1h sail ( you may choose to have a walk on the island or snorkel near the famous Crystal rock. We will then drop anchor in a safe haven protected from the winds by a majestic mountain range which will be your scenery at this anchorage. Dinner and Night on anchor
Day 6: Benitiers to Tamarin and back to Black River
In the morning, after breakfast sail to Tamarin Bay to see dolphins and back to embarkation at La Balise at around 10h00.
Activities: Stand Up Paddle, snorkelling, dolphin encounter.