When I found this fare, I realised that due to flight schedules, I could actually have an 8 hour stop in Mauritius…right in the middle of the day! I figured with a good driver, on a small island nation, I could see a lot. Everything worked out, and it was an amazing day!
We landed right on time in Mauritius at 8:45am, and by 9am I was out of immigration and customs with all my bags, and my driver had met me. I had booked the “Mauritius Private Southwest Tour” with Mauritius Attractions, and they met with with one of their drivers at the airport…and dropped me off back there about 6 or so hours later. It was a slick deal, and for 100 euros I had a driver and all entrance fees covered. For the efficient use of time, it was absolutely awesome!
Stop one was the Trou au Cerfs. This was approximately a 30 minute drive from the airport, and is a huge natural volcanic crater, 85m deep and 200m wide that was formed millions of years ago. It had a fantastic panoramic view of the crater as well as the town of Curepipe. Supposedly when the sky is clear it is possible to see all the way to Reunion Island, but I was unable to find it in the distance. The pictures don’t really do it justice, but you can see a bit of how deep it is.