Grand Port, a region rich in history

Explore nou zil takes you to visit the south-east coast by electric bike. Rich in history, the Grand Port region, is considered to be the cradle of Mauritian history. Only monuments or ruins bear witness to the past. (Grand port was the main port of the island before it moved to Port-Louis. It was here that a fierce naval battle between the English and the French took place.) You will discover the vestiges of the Dutch occupation such as the old railway station or the old cistern. Then, the city of Mahébourg, well known for its regatta’s wooden canoes. From the waterfront, the Lion Mountain stands on the horizon in a green and virgin landscape.

The Mouchoir rouge island opposite seems so close to the shore with its charming little house with a red roof. You will cross the village with its picturesque stalls where the smell of carry (typical Mauritian dish) float. A short tour at the Naval Museum of Mahébourg will give us its secrets on certain points of history. There are also bones of note regretted Dodo disappeared a long time ago. Do not forget a lunch break during this great bike ride. You will always be accompanied by a guide who will answer your questions and take you to the most interesting places during your excursion. This activity by electric bike is out of the tourist places usually proposed and keeps an authentic character, nature, and culture at the same time accessible to all.

The Cavendish


Buy fish

in Mahebourg

Manufacture of

Vacoas baskets

Manufacture of

Vacoas baskets

grand port ile maurice


A historical itinerary

Our Electric Bike Ride starts with a coffee under the veranda of the colonial house of the Beau Vallon garden. After that, let’s saddle up, head to the Dutch ruins of Fort Frederick Hendrick, the first stone construction in the Indian Ocean. Near the fort, we will join the workshop of craftsmen making the traditional vacoas baskets (baskets widely used in ‘Moris’), a disappearing craft that makes the villagers of Vieux Grand Port. (On request on weekends).

 Then, a few pedal strokes will bring us to meet Pop, one of the last «ranzer pirog de Moris» or marine carpenter of the island, while sipping a tamarind juice prepared by Salima, his wife. For a moment, live in Mauritian style with simplicity. We will cross the Cavendish Bridge to cross the River “La Chaux” and reach Ville Noire. This suburb of Mahébourg impresses with its authentic character, teeming with villagers and small merchants.

We take the road to the “Vallée de Ferney”, a beautiful nature reserve with rolling landscapes. In a sumptuous panorama, we will have a “local” lunch at the restaurant “Falaise rouge” built at the edge of the cliff!

This place was a strategic location in one of the biggest battles of Grand-Port. Restored, we will then pedal to the waterfront, admire the splendid view of the bay of the Vieux Grand Port, the mountain of the Lion and the Mouchoir Rouge island. To conclude this trip in the heart of history, we will go to the Naval Museum of Mahébourg located in a former colonial residence and proposing an interesting collection of various objects recovered from wrecks, models, maps and weapons of that time, magnificent lithographs by Mauritian notables, paintings representing the region or the bones of the famous dodo… (Wednesdays, Sundays or holidays, the museum is closed).


  • 8:20 to 15:00
  • 1 to 14 persons
  •   FULL DAY:
    RS 3,760 ≃ 93 €

​A minimum of 4 people is required for this trip. If this is not the case for the desired date, you will be proposed another date.

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Practical information

You will be followed by a safety vehicle; our qualified Mauritian guides will comment on your trip on strategic places and will show you the beautiful scenery.

  • Departure: 8:20 am–Arrival: 3:00 pm
  • Starting & finishing point: Beau Vallon Garden, Beau Vallon.
  • Duration: about 6 hours. Throughout the journey, the guide will offer various stops at strategic points to let you discover the history or anecdotes of the place, take a photo break or enjoy a moment of relaxation.
  • To plan: Sports shoes, sunscreen, and sunglasses.
  • Grand-port Full Day Trip Rate: RS 3,760 ≃ 93 €
  • You will have the opportunity to buy small local souvenirs (Especially handicraft products in Vacoas). Bring money as the credit card cannot be used.
  • Will be provided: bicycles, safety helmet, safety vehicle (for more than 4 people), professional guides, lunch (dessert or coffee), water, juice, light snacks, access to various locations.
  • Lunch: Mauritian dish at the “Falaise Rouge” restaurant with a sumptuous view of the lagoon. (Dish–dessert or coffee–Water)




En cas de pluies torrentielles, nous nous réservons le droit d’annuler la balade. Par contre, au cas ou vous souhaiteriez annuler ou repousser votre balade à une date ultérieure,
trois alternatives s’offrent à vous :

  • 48 h de préavis = gratuit
  • 24 h de préavis = 50 % du prix de la balade devra être réglé
  • Le jour même = non-remboursable

Une fois la balade commencée, elle ne pourra être remboursée en cas d’intempéries. Nous ferons cependant de notre mieux pour nous adapter à la situation et rendre le parcours agréable et satisfaisant. (Une cape anti-pluie vous sera prêtée).


Photos of your trip in Mauritius will be available on a CD at Rs 800.


Grand Port, the cradle of Mauritian history

Couleur café

It was in Grand Port that the history of Mauritius began when the Dutch discovered Mauritius and settled thereby building the first stone houses.

It was in Grand Port that the history of Mauritius began when the Dutch discovered Mauritius and settled thereby building the first stone houses.

Many vestiges of the Dutch presence are to be visited, the fort at Pointe du Diable which pointed its cannons against the enemy, the Frederik Hendrick Museum, the cemetery, etc.…

Grand Port bay was also known for its naval battle of 1810 between the English and the French. We will highlight the unique victory won by Napoleon!

Then the city of Mahébourg inherited the name of Mahé de Labourdonnais. In fact, he supervised the work of the city and gave the village its first name in homage to the French governor (Mahé/bourg)! Near the bus station, there are still traces of the railway station of the past.

A visit to the Naval Museum is necessary to fully understand the history of Mauritius, especially in this region. We discover a lot of exciting information in the form of manuscripts, objects of the time, photos and even an ancient wagon in the backyard and bones of our Dodo, big national bird, now extinct.