Welcome to Northern Islands


Accessible by reasonably priced ferry or plane, the islands are well worth exploring. Though you can see 'the sights' in a matter of hours, the key is to stay a day or two and relax into the pace of island life.

Note that the ‘ay’ at the end of island names (from the Old Norse for ‘island’) is pronounced closer to ‘ee’.


Top experiences in Northern Islands

Travel guides

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Northern Islands activities

$80 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Full-Day Northern Catamaran Cruise Mauritius

Embark on a dream cruise at 9am from Grand Bay- the jetty of Sunset Boulevard, and the team will take you to a snorkeling spot where it is your choice to either, swim in calm waters, snorkel with colorful reef fish or soak up the glorious sun rays or simply relax.  Enjoy a trip to the Northern islands and take a mini cruise while admiring the wonderful landscapes. These islands with white sand and wild nature ensure a moment in paradise. Close to the northern islands, there are 3 beautiful diving spots. These sites have the advantage of being visited because they are far enough from the coast. You will visit the 'Coin de Mire',  also called Gunner's Quoin, situated 8 km north of Mauritius, well known by divers as one of the best diving sites of the north of Mauritius. Then head to the 'Flat Island', the largest of the northern islands. Flat Island is also completely flat, except for its one and only hill which is topped by a beautiful lighthouse (there is a beautiful 40min trail leading all the way up to the lighthouse). Anchor near these islands and enjoy the possibility of snorkeling with equipment provided on board by the crew. Then you will be served a delicious BBQ lunch prepared by a friendly crew before reaching your next spot which will be 'Gabriel Island': Also known as Îlot Gabriel, Gabriel island is a protected natural reserve.  Barbecue lunch on board will consist of Chicken, Fish barbecue, Salad bar, bread and Seasonal fruits. Drinks:  Mineral water, fruit juice, soft drinks, beer, rum, and local wine. (Unlimited refreshments) Once on Gabriel Island you may go for a walk on the beach and enjoy the islands renowned sand bank before sailling back to and along the imposing cliff-face of the island nature reserve of Coin de Mire, with its white-tailed tropical birds (Pailles-en-Queue). Return is scheduled around 4pm at Grand Bay- the jetty of Sunset Boulevard.

Northern Islands in detail