Climbing Le Morne Brabant: the ultimate high

Standing on the sublime beaches of Le Morne Peninsula in Mauritius' far southwest, looking out over the peaceful azure waters to waves crashing on the reef beyond, you'll be hard pressed to imagine anything more beautiful. Yet, after a couple of hours' of hiking up the hulking mass of Le Morne Brabant mountain, which towers dramatically over the peninsula, you won't have to imagine any longer – the views from its slopes are truly astounding.

The trail, which snakes up the back side of the massive monolith, starts with gentle paths through grasslands and indigenous forest before getting into some steep sections on rocky slopes – occasional ropes and advice from the guides help ease your progression up and down the latter. If you have limited mobility you can still take in some incredible views from the halfway point.

The first vistas available while climbing are actually behind you – turn around and you'll get some amazing views north up the island's west coast. Further on you start to catch glimpses of the gorgeous lagoon on the south side of the peninsula.

The high point of the hike is at 500m elevation, where you'll look down over vast stretches of coastline, and see the kaleidoscopic collision of blue hues between the encircling reef and beaches.

Here, you'll also find a large cross, which is dedicated to a group of escaped slaves who – according to legend – threw themselves to their death from the mountain in the early 19th century when fearing recapture. According to the story, the troop of soldiers coming up the mountain to reach them were simply there to tell them that slavery had been abolished and that freedom was theirs. The mountain thus got its name, which means Mournful One. Le Morne Brabant is deeply significant to island culture, and the history of it was the reason for it becoming a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2008.

Make it happen: Yanature is the only operator who has permission to bring visitors up the mountain. Trips operate daily on demand, typically starting at 6.30am.


Electric cycles: mountain biking with a boost

The hushed, hilly hamlet of Chamarel in southwest Mauritius has long been known on the island for its chilled vibe, superlative rum and exceptional food scene, but it's now also becoming known for a novel new adventure: electric mountain biking.
A local company has imported a couple of dozen of the battery boosted bikes, and offer a rewarding tour in and around the area.
Far from giving you a free ride, however, the power system is designed to just give you a little help when you need it – some pedaling is still required! The idea is that the electric mountain bikes are a great leveler, allowing people of all fitness levels to cycle together. The fit can try to tackle the steep hills without calling on the battery, though be warned – thanks to the battery pack and motor, the bicycles weigh in at 23kg.

After some Mauritian coffee in Chamarel, the morning tour first takes in Chamarel Waterfall, an incredible single-drop waterfall that plunges almost 100m into a beautiful ravine. Next is the Terres de Sept Couleurs (the Seven Coloured Earths), a unique rusting landscape of heaving hills surrounded by lush forests and a group of Aldabra tortoises. Before heading to the coast to explore the fishing village of Baie du Cap, you cycle to an old sugar factory, La Vieille Cheminee. It's also possible to check out some of the stunning plantation houses from years gone by. The tour finishes in Bel Ombre.
Make it happen: Electro-bike Discovery (electrobikemauritius.com) run the three-hour long Chamarel tour daily, apart from Tuesday and Sunday. Meet at 8.45am for 9.30 departure.


Seakarting: effortless aquatic adrenaline

In Grand Rivière Noire it's now possible to rent a seakart to tour Mauritius' mesmerising west coast from atop the Indian Ocean. What exactly is a seakart? Part jet-ski, part RIB (rugged inflatable boat), it is a pint-sized two-person 100hp jet boat that quickly induces grins, giggles and bursts of laughter with each successive pull of the flappy paddle throttle on the steering wheel. When not blasting across the waves, look east to the staggering summit of Le Rampart, one of the island's most dramatic peaks.
Make it happen: Fun Adventure (fun-adventure.mu) offer seakart tours ranging from one hour to a full day.


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Beautifully situated on a gorgeous island in the Indian Ocean, the Radisson Blu Poste Lafayette Resort & Spa, Mauritius offers a serene tropical getaway. This remarkable adult-only resort on the eastern shores of Mauritius features breathtaking vistas, while the sand and clear aquamarine waters lie just outside the door. Guests enjoy numerous beach activities as well as proximity to local attractions such as the Grand Bay tourist hub and Flacq market.

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