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Cruise on Board Isla Mauritia

Duration: Half Day

cruise on board isla mauritia

Sailing along Mauritius’ spectacular coastline is an unforgettable experience, but sailing aboard the beautiful Isla Mauritia is something else. This historic, 19th century schooner will transport you back to the long ago days of pirates as you glide through the sparkling waters of the Indian Ocean along the beautiful North Coast of the island. Enjoy a relaxing day swimming, snorkeling and sunbathing in one of the most beautiful destinations in the world.

Built in 1852 by the famous Sollier’s shipbuilders in Majorca, Spain, Isla Mauritia is the last vessel of its class still active at sea today and is a wonderful example of nautical history. She was originally designed in the traditional style of the Balearic Island Schooners, which were used to transport freight between Europe and Africa. This was her role until she mysteriously sank in 1959.

Fortunately, this elegant ship was refloated two years later and lovingly restored to her original style with the help of old drawings and documents. She was registered as a private yacht at this time, and modern navigation systems and passenger facilities were installed. Isla Mauritia went on to sail between Europe and the Caribbean for many years, and she was even featured in several adventure films. She made her final voyage from Scandinavia to Mauritius between 1988 and 1989, sailing the world’s oceans as graciously as she did over 150 years ago. Today Isla Mauritia is used for full day, half day and sunset cruises for tourists visiting the island.

As soon as you step on board this magnificent ‘floating museum’, you will be in awe of her majestic beauty. Learn all about the fascinating history of the vessel as we set sail down Mauritius’ beautiful North Coast. Romantic images of sailing the seas centuries ago come to mind as we cruise gently across clear turquoise seas, listening to the sounds of the sails billowing in the wind.

Enjoy the relaxed, jovial atmosphere as your captain and crew entertain you on deck with their sailor songs, nautical costumes, music and dancing. It’s easy to pretend that you are a pirate for the day, scouring the sea and coastline for action and adventure. Pirates once used the island of Mauritius as a base from which to attack British vessels as they sailed along the shipping route to the East Indies.

We forge onwards down the northwest coast towards “Carpenters Bay”, where the ship will drop anchor. Take this opportunity to swim and snorkel in crystal clear lagoons or sunbathe on dazzling white-sand beaches. A delicious Creole picnic lunch and refreshments will be served on the beach, followed by traditional Sega dancing which is part of Mauritian Folklore. This exhilarating day at sea will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your holiday in Mauritius.

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