Silversea Expedition Cruises A Port Louis

Port Louis

Located just off the east coast of Madagascar, Mauritius is fast making a name for itself as the tropical paradise of the Indian Ocean. A volcanic island approximately 10 million years old, Mauritius is thought to be the peak of an enormous sunken volcanic chain stretching from the Seychelles to Réunion. In fact, volcanic lakes and inactive craters can be found scattered throughout the island. Mauritius also boasts a unique marine environment. View more

Surrounded by one of the largest unbroken coral reefs on the planet, conservationists are now campaigning to protect its white coral sand beaches and fragile ecosystem. Though it can be found on the maps of early Arab mariners, Mauritius remained uninhabited until the end of the 16th century. Portuguese became the first European visitors in 1510, however, they did not lay claim to the island. In 1598 Dutch colonists settled on the island, naming it after Prince Maurice of Nassau. The Dutch colonial period saw the development of thriving sugar cane plantations as well as the decimation of the ebony forests and the extinction of the dodo bird and other indigenous wildlife. Eventually abandoning their settlement in 1710, Mauritius lay unclaimed until the arrival of the French five years later. French continued the cultivation of sugar as well as indigo, cloves, nutmeg and other spices, retaining possession of the island until 1810 when it was ceded to Britain at the end of the Napoleonic Wars. Mauritius is now a vibrant cultural mix with impressive mountains, boundless sugar cane plantations and some of the most exquisite beaches and aquamarine lagoons.

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Port Louis A Port Louis
  • Africa & Indian Ocean
  • Silversea Expeditions
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    nov. 05, 2018
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Port Louis A Zanzibar
  • Africa & Indian Ocean
  • Silversea Expeditions
  • Départ
    nov. 16, 2018
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    11 Jours
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Excursions depuis Port Louis

A Glimpse of Mauritius (For In-transit Guests)

Discover the picturesque natural beauty and historic landmarks of Mauritius during this half-day sightseeing excursion.


Pamplemousses Botanical Garden

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 45-minute drive north to the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden, commonly known as 'Pamplemousses Botanical Garden'. Built in 1770, it is the oldest botanical garden in the Southern Hemisphere and spans an area of approximately 91 acres (about 37 hectares).


While the garden is most famous for its giant water lilies, it also features spices, ebonies, sugar canes as well as 85 varieties of palms from Central America, Asia, Africa and the islands around the Indian Ocean. World leaders and royalty, including Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, Indira Gandhi, François Mitterrand, and Robert Mugabe, have planted many trees here.


Sugar Adventure Estate & Museum

Next, your drive continues on to the Sugar Adventure Estate and Museum. Located northwest of Mauritius, it stretches over 6,000 square yards (5,000 square meters). During your visit, discover the profound influence of sugar in the history and identity of Mauritius, hear local tales about sugar production in Mauritius, and view a selection of panoramic videos and films on sugar-related topics. Some time is also made available to shop at the estate's boutique, taste unique, locally-made sugars and sample Mauritian rum.


The Citadel

Afterward, drive back to the capital. En route, a photo stop is made at Fort Adelaide, an ancient fortress also known as the 'Citadel'. Built by the British to defend the port from invading ships, the fortress' hilltop location offers spectacular views over the city, harbour and your cruise ship docked at port. Following your visit, re-board your coach and commence the short drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 623 yards (about 570 metres). This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests must be at least 21 years old to participate in the tasting of alcoholic beverages.

Ile des Deux Cocos (For In-transit Guests)

Indulge your senses with the beauty of Mauritius during this full-day excursion to the idyllic Ile des Deux Cocos.


Ile des Deux Cocos

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 45-minute drive southeast to the Ile des Deux Cocos jetty. Here, embark a small boat for the short transfer to the Ile des Deux Cocos. To the south are dramatic views of the ocean pounding against the reef, an ever-changing spectacle. On the north coast, white sandy beaches border the Blue Bay Maritime Reserve. One of the best sites for snorkelling in Mauritius, the reserve features superb coral and a wonderful array of brightly-coloured tropical fish.


Beach, Swimming & Snorkelling

Upon arrival, you can relax on the beach under palm trees and 'filaos', and swim or snorkel in the marine park of this beautiful private island. You can also take a stroll around the island, which offers splendid views of the ocean, native vegetation planted on the island in recent years and a villa built a century ago by the British Governor of the day, Sir Hesketh Bell.


Lunch & Live Music

Next, relax with a barbecued seafood lunch with live musical accompaniment. After lunch, some additional time is made available to relax on the beach before embarking a boat and transferring back to the mainland. Upon arrival, re-board your coach for the approximately 45-minute drive back to the pier.

Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking for approximately 55 yards (50 metres), at times over sandy surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to embark/disembark the boat and get on/off the coach. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear swimsuit under a cover-up, beach or water shoes and sun protection, and bring a towel from the ship. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. On Voyage 4305 of Silver Whisper Ile aux Cerfs is visited instead. This island is managed by a five-star hotel property and it is a 50-60 minute drive to their jetty.

Mauritius by Helicopter (For In-transit Guests)

Experience the beauty of Mauritius from a unique perspective during this picturesque and exhilarating flight-seeing excursion via helicopter.


Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 30-minute drive to the Maritim Hotel helipad. Upon arrival, receive your safety briefing and tour instructions before boarding your helicopter for a breathtaking, approximately 30-minute flight. Along the way, marvel at enchanting transparent lagoons, pristine coastlines, undulating sugar cane fields and other spectacular vistas.


Following your flight-seeing adventure, return to the helipad and re-board your coach for the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the helicopter and coach. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing and sun protection are recommended. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. This tour is sold 2 guests per departure. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Zip-Lines at Chazal (For In-transit Guests)

Experience the pristine natural beauty of Mauritius in an exciting new way during this half-day zip-line excursion at Chazal.


Chazal

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately one-hour drive to Chazal, an eco-tourism hub nestled amidst the south green hills of Mauritius. Upon arrival, receive your safety briefing and be outfitted with zip-lining equipment before commencing your guided zip-line tour.


Zip-Line Tour

Along the way, a succession of zip-lines with cables varying in length, height and speed enable you to glide through the treetops of Chazal. The smallest zip-line measures 66 yards (60 metres) while the longest takes you to approximately 273 yards (250 metres) across from your departure point. To date, there are 13 zip-lines above the 'Rivière des Galets' spanning approximately a mile (about 1.5 kilometres) of cable.


Although altitudes vary from 22 yards to 44 yards (20 metres to 40 metres), every zip-line affords a new opportunity to discover a unique landscape. Feel the adrenaline surge as you soar over trees, rocks and the bed of the 'Rivière des Galets', and take in panoramic views of the island's breathtaking flora and fauna.

Swimming and Mauritian Lunch

Midway through the circuit, you may opt to take a refreshing swim in the river. You can swim under the waterfall, and dive from atop the rocks into a natural pond below. Your tour concludes with a typical Mauritian meal served at the guesthouse of Chazal before re-boarding your coach and commencing the approximately one-hour drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of activity and walking for approximately 601 yards (550 metres), at times over uneven surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is recommended for guests in good physical condition. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with sturdy, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring insect repellent, sun protection and a towel from the ship. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Deep Sea Fishing Charter (For In-transit Guests)

The 'catch-of-the-day' may be yours during this relaxing, half-day fishing excursion off the north coast of Mauritius.


Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 45-minute drive to the north coast of Mauritius. Upon arrival the Grand Bay Sunset Boulevard Jetty, receive your safety instructions and embark a fully-equipped, deep-sea fishing boat.


Relax as you spend approximately three hours fishing for tuna, bonito and the famous blue marlin. Your skipper is on-hand to assist you every step of the way, and unlimited local beer, soft drinks and mineral water are available on the boat. Following your fishing excursion, return to the jetty then re-board your coach for the approximately 45-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of activity, with a few steps to negotiate to embark/disembark the boat and get on/off the coach. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, soft-soled boat shoes and sun protection are recommended. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme, it is sold as a flat rate, can hold 1-8 guests maximum. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Underwater Scooter Experience (For In-transit Guests)

Explore the undersea beauty of Mauritius in a unique and exciting new way during this half-day, sub-scooter excursion.


Jetty Transfer and Blue Safari Submarine Base

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 45-minute drive to Mon Choisi, and the Blue Safari Submarine Kiosk. Upon arrival, change into your diving suit, receive your safety briefing and embark a speedboat for the short transfer to the submarine base.


Sub-scooter Ride

Next, receive sub-scooter instructions at the submarine base before piloting and experiencing your own underwater sub-scooter. The progressive immersion takes place from a hydraulic platform. During your underwater cruise in the broad, transparent and panoramic cupola, you are comfortably seated in a row and able to breathe naturally. For your added safety, a diver guide accompanies you throughout your ride.


Certification and Jetty Transfer

After surfacing and returning to the Blue Safari Submarine Base, receive a certificate of participation and a refreshment, then embark a speedboat for the short ride back to the jetty. Upon returning to the jetty, change clothing and re-board your coach for the approximately 45-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of activity and walking for approximately 437 yards (about 400 metres), with a few steps to negotiate to embark/disembark the boat and sub-scooter, and get on/off the coach. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear a swimsuit under a cover-up with boat or water shoes, and bring sunscreen, a change of clothing and a towel from the ship. A signed waiver is required to participate on this tour. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Submarine Exploring (For In-transit Guests)

Explore the undersea treasures of Mauritius in a unique new way during this half-day submarine adventure that is suitable for the entire family.


Jetty Transfer and Blue Safari Submarine Base

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 45-minute drive to Mon Choisi, and the Blue Safari Submarine kiosk. After being welcomed and receiving a safety briefing, embark a speedboat for the short transfer to the submarine base.


Boarding the Submarine

Upon arrival at the submarine base, board the BS 1100 Submarine, which seats 10 guests and the pilot. It is framed and equipped like the archetype legendary submarine, with individual windows viewing out on the underwater world. Inside the cabin, you can watch, live on a television screen, the impressive immersion of the submarine filmed by a camera from the deck, and see the fascinating movement of the pneumatic valves acting the ballast.


Submarine Ride

After receiving your security briefing and immersion, commence your thrilling and memorable submarine dive 115 feet (35 metres) below sea level. During this 40-minute dive, view coral reefs, the fantastic Star Hope wreck, a 17th-century sheet anchor, and a myriad of colourful fish such as surgeonfish, capitaine and kingfish.


Certification and Jetty Transfer

After surfacing and returning to the Blue Safari Submarine Base, receive a certificate of participation and embark a speedboat for the short ride back to the jetty. Upon returning to the jetty, change clothing and re-board your coach for the approximately 45-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of activity and walking for approximately 437 yards (about 400 metres), with a few steps to negotiate to embark/disembark the boat and submarine, and get on/off the coach. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear a swimsuit under a cover-up with boat or water shoes, and bring sunscreen and a towel from the ship. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Silver Shore Privato – Port Louis by Private Car with Guide – Half Day (For In-transit Guests)

Explore Port Louis at your leisure during your half-day (4-hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato – Port Louis by Private Car with Guide – Full Day (For In-transit Guests)

Explore Port Louis at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato – Port Louis by Private Van with Guide – Half Day (For In-transit Guests)

Explore Port Louis at your leisure during your full-day (8-hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 8 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Hôtels depuis Port Louis

PRE-CRUISE SIMPLY HOTEL: LE SUFFREN

Le Suffren Hotel & Marina is nestled within the sophisticated surrounds of Le Caudan Waterfront, just minutes from the banks, embassies, government offices and bustling streets of Port Louis. Throughout the day, Le Caudan is alive with a wealth of bright and exciting shops, cafes and restaurants, casino and cinemas.

POST-CRUISE SIMPLY HOTEL: LE SUFFREN

Le Suffren Hotel & Marina is nestled within the sophisticated surrounds of Le Caudan Waterfront, just minutes from the banks, embassies, government offices and bustling streets of Port Louis. Throughout the day, Le Caudan is alive with a wealth of bright and exciting shops, cafes and restaurants, casino and cinemas.