Surrounded on all sides by a coral reef of the Indian Ocean, the island of Mauritius is a unique destination for those who want a scuba diving and sunbathing holiday.  Its white beaches are postcard-perfect, but each side of the coast has its own special treasures.  The Mauritius cruise starts in the capital Port Louis. Located on the western side, it is the ideal point of departure for discovering the natural beauty of the island, starting with the Pamplemousses gardens with their giant water lilies and Chamarel. This small town is renowned worldwide for a unique geological phenomenon. The area of the Seven Coloured Earths, where the soil changes with the light and takes on all the hues of red and orange. From Chamarel it’s an easy journey to the Black River Gorges National Park. In this mountainous area of the south, your holiday in Mauritius will be enriched with beautiful shore excursions among tropical flowers and colourful parrots. The southern coasts with, cliffs overlooking the Indian Ocean, are completely different from the emerald green waters, talcum-coloured sand and tranquil villages of the beaches on the east side of the island. From here, you can make the most of your Mauritius cruise and take a trip to the Île aux Cerfs and the village of Trou d’eau Douce.