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Mahebourg Tour and Naval Museum Visit

Duration: Half Day

Mahebourg Tour and Naval Museum visit

Spend a day exploring the historical fishing village of Mahébourg during your holiday in Mauritius. This diverse tour will enable you to see the sights, meet the friendly local people and learn about the rich history of the island through exhibits in the Naval Museum.

Situated on the south-eastern coast of Mauritius, Mahébourg is believed to be the place where the founders of the colonial empire first set foot on the island. The town was originally built by the Dutch during their brief period of colonisation here, but was later named after the famous French governor Mahé de La Bourdonnais, who established Mauritius as a part of the French colonial empire.

Mahébourg is one of the main fishing villages in Mauritius and the busiest town in the Grand Port district, where all the local trade takes place. Over the years, Mahébourg’s status has dramatically changed from a major slave market into a popular tourist spot. The village has fortunately managed to keep its historical and cultural identity, however, and is as colourful and authentic as any typical Mauritian coastal town. Offering a mix of the old and new, there is something distinctly charming about the area and you will come across people from all nationalities and backgrounds.

The airport is only 15 minutes away and beautiful beaches can be found nearby. The new waterfront development will also put this beautiful location on the map, making it the main tourist resort on the South Coast in the near future. For now, Mahébourg remains a relatively peaceful coastal village, except on busy market days, and is a delight to explore.

On this tour we will also visit the Naval Museum, which is housed in a beautiful Creole mansion dating back to the 18th century. Interesting exhibits will guide you through different phases of Mauritian history, and separate rooms have been dedicated to the Dutch, French and the British colonial periods.

Learn about the history of the colonial empire and see relics from the great naval Battle of Grand Port, fought between the French and the English over the possession of the island in 1810. Objects from shipwrecks along the Mauritian coast are showcased here, and the museum also displays a preserved Mauritian village settlement, where visitors can gain a glimpse of the typical lifestyle of the rural island inhabitants.

This memorable tour will give you a true insight into the Mauritian way of life – both past and present.

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