Welcome to Grand Bassin


Grand Bassin is formed by the confluence of three rivers. Near to where they join is a quiet hamlet with a handful of gîtes. From the hamlet, follow the river towards the west and you'll soon reach a few rock pools where you can dunk yourself. Further west, you can descend at the base of the impressive Cascade du Voile de la Mariée waterfall.

Even if you don't take the path down to the hamlet, you can look down into the valley from the Belvédère viewpoint.


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Grand Bassin activities

$111.93 Day Trips & Excursions

Southwest Mauritius Tour: Chamarel Waterfall, Trou aux Cerfs

Your day starts with pickup from your hotel on the north, east, west or south side of the island. Enjoy the scenery and learn about the area’s flora, fauna and history from your guide as you drive along the west coast to the Rivière Noire District. Pass through Le Morne, La Prairie and Macondé before curving back into the mountains to the picturesque village of Chamarel.Visit Chamarel Waterfall, the tallest waterfall in Mauritius that plunges more than 328 feet (100 meters) against a scenic backdrop of forests and mountains. Continue to the Seven Coloured Earth, a striking geological formation created by volcanic rocks that cooled at different temperatures. Admire the exposed hillsides glowing with red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple and yellow colors.Next, head to La Rhumerie de Chamarel distillery to sample local rum. Follow your tasting with a delicious, traditional 3-course lunch served with Chamarel coffee and water at a local restaurant. After lunch, continue up to a high plateau and reach a viewpoint over Black River Gorges National Park. Listen as your guide points out the variety of flora and fauna thriving below.In the district of Savanne, visit the secluded Grand Bassin lake, an important place of worship for Mauritian Hindus. Continue on to the Trou aux Cerfs, a huge volcanic crater formed millions of years ago. From here you’ll enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of the island before you head to see the Shop of Ship Model.The art of ship modeling was brought to Mauritius by various sailors who visited this island. Le Port’s eye for detail and quality has many customers visiting them from around the world. Their craftsmen are adept in the art of miniaturization and the techniques of replica work. At times it requires more than six months for a craftsman to produce a particular model. They also create half models and replicas. Your tour concludes with a drop-off at your hotel in the evening.

$121.74 Private & Custom Tours

Craft Experience Guided private tour

This insightful tour is a hand-picked mix of sightseeing and local craft-making. After witnessing first-hand the art of glass-blowing, you will be awestruck by the intricate details required in assembling scale models of historic ships. You will also have the chance to visit a soap factory and a carpet-weaving workshop before lunch. In the afternoon, you will take a trip to the sacred Hindu lake of Grand Bassin and discover the many charms and attractions of a colourful village in the South-West. Watch the reflection of small lamps flickering on the water. Feel the spiritual atmosphere. Have a look at the smaller shrines and colourful statues dedicated to other popular Hindu deities.

$78.87 Outdoor Activities

Mauritius Dolphin Snorkel, Volcano, Gorges, 7-Coloured Earths

Swimming with Wild DolphinsStart your day with the experience of a lifetime swimming with wild dolphins in their natural environment! Once you board the boat, the skipper will brief you on the types of dolphins that you will encounter and their habits, and guidelines for a sustainable dolphin encounter. You will then head to Tamarin Bay for the dolphin encounter. The skippers will accompany you in the water when it’s your turn to swim with the dolphins. You will enjoy 2.5 hours on the open sea viewing the dolphins and swimming with them. Depending on the amount of time left, you will then go to The Aquarium, a popular snorkeling and diving site with beautiful coral and tropical fish.Trou aux Cerfs Dormant VolcanoAdmire 360 degree views from the top of the volcano while taking a stroll around the crater. This dormant volcano stands at around 600m above sea level, and on clear days offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the island.Grand BassinDrive by the largest reservoir in Mauritius, the Mare-aux-Vacoas, on the way to Grand Bassin, a tranquil and serene crater lake considered sacred by the Hindu population. Discover the Hindu culture by visiting the temples around the lake and enjoy the peace and quiet of the surroundings. You will also be amazed by the tall statue of Shiva and the view from the highest temple. Be sure to watch out for the monkeys and wildlife. Note: It may not be possible to make this stop in the month of February or March as the area is also a pilgrimage site during the festival of Mahashivaratree.Black River Gorges and the Alexandra FallsEnjoy the incredible views of the Black River Gorges, the largest national park in Mauritius. Covering an area of 6754 hectares, the park is home to numerous endemic flora and fauna and provides visitors with beautiful hikes, with varying levels of difficulty. During your drive through the park and Plaine des Champagnes, you will also get to stop and admire Alexandra Falls and viewpoint, and if they’re in season, like the locals, you’ll want to pick a few goyaves de chine!Chamarel 7-Coloured Earth / Natural Geographic Wonder and WaterfallVisit the popular Chamarel, the colored earth site, where in addition to the geological wonders of the seven colored dunes, you can view the Chamarel Falls, the most famous waterfall in Mauritius! And, make sure you stop by the giant tortoise pens before leaving the park!

$100.80 Day Trips & Excursions

Craft Experience

This insightful tour is a hand-picked mix of sightseeing and local craft-making. After witnessing first-hand the art of glass-blowing, you will be awestruck by the intricate details required in assembling scale models of historic ships. You will also have the chance to visit a soap factory and a carpet-weaving workshop before lunch. In the afternoon, you will take a trip to the sacred Hindu lake of Grand Bassin and discover the many charms and attractions of a colourful village in the South-West. Watch the reflection of small lamps flickering on the water. Feel the spiritual atmosphere. Have a look at the smaller shrines and colourful statues dedicated to other popular Hindu deities.

$347.50 Cultural & Theme Tours

Maha Shivratree Tour

Tour will take place on Monday 20th & Tuesday 21st February 2017.09h00 -12h00 Pick-up at the Hotel. Proceed to Grand Bassin. The atmosphere of Maha Shivratree can be felt all over the island. Translated as the ‘Great Night of Lord Shiva’, Maha Shivratree is one of the most auspicious festivals in the Hindu calendar, celebrated with much intensity and devotion across the country. In Mauritius, Shiva devotees make a pilgrimage to Grand Bassin, a deep crater lake and Shiva temple in the south of the island. The religious festivities last a few days. During this time between 250 000 and 400 000 devotees make the pilgrimage to Grand Bassin...an amazing spectacle! There is a statue at the entrance of the Grand Bassin known as the Mangal Mahadev. It is a 33 m (108 ft)-tall statue of the Hindu god, Shiva, standing with his trident. It is the tallest statue in Mauritius and a faithful copy of the Shiva statue in Sursagar Lake in Vadodara, Gujarat in India. Once arrived at the Grand Bassin, proceed to the temples for blessing.12h15 – 14h15   After Grand Bassin, proceed to Avalon Estate for lunch.  Avalon is a magical place! Their wish is to kindle and share the magic with their clientele. Especially when they step into the Magic Spoon and are awed by the dishes prepared by the unique spoon of the Chef! Catering for a fusion inspired cuisine of Creole and European, Magic Spoon will provide an unrivalled lunch and dining experience in the area.  With spectacular views of the golf course, surrounding mountains and the tasty cuisine conjured up in the kitchen, eating at Magic Spoon become so enjoyable.  The experienced Chef selects only the finest ingredients to produce an exquisite array of dishes for gourmet dining, as well as dinner buffets. Superb service in a spectacular setting all adds to a fine dining experience, reflecting the best culinary experience that Avalon Golf & Country Club has to offer. After lunch, proceed back to hotel. This includes: Kurta (Indian wear) for the man. Saree (Indian wear) for the woman. Prayer basket including prayer materials & fruits to be used as offerings in the temples. Lunch for 2 at Avalon Estate

$75 Day Trips & Excursions

South Nature of Mauritius

You will be picked from your hotel and start your excursion with a stop at the Mauritius Glass Gallery, where you will see how the craft mans work the glass. Then you will drive towards the village of Curepipe and stop for a photoshop at the volcano crater of Trou aux Cerfs. Leaving Trou aux Cerfs, you will drive to Voiliers de L'Ocean where they make the model of the ships from the original drawings. Leaving Curepipe, you will drive to Grand Bassin and visit the Ganga Talao temple with its sacred lake. Then your next stop will be the panoramic view of the Gorges and continue to Varangue Sur Morne, where you will have your local lunch and spend some free time enjoying the view. After lunch, you will drive to Chamarel Waterfalls and 7 Colored earths. Leave Chamarel and drive back to your hotel