The exposed top of a submerged mountain ridge, the Maldives is the lowest country on earth, with an average height above sea level of just one to three meters (three to six feet). The islands have long been a welcome sight on the horizon among mariners, positioned as they are along ancient trade routes and sea-lanes. Now, as then, sailors are welcomed by Maldivians and find shelter from the Indian Ocean among its countless protected, deep-water anchorages.
Maldivians trace their roots to several different cultures including South and Southeast Asians, Africans, and Arabians. Cultural diversity can be seen in everything from music to boat building. Music is frequently played with a local bodu-beru, or big drum, that is quite similar to African drumming. And the Maldivian dhoni, a sailboat built locally by skilled craftsmen, is strikingly similar to a dhow, the traditional Arabian sailing vessel. If your definition of paradise is a lifestyle stripped to the basic essentials of whether the sky is blue and the sun is shining and where the toughest question to answer is if the beach now astern is more beautiful than the one ahead, the Maldives is your destination. One word will suffice in describing the Maldives, Perfection.
DAY 1 WEDNESDAY: RIVIERE NOIRE – LAGON DU MORNE
Arrival in Mauritius and welcome on your catamaran at La Balise Marina in Rivière Noire, located south west of the island. Boarding at 13h00 (01 :00 pm), for a briefing on safety and the program of the cruise. Departure to the lagoon of Benitier, only half an hour sailing away. You will spend the afternoon in this beautiful spot will admire the sunset and pending clear weather conditions you will even have the chance to see the high summit of Reunion Island on the horizon.
DAY 2 THURSDAY : LAGON DU MORNE – MONT CHOISY
When you wake up your guide will offer you to go and meet dolphins on a motor boat, if you booked the excursions package. Back to the catamaran, after breakfast, the crew will set sail to the lagoon of Mont Choisy. You will enjoy the rest of the day in this wonderful mooring. The beautiful beach shaded by filaos welcomes you for an idyllic swimming. Enjoy another sunset with the Moka mountain range in the background.
DAY 3 FRIDAY : MONT CHOISY – CAP MALHEUREUX
After breakfast, relax and take advantage of the beautiful lagoon of Mont Choisy : swimming, snorkelling, kayaking.
If you booked the excursions package, you will have the opportunity to visit the museum of sugar and the Garden of Pamplemousses. You will discover the lush vegetation and exceptional flora of this oldest botanical garden of the southern hemisphere and understand of the importance of the culture of sugar canes for the history of the island of Mauritius. After this excursion, the catamaran will sail north, and depending on the meteorological conditions, will moor at the bottom of Coin de Mire cliff or in Merville lagoon for a snorkelling session.
The itinerary will stop for the night at Grand Baie, reputed beach resort which nightlife you may choose to discover, unless you prefer to spend a quiet evening on board.
DAY 4 SATURDAY: GRAND BAIE – CAP MALHEUREUX
On Saturday morning, Grand Baie will wake up as slowly as you will. After a well-deserved sleep-in and a rich breakfast, you will take advantage of this morning to discover Grand Baie shops and stroll at your own rhythm.
On this 4th day the Morne Dream cruise passengers will disembark and we’ll welcome the guest boarding for the Gabriel Dream cruise.
Your catamaran 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.
DAY 5 SUNDAY : CAP MALHEUREUX – ILOT GABRIEL
This morning you will have the opportunity to visit the Domaine de Labourdonnais Sugar Estate with its castle 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 or in the west coast of L’Ile Plate.
Your catamaran will then moor in the lagoon of Ilot Gabriel. You will spent the afternoon as a Robinson Crusoe, discovering the beauty, the seclusion and the quietness of this mooring located in the middle of blue lagoon, between L’Ile Plate and Ilot Gabriel.
DAY 6 MONDAY: ILOT GABRIEL – RIVIERE NOIRE
After an early swim and a beautiful morning in these secluded islands, we will sail south west to the bay of Rivière Noire.
Quiet night on the anchor in this fine fishermen village now converted into a favoured touristic location. A nice bay, protected from the winds by a majestic mountain range will be your scenery for the night.
DAY 7 TUESDAY : RIVIERE NOIRE
After a hearty breakfast, during the optional excursion you will visit the village of Chamarel where you will discover the magic of the coloured earths and the fantastic view on the lagoon. You will then visit a rum distillery and enjoy a delicious typical lunch.
Then your catamaran will sail in this southern part of the island so that you can explore snorkelling and swimming spots. Depending on the sea, you will either disembark on the mythical beach of Tamarin or discover the mouth of Rempart river with a sea kayak..
After this active day you will spend a quiet night at La Balise Marina, ready to pack your souvenirs and an the wonderful memories of this cruise.
DAY 8 WEDNESDAY – RIVIERE NOIRE
Disembarkation after lunch at 8h00 am.
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS PACKAGE
240 € per person
(Including transfers from the yacht to the excursion place and return.
Price valid for a participation of at least 4 persons)
– Day 2 : Dolphins watching from a craft.
– Day 3 : Visit of the Pamplemousses Garden + Sugar Estate museum
– Day 5 : Visit of Labourdonnais Sugar Estate with its castel in the nature
– Day 7 : Excursion in Chamarel with its colored earth, visit of a rum distillery and lunch
By Bus then local boat (Boston whaler) (25 mn from the airport to Hulhumale Lagoon)