You have a week holidays and intend to get the maximum out of it ? You want to stop nearly each and every unique location, for inland visits and scuba diving ? Feed your appetite for discovery and bring back unique souvenirs without losing time in commuting ? This cruise is for you. Pack your scuba diving and tourist gears and jump on board. This 7 days/6 nights/12 dives live onboard Experience is designed to allow you to discover the whole island beauty and uniqueness. No worries, family and friends will be comfortable and enjoy the experience too.
DAY 1: BLACK RIVER – LE MORNE LAGOON
Arrival in Mauritius and welcome on board of Sea Spirit at La Balise Marina in Black River, located on the west coast of the island. Boarding at 1pm for the captain’s safety briefing and to discuss about the program of the cruise. Set sail to the lagoon of le Morne, only half an hour sailing away. You will spend the afternoon in this beautiful spot and admire the sunset and if you are lucky see the “rayon vert” and pending clear weather conditions you will even have the chance to see the summit of Reunion Island on the horizon. Diner and Night on anchor.
DAY 2: LE MORNE LAGOON – MONT CHOISY
In the early morning your skipper will offer you to go and meet dolphins on a motorboat, if you booked the excursions package. Back to the catamaran, after breakfast, the crew will set sail to the lagoon of Mont Choisy. This is a long sail and will take up to 5 hours of sailing. You will enjoy the rest of the day in this wonderful lagoon of Mont Choisy. The beautiful beach shaded by filaos welcomes you for an idyllic swimming. Enjoy another sunset with the Moka mountain range in the background. Diner and Night on anchor.
DAY 3: MONT CHOISY – GRAND BAIE
After breakfast, relax and take advantage of the beautiful lagoon of Mont Choisy swimming, snorkeling or on the Stand-up paddle.
If you booked the excursions package, you will have the opportunity to visit the sugar museum and the Pamplemousses Garden. You will discover the lush vegetation and exceptional flora of the oldest botanical garden of the southern hemisphere and understand the role played by sugar cane farming in the economic development of Mauritius. After this excursion, the catamaran will sail north, and depending on the meteorological conditions, will moor at the foot of Coin de Mire cliff or in Merville lagoon for a snorkelling session.
Sea Spirit will drop anchor for the night at Grand Baie, this reputed village has a vibrant nightlife that you may choose to discover, unless you prefer to spend a quiet evening on board. Night on Anchor.
DAY 4: GRAND BAIE – CAP MALHEUREUX
After a well-deserved sleep-in and breakfast, you will take advantage of this morning to discover.
Grand Baie, stroll at your own rhythm and discover its shops, arcades, worship places etc…
Sea Spirit will sail to the very north of the island and will stop in Cap Malheureux bay for the night, with the famous red-roofed church as a sentinel. Diner and Night on anchor.
DAY 5: CAP MALHEUREUX – ILOT GABRIEL
On this day you will have the opportunity to visit the Domaine de Labourdonnais Sugar Estate with its plantation house and its beautiful gardens, old orchards and rum factory (in the excursions package). On your way back you will be amazed by your visit of a world-renowned factory of model boats.
After lunch on board, you will start sailing to L’Ile Plate and Ilot Gabriel. Depending on the meteorological conditions you will stop for snorkelling in the bay of Palissades on the west coast of L’Ile Plate.
Sea Spirit will then moor in the lagoon of Ilot Gabriel. You will spend the afternoon playing Robinson Crusoe, discovering the beauty, the seclusion and the quietness of this mooring located in the middle of turquoise lagoon between L’Ile Plate and Ilot Gabriel. Diner and Night on mooring.
DAY 6: ILOT GABRIEL – BLACK RIVER
After an early swim and a beautiful morning in these secluded islands, Sea Spirit will sail south west to the bay of Black River. This is long sail back and you will spend most of the day Sailing 6-7 hours. You will reach Tamarin bay in the afternoon where Sea Spirit will drop anchor either behind the reef of la preneuse or in Tamarin bay that became famous ever since Larry Yates released his famous movie “forgotten Island of Santosha”” in 1974.
In this fine fisherman village now converted into a touristic location and most sought after residential area. Sea Spirit will drop its anchor in a safe haven protected from the winds by a majestic mountain range which will be your scenery at this anchorage. Diner and Night on anchor.
DAY 7: BLACK RIVER
After a hearty breakfast, either take part in the optional excursion that will allow you to visit the village of Chamarel where you will visit the coloured earths and enjoy spectacular views on the lagoon. You will then visit a rum distillery of Chamarel followed by lunch.
Then Sea Spirit will sail in this southern part of the island so that you can immerse yourself one last time before ending this liveanboard experience.
After this active day you will spend a quiet night at La Balise Marina, ready to pack your souvenirs and the wonderful memories after a week on board.
DAY 8: La Balise Marina
Disembarkation after Breakfast at 8h00 am.
a new way to experience Mauritius
Mauritius diversification makes every years’ visit a totally new experience, and sailing is the best and only way to enjoy the most of it.