Welcome to Mahébourg


Founded in 1805, the town was named after French governor Mahé de Labourdonnais. The town was once a busy port, but these days it's something of a backwater, with a small fleet of fishers and a grid of dilapidated buildings.


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$108.83 Day Trips & Excursions

Mahébourg and Unique Nature Reserves Day Tour with Lunch

Begin your small-group tour with a pickup from your hotel in the north, east, west or south of Mauritius and travel by air-conditioned coach to Mahébourg, on the southeast coast.When you arrive, admire Mahébourg’s colorful buildings and listen to the background on its history. Hear how the town was founded in the early 1800s and named after the French governor Mahé de Labourdonnais.Your first stop is the Old Naval Museum, set in a beautiful colonial mansion. Head inside to see the displays on the 1810 sea battle between the French and English, and peer at the displayed bones of the dodo, the island’s famously extinct bird, as well as other exhibits.Continue to Rault Biscuit Factory to discover how the island’s beloved cookies are made from cassava using a 19th-century recipe. After your tour, sample some of the cookies with a refreshing cup of tea.Walk across Cavendish Bridge and pass through Mahébourg’s bustling outdoor market. View the food, spice and trinkets stalls and perhaps shop for souvenirs in the shape of handicrafts and other wares.Continue to La Vallée de Ferney, a nature reserve set up to preserve Mauritius’ native rain forests. See the visitor center and enjoy a classic Mauritian lunch at an outdoor restaurant before your 1.5-hour trek.With a reserve guide, see Ferney’s giant tortoises as you follow a trail deep into the forest. Stop to learn about the flora and fauna, and watch for species such as the endangered Mauritian kestrel, one of the world’s rarest birds, and the elusive flying fox.After your trek, grab the opportunity to plant a native tree in support of the reserve and then end your experience with a hotel drop-off.

$59.88 Outdoor Activities

Mauritius History and Ecotour Guided Day Tour: Nature Reserve, Blue Bay Beach and Naval Museum

Ile aux Aigrettes Nature ReserveStart your adventure at Pointe Jérome, where you will embark on a small boat that will take you across the turquoise waters to Ile aux Aigrettes: a small coral island situated off of the southeast coast of Mauritius. The island has been a nature reserve since 1965, and is home to unique flora and fauna, that was once considered on the verge of extinction. After arrival on the island, you will meet one of the trained and knowledgeable rangers who will accompany you on a guided 1.5 to 2 hour hike around the island. As a result of the successful conservation efforts by scientists on the island, you will have the opportunity to view unique species such as the Mauritian Fody, Pink Pigeon, giant Aldabra Tortoise, and the Ornate Day Gecko in a safe and protected environment. You will also discover the original trees and vegetation that, before the arrival of man, covered Mauritius and its surrounding islands. While the hike is not strenuous, remember to bring some good walking shoes! Blue Bay BeachNext on the list is Blue Bay Beach: one of the most beautiful beaches in Mauritius. Aptly named Blue Bay, this beach stuns visitors and locals alike with its various shades of blue. You will be able to spend some time strolling along the white sandy beach, taking a dip in the lagoon, and trying out some of the delicious street food from the various beach vendors. Historical Village of MahébourgOnce a busy port used by the French, the village of Mahébourg is now a quiet, laid-back coastal village, full of history and charm. During your drive through the village, you will discover the old buildings and streets, reminiscent of the colonial era.  National History Museum (Naval Museum)Finally, you will get to discover the fascinating history of Mauritius through a collection of curated artifacts, historical documents, and maps, housed in the Gheude Castle, an old French colonial mansion, built around 1772. Please note that the museum may be closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.

$140 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Southern Islands Discovery

ile aux Flammant A 30 meters long white sandy island that appears at low tide and sometimes disappear at high tide just off the eastern coast.ile de la passe A small island used by the French soldiers in the very beginning of the colonization of Ile de France. They used the island mainly as a quarantine island where most of the sick slaves and sailors went left before boarding the island. When the harbor was moved to Port-Louis, the island was abandoned by the French and used as a military base in the early 19th century. Between 20 and 25 August 1810, during the British campaign to capture the island (then called Isle de France) from the French, it was the scene of the Battle of Grand Port. This was a long and very hard-fought action between roughly equal forces of French and British frigates and, on balance, a defeat for the British, who lost four frigates, though one of these was subsequently recaptured. The French squadron did not survive the British invasion of Mauritius.ile aux phareAlso known as Ile aux Fouquets, Ile Aux Phare was amongst the first ones to be discovered in 1598 by the Dutch settlers. L'Ile aux Phare bears its name by virtue of a lighthouse built in 1864, which was still operational until beginning of the 20th century. Historically, Ile au Phare, situated within the bay of Mahébourg has fulfilled a strategic purpose during the naval battles at Grand Port. ile aux aigrettesIle aux Aigrettes is an islet of 24.7 hectares in area, barely a kilometre off Pointe d'Esny, near Mahébourg, South East of Mauritius. Previously, during World War Two, the islet served as a military base by the British, who built 2 artillery pieces onsite, one of which can still be seen.Efforts have been taken by the Government and the Mauritius Wildlife Appeal Fund to preserve the endemic fauna and flora. About 40 different species of endemic plants characteristic of the flora that once existed on the coastal mainland can be found on this island.The progressive elimination of rodents has allowed the natural regeneration of many endemic plants and birds, like the Kestrel and the Pink Pigeon.We have 1 hour of snorkeling around the island where some people can even do birds feeding within their hand.ile des deux cocosPrivate Island Resort with a magnificent Marocain style villa managed by Lux Resorts.Blue Bay Marine ParkFound South East of Mauritius, the Blue Bay marine park is framed on one side by Le Shandrani Hotel, Blue Lagoon Hotel and the runway of our international airport SSR. And sitting comfortably on top of the marine park is 'Ile des Deux Cocos', an islet within the lagoon, of 4.22 hectares. An important and very unique network of coral reefs protect this part of the island from the oceanic waves.

$630.05 Multi-day & Extended Tours

7-Day Mauritius Highlights Experience

Day 1: 10am - 6pmEnjoy a cultural and Heritage Tour at historical places around the island Located at Port-Louis and Mahebourg.Day 2: 1pm - 6pmSpend the day at Ile Aux Cerfs.Day 3: 12pm - 6pmThis day is reserved for you to go out for a local cuisine tasting and a lunch organized by Mauritian natives in a restaurant in the hotel.Day 4: 9am - 6pmAn outing organized for you to enjoy nature by climbing Black-River Gorges and visiting Chamarel and nearby attractions in the Village of Chamarel Like Quad-Biking and hiking and trekking or Yemen Nature Park for Nature Activities.Day 5: 10am - 6pmA day at La Vanille Crocodile Park and the seaside enjoying the main product which is Sea Sun Sand on a sandy beach or Water Park for Swimming Pool Entertainments.Day 6: 6pm - 6amAn event is organized in the hotel, restaurant or pub of your choice for an entertainment which is themed.Day 7: 10am - 6pmA day out to visit a museum and souvenir shops at Port-Louis all around the island.

$119.71 Day Trips & Excursions

Mahebourg Guided Day Tour

Take a tour of the South of Mauritius and discover a mix of nature and tradition. Your day will start out at Ile aux Aigrettes where you will discover the beauty of this protected limestone islet, located about 1km from Mahébourg in the South East of the island. This nature reserve covers 26 hectares and is preserved by the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation. Look out for the famous pink pigeon and the giant tortoises amongst other endemic species found around the island.A visit to the Rault biscuit factory is perfect for a traditional treat after your nature walk. Located in the town of Mahébourg, the factory has been operational since 1870. This traditional “biscuit manioc” is made with cassava flour and only found in Mauritius. At lunch you will enjoy a typical meal at the Nativ Lodge, followed by a leisurely walk around the folkloric Mahébourg market. Perfect for traditional souvenirs, you will also enjoy the colours and aromas of a typical Mauritian market.

$140.76 Day Trips & Excursions

Mahebourg Private Guided Day Tour (Min. 2 persons)

Take a tour of the South of Mauritius and discover a mix of nature and tradition. Your day will start out at Ile aux Aigrettes where you will discover the beauty of this protected limestone islet, located about 1km from Mahébourg in the South East of the island. This nature reserve covers 26 hectares and is preserved by the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation. Look out for the famous pink pigeon and the giant tortoises amongst other endemic species found around the island.A visit to the Rault biscuit factory is perfect for a traditional treat after your nature walk. Located in the town of Mahébourg, the factory has been operational since 1870. This traditional “biscuit manioc” is made with cassava flour and only found in Mauritius. At lunch you will enjoy a typical meal at the Nativ Lodge, followed by a leisurely walk around the folkloric Mahébourg market. Perfect for traditional souvenirs, you will also enjoy the colours and aromas of a typical Mauritian market.