17 days in Mauritius & Reunion Island Itinerary

17 days in Mauritius & Reunion Island Itinerary

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Grand Baie, Mauritius
— 4 nights
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Chamarel, Mauritius
— 3 nights
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Saint-Leu, Reunion Island
— 4 nights
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Saint-Philippe, Reunion Island
— 1 night
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Saint-Benoit, Reunion Island
— 2 nights

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Grand Baie, Mauritius

Grand Baie ©
Wide-open beaches with dazzling blue water and a relaxed coastal atmosphere lure visitors to take a trip to Grand Baie.
Change things up with these side-trips from Grand Baie: Riviere du Rempart (Skydive Mauritius & Fun Drive & Racing), Papa's Dream (in Trou d'eau Douce) and Raj Adventures (in Henrietta). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at SSR Botanic Garden, look for gifts at Le Rendez-Vous, head off the coast to Ile aux Cerfs, and relax and rejuvenate at Yoga House Mauritius.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Grand Baie journey planner.

Washington DC, USA to Grand Baie is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mauritius Standard Time (MUT) is 9 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Washington DC in May since evenings lows in Grand Baie dip to 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive to Chamarel.

Things to do in Grand Baie

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

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SSR Botanic Garden ©
SSR Botanic Garden
Ile aux Cerfs ©
Ile aux Cerfs
Papa's Dream ©
Papa's Dream

3
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Chamarel, Mauritius

Chamarel ©
The village of Chamarel represents a small settlement surrounded by big attractions.
Get out of town with these interesting Chamarel side-trips: Centre Equestre De Riambel (in Riambel) and Big Foot Adventure (in Riviere des Anguilles). Spend the 20th (Thu) exploring nature at Black River Gorges National Park. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Chamarel’s Seven Coloured Earth Geopark, admire the sheer force of Chamarel Waterfall, take a peaceful walk through Ebony Forest Reserve, and stop by Rhumerie de Chamarel.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Chamarel visit planning website.

Traveling by car from Grand Baie to Chamarel takes 1.5 hours. In May in Chamarel, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 70°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Saint-Leu.

Things to do in Chamarel

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Chamarel’s Seven Coloured Earth Geopark ©
Chamarel’s Seven Coloured Earth Geopark
Black River Gorges National Park
Black River Gorges National Park
Ebony Forest Reserve ©
Ebony Forest Reserve

4
nights
Saint-Leu, Reunion Island

Saint-Leu is a commune in the French overseas department of Réunion. Get out of town with these interesting Saint-Leu side-trips: Aquasens (in Saint-Joseph), Saint-Paul (Maido & Fly 974 Tandem) and Cilaos (La Roche Merveilleuse & Piton des Neiges). The adventure continues: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Kelonia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre-Dame de la Delivrance, and take an unforgettable tour with Helilagon.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Saint-Leu online day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Chamarel to Saint-Leu takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and ferry. In May, daytime highs in Saint-Leu are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Saint-Philippe.

Things to do in Saint-Leu

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

Side Trips

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Parasailing & Paragliding
Piton des Neiges ©
Piton des Neiges
Kelonia ©
Kelonia

1
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Saint-Philippe, Reunion Island

Saint-Philippe is a commune in the French overseas department of Réunion. Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Route des Laves, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then make a trip to Quai de Sel - Ancien Port.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Saint-Philippe online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Saint-Leu to Saint-Philippe by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Saint-Benoit.

Things to do in Saint-Philippe

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Route des Laves ©
Route des Laves
Quai de Sel - Ancien Port ©
Quai de Sel - Ancien Port

2
nights
Saint-Benoit, Reunion Island

Saint-Benoit ©
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): scramble along the landscape with Tunnels de lave, Envergure Reunion, then contemplate the geological forces at Piton de Fournaise, and then look for gifts at Le Comptoir Melissa. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Anse des Cascades, head outdoors with Canyoning, Envergure Reunion, and then make a trip to Eglise Sainte-Anne.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Saint-Benoit road trip planning app.

Drive from Saint-Philippe to Saint-Benoit in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Saint-Benoit sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 69°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Saint-Benoit

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 26 — 28:
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Piton de Fournaise ©
Piton de Fournaise
Eglise Sainte-Anne ©
Eglise Sainte-Anne
Tunnels de lave, Envergure Reunion ©
Tunnels de lave, Envergure Reunion

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